Paddle Around The Pier

Paddle Around The Pier

As Brightonians we’re used to gawping at the monolithic spectre of the West Pier, but not everyone can say they’ve paddled around it and raised a pot of dough for worthy causes. Paddle Round The Pier has been an annual fixture since 1996 and has developed a growing international reputation as one of the most offbeat and fun fundraisers around. It’s grown into Europe’s biggest free beach festival, with urban and street sports, live music and kid-friendly antics all adding to the atmosphere.

From serious paddlers with kayaks and bodyboards to floating fools atop barely-seaworthy beds and front doors, there are buoyancy options for all in the voyage around the pier’s circumference, as well as a stand-up paddleboard race, a seriously knackering two-mile pier-to-pier Malibu board race and a full-blown sailing regatta. But you don’t have to get even a big toe wet if you’re a committed landlubber – there’s plenty going on across the weekend with a definite dry-land emphasis. Urban and street sports combine to provide a schedule of events where experts risk alarming limb damage via the perilous disciplines of skateboards, bikes and the ultimate thrill-seeking fix of parkour.



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