Surf Kayak Open

Surf Kayak Open 2017

The TCWC Surf Kayak Open is coming to Tynemouth Longsands on Saturday 16th September. The action starts at 8am and continues right through to last light.

Everyone is welcome to attend, we’ll have lots happening for spectators including stands from our sponsor and local surf kayak school Cullercoats Bike & Kayak.

Try It

You can also give it a try! Local kayak school Cullercoats Bike & Kayak will be there offering free try-outs on their surf fleet.
See you in the surf? Saturday 16th September 2017, Longsands Beach.

Info for Competitors


The information below can also be found on our official Tournr Competition Page. To enter the competition please visit Tournr.

Event Information

The day will consist of 2 main competitions:

  • A Beginners competition sponsored by Tootega and Cullercoats Bike and Kayak
  • An Open Surf Kayak Competition

Tootega are also going to run a separate Best Wave competition which will be open to those entering one of the two competitions, more details to follow.

Beginners Competition

We’re running a 12 week intro to surf course to develop Surf Kayaking in the North East in the lead up to the competition. The beginners competition is geared towards those new to the sport and just developing. There’s no restriction on the boats used and there’ll be 12 Tootega sit on tops to use at the event if you want to use one.

We’ll run this as three heats of 6, depending on your position in your heat:

Positions 1 and 2 in each heat will progress to the main final
Positions 3 and 4 in each heat will progress to the shield final
Positions 5 and 6 in each heat will progress to the plate final

Open Competition

The open competition will be open to all. As this is our first competition we’re keeping it simple and running all classes together (HP/IC/Men/Ladies/Junior)

We’re capping the entry at 20 and will run this as six heats of 5. Every competitor will then progress through to a semi final, with the top paddler from each semi final going through to the Final. Depending on the entry we may run a separate final for different classes should the numbers prevail.

Tootega Best Wave


General Information

The competition will run at Longsands Beach in Tynemouth and be based at Tynemouth Canoe & Waveski Club just next to Crusoes Cafe. The proposed timings for the day are as follows (subject to change):

  • Open Heats: 9:30am – 10:50am
  • Beginners Heats: 11:00am – 12:00pm
  • Beginners Finals: 12:15pm -13:15pm
  • Tootega Mass: 13:15pm – 14:15pm
  • Open Semi Finals: 14:20pm – 15:40pm
  • Open Finals: 16:00pm – 17:00pm
  • Prize-giving: 17:15pm

Entering the Competition

Please visit our Tournr Competition Page


What is Surf Kayaking?

Surf kayaking is the sport, technique, and equipment, used in surfing ocean waves with kayaks. Surf kayaking has many similarities to surf board surfing, but with boats designed for use in surf zones, and with a paddle. A number of kayak designs are used, but all are aimed at better using the waves to propel the craft.

Where is the competition happening?

We’re on Longsands Beach from 9am-5pm on Saturday 16th September. We’ll be at the south end, near Crusoes Cafe and the lifeguard base. Look out for the red marquee, this is where you’ll find information about the day.

Do spectators have to pay or register?

Nope, just turn up. There is lots happening on the day you can get involved with. Watch the competition, meet the surfers, meet the sponsors and even give it a go with local surf kayak school Cullercoats Bike & Kayak.

How do I register to compete?

Check out the Information for Competitors page on this site, or our dedicated Tournr Page.

Is there car parking?

You can use the public car park on Tynemouth Longsands ramp (NE30 4JS), it’s £1.20 per hour for car parking. We recommend using public transport. We are 5 minutes from the metro station at Tynemouth and on many bus routes. Check out Journey Planner for more information.

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