April 18-22nd, 2018
Wrightsville Beach, NC



Wednesday, April 18: Midnight – Online registration ends

April 18-22, 2018

The 2018 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 seventh 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.

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 22
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.

Cost: Register by September 30 – $75 (SAVE $55)

Register by December 31 – $90 (SAVE $40)

Register before Packet Pickup – $105 (SAVE $25)

Packet Pickup Registration – $130


The Money Island 6.5 Mile Open Race
Saturday, April 22
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.


Cost: Register by September 30 – $100 (SAVE $55)

Register by December 31 – $115 (SAVE $40)

Register before Packet Pickup – $130 (SAVE $25)

Packet Pickup Registration – $155


The Graveyard 13.2 Mile Elite Race
Saturday, April 22
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.

Cost: Register by September 30 – $150 (SAVE $55)

Register by December 31 – $165 (SAVE $40)

Register before Packet Pickup – $180 (SAVE $25)

Packet Pickup Registration – $205




THERE IS A 5 HOUR LIMIT on the Elite Race.

Divisions: Juniors (under 16), Mens and Womens, Over 50 Mens and Womens BOARD SIZES: Stock (12’6” and under), 14’ and Unlimited SUP, stock, 14 and unlimited traditional paddleboard, OC-1, OC-2, surf ski, Ocean Kayak

MONEY DIVISION/CASH PRIZES: Womens Elite Stock (12’6” and under), and Mens Elite 14’

Kids Race
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.

Girls and Boys Divisions for WPA Points:

  • 8 & under – Sea Turtle kid’s race
  • 9-11 – 3.4 mile Harbor Island
  • 12-14 – 6 mile Money Island
  • 15-17 – 6 mile Money Island


6-Man Outrigger Harbor Island Race
Sunday, April 23
Racers Meeting: 8:45AM
Race begins: 9:00AM

Gather your paddle buddies! The races will be 9 miles in length, and will host men’s, women’s, and mixed teams from all over the country.

No limit on teams but boats will be broken into weight categories

Registrations and payments are made by team.

This race will follow ECORA racing guidelines.

Bring your own OC6 and paddles!

Canoe Drop off is Sunday morning at 8am at the Blockade Runner sound side beach

Trailer boats can be put in at Wrightsville Beach’s public launch at :

Wrightsville Beach, Intracoastal Waterway

NEW HANOVER COUNTY N 34° 13′ 06” W 77° 48′ 41”

Address: 109 Causeway Dr., Wrightsville Beach, NC 72 parking spaces

From the junction at the end of I-40 and US 74 (Martin Luther King Pkwy.) in Wilmington,

travel on US 74 east 4.4 miles. After crossing the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge, turn left on

Channel Walk Dr. at the first intersection and then turn immediately left to the area




Red Paddle Company -Dragon Race
Sunday, April 23
Race begins: 10am

Red Paddle Co announces Inaugural Dragon World Series, World’s First Team Standup Paddle Racing Competition. Red Paddle Co, the world’s most popular inflatable stand up paddleboard brand is an entirely new concept in SUP competition featuring four-person team racing. Using Red Paddle Co’s revolutionary 22-foot Dragon Race Board, teams can compete in dozens of worldwide events, culminating in the Dragon World Championships on October 28-30, 2017, in Carlisle Bay, Barbados. The first US Dragon Event will bring paddlers to Wrightsville Beach, NC,  in conjunction with the Carolina Cup.



The LAST DAY to register online is Wednesday, April 18!

The first 150 Graveyard participants to register will also recieve an official TunaSkin custom race jersey.


Official Resort of The 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

Book your reservation today by clicking this link.

Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Blockade Runner Beach Resort
275 Waynick Blvd
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
Office: 910.256.2251 / 800.805.2252
Fax: 910.256.0595

Official Rental & Real Estate Company of The Carolina Cup

Travel and Board Shipping

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.

Board Shipping using, the official shipper for Carolina Cup

How can I ship my board out for Carolina Cup? is the official shipper for Carolina Cup and is offering a white glove service to help you ship your board. They provide best of market rate quotes, handle all scheduling and logistics, provide damage insurance, and provide a central location in Wrightsville Beach for paddle board pick-up and delivery after the event. This service is available for a nominal $25 coordination fee and reduces hours of hassle for you. Learn more at

What is the typical cost for shipping a paddle board?

The cost to ship your paddle board varies depending on the size and weight of the board, your location, and requirements for shipping. The experts at, the official shipper of Carolina Cup, will work through all of this with you to produce the best of market rate quotes and logistic options for shipping your board to Wrightsville Beach. charges a discounted $25 coordination fee for this white glove service. Learn more at

Where will my board be delivered to at Wrightsville Beach? has a central warehouse location in Wrightsville Beach near the event where athletes will pick-up their board prior to the event and deliver back to after the race. This makes it very easy for you to access your board.

What if my board is damaged during shipping?

As part of the service provided by additional damage insurance will be placed on your paddle board to ensure you are compensated if damage occurs during shipping. The team at handles the claim on your behalf. Options for ding repair are available from local paddle shops in the Wrightsville Beach area for a quick fix but it’s advisable to bring your own kit of sun-cure ding repair just in case. Learn more at


We proudly sponsor North Carolina Coastal Federation




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

  • 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

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

8:00a Expo

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 long boat Race Start

10:03a Graveyard 13 mile 12’6 and 14’ men start

10:06a Graveyard 13 mile 12’6 and 14’ women start

12:00p-4:00p Demo

12:00p – 4:00p Live entertainment

1:00p Banquet- Food

4:30p Awards

7:00p-10:00p After Party

Sunday, April 22

9:00a-12:00p Expo and Demo

9:00a Surfski and 6-man Outrigger Race

11:00a Kids Race

Demo Days

Friday, April 20. 10-5. | Saturday, April 21. 12-4. | Sunday, April 22. 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 West Marine 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.

To best secure your allowed demo time, please register in advance below.



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2018 Clinics – TBD

Epic Movie Night


Before & After Parties

In The Media


It is HERE! The 2017 West Marine Carolina Cup presented by Surftech -Drone Footage, exclusively shot and created by Peter Newman of Aerial Images ILM.


North Carolina Press Release (original source)
Shortline to original source
North Carolina Press Release Media Site (Behance)
Email version of press release
PR Newswire
Facebook 1
Facebook 2
EIN Presswire


SUP the Mag


Distressed Mullet

Lumina News

Star News

Star News

Cape Fear Gear

Star News

Sup Connect

WMBF-TV, NBC, Myrtle Beach

Wall Street Select

Miami Herald


Eastern Surf Magazine




TV 12 News

Le Lezard

Pacific Business News



Sys Con Media

Orlando Business Journal



WWAY Cup Coverage:

Port City Daily:

SUP The Mag:


DB Photographic Art:


Visit Wrightsville Beach:



World Paddle Association:


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