SUPTwelve 2024

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SUPTwelve

Event:SUPTwelve
Date: 13th April 2024
Location: Broadsands Beach, TorBay, Devon
Time: 7am to 7pm
Price:from £60
ENTER:  INDIVIDUAL  PRONE  TANDEM  2PersonRELAY  4PersonRELAY
Overview
This is a Stand Up Paddle board endurance event in its second year.  Last year the event went down a storm for its first outing.  The event runs for 12 hours from 7 am until 7pm with a very simple objective... who can paddle the most laps in 12 hours? No categories for board (any board is permitted as long as its seaworthy) just you against the TWELVE hours!
SUPTwelve takes place on coastal water, over a course of approximately 3.5 km, all paddlers start at 7am and every lap of the course will be professionally timed & recorded. 
The 3.5km course has been designed to give maximum visibility to the supporter and greatest interest for the paddler for such a short course.  Repeating laps, time and time again, forces the paddler to 'dig deep' if they want to champion the 12 hours.  The course, more so than the time will challenge the paddlers resolve and mental strength to keep paddling when it would be so so easy to stop and rest.
Torbay has clear waters that 80% of the time is pan flat but..
  • Easterly will create waves but only small ones
  • South/ South Westerly will create chop
Paddlers are required to return to the sand after every lap so if there is surf then 'paddling out' and 'surfing in' will be a big part of the race!  (It is very rare to get anything bigger than 2 foot surf in this corner of the Bay).
We also have awesome coverage from SUPJunkie- Sarah Thornely & SUPFM Simon Hutchinson.

 

EVENT CONDITIONS ON THE DAY

Taking part in a 12 hr event if unique.  In 12 hrs at the coast, the conditions will change....FACT!  Expect to roll with the conditions, they may be with you one lap and against you the next... this is coastal paddling.  The reason Brendon thought up this event is to help people understand these changes.  For example, a beautiful sunny and warm morning will only lead to strong off shore winds in the afternoon!  As event organisers, we pray for a dull and overcast day with no wind, which normally leads to a bright and cheery evening paddle👍

This year, 2024, we will start on the sand at 7am to an incoming tide to make our mass 130 paddler nice and gentle.  Be careful on the first lap as this will be the busiest.  The first buoy will be some of the best spectator viewing of the day! High tide will be at 10.02 and at 4.5m will take all the sand.  This means you will be transitioning to the promenade steps.  This is definitely where the Board Butlers will help you.  Low tide at 15.50 (1m) will offer lots of sand and space.  The race finishing at 7pm will experience the same tidal conditions as experienced at the start. 

Only at the start of the race will the race direction be confirmed... clockwise or anti-clockwise.

General Information

Date for 2024: 13th April 2024

Time: 7am to 7pm

Requirements:

  • Board- ANY board, any size, hard or inflatable
  • Paddle
  • Waist Leash preferred, ankle leash accepted (a leash MUST be worn)
  • Buoyancy (PFD) essential- traditional or inflatable (a PFD MUST be worn)
  • appropriate clothing suitable to the conditions on the day
  • enough food and liquid for your entire event

SUPTwelve takes place on coastal water, over a course of approximately 3.5 km, all paddlers start at 7am and every lap of the course will be professionally timed & recorded.  If at the end of 12 hours there are a number of paddlers on the same amount of completed laps then it becomes a race to see who finishes that last lap first to become the SUP 12 Champion.

Registration

YOU MUST ATTEND ONE OF THE REGISTRATION SESSIONS

Friday 12th April from 6pm at Broadsands Beach.  

Saturday 13th April 5.45 to 6.30 am before Race start, Broadsands Beach.

You are not allowed to start without registering, there will be a final opportunity to register at 7.15 to 7.30 am at event location (after the event start) but this incurs a £10 donation to the charity Above Water 😂

Paddling on knees

We appreciate that many levels of ability will be taking part in SUPTwelve and we actively encourage this for the benefit of greater participation in the sport we love.  Paddling for 12 hours means that at some point you will be paddle against a breeze or wind.  Consequently, we are not banning paddling on your knees BUT if you paddle on your knees and make forward progress, you will NOT be permitted a podium finish.

Boards and paddles

You are only allowed to bring one board to the event but you are allowed to swop boards or paddles with other competitors for a lap (only one lap) if you want?  Due to the nature of the event, it can be a great way to try different boards and paddles over the 3.5km loop.  There will be some boards and paddles available from brands to do just this 👍

Board Butlers

They are there to assist your entry and exit of the water. They will hold your board if you are going straight back out or stow your board if you are taking a rest.  They will endeavour to make your transition as smooth as possible!  I hope you understand that they are only human, in trying to help you, they may make mistakes.  They cannot be held responsible for this and no liability is accepted by the individual or the event. 

Race Numbers

These will be given to you at registration and MUST be worn at all times.  Numbers MUST be pinned to your front, either chest or groin/leg area.  Your number will also be written on your hand (permanent pen).

T-shirts

You will be given your event tee at registration.  You are expected to wear your SUPTwelve Tee for the start of the race, this can be worn under a pfd and over your other attire (there will be a mass start picture). Due to the length of the day, we appreciate you may want to change your tee and this is allowed.

Food & Hydration

NO eating is allowed on the board, only in the paddlers rest area so paddlers will have to take 'time out' of the race to 'pit stop' and refuel.  Drinking Water is allowed on the board but it can only be a liquid to hydrate NOT fuel. You can stop and rest at any time and for as long as you want in the paddlers rest area so tactics will play a big part of your race.

MUSIC

This event is all about YOU, YOUR BOARD & PADDLE against the 12 hours, for this reason NO music/headphones are allowed whilst out on the water for each lap.

Paddler rest area

Every competitor will be given a space in this area to set up your base, bring a chair, cool box, everything you need to help your 12 hours of paddling (area is approx 1x1m per competitor and secure but not covered)

Event Safety briefing

This will be by video prior to event sent out to all competitors and basic explanation repeated at registration plus prior to event start at 6.50am on event day. 

Medals

Everyone who enters will get one of our awesome wooden medals.

AWARDS

  • Individual Furthest distance/most laps 1st Male/ 1st Female
39 & under 1st Male/ 1st Female
40 to 49 1st Male/ 1st Female
50 & over 1st Male/ 1st Female
  • Individual Fastest single lap 1st Male/ 1st Female
  • 2 person relay (1st place team)
  • 4 person relay (1st place team)
  • Tandem (1st place team)
  • Prone (1st place only)

Parking & Board drop off

Available along the sea front or 250m away at the rugby club.  Overnight van camping is permitted at both locations (charges apply).  Public toilets are within walking distance. A drop off area for boards is less than 30m from the event START/FINISH.

Medical assistance

Professional medical team will be in attendance for the entire event.  Due to the endurance element to this event, the medical team may require you to stop and be checked for good health to proceed.  If requested to STOP, you must cooperate with the medical team.  A decision to continue or STOP will be made by the medical team, their decision is absolute and final.  Every competitors good health is paramount, the event team are there to help you achieve your potential.

After Party & Awards

Winners will receive their prizes at the end of the event at Broadbands beach. 

Accommodation, Hotels & BB’s

There is a tremendous amount available, all budgets, styles and a bit of Faulty Towers too!

This year, SUPTwelve has partnered with the Hamilton by Hilton, Torquay.  We are offering board drop off on the Friday so one less thing to think about on race day.  Also, to help with your race prep, the Hilton will have breakfast available from 5 am so you can have a full English and still be on the start line for 7am.   If you would like to book the Hilton, please follow instructions below to gain your discount.

  • do NOT go to generic hotel booking websites, etc.
  • select Hampton-by-Hilton Torquay
  • select TWO night stay,  Friday 12th April to Sunday 14th April
  • select “SEE RATES
  • next page will take you to a choice of room types (King, Twin, etc.) …this will show Prices “From £108” (and upwards)
  • now find “SPECIAL RATES” icon near the top of the page – click on this
  • enter “SUP” into “Promotion Code” section and then press “DONE”
  • the room types should now be shown again. but this time at £90 and £100 (the £100 being upgrade rooms, etc.) in the blue box

    …it should say “QuickBook” or “Offer” rate in that box

  • choose the room type you want, and click on it  -
  • then, complete personal details and pay

 Insurance & Consent

Competitors have to be 18 or over to enter.  All competitors will sign a consent/waiver to take part in the event and are expected to be fit & health to take part in a 12 hr endurance event.

Entry price breakdown

Entry FEE- £95

What do you get for your entrance fee...

  • 12 hour event with water safety & medical cover
  • ALL profits go to the Charity Above Water
  • Every competitor gets a medal
  • Prizes for top male and female places plus fastest single lap
  • Event Technical Tee (must be worn for event)
  • Secure paddler area and toilets just for paddlers.
  • Professional Timing & Lap counting with large monitor display
  • Goodie bag

 

Course change

Due to the conditions, it may be essential to change the course shape or distance through the 12 hrs.  This is at the event safety officers call and is to enable all paddlers to remain safe at all times.

Change of event venue

If the weather and conditions are unsafe for competitors then the following options could be implemented...

  • Change of location
  • Postponement to 2025

If any of the above takes place, refunds cannot be offered but deferment to 2025 will be.

Cancellation

If the event is cancelled for any reason, all entries will be transferred to the follow year.  Unfortunately, due to costs we have already paid, we cannot refund. If you require to cancel your place, we allow you to transfer your place to someone else up to 7 days before the event.  No refunds can be offered, only transferred to another competitor, this costs us £5 to transfer in fees so this fee will be transferred to the new competitor. Within 7 days of event start, no transfers can be made and no refunds.

 If you have any questions, send us a message, we are here to help 👍 info@brendonprince.com

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