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SUPs at FBOR’24!

Supported by STELLAR Surfskis

Technical, Sprint, and Open Ocean Point-toPoint Racing

Photos on this page copyright SUP Junkie.

Technical, Sprint and Open Ocean
Point-to-Point Racing

FBOR’24 are partnering with Canoe Wales and WSF

to bring you a line-up of exciting open ocean racing at Newport Beach.

This event is an ISA Sup selection Qualifier 2024 for the Welsh SUP Team. Terms and conditions apply, participants who wish to be considered are required to raise an interest by contacting Emily King at Canoe Wales for further information:
(Membership of the designated NGB is required)   All medals sponsored by Get On The Water, Cardiff

N.B. ISA Competitors must enter all three ISA qualification races to be eligible for selection.


SUPs at FBOR’24 – the Courses 

Fishguard Bay Ocean Race 2024 (FBOR’24) is a major downwind race along Pembrokeshire’s wild, award winning north coast – starting at Goodwick beach and crossing many miles of exposed open sea to finish on the wide sandy beach at Newport.

FBOR’24 is our 9th year and the SUp races will be held across two days:

Saturday 15th June
  • SUP Elite Offshore Distance Race
Sunday 16th June
  • SUP Open Offshore Distance Race
  • SUP Beach Sprints
  • SUP Technical Race

In the distance races you’ll paddle deep clear water, past towering cliffs, a couple of fun tide-races, a skid turn around a wave-tossed rock and a final sprint up the beach at Newport Surf Lifesaving Club. And, of course, we’re keeping fingers crossed for stellar downwind conditions!

Saturday SUP Elite race. Start 13:00 

17km of exposed seaway – designed for elite level paddlers.

Ticket price: £37


See map below.

Sunday SUP Open race.  Start 13:00

13km of ocean – designed for Advanced and Intermediate paddlers.

Ticket price: £37


See map below.

Sunday SUP Beach Races

Beach Sprints – All Competitors Welcome  15:30

Ticket price: £10

Technical Race – Intermediate and Advanced   16:00

Ticket price: £20



 Entry Criteria

Distance Races

As a race committee we have to be sure that every competitor who enters either of these races is capable, in all respects, to successfully complete the course. That specifically means you must have a well practiced, 100% “bullet-proof” remount that, if necessary, you can successfully repeat a dozen times without assistance.

Both DISTANCE RACES require a high level of paddling technique and endurance. The courses are approximately 17km for ELITE, 13km for OPEN, point-to-point race of open ocean paddling including paddling against current and swell in the upper remit of wind (Beaufort scale 5).

 So, to enter a DISTANCE race online you will be required to agree to a SUP specific Acceptance of Risk (see below) and, at registration, we will require proof of your successfully completing a minimum of one 15+km ocean downwind race within the last 12 months.

Any paddler NOT having an established record of safe finishes in equivalent races must prove their fitness and competence to the SUP race officer before or at registration, preferably by being vouched for by organisers of other races, or you will be excluded from The Race.

At the very least, the Acceptance of Risk Statement (see below), which you will be asked to sign in person as hard copy at registration, will be your statement of assurance to the Race Officer that you are fit and capable of safely finishing The Race.

When we receive your entry you’ll get more detailed race information and, closer to the race date, a detailed course description and virtual race briefing.

When taking part in any or all of these races you agree to abide by the  ISA Racing Rules   Click to view and download.

Technical Race

This requires a high level of paddling technique. The courses is 3km of laps around an ocean course. The race commences with a beach start line, then entering the ocean carrying your board you will follow laps around a course, navigating around buoy turns on the ocean. On each lap you will land and run around a short beach run until the final lap where you will run up through a finishing line.

Sprint Racing

This is a 100m in & out course. The race commences with a beach start line. You will enter the ocean carrying your board and race out 100 meters before turning around a buoy and returning back to the beach where the race finishes by running up through a finishing line.


Final safety decision on whether the wind and sea-state are suitable for racing will go ahead will be at the discretion of the FBOR Safety Officer on the day of the race

All Distance Race competitors will be issued with a GPS tracker so their position is known throughout the race – to be collected at registration. In addition, PFD’s, Orange Smoke Flares, leg or paddle leashes, VHF (or phone in waterproof pouch) attached to PFD are all mandatory.


To compete, all individual paddlers must be insured through one of the the Home Countries Canoeing NGBs: Canoe Wales/Paddle UK / Paddle Scotland, Canoe Association of Northern Ireland. If you’re already a full member of one of these, then you’re already covered.

If you’re NOT a member you will need to take out day membership at race registration at £5/day, paid in addition to your online entry fee.


CLICK HERE To buy Canoe Wales Day Membership


Your safety, the safety of your craft, its entire equipment, including insurance, shall be the sole responsibility of the owner/paddler racing the ski/board/canoe. Where a ski/board/canoe has been borrowed/rented/hired, etc. it is the paddler’s responsibility that the vessel meets the required standard and insurance requirements.

Please note that, in the event of an emergency, the rescue crews have been briefed to prioritise the survival and safety of the casualty above recovery of boat or equipment.

Acceptance of Risk Statement


“I have read the above description of the Fishguard Bay Ocean Race (The Race) and confirm that:

  1)  I have solid and provable experience in the expected conditions (up to continuous Beaufort force 5) and duration (17km and 1.5 hours) of The Race.

  2)  I can consistently self-rescue/remount my craft in these conditions – multiple times if need be.

  3)  I take full responsibility for the accuracy of my declared experience and competence as provided to the race officer.

  4)  I am fit and capable of successfully and safely finishing The Race without assistance.

  5) Distance Races: I confirm that I will wear the mandatory GPS tracker securely and take responsibility for returning it in good condition to the race crew after I finish.

6)  I confirm that my equipment is in full working order and includes each of the items listed below:

  • Bouyancy Aid / PFD
  • Calf Leash
  • Whistle
  • VHF or Mobile Phone (in waterproof pouch with lanyard to PFD)
  • Orange Smoke Flare”

Buy your Paddle Wales Day Membership here

ISA Racing Rules

Saturday Schedule

Registration: 09:30 to 11:30 at Ocean Lab Car Park SA64 0DE

Final Briefing & Craft Check  12:15 Goodwick Beach


Elite SUP 17km race – Start 13:00

Sunday Schedule

Registration: 09:30 to 11:30 at Ocean Lab Car Park SA64 0DE

Final Briefing & Craft Check  12:15 Goodwick Beach


– Open SUP 13km race – Start 13:00

– Sprint Start 15:30

– Technical Start 16:00

Arranging Lifts & Board Shuttle

On both days you can leave your boards on the grass by Ocean Lab carpark at Goodwick (SA640DE). I’ll be on site from 09:30 to watch them. There is Pay & Display parking by the finish at Newport Sands car park (SA420NR) at £5 for the day – coins only. Please pay your £5 when you get there – it’s much cheaper than a fine! FBOR’23 is in summer holiday season, so grab your parking spot EARLY . . .

We have a BUS laid on back to Goodwick – the Bus is LEAVING the car park at 11:00. There are LIMITED PLACES so please book your seat with Benjamin, soon.

From the boat drop-off on the grass by Ocean Lab carpark at Goodwick (SA640DE) to Newport Sands is 11 miles / 25 mins each way on busy country roads – please allow at least an HOUR for the round trip. You need to be back for Registration or you will not race.

More Info To Follow

When we receive your entry we’ll email you much more information about the course and the way the day will run.

If you need to ask question first please email or phone us from our CONTACT PAGE.

Looking forward to seeing you in JUNE!

ELITE Race Acceptance of Risk

OPEN Race Acceptance of Risk

SPRINT Race Acceptance of Risk

TECHNICAL Race Acceptance of Risk

SUPs at FBOR’24 Entries

FBOR'23 Elite Senior

Elite 17km Saturday


FBOR'21 Open Ginnie Betts

Open 13km Sunday


Enter FBOR'23 U23 Men

SUP Beach Sprint


Female SUP paddlers racing

SUP Technical Race


SUP prize winners

Three Sunday Races Discount


Mass SUP race start

All SUP Races Discount