Is 2024 the year you tackle a new paddleboard challenge? If so, we’ve got you covered, and below you’ll find some of the best SUP challenges around the country for the year ahead.

Whether you’re looking to dip your toe into events and try your first race, or you’ve already tackled your first race, survived, and now you want to push yourself this year, we’ve identified some events you might be interested in. And if you’re an experienced racer simply looking to organise your year ahead, we’ve got you’re back too.

Whatever your ambitions for the year ahead, we’ve picked 20 events we think you might be interested in. From those perfect for newbies, to ultra endurance events for the more seasoned pro, the UK has an awesome race event scene, and something for everyone. Get stuck in, and be sure to put August 18 on your calendar for the main event, of course…

We host Race 2 in the Thames Valley Winter Series

20 January 2024
Thames Valley Winter Series
The perfect start to the year. Starting in Oxford on January 20, then moving to Henley with us on Saturday February 3 (or another venue if the river is still out of bounds), then finishing on Sunday 10 March at Bray Lake, this is a cracking way to get your year started as you build up to some of the year’s bigger events. Each race has a category for leisure paddlers too, so you can ease yourself into racing in a fun and supportive environment.
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The UK Gla Gla at the Shack

10 February 2024
UK Gla Gla (click name to book)
You can choose from a 7.5k leisure distance, or a 15k race, at a stunning venue in Surrey. Held at the Shac, it looks like a movie set and boasts a fun atmosphere with events for new and experienced paddlers alike. In homage to the real Gal Gal, which is held in Lake Annoy in France. 

 

 

Team Saltwater

 

24 February 2024
Saltwater Technical event (click name to book)
Join the Saltwater team for a fun technical race. You can choose between a 3km or a 6km course at their Chalkwell Beach location. 

Unique challenges at the Hurley Classic

TBC March 2024
Hurley Classic (click name to book)
This is a truly unique event, and right on our doorstep. The SUP Safari and Rough Waters events include a bit of everything, and will test your paddling ability in ways you can’t imagine. Races with a twist, you’ll need to tackle a series of challenges and obstacles on the water, on land, and finishing with a bit of whitewater action. Too much fun…

The GB SUP Series heads around the country

31 March – 5 October 2024
The GB SUP Series  (click name to book)
This is the pinnacle of racing in this country and the events get under way at Bewl Water in the first of six events. The full provisional calendar is as follows…
Bewl Water – 31 March
Cardiff Bay Open – 5 May
Baysup Battle of the Bay – 8 June
Falmouth Bay Open – 29/30 June
Beadnell Belter – 8 September
Southampton SUP Club – 5 October

SUP 12 is a cracking endurance event held in Torbay

13 April 2024
SUP 12 (click name to book)
The ultimate endurance event. Held in Torquay and taking place from from 7am to 7pm, who’ll be the last paddler standing? Awesome test of mind and body, with a hugely supportive crew around you.

Head of the Dart is one of the best events of the year

20 April 2024
Head of the Dart (click name to book)
This is a popular one. Starting at Totnes and finishing in Dartmouth, you can choose between a range of categories, inflatable or hard board. A stunning route, and one of the best events of the year. It’s a cracking way to really dip your toe into SUP racing if you’re new to it, but also a brilliant challenge for those more experienced racers too.

40km race downstream to Newark Castle

Saturday 27 April 2024
Race to the Castle! (click name to book)
A new endurance event consisting of 40km downriver paddling through the lush, rolling countryside of The Trent Valley, to Newark Castle. Hey, it’s got a castle, and it’s with the flow of the river, what’s not to like?

The ever popular Paddle Skedaddle

11 May 2024
Paddle Skedaddle (click name to book)
This is another popular one. A cheeky little 26.5km paddle from point to point in Norfolk. Likely to be fully booked, but worth it if you’ve made the cut!

SUP fest 24

24-27 May 2024
SUPFest, Lake District (click name to book)
This event is all about SUP, family, friends, relaxing, camping, live music, adventure presentations and of course SUP races, games and competitions. Something for everyone, and in a stunning setting.

Racing at Oxford

22 June 2024
Midsummer SUP Marathon (click name to book)
A yet to be revealed distance event on Oxford’s reservoir from Oxford SUP club. This is the first marathon event run by Oxford, so expect a well run event with a friendly vibe, but a decent competitive edge!

Burghfield Sailing Club – an awesome venue

TBC June/July 2024
Burghfield adult/junior race events
We’re back at Burghfield for a second year, and hopefully less wind! Following last year’s ‘Joker’ event, this year will be slightly different. Put together a team of four, and include a range of boards, and tackle our new relay event! Also, we’ll once again be running a junior race event, one of few in the area.

The Norfolk Broads Ultra

6 July 2024
Norfolk Broads Ultra (click name to book)
Back after its postponement in 2023, you can tackle a 78k course along the stunning Norfolk Broads. Not for the fainthearted, this sees some of the best racers go toe to toe. Complete it in one day or over two.

The Trent 100 has it all

18-21 July 2024
The Trent100 (click name to book)
Another of the most popular and inclusive events of the year, you can paddle 100k of the river Trent as a team. It’s a fun team event with glamping, live music and usually a bit of fancy dress at the end to celebrate. 

The Summer Showdown takes place in Henley

Sunday 18 August 2024
The GWTF Summer Showdown (click name to book)
We’re back for year 3 of our biggest event of the year. Choose from a 6k or 9k route along the River Thames in Henley. Camp by the riverside the night before, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Henley Rewind Festival while you’re at it.

TBC August 2024
The Big Dipper SUP race (click name to book)
This event is held in Whitely Bay and combines with the North Sea Weekender festival, which welcomes paddleboarders of all abilities. Live music, street food stalls and a bar, we’ve not been, but it sounds awesome.

Circumnavigate Hayling Island

7-8 September 2024
The Round Hayling Challenge  (click name to book)
This does exactly what it says on the tin… tackle one of two courses which circumnavigate Hayling Island. Organised by Hayling Sailing Club, you can either go all the way round, or do the shorter challenge, which is more suited to those less experienced. Brilliant fun, and really challenging, but suitable for most paddlers.

Paddle then run, as fast as you can!

TBC September 2024
Dinton Supathlon (click name to book)
The Dinton Supathlon is a brilliant event for those new to SUP or running. Organised by Barnes Fitness, it’s a 1km paddle followed by a 5km run, and caters for all levels and abilities. A brilliant fun and friendly event.

The Great Glen is as stunning as it is brutal

20-21 September 2024
The Great Glen Challenge (click name to book)
Not for the feint hearted… paddle the 92k of Scotland’s Great Glen! This really is a challenge against all the elements the Scottish Weather can throw at you. Attempt to cover the distance in one day, or do it over two. This is a proper bucket lister…

SUP The Creek

26-27 October, 2024
SUP The Creek (click name to book)
Choose from a technical event on day 1, or one of three distances on day 2. Whatever you choose, you’ll get to explore and enjoy the beautiful Kingsbridge/Salcombe Estuary in south Devon.