Paddle boarding concession launches in Sidmouth

PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 April 2013

Toby Foster and Guy Russell will be hiring out kayaks and paddle boards from the beach in Sidmouth this year. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 3983-17-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on MyPhotos24.

Toby Foster and Guy Russell will be hiring out kayaks and paddle boards from the beach in Sidmouth this year. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 3983-17-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on MyPhotos24.

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A PAIR of lifeguards want people to get closer to the sea by hosting sports on Sidmouth’s surf this summer.

Seasoned surfers Guy Russell and Toby Foster have been given the go-ahead to put a concession on the seafront, and will be offering paddle boarding and kayaking.

They are launching with a free taster day at 10am next Saturday, May 4, when they will also be looking to recruit local people with an interest in the sea. Guy said: “It will be a simple and humble affair – and all totally safe.”

Guy and Toby both grew up in Sidmouth and ‘lived on the sea’, surfing on different beaches around the world.

They are both confident lifeguards, with links to Sidmouth Lifeboat. The pair are keen to promote the health benefits of such activities.

Toby said he had only started paddle boarding last year, but has already done it between Hawaiian islands and down the River Thames. Guy said: “I’m passionate about all aspects of the sea – in terms of the environment, health and wellbeing, and safety.”

They were set to start the concession over the Easter weekend, but said the administrative delay has been a ‘blessing in disguise’ given the recent weather.


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