The Head of the Dart SUP Challenge is an annual event in April and sees more than 250 paddlers taking part, making it the largest SUP event in the UK. Each year, paddlers come together to complete the 14km course along the River Dart taking in the beautiful Devon countryside running between the historic town of Dartmouth and Totnes, alternating directions every year. It is traditionally seen as the season opener, with paddlers travelling from all of the country, and further afield!
Paddlers have the option to take part in the challenge either as part of the race or leisure fleet. Prizes are awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in the race fleets, with a raffle (made up with donations from our sponsors) available for those taking part in the leisure fleet. All participants collect a finishers medal at the end and timings published on our website.
The event is seen as a “must do” and regularly sells out within minutes! Due to the good old British weather, paddlers can be faced with conditions from sunshine and rain to wind. As a result, we take the safety of everyone very seriously and work with the local rowing clubs to ensure safety boats are provided along the route. Contingency plans are also in place should conditions be unsuitable, meaning alternative course routes are used.
Details relating to the date for the 2023 event will be released towards the end of 2022. Registration will open early 2023.