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The Big Paddle

Paddle round the old pier

The Big Paddle

Event details & registration


Our Signature Event!  

It’s a crazy idea so why do it? Well, because we can! 

This is where you grab your nearest surfboard, windsurf-board, Canoe, Kayak, bodyboard, kitesurf board, SUP, inflatable craft (or check if your neighbours’ front door floats!) – to raise some money for some seriously good causes and have some fun. 

We need hundreds’ of you to take part, if you do nothing else, do this and register now!


Registration for this event is £15 (including any Doggie Paddlers!) or why not enter The Big Paddle and the 1k Sprint race for just £25?

We also have sponsorship forms to raise further funds for The Paddle Round The Pier Charity.

  • Your board or craft must be paddled manually. 
  • Anyone who is taking part in the water has to be able to swim a minimum of 100 metres in the sea. 
  • Be able to paddle the craft over the total course yourself. 
  • Absolutely no propellers or engines of any kind. 
  • You must ensure that your board is seaworthy and follow our course. 
  • Our safety team will have the final say on all safety issues including sea conditions. 
  • Take in the atmosphere and enjoy taking part in The Big Paddle. 
  • Raise as much sponsorship as you can.
On the day

On the day you need to present yourself at the registration tent at least one hour before your event time. Here you can confirm your attendance (for us to pass onto the safety team), hand in or complete any documentation. 

You can also hand in any paper sponsorship forms or show your Virgin Money Giving page to collect your raffle tickets. 

You will then be directed to the relevant beach where you will find start marshals. We aim to set off promptly dependent upon weather and tides. 

You will be responsible for your own delivery/collection of your board and also responsible for your own safety and behaviour.

Access & Safety

For safety, there is no vehicle access to the beach / prom. 

There will be a water safety team on and offshore during the event. 

We strongly advise that all participants wear a personal flotation device. 

Please DO NOT get on your craft before you are past the breaking waves (should there be any) and also dismount your craft before returning to shore – there is a danger in that zone especially with heavy crafts. 

The safety team’s decision is final on all matters.

The Big Paddle is sponsored by Santa Monica Travel & Tourism

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