Hundreds to take to the water for paddleboarding world record attempt

Lifeboats News Release

The Great Big Paddle Parade is coming to Torbay on Saturday 3 September – and organisers are still looking for more people to join this world record attempt.

Organised by English Riviera and WESUP with the support of Torbay RNLI, the event is looking to bring together as many paddleboarders as possible, attempting to set a new record for an amazing 1,000 paddleboarders on parade.

Paddleboard instructors will be on hand on the day to answer questions on technique, and the RNLI will provide information on water safety to participants.

Ian Barnaby from Torbay RNLI commented: ‘Many of our shouts in the past 12 months have involved paddleboarders caught up in unexpected difficulties as the sport becomes ever more popular. The Great Big Paddle Parade is a fantastic opportunity for us to share water safety information with as many paddleboarders we can possibly gather – and of course to have a hand in setting a new world record!’

Paddlers will start from different points throughout the day, all coming together to make their way round to Brixham’s Fishcombe Cove where organisers aim to bring together at least 1,000 paddleboarders to set a new world record.

Entry to the event costs £15, with all profits donated to Torbay RNLI. There are still places available – to find out more and to sign up please visit

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