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April 19-23rd, 2017
Wrightsville Beach, NC

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About

April 19-23, 2017

The 2017 West Marine 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 West Marine 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 2017 Carolina Cup is now open, so register today!

Races

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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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YOU MUST FINISH THE HALF-WAY MARK WITHIN 2 HOURS.

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.

*RACE COURSE MAP WILL BE ADDED SHORTLY*

Registration

The LAST DAY to register online is Wednesday, April 19!

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

Accommodations

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 TradePaddleboards.com, the official shipper for Carolina Cup

How can I ship my board out for Carolina Cup?

TradePaddleboards.com 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 www.tradepaddleboards.com/carolinacup.

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 TradePaddleboards.com, 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. TradePaddleboards.com charges a discounted $25 coordination fee for this white glove service. Learn more at www.tradepaddleboards.com/carolinacup

Where will my board be delivered to at Wrightsville Beach?

Tradepaddleboards.com 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 TradePaddleboards.com additional damage insurance will be placed on your paddle board to ensure you are compensated if damage occurs during shipping. The team at TradePaddleboards.com 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 www.tradepaddleboards.com/carolinacup

Charity

We proudly sponsor North Carolina Coastal Federation

 

Rules

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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

Wednesday, April 19

3-Day Lazy Dog Paddle Yoga Training w/ a WPA level 1 Cert

Local’s Guide to Mason’s Inlet Clinic

6:00p Volunteer Meeting

6:00p Media Meeting Midnight – Online registration ends

Thursday, April 20

10a-5p Retailer Only Expo 11a -Sue from “Lazy Dog” business seminar at Soundside Gazebo

3-Day Lazy Dog Paddle Yoga Training w/a WPA level 1 Cert

Local’s Guide to Mason’s Inlet Clinic

3 day ACA L1/L2 SUP Instructor Cert Workshop

Danny Ching’s Semi Private Clinic

Foundations of Stroke with Annabel Anderson

Travis Grant 1-on-1 Clinics

Preparing for Success with Annabel Anderson

6:30p Coastal Federation speaks at Epic Restaurant

7p Zane Schweitzer speaks at Epic Restaurant

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 21

10a – 5pm Expo and Demo’s

3-day Lazy Dog Paddle Yoga Training w/ a WPA level 1 Cert

3 day ACA L1/L2 SUP Instructor Certification Workshop

Danny Ching’s Semi Private Clinic

Travis Grant Paddle Clinic

Oscar Chalupsky- Back to Basics

Michael Booth Paddle Clinic

Dan Gavere’s SUP Racing Clinic

Cynthia Aguilar Prone Clinic

Connor Baxter Paddle Clinic

CPR Drowning and Resuscitation with Wrightsville Beach Ocean rescue

Dan Gavere’s Intro to Ocean Racing

Jesse Lishchuk Surfski/Kayak Technique & Racing

Noon- Axis Fitness free 30 minute strength & conditioning workout followed by a free 30 minute strength & mobility yoga class – ocean side lawn

Noon, 12:45, 2, 2:30, 4 & 4:30 Coastal Federation 15 minute Tours of storm water filtration system.

Noon-7:00p Packet Pickup & Registration at Blockade Runner Beach Resort

1:00p -5:00p Band- Onward Soldiers 5:00p-6:00p

Guest Speakers – Danny Ching and Travis Grant

6:00p Autograph Signing at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort on the ocean side lawn

6:30p safety volunteer meeting

Saturday, April 22

7:00a-8:00a Packet Pickup & Last chance to register

7:30a DJ Zach starts spinning until noon

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- Da Howlies

1:00p Banquet- Food

4:30p Awards

7:00p-10:00p After Party at Bluewater Restaurant

 

Sunday, April 23

9-11am Zane Schweitzer SUP Surf Clinic

9-11am Danny Ching’s Semi private Clinic

1pm-3:30pm Oscar Chalupsky- Back to Basics

1- 2:30pm Travis Grants Outrigger Canoe Clinic

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

9:00a 6-man Outrigger Race

10:00a Red Paddle Co-Dragon Race

11:00a Kids Race

Demo Days

Friday, April 21. 10-5. | Saturday, April 22. 12-4. | Sunday, April 23. 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 21 to Sunday, April 23. 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.

NEW 2017 TRADE SHOW

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Presenting Sponsor

SurfTech

Sponsors

Support the companies who support the Carolina Cup: Check them out!

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Clinics

2017 Clinics are listed below.

3-day Lazy Dog Paddle Yoga Training with the addition of a WPA level 1 certification

When:  Wednesday-Friday, April 19-21: 8am-4pm each day

Where to meet: Meet at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort Lobby

Price: $705

Spots: Limited to 12 Paddle Yogis

Description: Lazy Dog is stoked to be returning to the Carolina Cup to conduct a PaddleYoga Teacher training with the addition of a WPA level 1 certification.

The training will run from Wednesday, April 19th through Friday, April 21st. 8am-4pm

The WPA/PaddleYoga training includes: SUP Basics and Technique: SUP Equipment Knowledge and Purchasing, Water Safety Training, Rescue Techniques, Safety Planning, Boating Laws, Weather and Chart Knowledge. The course will also cover PaddleYoga Class Development, Adapting Yoga to SUP, Yoga for the Sup Athlete, and Business Application. Requirements to become registered with the WPA: CPR, First Aid, and Liability Insurance. Participants must have obtained a 200 hour certification prior. Those who have not completed a 200 hour program prior may be accepted upon further review. This program is endorsed by the WPA, ACE, and the Yoga Alliance. Contact lead instructor Tara McCabe at tara@lazydogpaddleyoga.com  or holla to 305.433.1234. Make sure to bring a paddle, standup paddleboard(we will provide equipment if needed), hydration, PFD, and appropriate clothing.

3-day ACA L1/L2 SUP Instructor Certification Workshop

When:  Wednesday-Friday, April 19-21: 8am-5pm each day

Where to meet: Meet at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort Lobby

Price: $450

Spots: Limited to 10 paddlers

Description: Ready to get certified as a Paddleboard instructor? We’re ready to help make it happen! Over 3 days we’ll complete an Instructor Development Workshop and Instructor Certification Exam. Class will be held on and adjacent to the water. Expect to paddle a lot! We will be on the water in the Bank Channel and other adjacent waterways. Each morning we will meet at the Blockade runner resort Intracoastal beach (grassy area next to the dock/bar). This course encompasses a great deal of information from Strokes & Maneuvers, Teaching & Learning theory to professional standards. We will also cover group management & rescues, board design/construction, and repair It’s great for paddlers who: Teach classes Would like to teach SUP courses Guide tours Have experience teaching and paddling Program directors or Enthusiasts. *Each Instructor Candidate gets a floaty truckers cap, decals, water bottle holder and mini solar resin repair kit. *You’ll need a SUP, paddle, and a USCG approved PFD (each can be provided upon request) Please go to my webpage or email me for course curriculum & additional information.

http://www.bishopboards.com/certification

Foundations of Stroke with Annabel Anderson

When:  Thursday, April 20: 9am-12pm

Where to meet: Meet at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort Lobby

Price: $125

Spots: Limited to 20 paddlers

Description: Don’t miss out on World #1 and 4x winner of the Carolina Cup Annabel Anderson’s Foundations of Stroke Clinic.

A simple to understand workshop that caters to all abilities and focuses on the foundations of the SUP stroke from the ground up as well as distilling some of the technical gems that have assisted Annabel in maintaining her ability to paddle away from the pack time and time again. A combination of dry-land and on-water work will cover the key biomechanics to set you up for a successful and injury free paddling season, including a detailed analysis and correction of key aspects of your stroke. Also covered: tips and exercises to prevent overuse injury; correct fitting of equipment.

Bring: a paddle, standup paddleboard, hydration, PFD, and appropriate clothing.

Suitable for: intermediate paddlers and above wanting to take their paddling to the next level.

Don’t miss out on this sell-out clinic that promises fun, laughter, good times, some epic stroke progression and plenty of ‘ah ha’ moments. Specific information regarding the Carolina Cup Courses will be referenced during the clinic.

Preparing for Success

When:  Thursday, April 20: 2-4pm

Where to meet: Meet at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort Lobby

Price: $85

Spots: Limited to 20 paddlers

Description: So often we focus on the stroke and what happens on the water and forget about everything else that contributes to setting ourselves up for the best possible result that our skill level and preparation allow. Join 4x Carolina Cup winner Annabel Anderson as she shares some of her experiences and tools to help you get to the the start line relaxed and ready to perform.Learn how to settle the herd of butterflies that are having a boxing match in your stomach.Learn tips about how how to manage the links between emotions and performance and how to make the most of your training and preparation. During this 2hr work shop and Q&A, Annabel describes some of her strategies she has used to prepare for the likes of Carolina Cup and other major events and how you can incorporate these into your personal routines. You will gain insight to an arsenal of tools to put to use in your preparation for upcoming events this summer.

This workshop a combination of classroom and water based activities and is designed to be fluid and based around the needs of the group. Consistency of results is no accident. This is your opportunity to learn from an athlete that has overcome multiple obstacles and challenges along the way to still reach pinnacle performances when it matters.

Bring a paddle, standup paddleboard, hydration, PFD, and appropriate clothing.

Suitable for: Paddlers of all levels and abilities

Danny Ching’s Semi Private Clinic

When:  Thursday, April 20: 8-10am, Friday, April 21: 8-10am, Sunday. April 23: 9-11am

Where to meet: Meet Danny at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort Lobby

Price: $375

Spots: Limited to 3 paddlers

Description: One in three opportunities to spend 2 hours with Danny, discussing technique, strategy, and whatever makes you a better paddler. Danny Ching is currently #8 in the SUP RACER world rankings, multiple Carolina Cup champion as well as a pedigree in outrigger canoe. Make sure to bring a paddle, standup paddleboard, hydration, PFD, and appropriate clothing.

Local’s Guide to Mason’s Inlet

When:  Wednesday and Thursday, April 19-20: 8:30-11am

Where to meet: Beach Access 2- North Wrightsville Beach

Price: $122

Spots: Limited to 10 paddlers

Description:

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.)

Travis Grant 1-on-1 Clinic #1

When: Thursday, April 20: 8:30-11am

Where to meet: Meet Travis in the Blockade Runner Beach Resort Lobby

Price: $585

Spots: Limited to 1 paddler

Description: One on one opportunity to spend 2 ½ hours with Travis, discussing technique, strategy, and whatever makes you a better paddler. Travis Grant is currently #3 in the SUP RACER world rankings as well as pedigrees in outrigger canoe, surf ski and surfing. Make sure to bring a paddle, standup paddleboard, hydration, PFD, and appropriate clothing.

Travis Grant 1-on-1 Clinic #2

When: Thursday, April 20: 12-2:30pm

Where to meet: Meet Travis in the Blockade Runner Beach Resort Lobby

Price: $585

Spots: Limited to 1 paddler

Description: One on one opportunity to spend 2 ½ hours with Travis, discussing technique, strategy, and whatever makes you a better paddler. Travis Grant is currently #3 in the SUP RACER world rankings as well as pedigrees in outrigger canoe, surf ski and surfing. Make sure to bring a paddle, standup paddleboard, hydration, PFD, and appropriate clothing.

Travis Grant 1-on-1 Clinic #3

When: Thursday, April 20: 3-5:30pm

Where to meet: Meet Travis in the Blockade Runner Beach Resort Lobby

Price: $585

Spots: Limited to 1 paddler

Description: One on one opportunity to spend 2 ½ hours with Travis, discussing technique, strategy, and whatever makes you a better paddler. Travis Grant is currently #3 in the SUP RACER world rankings as well as pedigrees in outrigger canoe, surf ski and surfing. Make sure to bring a paddle, standup paddleboard, hydration, PFD, and appropriate clothing.

Travis Grant Paddle Clinic

When: Friday, April 21:  8:30-11:30am

Where: Meet in the lobby of the Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Price: $156

Spots: Limited to 10 paddlers

Description: The Carolina Cup is excited to announce that Travis Grant will be conducting a paddle clinic focusing on technique—how to be efficient, how to generate power when you need, how to train and how to race.  Travis is one of the world’s top paddle athletes and currently ranked #3 in the SUP RACER World rankings with notable wins in 2015 of The Carolina Cup and Molokai 2 Oahu to name a few. Travis will be conducting his clinic with on-water as well as classroom instruction. He will also do a specialized poolside stroke critique where each paddler will learn proper stroke technique.  Travis will critique and make suggestions for what you will need to work on to make your stroke more efficient.

Oscar Chalupsky’s Back To Basics of Paddling Clinic

When: Friday, April 21:  9:30am-12pm and Sunday, April 23: 1pm-3:30pm

Where: Meet in the lobby of the Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Price: $245

Spots: Limited to 10 paddlers

Description:The clinic will take you to the basic’s of all paddle sports. It will concentrate on the technique of paddling, covering all parts of the body and set up. It will address how to keep improving your paddling, after the clinic. How to improve your stability, Remounting from different positions. Will also touch on downwind paddling if we have time. You will get personally critiqued on your paddle technique.

You will receive notes that you can take away with you to keep on improving.

Dan Gavere’s SUP Racing Clinic

When: Friday, April 21: 10-11:30am

Where to meet: Lobby of the Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Price: $80

Spots: Limited to 10 paddlers

Description: This clinic will focus on what it takes to have the perfect race day from pre-race prep, equipment selection/sizing and tuning, to beach and water starts, pacing, drafting, and finishing.   He will go over the basics of race strokes and techniques including analyzing each person’s 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.

PFD’s and leashes required

Raceboards recommended

Progressive Paddling with Michael Booth

When: Friday, April 21: 10am-12pm

Where to meet: Lobby of the Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Price: $153

Spots: Limited to 12 paddlers

Description: This clinic will be with Michael Booth who burst onto the scene in 2016 and became ISA World Champion and #2 ranked paddler in the World on SUP Racers rankings. He will run through the fundamentals of the paddle stroke before moving on to advanced skills and race tactics that he has developed in 4 different paddle sports! It will be both an on dry land and on water clinic helping you become a better paddler!

Connor Baxter Paddle Clinic

When: Friday, April 21: 1-3pm

Where to meet: Lobby of the Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Price: $156

Spots: Limited to 10 paddlers

Description: The Carolina Cup is excited to announce that Connor Baxter will be conducting a paddle clinic focusing on technique. Connor is one of the world’s top paddle athletes and currently ranked #1 in the SUP RACER World Rankings. Come join Connor for an all-around race day technique and tactics lesson. It will start off with the basics paddling techniques and then go over how he paddles during race conditions. Then move on to tactics from beach starts, buoy turns and just overall mindset. It will be a great day learning about all the different techniques he uses during races. Come join Connor and let’s have some fun!” Yes, that is correct 2 hours with the #1 ranked racer according to SUP RACER!

CPR and Drowning Resuscitation with Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue

When: Friday, April 21: 1-5pm

Where to meet: Class location will be at the Wrightsville Beach Fire Department, 3 Bob Sawyer Drive Wrightsville Beach, NC

Price: $60

Spots: Limited to 30 paddlers

Description: The Friends of Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue are seeking anyone that it is interested in learning CPR and Drowning Resuscitation.
It is a common feeling amongst our fellow citizens to feel helpless to act during an emergency because they do not know how to administer CPR or they are afraid of hurting the victim. As the bystander, you the citizen, are often a critical link in the chain of survival for that emergency. Being able to recognize the emergency, knowing who to call, and having the confidence to act can make a difference in that person’s life!
As active members in the community, you are often the first person on scene therefore starting that ‘chain of survival.’ As first responders, our lifeguards and firefighters are accustomed to responding to emergencies. Understanding the importance of the educated bystander, we teach CPR courses to our community members each year. We would like to extend that invitation to those of you visiting our community. So take the course, educate yourself, and take your knowledge back to your community to share.
Friends of Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue is an affiliated non-profit through the Wrightsville Beach Volunteer Firefighters Association (501 3c). Our CPR instructors are certified through the American Heart Association. Cost for the class is $50 and will take 4 hours to complete. Each class is limited to 30 people. Class location will be at the Wrightsville Beach Fire Department, 3 Bob Sawyer Drive Wrightsville Beach, NC.

Dan Gavere’s Intro to Ocean Racing

When: Friday, April 21: 2-4pm

Where: Meet in the lobby at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Price: $122

Spots: Limited to 10 paddlers

Description: 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 getting out safely through the waves, as well as beach landings and safely controlling a race board in the surf zone. 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.

We recommend a minimum of 10hrs flat water paddling experience for 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.

PFD’s and leashes required

Displacement boards recommended for aspiring racers and surf style round nose boards for the less experienced.

Jesse Lishchuk Surfski/Kayak Technique and Racing

When: Friday, April 21: 2-4pm

Where: Meet in the lobby at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Price: $92

Spots: Limited to 16 paddlers

Description: Jesse Lishchuk, from Philadelphia PA, is a 5x U.S. National Kayak team member and 4x Sprint/Marathon World Championship participant. Top finishes include 1st place in Under-23 sprint team trials and multiple titles in National Marathon Championships.

Session will include on-shore and water components and will be 120 minutes in duration.

Paddlers will learn specifics of forward stroke technique in both Flatwater and Surfski paddling. Emphasis on biomechanical efficiency, stroke force accentuation, and injury prevention. Personalized sport specific training tips and race preparation included. All skill levels welcome!

Stretching and Mobility with Seychelle

When: Friday, April 21: 2:30-4pm and Sunday, April 23: 8:30-10am

Where: Meet in the lobby at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Price: $25

Spots: Limited to 30 paddlers

Description:A stretching and mobility class designed specifically for paddlers of all types. Great for race preparation and for and post race recovery. We will loosen up those tight, paddling muscles, and relax your mind and body. Learn stretching techniques to take home with you that will help to increase your flexibility and range or motion to protect your spine and shoulders and also improve your paddle reach.
Two class times are offered, one on Friday to unwind from a long day of travel before the big race, and one on Sunday to get some blood flow to your body and reduce muscle soreness.
This is for all levels, no experience necessary, and is open to non-paddlers and non-racers as well.
Please arrive a few minutes early so we can begin on time. Wear comfortable, athletic clothing and bring a Yoga or workout mat if you have one. Extra mats will be available to rent or purchase on a first come first serve basis.
Seychelle is a World Ranked SUP racer, Yoga Instructor, SUP Yoga instructor, SUP instructor, personal trainer, and nutrition fanatic.
We will have time at the end of class for Q&A about stretching, yoga, fitness, nutrition, paddling, etc.

Learn to Prone with Cynthia Aguilar

When: Friday, April 21: 10-11am

Where: Meet in the lobby at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Price: $43

Spots: Limited to 25 paddlers

Description: Come and learn to Prone Paddle alongside lifetime water-woman, 14 year veteran in the sport, and ultra-distance specialist Cynthia Aguilar!
Learn the basics and the prone paddling break down – land exercises and time on-the-water together.
This is for all levels – first-timers, beginners, intermediate, and experienced paddlers alike.
Get your hands wet! Go prone!

Zane Schweitzer SUP Surf Clinic

When: Sunday, April 23: 9-11am

Where: Meet in the lobby at Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Price: $55

Spots: Limited to 20 paddlers

Description: Zane is a Professional Athlete and certified Water sports instructor! He follows the Stand Up World Tour and the Stand Up World Series traveling and competing up to 9 months out of the year. Stand up paddle surfing is a traditional Hawaiian sport that promotes balance, strength and fitness. Come explore the ocean from a new perspective. Stand up paddle is fun even when the waves are flat! Whether you want to paddle on calm water or try catching waves, stand up paddle surfing is a great sport for surfers and non-surfers alike. It’s an isometric workout that strengthens your core muscles in a naturally beautiful setting. Zane is also currently ranked #28 in the SUP RACER WORLD RANKINGS of Stand up paddle board racing.

Travis Grant Outrigger Canoe Clinic

When: Sunday, April 23: 1- 2:30pm

Where: Meet in the lobby at Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Price: $155

Spots: Limited to 20 paddlers

Description: The Carolina Cup is excited to announce that Travis Grant will be conducting an Outrigger Canoe clinic focusing on technique and training for ​OC1 and OC6​ Travis will help you with your stroke ​and teach you how to be as efficient as possible in the ocean and flat water. ​

Safety is emphasized and an assessment of paddling ability will be done to ensure each paddler is accommodated accordingly.

Travis Grant​ is one of the world’s top paddle athletes ​in both Sup and Outrigger canoe.  He has won many of the worlds major paddling titles, with notable wins at Carolina Cup 2015, the ​famous Molokai OC1 solo​ in 2016 and the Molokai (M20) ​Sup  2013 & 2015 titles.  Travis is currently ranked #3 in the SUP RACER World rankings.
Ocean racing is Travis’ specialty however before you tackle the ocean you need to know how to paddle in the flat. ​Travis will be conducting his clinic on dry land. If weather and time permits the clinic will move to a water session ​with on-water analysis in either oc1 and oc6.  Travis will critique with suggestions on how to make your stroke more efficient and effective and what you need to work on. This session will also include a discussion of training options for oc1 and oc6 teams. ​

If possible, ​please supply your own outrigger and paddle. ​ A 6 man team is an option if you do not have your own equipment.  Teams are welcome.

See you all on Sunday for the rare opportunity to learn from one of the best​ in the world.

Epic Movie Night

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Before & After Parties

In The Media

2017

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijlEQZu6cVU

 

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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

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