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SUP Twelve

SUP 12 is coming to Torbay, UK on 1st April 2023. 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?

SUP TWELVE 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 TWELVE Champion. No categories for board, gender or age, just you against the TWELVE hours!

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.

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 are 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 or 3 foot surf in this corner of the Bay).

Date: Saturday 1st April 2023

Time: 7am to 7pm


  • Board- ANY board, any size, hard or inflatable
  • Paddle
  • 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 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

All paddlers MUST attend this briefing at 8pm on FRIDAY 31st March.  All the latest safety and course info will be given, leaving the morning to just get yourself ready for the event.


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


  • Furthest distance/most laps 1st, 2nd & 3rd
  • Fastest single lap

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.

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 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

Due to insurance limitations for our first year, 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

Fee £80 (First 20 £60)

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 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
  • Pasty & Pint in rugby club at 8pm


If the event is cancelled for any reason, all entries will be transferred to 2024.  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.


Brendon Prince, world record holder and paddler who has circumnavigated the UK is organising this event alongside his charity Above Water. Accidental drowning has affected Brendon’s life and he is doing all he can to raise awareness of drowning, prevent it from happening and incorporate water safety into school curriculums.

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