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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! We’ve created a fun, new team event this year. Teams of 6 will compete in race heats around the 9 mile Blockade course.

Bring your own OC6 and paddles!

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

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:

Four nights 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

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

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

6:00 Volunteer Meeting at Blockade Runner Beach Resort: Stuffing swag bags, stringing medals, logistics, Q&A

Midnight – Online registration ends

Thursday, April 20

Trade Show Day

6:00 Safety Boat Meeting

7:30 Epic Movie Night at Epic Food Co – FREE & open to all!

Located in The Forum. 1113 Military Cutoff Road, Ste. F

Friday, April 21

10:00-5:00 Demo

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

4:00-6:00 Opening Reception at Blockade Runner Beach Resort

6:30-7:00 Guest Speaker – TBD

7:00 Autograph Signing with the pros at Blockade Runner Beach Resort on the oceanside lawn

Saturday, April 22

No clinics

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

8:00 Expo Start

8:30 Harbor Island 3.5 Mile Race Racers Meeting

8:50 Racers start to get on water

8:58 Racers line up

9:00 Harbor Island 3.5 Mile Race Start

9:15 Racers Meeting Money Island 7 Mile Racers Meeting

9:25 Racers get on water and to the line

9:30 Money Island 7 Mile Race Start

9:45 Graveyard 13 Mile Racers Meeting

10:00 Graveyard 13 Mile Race Start

12:00-4:00 Demo

2:00 Banquet: Food, Live entertainment

4:30 Awards

7:00-10:00 The Naked Turtle After Party at Bluewater Grill

Sunday, April 23

9:00 6-man Outrigger Race

11:00 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.

Title Sponsor

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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

Local’s Guide to Mason’s Inlet

When:  Thursday and Friday, April 20-21: 8:30-11am

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

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.

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

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!

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!

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.

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Before & After Parties

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In The Media

2016

SUP the Mag

WWAY News

Distressed Mullet

Lumina News

Star News

Supracer.com

Supracer.com

Star News

Cape Fear Gear

Star News

Supracer.com

Sup Connect

Supracer.com

WMBF-TV, NBC, Myrtle Beach

Wall Street Select

Miami Herald

WWAY

Eastern Surf Magazine

Malakye

WRAL TV 5

WIS TV

TV 12 News

Le Lezard

Pacific Business News

Morningstar

KOTV

Sys Con Media

Orlando Business Journal

WLOX TV

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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