The Surf to Sound is an entire weekend of fun for the whole family at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort in Wrightsville Beach, NC. The race is organized by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club–organizers of the Carolina Cup.
Harbor Island Outer Loop (4 miles) Saturday 8:30am
This scenic and exciting flatwater race will circumnavigate Harbor Island, taking in Mott’s Channel, the Intracoastal Waterway, Lee’s Cut and finally, Banks Channel to the finish line! (Direction dependent on weather)
Surf to Sound Challenge (6.5 miles) Saturday 8:45am
Advanced paddlers will perform a surf start, brave the open Atlantic Ocean, battle through Masonboro Inlet straits, navigate the channel currents behind Masonboro Island, before finishing the race sound side on Wrightsville Beach.
Kids Race Saturday 11:30am
The race will be Saturday and will and will be divided into age appropriate brackets to encourage safety and 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…
The Kraken (Open to all craft | 25 miles) Sunday 8am
New! The Kraken has been unleashed! All craft are welcome (including OC6 teams) to join us for a 25 mile endurance race starting at the sound side of the Blockade Runner Beach Resort. Paddlers with travel South circumnavigating Masonboro Island through the Carolina Beach inlet, back up the Intracoastal Waterway and around Harbor Island, finishing on the sound side of the Blockade Runner. OC6 – Register as a team. BYOB (Bring your own boat)
Blockade Runner Flatwater Championship (9 miles) Sunday 8:45am
A flat water race to challenge the endurance of paddlers who have been training all summer. Paddlers will experience inlet currents, the Intracoastal Waterway, and the scenic Harbor Island loop.
All competitors must wear a USCG approved PFD. Race can be cancelled due to weather and conditions.
Divisions and Classes
Cash prizes will be paid to the top 3 to complete the Surf to Sound Challenge and Blockade Runner Challenge in Men’s 14; and Women’s 12’6.
Other prizes will be awarded in each division.
There will be an “Under 17” division in all three paddle races.
Official Hotel of the Surf to Sound:
For reservations, call the front desk directly and tell the you are making reservations for the Surf to Sound. Or click this link.
Blockade Runner Beach Resort
275 Waynick Blvd
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
Office: 910.256.2251 / 800.805.2252
The North Carolina Coastal Federation believes working together is the best way to protect and restore the coast. Thanks to the support of our members, we’re able to work as a community to keep our coastal waters clean and safe for fishing and swimming. To learn more about the federation or to become a member, visit the NC Coastal Federation website.
Join us November 4 at 5:30 for our Opening Reception & NC Coastal Federation Fundraiser to support a healthy coast. Please register below in advance.
We will be following World Paddle Association (WPA) Rules, including:
You can view them here
Online registration closes at midnight
Friday, November 4th
10am – 1pm Larry Cain Advanced Paddle Technique Clinic
1pm – 3pm April Zilg Paddle Technique and Strategy Clinic
4pm – 8pm Check in, packet pick up and late registration
5:30pm – Surfside Shrimp Boil (Opening reception)
at Blockade Runner Beach Resort Oceanside Terrace. Proceeds will benefit the NC Coastal Federation–the 2016 Surf to Sound Charity Sponsor. Please register in advance here.
Saturday, November 5th
7am – 8am Late check-in and day-of registration (Florida room Blockade Runner)
8am – Race meeting Harbor Island (sound side beach)
8:30am – Race start Harbor Island Outer Loop Race (4 miles)
8:30am – Surf to Sound Challenge race meeting (ocean side)
8:45am – Surf to Sound Challenge race start (6.5 miles)
11:30am – 5pm Board and equipment demos (sound and ocean side)
11:30am – Kid’s Race (sound side)
12pm – Lunch and awards
Sunday, November 6th
7am – 8am – Late check-in and day-of registration (Florida Room – Blockade Runner)
7:30am – The Kraken race meeting
8am – The Kraken (25 miles)
8:15am – Blockade Runner Flatwater Championship race meeting
8:30am – Blockade Runner Flatwater Championship race start (9 miles)
1:00pm – Awards
Paddle Stroke and Race Strategy Clinic with April Zilg
Date: Friday November 4, 1-3pm || $98
This 2-hour clinic will take one hour to cover proper technique, and the biomechanics of paddling and then one hour to cover strategy specific to the Surf to Sound race course.
We will cover:
– Proper body position and which muscle groups should be engaged for each phase of the paddle stroke to increase efficiency and avoid injury.
– Technique to get the most out of each stroke in various conditions: flatwater, ocean, head wind, side wind and downwind.
– Technique and strategy for environmental conditions (wind, tide and swell)
– Surf to Sound strategy: what to expect for each leg of the course, including getting out through the surf and paddling in the ocean.
Limited to 10 paddlers.
Intro to Ocean Racing with Dan Gavere
Date: Friday, November 4, 4-5:30pm || $140
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. For more information about Dan, click here.
Limited to 10 paddlers.
Larry Cain Paddle Monster Clinic – Basic paddling technique and racing skills
Friday, November 4, 10:00am to 1pm
This clinic will cover
Limited to 12 paddlers.