The 2019 Carolina Cup

April 24th-28th, 2019

Wrightsville Beach, NC

The 2019 Carolina Cup is in its 9th year and is a week-long event featuring over a dozen clinics and 5 races. On Friday, there are several fun clinics and a kids race. On Saturday, there is a 3.5-mile Harbor Island Recreational race, 6.5-mile Money Island Open Race and the dreaded 13-mile Graveyard Elite Race.  On Sunday there is a outrigger  and Surfski race. . In 2017, we added Surfski and OC-1 and OC-2 with numbers to  create their own start times. 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.

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. Bring the whole family for this amazing week full of live music, a great expo, food, drinks, clinics for all,  and amazing athletes and races!

Races Categories & Awards

Harbor Island 5K Recreational Race

Saturday, April 27th

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 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 Unlimited- Overall Top 3 Male & Female
  • Prone 14″: Overall Top 3 Male & Female
  • Prone SUP: Overall Top 3 Male & Female
  • SUP Unlimited-Overall Top 3 Overall Male and Female

*Please note that there must be 5 participants in category to get an award & you can only receive 1 award per race (participant  cannot win overall & age group.)

 

Money Island 10K Open Race

Saturday, April 27th

Racers Meeting at 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.

 

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 Unlimited- Overall Top 3 Male & Female
  • Prone 14″: Overall Top 3 Male & Female
  • Prone SUP: 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 & you can only receive 1 award per race (participant  cannot win overall & age group.)

 

Graveyard 13-mile Elite Race

Saturday, April 27th

Racers Meeting at 9:45am

Race begins at 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. 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 & you can only receive 1 award per race (participant cannot win overall & age group.)

 

Graveyard Surfski and Outrigger Race

Sunday, April 28th

Racers Meeting 8:45 am

Race Begins: 9 am (Kayaks & Surfski’s)

Race Begins: 9:05 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 & you can only receive 1 award per race (participant cannot win overall & age group.

 

Kid’s Race

Sunday, April 28th

Race Begins 9:30

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 15th to be guaranteed a Jersey & Medal.

*For paddlers racing on Saturday AND Sunday, there is a discount!!!

*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 USCG-approved life jackets and can not wear waist-inflatable pfds. Race can be cancelled due to weather and conditions.

*A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Nourish NC–the 2019 Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup  Charity Sponsor.

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

Course Maps

Harbor Island 5k Recreational Race

Saturday, April 27th

Racers Meeting at 8:30am

Race begins at 9:00am 

Money Island 10k Open Race

Saturday, April 27th

Racers Meeting at 9:15am

Race begins 9:30am 

Graveyard 13mile Elite Race & OC

Saturday, April 27th

Racers Meeting at 9:45am

Race begins at 10:00am

Registration

Register today before the Price Increase!

Click Here to Register!!

Save $10 – Register by October 1st

Online registration closes midnight Tuesday April 23th. 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 2018

$10 Price increase January 1st 2019

$10 Price increase March 1st 2019

Online Registration closes midnight Tuesday 4/23/2019

$20 Price increase for onsite registration 4/26/2019

Participants are Guaranteed a Jersey if the Register before March 15th, 2019

Participants will receive a discount if they register for both Money Island and Graveyard OC or both Graveyards. Discounts will be shown at checkout on Paddle Guru.

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Accommodations

Official Resort of The Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup:

The Blockade Runner

Stay where all the action is for the week!! For reservations, call (866) 809-0781 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
  • Call Blockade Runner Guest Services at (866) 809-0781 to book or Book your reservation today by clicking this link

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

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 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.

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Charity

NourishNC is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to “Provide healthy food to hungry children, empowering them to succeed in the classroom and in their community.” Our goal is to enhance children’s health and well-being by preventing the devastating consequences of child hunger. We are committed to providing our community’s most vulnerable children with nutritious food. website.

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

THURSDAY, APRIL 25TH

8:00am – 5:00pm: Various Clinics at Blockade Runner Beach Resort-Clinics to be announces soon

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 26TH

 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

4:00pm – 7:00pm: Opening Reception and Movie Night

SATURDAY, APRIL 27th

9:00am-Expo Opens

8:45am-Harbor Island Racers Meeting Sound Side

9:00am-Harbor Island Recreational race: 3.5-mile flatwater race for first-time to intermediate paddleboarder

9:15am-Money Island Racers Meeting Sound Side

9:30am-Money Island Open race: 6.5-mile flatwater race designed for the intermediate to advanced paddler

9:45am- Graveyard Elite Racers Meeting

10:00am-Graveyard Elite race: grueling 13.2-mile ocean and flatwater race for the elite and professional paddleboard racers

12noon – 4:00pm-Demos and Live Entertainment

1:00pm -Banquet Food for Participants

4pm-Awards- Ocean Side

7:00pm – 9:00pm-After Party

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 28TH

9:00am – 12:00pm-Demo

11:00am-2:00pm-Expo

8:00-9:00am-Register and packet pick up for kids race under the Gazebo

8:45am-Longboard Graveyard Racers Meeting Sound Side

9:00am-Longboat Graveyard race: 13.2-mile race exclusively for Elite OC-1, OC-2, Surfski and Double-Ski

9:15am- Kids Race Meeting Sound Side

9:30-Kids Race: open for children ages 7 to 14-Sound Side

12:30pm-Awards-Ocean Side (approximate time – will be held 1 hour after Longboat Graveyard race) on

1:00pm-Various Clinics at Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Demos

Friday, April 26th. 10-5. | Saturday, April 27th. 12-4. | Sunday, April 28th. 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 Quiksilver Waterman 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.

Title Sponsor

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Presenting Sponsor

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Offical Vehicle

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2018

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World’s Largest Paddle Festival Attracts Global Sponsor

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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.

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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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