Harbour Masters Notice 10/18
Vessel Interaction in Tor Bay Harbour
It’s the fastest growing water sport in the world and what better place than the sheltered waters Tor Bay offers to learn this exciting
sport. Stand-up paddle boarding, or SUP for short, is a versatile water sport that has something for everyone. Whether you like
the waves and exhilaration of surfing when the wind is easterly, some leisurely exploration, or even Yoga or Pilates, then paddleboarding could be for you.
Take a lesson at first to set you on the right track and to make the most of the core fitness benefits that SUP has to offer, then its
up to you how far you take it. Progress can be made quickly, as the boards are wide and buoyant and the more you practice, fun
and satisfaction come quickly.
A board, a paddle, a leash and a wetsuit, depending on the conditions. There are many sizes and types of paddleboard available and the type of paddling you’ll be doing, and your size and weight will determine what you choose. Try before you buy! A good paddleboard shop will have test boards you can hire and some will run taster sessions. There are many versatile boards that both surf and glide well, so allow the novice the best of both worlds.
Paddleboard hire is available on some beaches in the Bay.
A waterproof case for a mobile phone is a must, not just for safety but also to record those amazing moments when a seal pops up nearby!
Tor Bay is a great place to learn with its largely calm waters and surfing opportunities (with the right wind). Paddleboards can launch from any beach but you are strongly advised to avoid harbour slipways in the interest of public safety. Beaches that have particularly suitable access for paddleboards are Paignton, Preston, Goodrington, Broadsands, Breakwater (Brixham) and Meadfoot (Torquay). There’s a vast array of interesting coastline and wildlife to encounter from the unique ‘walking on water’ perspective that paddleboarding offers. Always check the prevailing wind and tide conditions to use them to your advantage. Tell a friend where you are going and when you expect to be back, and if possible carry a mobile phone in a waterproof case or a fully charged VHF radio. If you are planning to cross open water ensure you inform the coastguard of your planned journey. Do not enter the enclosed harbours at Torquay, Paignton or Brixham.