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.
Thank you to everyone who participated for making 2019 a huge success!
Register your interest for 2020!
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, 10km journey runs from Brighton Beach 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.
On the day, you'll receive a Paddle Across the Bay t-shirt to wear proudly alongside fellow SUP-ers. You'll also be eligible for an additional 10% off already discounted products through Jet Ocean Sport.
Registration opens at 5.30am - we reccommend arriving early to secure a parking space and your size choice of t-shirt.
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.
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. There will be a big screen so onlookers can view the on water action from the beach!
Table of Plenty will also be provide a healthy beach breakfast, to replenish participants following the journey.
Important course update
Due to forecasted wind, the course will now run as a 5km loop that starts and finishes at Brighton Beach. You’ll have the option to complete one lap, or two for the full 10km challenge. This course has been selected as it will provide the safest and most enjoyable experience for all participants. In addition participants will not need to arrange transport back to the start line, as we are starting and finishing in the same location at Brighton Beach!
Board hire is now sold out.
Boards purchased for hire through Paddle Across the Bay will be available for collection at the start line from 6am. Please ensure you bring photo ID to collect.
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
- Your paddle board, paddle and leg rope!
- Water (we recommend a hydration backpack)
- Sunscreen – SPF 30 or higher, broad-spectrum and water-resistant
- A broad-brimmed hat
- 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.
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 as thank you gifts:
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
The top fundraiser (as at 9am, Sat 2 March) will win a ‘Race 12’6 Paddle Board’ kindly donated by our sponsor Jet Ocean Sport.
The third place fundraiser (as at 9am, Sat 2 March) will win a '2 piece adjustable telescopic SUP' paddle kindly donated by Jet Ocean Sport.
Qualify for a prize by 9am on Saturday 2nd and you can collect your prize on event day at the Cancer Council marquee. Fundraising for thank you gifts will stay open until midnight on 11 March, participants who qualify for prizes after event day may collect them from Cancer Council Victoria's office on St Kilda Road or have them posted.
If you have qualified for a prize for Paddle Across the Bay 2019, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to organise pick up or postage.
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.