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Paddle Round The Pier Beach Festival just two weeks away!

Crowds at Paddle Round The Pier On July 2-3rd 2011, Thrill seekers, families and all those looking for fun in the sun will converge on Brighton for the annual Paddle Round the Pier festival – Europe’s largest free beach party.  The  two-day charitable event offers a huge cacophony of land and sea-based extreme sports exhibitions, demonstrations as well as two days of music and a retail village to excite, enthral and engage all visitors. And, with a record-breaking 50,000 expected to visit the festival in 2011, this year promises to deliver an even bigger splash of fun and enjoyment for everyone.

The latest activities confirmed for this year’s festival include a huge ‘Paddle Sand- Pit’, sponsored by Barefoot Wine, Dudmans, The Day Aggregates Group & Stamco. 100 tons of sand has been donated, creating an extensive area on the Brighton promenade, right in front of the ‘Paddle Village’. This will host a multitude of activities, ranging from have-a-go sessions, with Volley Ball England, Surf Lifesaving GB and for the kids, ‘sandcastle play sessions’ in association with Child Friendly Brighton & Brighton Visitor Magazine.

The legendary Hunter Joslin, inventor of the Indo Board will also be flying in from Hawaii to demonstrate the fine art of Indo boarding. Joslin, who started surfing in the sixties, developed the Indo board to help surfers maintain their level of fitness and keep practising when there was no surf. The board is now being used across multiple sports, as part of fitness programmes and a performance aid for Olympic athletes. The Indo Board focuses on balance, posture and core strength, enabling even “city folk” to get excited about surfing whilst surrounded by the big smoke. Surf fitness clinics will also be held at Festival providing assessments and direction to increase surfing performance and sustainability.

Taster sessions to try out new water sports such as windsurfing, wakeboarding and SUP; will give newcomers to the sport a golden opportunity to explore this smorgasbord of events and activities.

The headline ‘Paddle Round the Pier’ event is the world’s biggest water sports raffle with hundreds of paddlers participating in 2010. Entrants are awarded one raffle ticket per £5 raised in personal sponsorship, and compete for the chance to win thousands of pounds worth of prizes including surfboards, beach cruisers, wakeboards, holidays and wetsuits.

Paddle beach crowds

The ‘Paddle Something Unusual invites social teams and businesses to paddle the most ridiculous thing they can around the West Pier. Previous entrants have tried a crane, a plane, an Iceberg and a Wild-west wagon to name but a few.

More serious water events with top athletes taking part from across Europe this year include The Euro-Enduro SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) 20 Mile Race; The ‘BENNETT’ Paddleboard Series – 2nd leg of the British Paddleboard series; Outrigger Canoe racing and exhibitions; The SLSGB Ocean Ski British Championship 20 mile race – the UK’s toughest; The National open water 3km & 1km Swim-Brighton sea races; Surf lifesaving competitions; the Musto Dinghy Sailing Regatta; and the Errant Surf Holidays ‘Pier to Pier’ Malibu Races. For more information on prizes and entering races visit www.paddleroundthepier.com.

The Paddle Round the Pier Beach festival, despite no major sponsorship, has bucked the trend of recession and grown by a third in size from 2010. This Illustrated by the record breaking 84,000 metres2 of beachfront space the ‘Paddle Village’ will occupy this year.

Paddle Director, Dave Samuel commented today that; “we have seen significant uptake of exhibition & retail spaces at this year’s event. So much so in fact, that we had to increase the boundary to cope with demand. This year’s event has so many great sports events, demonstrations, music and retail therapy, I’m sure no one will leave unsatisfied. I urge everyone who can to come down to Brighton in July, enjoy a weekend by the beach and help us raise as much money for charity as possible.”

Over the last few years, the Paddle Round the Pier festival has raised over a £100,000 for charity. This year, all proceeds and donations raised will be split equally between nominated beneficiaries: – The RNLI, the Teenage Cancer Trust and Surf Relief.

For more details on all the events please visit www.paddleroundthepier.com

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