Friday, November 3 to Sunday, November 5, 2017
Presented by Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club
Hosted by Blockade Runner Beach Resort
WPA Sanctioned Race

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)

Harbor Island Race


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.

Surf2Sound Race


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.

Blockade Runner Flatwater Championship


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.

Prone2Paddle Division*

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

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

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Official Rental & Real Estate Company of the Surf to Sound
CLICK HERE for vacation rentals in the area.



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.

Surfside Shrimp Boil

Join us Friday, November 3rd 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:

  • 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 & Events Schedule

Wednesday, November 1st

Online registration closes at midnight


Friday, November 3rd

4pm-8 pm: Check in and packet pickup (Late registration)

5:30pm – Surfside Shrimp Boil (Opening Reception) w/ live music

at Blockade Runner Beach Resort Oceanside Terrace. Proceeds will benefit the NC Coastal Federation–the 2017 Surf to Sound Charity Sponsor.  Please register in advance here. 


Saturday, November 4th

7:00am-8:00am: Late check in and day-of registration (timing tent, Sound Side beach)

8:00 am: Race meeting Harbor Island (Sound side beach)

8:30 am: Race start Harbor Island

8:45 am: Race meeting Surf to Sound (Ocean side beach)

9:15 am: Race start Surf to Sound

11:30-5pm: Board and equipment demos (Sound Side and Ocean Side)

11:30 pm: Kid’s Race (Sound side)

12:00 pm:  Lunch and awards


Sunday, November 5th

7am-8am:  Late check-in and day-of registration for Blockade Runner race (sound side timing tent)

7:30 am: The Kraken Race Meeting

8am: The Kraken

8:15 am: Blockade Runner Flatwater Championship Race Meeting

8:45 am: Blockade Runner Flatwater Championship Race Start

1 pm awards


2016 Results

Overall Race

Race by Age Groups