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Event: SUPTwelve- Tandem
Date: 13th April 2024
Time: 7am to 7pm
This is a Stand Up Paddle board endurance event in its second year, first year for Tandem. 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, just you and your TEAM against the TWELVE hours!
SUP TWELVE takes place on coastal water, over a course of approximately 3.5 km, Tandem starts 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 paddlers 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 if an easterly has blown into the Bay then waves will very much be part of the course. 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.
SUP TWELVE takes place on coastal water, over a course of approximately 3.5 km, Tandem team starts at 7am. If at the end of 12 hours there is a couple of Tandem teams on the same amount of completed laps then it becomes a race to see which Tandem team finishes that last lap first, becoming the SUP TWELVE Tandem Champions.
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. 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. This event is all about YOU Tandem TEAM, YOUR BOARDS & PADDLES against the 12 hours, for this reason NO music/headphones are allowed whilst out on the water for each lap.
Date for 2024: 13th April 2024
Time: 7am to 7pm
- Board- ANY board, any size, hard or inflatable
- Waist Leash preferred, ankle leash accepted
- Buoyancy (PFD) essential- traditional or inflatable
- appropriate clothing suitable to the conditions on the day
- enough food and liquid for your entire event
Paddler rest area: Every Tandem team 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 2x1m per team and secure but not covered) You are allowed to bring tents but must fit in your area.
Event Safety briefing
This will be by video prior to event.
Everyone who enters will get one of our awesome wooden medals.
- Individual Furthest distance/most laps 1st, 2nd & 3rd (male & female)
- Individual Fastest single lap (male & female)
- 2 person relay
- 4 person relay
Parking & Board drop off
Available along the sea front or 250m away at the rugby club. Overnight van camping is permitted at both locations. Public toilets are within walking distance. A drop off area for boards is less than 30m from the event START/FINISH.
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 here to help you achieve your potential.
After Party & Awards
Winners will receive their prizes at the afterparty in the rugby club plus all competitors receive a Devon Pasty and a pint for entering!
Torquay has many many hotels, B&B's and places to stay to suit everyones budget. If you are struggling for accommodation, please just give us a call and we can help.
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 endurance event.
Entry price breakdown
Entry FEE- SUPTWELVE Tandem- £120
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 3 places
- Event Technical Tee (must be worn for event)
- Secure paddler area and toilets just for paddlers.
- Professional Timing & Lap counting with large monitor display
- Pasty & Pint in rugby club at 8pm
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.