THE WORLDS BIGGEST FREE BEACH FESTIVAL IS COMING TO TOWN!
WHAT DOES JULY, SUP, KITE SURFING, SWIMMING, UKULELES, SURF LIFE SAVING, EDUCATION AND LIVE MUSIC ALL HAVE IN COMMON?
Thats right! Its Paddle Round The Pier 2018!
Its one of Brighton & Hove's biggest events of the year - with an anticipated 50,000 visitors expected to head to Hove Lawns on the 7th and 8th July. And it just keeps on getting better and better! Having been granted charitable status for the first time this year, The Wild Side takes a look in a bit more detail at some of the brilliant events going on this year and some of the organisations that will benefit!
Sticking to its grass routes ...
Back in 1996 a group of surfers in the Brighton area decided to put on a small social gathering to raise awareness for Surfers Against Sewage. Still an integral part of the event year on year, The SAS are back with their "Beachwear Beach Clean"!
This event is all about promoting their campaign to make Brighton and Hove a #PlasticFreeCommunity and anyone wishing to take part should head to the SAS stall at the paddle village on Sunday by 3.00 pm.
Paddle Something Unusual!
Probably one of the most anticipated and certainly the craziest event of the two days is the "Paddle Something Unusual" Race! Held on the Sunday. It really is a case of anything goes - the more bizarre the better! Entrants come from all walks of life and include charities and CSR programs raising awareness for a good cause, new businesses promoting their presence in the town, football teams, schools and Joe Public and his pub mates!
The rules are simple - It has to be paddled manually, you have to be able to swim 100 metres and there has to be a minimum of two crew! If you aren't taking part, make sure you don't miss the start of the race! Its always the fun bit!
The 1.5K Swim Round The Pier
"SwimTrek bring to you this beautiful linear swim, around the iconic remains of the West Pier and finishing on the beach in the middle of Paddle Village on Hove Lawns".
With the weather looking like its going to be wall to wall sunshine, flat seas and light to moderate winds (at the time of writing) the 1.5K swim, is the perfect entry level swim for those budding open water athletes to really get a feel for the race environment. Seasoned sea swimmers will know what to expect!
The water will be a "tad on the chilly side" if you are not used to it, so there are categories for both wetsuit wearers and the hardy non-wetsuit wearers!
Online entries are now closed, but you can find more information by heading to SwimTrek's website.
Revving up the races!
This year there are more races than ever, with swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding all being catered for. Our very own Hannadora the Explorer will be taking part in the 1K sprint and 5K distance SUP race, to raise money for the charities being supported by Paddle Round The Pier this year. You can read her story here.
Paddle Round The Pier offers the perfect festival vibe for all the family! The Lecture Theatre brings you talks from the likes of the RNLI, Incredible Oceans Whale Fest, Surfers Against Sewage and Red Snapper favourites Marine Conservation Society.
Meanwhile the Ukulee Stage (literally meaning "leaping flea") makes a welcome return and creating a wonderful Polynesian vibe.
Alternatively, sit down with a beer and soak up the atmosphere of the Main Stage, which has outstanding acts across the two days including Joe’s Academy of Music, Voodoo and the Crypts, Josh McGovern and many many more!
The Red Snapper Sports Crew will be hanging out at Paddle Round The Pier over the two days, offering advice, information, safety tips and anything else you need to know about about starting and progressing your paddle boarding journey. Come and find us at the Paddle Crew Tent!
And always remember - "If In Doubt, Paddle Out!"