Wednesday, April 18: Midnight – Online registration ends
April 18-22, 2018
The 2018 Quicksilver Waterman Carolina Cup presented by SurfTech kicks off the race season with 5 courses: a kids race, the Harbor Island Recreational “fun” race, Money Island open race, 6 man outrigger race on Sunday and the renowned Graveyard Elite Race. This is our 8th year. In 2012, the Carolina Cup was the largest race on the East Coast with over 400 paddlers competing in the first day of races. In 2013, we had over 600. In 2014, there were over 700. The 2015 event was one of the most competitive events on record and also deemed the largest SUP event in the world. In 2016, the Carolina Cup grew even more attracting thousands of paddlers to Wrightsville Beach to come together on the East Coast. Each year we try to get better and better.
Expect clinics by the top paddle instructors and certifiers in the world.
Bring the whole family for this amazing 5-day weekend.
Registration for the 2018 Carolina Cup is now open, so register today!
Harbor Island 3.5 Mile Recreational Race
Saturday, April 21
Racers Meeting: 8:30AM
Race begins: 9:00AM
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 and 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.
The Money Island 6.5 Mile Open Race
Saturday, April 21
Racers Meeting: 9:15AM
Race begins: 9:30AM
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.
The Graveyard 13.2 Mile Elite Race
Saturday, April 21
Racers Meeting: 9:45AM
Race begins: 10:00AM
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.
Divisions: Juniors 17 and under, Mens and Womens, Over 50 Mens and Womens, Over 60 Mens and Womens
BOARD SIZES: 14’ and under for both Men and Women. Unlimited SUP, stock, 14 and unlimited traditional paddleboard
MONEY DIVISION/CASH PRIZES: Mens and Womens Elite 14 Foot and under
The race will be Sunday and will and will be divided into age appropriate brackets to encourage safety and the comradery of friendly competition. Every kid’s a winner and everyone walks away with a shirt . It’s for kids 7 to 14 and is more of a family, fun event.
The more future watermen there are, the better the world will be. Let’s all pass the aloha on…
All competitors have to wear USCG-approved life jackets and can not wear waist-inflatable pfds. Race can be cancelled due to weather and conditions. All kids get a t-shirt with registration.
The Graveyard 13.2 Mile Elite OC-1, OC-2, Surfki and Double Ski Race
Sunday, April 22
Racers Meeting: 8:45AM
Race begins: 9:00AM
YOU MUST FINISH THE HALF-WAY MARK WITHIN 1.5 HOURS.
THERE IS A 3.5 HOUR LIMIT on the OC and Surfski Elite Race.
This is a water start and finish. This is a 12.6-13.2-mile ocean and flatwater race, started and finished on the sound side of the Blockade Runner Beach Resort. 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 1.5 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.
Girls and Boys Divisions for WPA Points:
Official Resort of The Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup:
For reservations, call the front desk at The Blockade Runner directly and tell the you are making reservations for the Carolina Cup. You need to say Carolina Cup or they will tell you it is sold out. We have the whole hotel reserved again this year. Pretty cool. Or click this link.
We are also offering a Special Carolina Cup Room Rate that includes the following:
Two & Three night stays available in an Oceanfront or Harborfront guestroom
Complimentary breakfast in EAST Oceanfront Dining each morning
Parking at the race location for one vehicle
On-site board storage
Call Blockade Runner Guest Services at 910.256.2251 to book or
Blockade Runner Beach Resort
275 Waynick Blvd
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
Office: 910.256.2251 / 800.805.2252
Travel using Wilmington International Airport
Conveniently located to Carolina Cup activities, the Wilmington International Airport serves southeastern North Carolina with commercial air service on both Delta and American Airlines. Welcoming nearly 800,000 passengers annually, ILM services 5 non-stop hubs 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.
We will be following World Paddle Association (WPA) Rules, including:
You can view them here
Wednesday, April 18
6:00p Volunteer Meeting
6:00p Media Meeting Midnight – Online registration ends
Thursday, April 19
7:30p Epic Movie Night at Epic Food Co – FREE & open to all! Located in The Forum. 1113 Military Cutoff Rd, Ste. F
Friday, April 20
10a – 5p Expo and Demo’s
Noon-7:00p Packet Pickup & Registration at Blockade Runner Beach Resort
4:00p -6:00p Opening Reception at The Blockade Runner Beach Resort
6:00p Autograph Signing at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort on the ocean side lawn
Saturday, April 21
7:00a-8:00a Packet Pickup & Last chance to register
8:30a Harbor Island 3.5 Mile Race Racers Meeting
8:50a Racers start to get on water
8:58a Racers line up
9:00a Harbor Island 3.5 Mile Race Start
9:15a Racers Meeting Money Island 6 Mile Racers Meeting
9:25a Racers get on water and to the line
9:30a Money Island 6 Mile Race Start
9:45a Graveyard 13 Mile Racers Meeting
10:00a Graveyard 13 Mile Unlimited SUP and Traditional Paddleboard Start
10:03a Graveyard 13 mile Mmen start
10:06a Graveyard 13 mile Women start
12:00p – 4:00p Live entertainment
1:00p Banquet- Food
7:00p-10:00p After Party
Sunday, April 22
9:00a-12:00p Expo and Demo
9:00a Surfski and Outrigger Race
11:00a Kids Race
Awards 1 hour following end of Graveyard Race
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.
This clinic will focus on what it takes to have the perfect race day from pre-race prep, equipment selection/sizing, fin selection, placement, and tip and tricks that pro’s use prior to the start horn. beach and water starts, pacing, drafting, and finishing. He will go over the basics of race strokes and techniques including analyzing each persons forward stroke and how to improve power and efficiency. Dan will also teach different styles of buoy turns, the choke down stroke, the bow draw, and how to generate more power by using the legs. Come join one of the most versatile SUP paddlers in the world in this unique opportunity to have the best race day possible.
Have you done flatwater racing and are interested in taking your skills to the ocean? Are you afraid of the waves and handling a large board in surf conditions? Well then, Dan Gavere’s Introduction to Ocean Racing will give you the basic skills and information necessary to try your first ocean race and to take your ocean racing skills to the next level with confidence. Dan will focus on beach starts and paddling out safely through the waves, as well as beach landings and safely controlling a race board in the surf zone. Even if you’re simply just interested in catching your first couple of waves on a SUP board, Dan will provide instruction and demonstrations. This will be a great opportunity to learn 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.
If you’ve wanted to try the Graveyard but you’re worried about Mason’s Inlet, then this is the clinic for you. Learn the in’s & out’s (pun intended) of this challenging section of the course. There’s breaking waves, rollers, shoals, channels, eddies, and double ups. Regardless of the direction the course is run this year, it’s good to be acquainted with the area! Join local paddler, and one of the top 10 women paddlers in the world, April Zilg as she shares with your local tips and tricks to make it through the inlet. After covering surf zone safety on land, this 2.5 hour clinic will be mostly on the water. As a group, you will paddle the north and south sides of the inlet, discovering sandbars and channels so that you can select a line that you’re comfortable with: whether you want to surf in, or never encounter a breaking wave… both are possible! Paddlers can expect to walk away with a newfound confidence in this area of the course, local knowledge about the tides and sand bars, and improved water reading abilities.
Previous paddle experience is required. (This is a course geared towards paddler wanting to make the jump from the 6 mile to the 12 mile course that are not worried about the distance, but are worried about the conditions. Thank you for understanding.)
In this clinic we’re going to go over everything to help you get to the start and finish of your race! It doesn’t matter if this is your first race, or you’re a veteran, we will discuss everything from pre-race meals, equipment preparation, what to expect on the morning of your race, and all the little things that happen which you can never plan for! The clinic will be about 2 hrs long. We will start on land and follow up with a group paddle where we will practice starts & finishes and you can ask any questions related to Stand Up Paddling. Looking forward to seeing you on the water!
Come out and get in a solid workout like Danny does with his crew in Dana Point.
Do you want to be more comfortable on your board? Do you want get better at turning? Do you want to go faster? Do you want to have more fun? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this is the clinic for you. During this 2-hour clinic, you will learn valuable subtleties, drills, footwork tricks, and paddle manipulations that will help improve your movement on your board as well as overall performance and speed… and you’ll have a lot of fun too!
*All participants will receive a goody bag, drills sheet and autographed poster.
Do you want to get better at race starts from the shore? Are you afraid to go through the waves (in or out) on your Raceboard? Are you fearless, but keep flailing or timing your start wrong? Do you just want to get better? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this is the clinic for you. In this two-hour clinic, learn valuable tools to get through the surf safely and timely on your Raceboard. If you are inexperienced on your board and struggle with moving your feet or feeling comfortable on your board, it is recommended that you also take the Footwork and Drills clinic. (Be prepared to get wet. Must have leash)
*All participants will receive a goody bag, safety tip sheet, and autographed poster.
When: Friday at 10am to 12:30pm
Where to meet: lobby of the Blockade Runner
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