European Endurance Paddle Board Race

Statement from the Paddle Round the Pier Team

It is with regret that we have been forced to make the decision to cancel the 2010 Euro-Enduro SUP race. This is down to only receiving 12 entrants (after we had over 40 last year).

Because of the logistics of organising a proper distance race we had to know in advance the numbers of participants. This all cost time and money. The financial commitment required is around £4k minimum as we have to cover safety boat fuel, air support, race vests, insurance and prize money and so clearly it is not a viable option with so few entries. The organisers hope that eventually there will be more support from the SUP community and that we can reintroduce a proper distance race at Paddle Round The Pier in the future.

It must be understood that there is a very big difference in being able to turn up and register on the day and race around marker buoys over a short distance, which is easy and straightforward to organise. To organise a safe and well managed distance race take time, money, a great deal of paperwork and the ability to understand numbers of entrants well in advance. All these factors have to be written into planning documents and submitted to the relevant H&S departments.

The Euro Endurance 20 mile paddle board race has become a major feature of the famous Paddle Round the Pier beach festival in brighton and 2011 is set to be yet again a record buster. Dates 2 & 3 July 2011.


This years 20 mile Endurance race has had a change of format… instead of Brighton Pier to Worthing Pier and back 2011 will see the race start at Littlehampton and finish in Brighton some 20 miles distance.. This should be a downwinder allowing the competitors to take advantage of the tide and whatever wind conditions there may be giving the racers chance to consider their race plan and tactics.

Race fees for the Euro Enduro will be £55 which will include the coach to the start line… the PRTP team would ask everyone to download the sponsorship to help raise as much as they can, so that they can continue to grow the amount of money that Paddle Round the Pier gives to all the worthy charities… 2010 saw the staggering amount of over £30,000 pounds go charity and we would hope that this year they can raise even more…

You can find out more at Paddle Round the Pier

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