Epic Bay Ocean Race


25th May 2019

Welcome to Exmouth’s very own surfski race, hosted by Exmouth Beach Rescue Club and kindly sponsored by Epic Kayaks UK.

Check in from 10.00, briefing at 11.10 and the race starts from 11.40

This race is:

  • An SLSGB “Authorised Event”
  • An entry level race for Ocean Racing
  • ICON Classic/GB/National Championships Qualifier
  • A GB Ocean Racing Assessment race for surfski

Annual membership of SLSGB is required for this race. See the Insurance tab below for further information.


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The Epic Bay Ocean Race is a challenging and fun ’round-the-buoys’ race suitable for those new to racing on the sea and experienced racers.

The course will be a triangle, longest leg aligned with the waves and an offset mark to keep those paddling upwind clear of those surfing back down!

There will be a mass start for each craft – water start (knee depth) and finish.

If the surf conditions are large then there will be a deep water start.

It will be 3 laps for the fastest paddlers, all others will finish on the lap they are on when the Surfski leader completes 3 laps.

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Safety Information

Organiser Name Jim Taylor-Ross
Organiser Contact 07813 845890
Race Safety Officer Keith Hoppins (EBRC)
Safety Officer’s Qualification Waiting for info
Governing Body Surf Lifesaving GB
Insurance Provider Pavey (through SLSGB)


When taking part in this event you agree to abide by the GB Ocean Racing rules.

Required Equipment

  • PFD
  • Whistle
  • Leg Leash
  • Means of Communication

Insurance !!IMPORTANT

Surf Life Saving GB have had new insurance terms imposed upon them, so day membership is no longer available to us for surf ski races. You will need to join SLSGB for the year either through a club (£varies) or direct (£25).

You must enter your SLSGB membership number into the race entry form, so please have that ready. After joining online you’ll get an email within a  few days containing an ‘e-membership’ card that has your membership number on it.

Further details on the insurance changes and GBOS’ position within the two NGBs are available elsewhere on this website.

Qualifying Race for ICON Classic

One way to qualify for entry to the ICON Classic 2019 is to complete The Epic Bay. Qualification will be dependent on the number of laps completed during the race.

1 Lap completed or less – No Icon entry for Surfski, SUP or Outrigger.

2 Laps completed = Icon slow start for Surfski

3 Laps completed = Icon fast start for Surfski

Other Info

All competitors in each craft will start together.

Results and prizes will be offered for the following for Surfski:

  1. Open Men Single Ski
  2. Open Women Single Ski
  3. U23 Men Single Ski
  4. U23 Women Single Ski
  5. U18 Boys Single Ski
  6. U18 Girls Single Ski
  7. Open Masters (35+) Single Ski
  8. Open Veterans (55+) Single Ski
  9. Open Double Ski (any combination)

SUP – are welcome within the categories above – if there is over 5 entries per class separate results and prizes will be awarded.

Outriggers – Single and double OCs are welcome within the categories above – if there are over 5 entries per class separate results and prizes will be awarded.


There is extensive parking along the whole beachfront at Exmouth, including the area around the event location.


Exmouth is well served for B&Bs and hotels, with Sidmouth and Exeter only a short drive away with even more options.

There are a number of campsites around Exmouth, some of which overlook the race area.

Thank you for your entry.