Saturday 2nd March 2019


Paddle Across the Bay is Australia’s largest stand-up paddle event – a 10 kilometre journey across beautiful Port Phillip Bay.


Super earlybird: $49.50 (allocation exhausted)
Earlybird: $74.50 (allocation exhausted)
Full price: $99


Super earlybird: $49.50 each (allocation exhausted)
Earlybird: $210 (three tickets – allocation exhausted)
Full price: $250 (three tickets)


Man standing on stand up paddle board

The experience

Set on Melbourne’s iconic bay at sunrise, Paddle Across the Bay is a Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) event proudly supporting Cancer Council Victoria. The 1.5-2 hour journey runs from Brighton Beach to Port Melbourne and is a fun opportunity to bring your friends and family together. It’s a chance to challenge yourself and improve your fitness, reduce your cancer risk by being physically active, and make a difference by raising money for Cancer Council’s vital work in cancer research, prevention and support.

Man attaching board leash to ankle

What’s included

On the day, you'll receive a Paddle Across the Bay rash vest to wear proudly alongside fellow SUP-ers. You'll also be eligible for an additional 10% off already discounted products through Jet Ocean Sport.

People standing on the beach before the event

Start line

On the day, we’d love it if you could join the beach warm up session at 6:30am! This is a great opportunity to meet other paddlers and prepare for the journey ahead.

Nourished Table staff member

Finish line

Invite your friends and family to the finish line; it’s always great to have loved ones on the other end, cheering you on as you complete your challenge. Table of Plenty will also be putting on a healthy beach breakfast, to replenish participants following the journey.

The course

The event is from Brighton Beach to Port Melbourne. The course for the event will vary depending on conditions on the day. A final forecast will be taken days before the event and an SMS and email will be sent to all participants to finalise the start and finish location.


Board hire

Jet Ocean Sport will be providing boards and paddles for hire. Boards and paddles must be picked up from Jet Ocean Sport, 211-219 Boundary Road, Braeside between 10:30am and 6:00pm the day before the event. Boards will be collected from Port Melbourne after the event.

Note: board hire is now unavailable due to demand. If you need a board, we recommend contacting one of the following stores:

KR SUP Centre (St Kilda Sea Baths) - 0416 960 632

The Zu Boardsports (St Kilda, 330 Beaconsfield Parade) - (03) 9525 5655

Monkey Business SUP (Elwood) - 0424 290 668

Stand Up Paddle HQ (Pier Road, St Kilda) - 0416 184 994

SHQ Boardsports (81 Beach Road, Sandringham) - (03) 9598 2867



Safety is the number one priority for Paddle Across The Bay. All participants MUST have a board leash/leg rope attached to themselves and their board. As the course will not exceed 400m from the shoreline participants are not required to use a personal floatation device. A final safety brief will occur on the day of the event to reiterate safety points, confirm conditions, and introduce the experienced Paddle Marshals and the course outline.

The event will depart as a single large group. Once the final safety brief has been completed, the event will be monitored by experienced Paddle Marshals at the front and rear of the group, and throughout the middle to assist and encourage participants.

At no point will participants be in front of the lead Marshals or behind the tail Marshals. You will always be supported by our experienced Paddle Marshals and professional boat support.


What to bring

• Water (we recommend a hydration backpack)

• Sunscreen – SPF 30 or higher, broad-spectrum and water-resistant

• A broad-brimmed hat

• Sunglasses

• A mobile phone



Participants are responsible for planning their transportation from the finish line to return to their cars at the start line. We encourage participants to arrange for friends or family to drop them off at the start line and meet them at the finish line.



The event is dependant on dedicated volunteers to assist with various activities on the day. If you're interested in volunteering, please contact us!



Paddle Across the Bay is an opportunity to come together and challenge yourself alongside other people passionate about creating a cancer-free future. The money you raise goes to Cancer Council Victoria’s life-saving work in cancer research, prevention and support. While fundraising is encouraged, it is not a mandatory condition for participation.



We have some great prizes for fundraisers.

Raise $300: get a Cancer Council summer pack including tote bag, 110ml SPF 50 moisturising sun screen and a UV drink bottle

Raise $600: get the above and a Drysak

Raise $1200: get the above and a Cancer Council beach cabana

Top fundraiser: prize to be announced soon

Start fundraising by 10 February to be in the draw to win a two-night stay at Royhaven holiday house on Phillip Island.

Summer pack
Beach cabana

Cesar's story


Cesar Aldea, founder of Paddle Across the Bay, and his family.

In 2012, Cesar Aldea’s mother was diagnosed with uterine cancer.

“I had to live the experience of her suffering from cancer while I was in Australia and she was home in Chile,” he said.

Sadly six months after she was diagnosed, his mother passed away from the disease.

“I wanted her death to have something positive to come out of it. To do something worthy that could help others going through the same,”  

Cesar and Kyle Wakeham joined forces and the idea of Across the Bay was born, with the first event taking place in January 2013, raising $10,000 for Cancer Council Victoria.

“We’d like to encourage people who have been affected by cancer to take part – to take this opportunity to actively do something for the fight against cancer,” Cesar said.

With a third of all cancers preventable, Paddle Across The Bay also promotes the importance of leading an active and healthy lifestyle to reduce your cancer risk.