The 2020 Carolina Cup

April 22nd-26th, 2020

Wrightsville Beach, NC

Come join us to celebrate 10 years!!! The 10th Annual Carolina Cup and will be a week-long event featuring over a dozen clinics and 5 races. On Friday, there will be several  fun clinics and Demos, Saturday,  3.5-mile Harbor Island Recreational race, 6.5-mile Money Island Open Race, the dreaded 13.1-mile Graveyard Elite Race, the Graveyard Elite Outrigger and Surfski race, and Demos and on Sunday, the Kids Race and Demos. In 2016, the Carolina Cup was the largest race on the East Coast with over 900 paddlers competing in races and participating in clinics. In 2015, the Carolina Cup became the largest and most competitive SUP race in the world. The Carolina Cup will be the 1st race of 5 to qualify for the APP & WPA SUP Qualifying Series Click Here for more information.!

You do not have to race to take a clinic or take a clinic to race. You also do not have to race or take a clinic to come watch the races and enjoy the expo and demos. Bring the whole family for this amazing week full of live music, a great expo, food, drinks, clinics for all,  and amazing athletes (from 18 countries) and races!

Races Categories & Awards

Harbor Island 5K Recreational Race

Saturday, April 25th

Racers Meeting 8:30am

Race begins 8:40am 

This is a 3.5-mile flat water race, in the inland waterways and ICWW around Harbor Island in Wrightsville Beach. There are currents and wind, some boat traffic, but no ocean swells and a large portion of the race is in no-wake zones. This 3.5 mile race around Harbor Island on Wrightsville Beach is the 5K of the SUP race scene. It’s the perfect distance and course to start off on your SUP race adventure. Depending on your board and experience, it will take between 50 minutes and an hour and a half to complete the course. This is a great opportunity to get on a board and enjoy the water, enjoy the day.

Categories & Awards:

  • SUP 12’6″- Top 3 Overall Male and Female, Top 3 Male & Female 13U, 14-17, 18-49, 50-59 & 60+
  • SUP 14′-Top 3 Overall Male and Female, Top 3 Male & Female 18-49, 50-59 & 60+
  • Prone All- Overall Top 3 Male & Fem
  • SUP Unlimited-Overall Top 3 Overall Male and Female

*Please note that there must be 5 participants in category to get an award 


Money Island 10K Open Race

Saturday, April 25th

Racers Meeting at 8:45am

Race begins 9:10am

This is a longer flat-water race, in the inland waterways around Wrightsville Beach, Harbor Island and the spoil islands between WB and Masonboro Island. Just like the Recreational Race, there are currents and wind, but no ocean swells. This 6 mile race around Harbor Island on Wrightsville Beach is the 10K of the SUP race scene. It’s the perfect distance and course if you’ve been paddling and want a challenge. This is an intermediate to advanced race. Depending on your board and experience, it will take between 1 and 2 hours to complete the course. This is a great opportunity to get into the racing scene, to push you body, and to see what you can do.

Categories & Awards:

  • SUP 12’6″- Top 3 Overall Male and Female, Top 3 Male & Female U17, 18-49, 50-59 & 60+
  • SUP 14′-Top 3 Overall Male and Female, Top 3 Male & Female U17, 18-49, 50-59 & 60+
  • Prone ALL- Overall Top 3 Male & Female
  • SUP Unlimited-Top 3 Overall Male and Female
  • Kayak-Top 3 Overall Male and Female
  • Surfski Single-Top 3 Overall Male and Female
  • Surfski Double-Top 3 Teams
  • OC-1-Top 3 Overall Male and Female
  • OC-2-Top 3 Teams

*Please note that there must be 5 participants in category to get an award 


Graveyard 13.1-mile Elite Race

Saturday, April 25th

Racers Meeting at 9:25am

Race begins at 9:40am

This is a beach start and finish. This is a 12.6-13.2-mile ocean and flatwater race, started on the ocean side of the Blockade Runner Beach Resort, out through the surf, downwind to the inlet, into the inland waterways and ICWW around Wrightsville Beach. There are two inlets, one of which will require racers to surf waves in through the inlet. There will be some boat traffic, and ocean swells. The ocean section of the race will be the downwind section, if the weather cooperates. We will change the direction of the race to optimize the conditions for a fast, fun, challenging race. The mileage depends on the line you take. This Carolina Cup paddle race is for elite paddlers with the skill and fitness to complete this endurance challenge. Depending on your board and experience, it will take between 2 and 3.5 hours to complete the course. This is a great opportunity to push your limits and measure yourself against some of the best paddlers in the world. YOU MUST FINISH THE HALF-WAY MARK WITHIN 2 HOURS. THERE IS A 5 HOUR LIMIT on the Elite Race. MONEY DIVISION/CASH PRIZES: Top 10 overall Male & Female

Categories & Awards:

  • Overall SUP Top 10 Male & Female
  • SUP 14′ & Under: Top 3 Male & Female U17 & 50+
  • SUP Unlimited: Top 3 Male & Female
  • Prone Stock: Top 3 Male & Female
  • Prone 14: Top 3 Male & Female
  • Prone Unlimited: Top 3 Male & Female

*Please note that there must be 5 participants to get an awards 


Graveyard 13.1 Mile Surfski and Outrigger Race

Saturday, April 25th

Racers Meeting 8:00 am

Race Begins: 8:25 am (Kayaks & Surfski’s)

Race Begins: 8:30 am (OC)

Graveyard Course, but it starts and finishes on the Sound Side. Water start and beach finish.

Categories and Awards

  • Kayak: Overall Top 3 (This includes Male & Female)
  • OC-1-Top 3 Overall Male and Female
  • OC-2: Top 3 Teams
  • Surfski Single-Top 3 Overall Male and Female
  • Surfski Double: Top 3 Teams

*Please note that there must be 5 participants to get an awards 


Kid’s Race

Sunday, April 26th

Race Meeting 10:15 am

Race Begins 10:30 am

The Kid’s Race is a fun event to kick off the races on the Sound Side for children ages 6-14. They can complete 1 op 2 loops and all get recognized.

Categories and Awards:

  • 1 Loop: Top 3 Male and Female
  • 2 Loops: Top 3 Male and Female

Other Information

* Participants must register by March 24th to be guaranteed a Participant T-Shirt & Medal.

* You do not have to race to take a clinic or take a clinic to race. You also do not have to race or take a clinic to come watch the race and enjoy the expo and demos.

* All competitors have to wear State Coast Guard approved pfd. and leashes as stated in WPA Rules  

* Race can be cancelled due to weather and conditions.

*A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Plastic Ocean Project–The Carolina Cup  Charity Sponsor.

* To register your child please click on “Register another person.”

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Course Maps

Harbor Island 5k Recreational Race

Saturday, April 25th

Racers Meeting at 8:30am

Race begins at 8:40am 


Money Island 10k Open Race

Saturday, April 25th

Racers Meeting at 8:45am

Race begins 9:10am 


Graveyard 13.1 Mile Elite Race & OC

Saturday, April 25th

Racers Meeting at 9:25am

Race begins at 9:40am

Registration

Register today before the Price Increase!

Click Here to Register!!

Online registration closes 11:59PM Tuesday April 21st. Onsite registration will be available at the Blockade Runner at packet pick up on Friday at which time price increases $20.

Price Increases

SIGN UP TODAY FOR THE BEST PRICES!!

$10 Price increase October 1st 2019

$10 Price increase January 1st 2020

$10 Price increase March 1st 2020

Online Registration closes 11:59 PM Tuesday 4/21/2020

$20 Price increase for onsite registration 4/24/2020

Participants are Guaranteed a Participant T-Shirt if they Register before March 24th, 2020

Accommodations & Rentals

Official Resort of The Carolina Cup:
The Blockade Runner

Stay where all the action is for the week!! For reservations, call (800) 805-2252 Or Click Here  for Online Reservations. The Blockade Runner  is  offering a Special Carolina Cup Room Rate that includes the following:

    • Two & Three night stays available in an Oceanfront or Harbor Front guestroom
    • Complimentary breakfast in EAST Oceanfront Dining each morning
    • Parking at the race location for one vehicle
    • On-site board storage

Blockade Runner Beach Resort 275 Waynick Blvd Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480 Phone:  (866) 809-0781​ Fax: 910.256.0595

Official SUP, Outrigger Canoe, Kayak & Bike Rental:
Wrightsville SUP

One of the best ways to experience the best of Wrightsville Beach is on SUPs, Kayaks, Outriggers or Bikes – just ask a local! You’ll love life on the water as much as we do at the end of the day! Come take advantage of the best location! Wrightsville SUP also offers lessons that focuses on paddling technique for any level. For rentals or more information call 910-378-9283 or visit the  website at https://www.wrightsvillesup.com/ 

Click Here  for SUP, Kayak, Outrigger Canoe, or Bike Rentals.

Official Rental & Real Estate Company of The Carolina Cup:

Sea Scape Properties

Sea Scape Properties  offers unmatched vacation rentals in the Wrightsville Beach area. Skip the hotel room this year and enjoy all the amenities of home before and after the big race! With homes to accommodate the whole family or just a few, we are sure our welcoming atmosphere, fully stocked kitchens and fresh linens on every bed will make your vacation a relaxing one.

View our properties or email us (reservations@seascapeproperties.com) for more information.

Click here for vacation rentals

Travel using Wilmington International Airport

Conveniently located to Carolina Cup activities, the Wilmington International Airport (ILM) serves southeastern North Carolina with commercial air service via American Airlines, United, and Delta.  Welcoming over 930,000 passengers annually, ILM services 8 non-stop destinations, 6 international gateways, and 310 destinations worldwide with one stop, which allow for convenient domestic and international travel. ILM prides itself on offering award winning customer service and convenience with multiple flight options, prompt security screening, and close parking.  Rental cars are also available onsite for easy pick-up and drop-off.  Click here for Reservations. .

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Rules

WPA.FINAL229x104 We will be following World Paddle Association (WPA) Rules, including:

  • YOU NEED TO WEAR A PFD or HAVE A PFD ON YOUR BOARD to race.
  • Drafting is allowed, but you can only draft the same sex and same board size. You can not draft Candice if you are a guy, it’s not fair. She’s faster. And you can’t draft an 18 if you’re on a 12’6″ or an OC if you are on a 14, etc.
  • You can’t draft boats, safety, Coast Guard, etc.

You can view them here

Time and Events Schedule

THURSDAY, APRIL 23rd

  • 8:00am – 5:00pm – Various Clinics at Blockade Runner Beach Resort-
  • 6:30pm – Opening Reception and Movie Night at The Blockade Runner Resort

FRIDAY, APRIL 24TH

  • 8:00am – 5:00pm – Various Clinics at Blockade Runner Beach Resort
  • 10:00am – 5:00pm – Expo and Demos at Blockade Runner Beach Resort
  • 12noon – 7:00pm – Packet Pickup and Registration at Blockade Runner Beach Resort-Mandatory Packet Pick Up for Participants except for the Kids Race
  • 5:00pm – Autograph Signing Oceanside at The Blockade Runner Resort

SATURDAY, APRIL 25th

  • 9:00am – Expo Opens
  • 8:00am – Graveyard Surfski & Outrigger Racers Meeting Sound Side
  • 8:25am – Graveyard Surfski & Outrigger Race-13.1-mile race 
  • 8:30am – Harbor Island Racers Meeting Sound Side
  • 8:40am – Harbor Island Recreational race: 5K flatwater race 
  • 8:45am – Money Island Racers Meeting Sound Side
  • 9:10am – Money Island Open Race: 10K flatwater race 
  • 9:25am – Graveyard Elite Racers Meeting
  • 9:40am – Graveyard Elite Race: 13.1-mile ocean and flatwater race 
  • 12 noon- 4:00pm – Demos and Live Entertainment
  • 1:00pm – Banquet Food for Participants
  • 4pm – Awards- Ocean Side

SUNDAY, APRIL 26TH

  • 9:00am – 12:00pm – Demo
  • 9:30am- 12pm – Expo – Sound Side
  • 8:00-9:45am – Register for Kids Race under the Gazebo
  • 10:15am – Kids Race Meeting Sound Side
  • 10:30-Kids Race – open for children ages 7 to 14 – Sound Side
  • 11pm – Awards- Sound Side
  • 1:00pm – Various Clinics at Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Apparel

The Carolina Cup has partnered with Without Limits Apparel this year. The produce premium high quality, soft, comfortable awesome apparel for races all over the US.

All Participants will receive a Participant Silver edition Hat if you register before March 24th! You can order Extra Hats and other Carolina Cup Apparel under extra items.

Purchase 2020  apparel ! Quantities are limited Click here to Order your’s today!

  • Men & Women T-Shirt – Vintage Purple & Heathered White – Soft & Comfortable XS-XXL
  • Light Weight Tahiti Hoodie – Very soft, comfortable and Unisex – XS-XL
  • Men’s Tank – Loose fitting, comfortable White & Gray S-XL
  • Women’s Tank– Loose Fitting, Comfortable Heathered White XS-XL (Image Coming Soon)
  • Unisex Special Blend Hoodies  XS-XL
  • Women Flannel – S-XL (Image Coming Soon)
  • Men’s Flannel S-XL (Image Coming Soon)

Demos

Friday, April 24th. 10-5. | Saturday, April 25th. 12-4. | Sunday, April 26th. 9-12.

It’s time to put the latest & greatest to the test. Try out the industry’s newest boards, paddles & gear for yourself during The Carolina Cup Demo Day presented by Carolina Paddleboard Company from Friday, April 20 to Sunday, April 22. Demo registration will be available during expo hours at the Carolina Paddleboard Company tent located on the Blockade Runner Beach Resort sound side lawn.

All demo participants will need to provide a valid ID and credit card at the time of demo. Charges will not be made to your card unless equipment is damaged or not returned.

Please register for the race below.

Clinics

Rescue Watercraft Training
Monday-Tuesday, April 20th & 21st
8am-4pm

Kalani Vierra and Ian Forester

 

2 day course P2P Rescue’s 2020 Spring Training 2-day course is being held in Wrightsville Beach, NC. Ideal location with access to flat and dynamic water. Designed for the moderate to intermediate/advanced PRWC operator. Focused on expanding client’s knowledge base and skills utilizing a PRWC in conjunction with a sled in rescue scenarios. Attendees are guaranteed one-on-one instruction in the classroom and water with veteran water safety professionals Kalani Vierra(Kauai Ocean Safety) & Ian Forester (Head of Ski & Boat Operations – Honolulu Ocean Safety)

Intro to Foil
Wednesday-Thursday, April 22nd & 23rd
9am-11am

Dan Gavere

 

This clinic will provide you with the knowledge, experience, and equipment you will need to get your first flights on a SUP foil board.  With the use of a powerboat and a toe line we will be starting slow behind the boat on a board that will provide enough float so that you will not need to know how to wakeboard or water start like you would with water skis or a wakeboard behind a powerboat.  Learning the sweet spot of where to position your feet and the best possible body positioning will be the first lesson.  Followed by slowly taking small flights with frequent “touchdowns” will allow the rider to safely learn how to manage the foil and get comfortable a little bit more each time the board the leaves the water and maintaining longer controlled flights.  Having constant communication and visual cues with Dan will allow each individual to get accustomed to the amazing feeling of hydrofoil flight in a safe and fun manner.  This clinic will be useful for all types of hydrofoil riding from prone, to sup, to wing foiling.  Starting behind the boat is universally known as the best practice to start foiling.  Are you ready to take flight in this exciting new sport?  Well here’s your opportunity to make it happen.

One on One Clinic
Thursday, April 23rd
8:30am-10am
10:30am-12pm

Michael Booth

 

Michael Booth’s one on one clinic-These clinics are specifically designed around the participant.

Intro to Foil Wing Surfing
Thursday, April 23rd
12pm-2pm

Dan Gavere

 

This clinic will provide you with the knowledge, experience, and equipment you will need to get your first flights on a SUP foil board.  With the use of a powerboat and a toe line we will be starting slow behind the boat on a board that will provide enough float so that you will not need to know how to wakeboard or water start like you would with water skis or a wakeboard behind a powerboat.  Learning the sweet spot of where to position your feet and the best possible body positioning will be the first lesson.  Followed by slowly taking small flights with frequent “touchdowns” will allow the rider to safely learn how to manage the foil and get comfortable a little bit more each time the board the leaves the water and maintaining longer controlled flights.  Having constant communication and visual cues with Dan will allow each individual to get accustomed to the amazing feeling of hydrofoil flight in a safe and fun manner.  This clinic will be useful for all types of hydrofoil riding from prone, to sup, to wing foiling.  Starting behind the boat is universally known as the best practice to start foiling.  Are you ready to take flight in this exciting new sport?  Well here’s your opportunity to make it happen.

Intro to Racing Clinic
Friday, April 24th
10:30am-12pm

Dan Gavere

 

Dan Gavere’s Introduction to Racing will give you the basic skills and information necessary to try your first race and to take your ocean racing skills to the next level with confidence.  Dan will provide instruction and demonstrations for rough water racing methods including best practices for paddling technique, board control, and footwork needed in open and rough water situations.  A quick review of your personal equipment and evaluation of technique with individual critiques tailored to each participant’s skill level.  There is a good chance that participants will be getting wet and falling in the water so please come prepared to get the most out of this unique experience by wearing the appropriate gear.

A minimum of 10hrs flat water paddling experience is recommended prior to this course.

Board, paddle, pfd, leash are the minimum required items.   We recommend a wetsuit/drysuit and the appropriate gear to stay warm when wet. Displacement boards recommended for aspiring racers and surf style round nose boards for the less experienced.

SUP Paddle Clinic
Friday, April 24th
9:45am-12pm

Michael Booth

 

Michael Booth’s Sup Paddle Clinic- The clinic starts with a land based theory lesson of the biomechanics of the stroke. The group will practice  this on land while Michael emphasizes what they need to change and improve on. Afterwards,  all paddlers will do a land based warm up and water based warm up that all clients can use before the Carolina Cup. The clinic will then move into the water breaking down the stroke in different drills that you can use at home to help your paddle stroke become more efficient and effective over distance racing. Then we move to a sprint style stroke, wash riding and starting. To finish off we come in and debrief the session.

SUP Paddle Clinic
Friday, April 24th
11am-1pm

Seychelle
Paddler Limit: 14

 

We will spend time on and off the water going over proper paddling technique, body mechanics, and paddling drills you can practice to help improve your stroke, gain power and speed. Learn how to engage your core and use your legs more when you paddle. Learn how to prevent common paddling injuries.

This is not a beginners clinic. Some racing experience required.

First 8 people to sign up get entered to win a Black Project SUP fin!

Free trial to train with me on Paddle Monster to qualifying participants.

Contact seychellesup@gmail.com for more info or with any questions

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In The Media

2019

APP World Tour Partners with the World Paddle Association to Form SUP’s First Qualifying Series,  An Interview With Sonni HönscheidMedia Site – Photos and Press ArchivesAn Interview With Sonni HönscheidEnd of an era? Pacific Paddle Games cancelled (“postponed”),  2018 Most Competitive Races  , Things to do in NC in April , WPA-Booth & Honscheid Defend

2018

SUP the Mag Standup Journal New York Business Journal SUPRacer Distressed Mullet Distressed Mullet World’s Largest Paddle Festival Attracts Global Sponsor Spectrum News Travel Industry Today

2017

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2016

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2015

WWAY Cup Coverage: http://www.wwaytv3.com/2015/04/26/paddleboard-contest-attracts-people-from-across-the-world/ Port City Daily: http://portcitydaily.com/2015/04/22/sports-worlds-spotlight-on-fifth-annual-carolina-cup/ SUP The Mag: http://www.supthemag.com/features/grant-anderson-win-2015-carolina-cup/ SupRacer: http://www.supracer.com/2015-carolina-cup-live-blog/ http://www.supracer.com/stand-up-paddle-racing-new-era/ DB Photographic Art: http://www.dbphotographicart.com/xuxnrekdw511fteafn64ly8zq6jawa Rogue: http://www.supracer.com/carolina-cup-stand-up-paddleboard-race-video-2015/ Visit Wrightsville Beach: http://www.visitwrightsvillebeachnc.com/events-calendar/2015-carolina-cup-/ Distressedmullet: http://distressedmullet.com/events/race/2015-carolina-cup/ Hoviesup: http://hoviesup.myshopify.com/blogs/news/19529665-hovie-sup-race-team-results-for-the-2015-carolina-cup stnevents.com: http://www.stnevents.com/wrightsville-beach/blockade-runner-beach-resort/the-carolina-cup-sup-race?7xnih5jlij supexaminer.com: http://supexaminer.com/2015/04/travis-grant-annabel-anderson-win-2015-carolina-cup-elite-race/ World Paddle Association: http://worldpaddleassociation.com/the-carolina-cup-is-1-month-away/ Supconnect: http://supconnect.com/news/rogue-recap-carolina-cup-2015 heyevent.com: http://heyevent.com/event/1539417232999212/the-carolina-cup-sup-race finsciences.com: http://finsciences.com/carolina-cup-sup-races-2015/ charlestongrit.com: http://charlestongrit.com/charleston-paddlers-compete-world-class-2015-carolina-cup file://localhost/playak.com/ http/::playak.com:index.php%3Foption=com_community&view=videos&task=video&userid=34215&videoid=34226

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