There has been a lot going on behind the scenes at the Carolina Cup. So far, the race is going to be very similar in structure to last year's race, only bigger and better:

It will be at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort in Wrightsville Beach, NC April 25-29. There are board and gear demos all day Friday-Sunday and exhibitor tents on both the sound and grass/beach sides (where we had the awards and BBQ), so come ready to find your new 2013 paddle, SUP surf board, race board, pfd, hydration pack, or whatever. Try it. See if you like it. Enjoy.

The races: On Saturday, there are 3 races: Recreational (Harbor Island) Race, Open (Money Island) Race, Elite (Graveyard Race). And on Sunday, there is the Kids (Sea Turtle) Race.

Here are some new additions:

Clinics: There is an opportunity to learn for every level, from "beginner" to "introduction to racing" to intermediate looking to move into Elite, to Elite, to super intense über elite:

  • Danny Ching elite clinic Friday REGISTER HERE
  • Performance Paddling Registration with Candice Appleby/Anthony Vela Sunday REGISTER HERE
  • Jimmy Terrell/Larry Cain Video/intensive stoke analysis clinic very limited space (TBD)
  • Dan Gavere (2 clinics) Friday and Sunday REGISTER HERE
  • Heather/Savannah Baus free kids clinic Sunday morning

Certifications: Yoga, Fitness and WPA

  • Yoga Certification from the wonderful paddlers at Lazy Dog on Thursday and Friday (20 hours)
  • PaddleFit Levels 1(Thursday), 2 (Friday) and 3 (Sunday and Monday) call PaddleFit to reserve your spot.

BIG SOCIAL PADDLE: Sunday morning, we're going to have a huge social paddle to raise $ for Athletes for Cancer (TBD, Mr. pope). After a day of racing, it'll be fun for everyone to get out together in a fun setting to support a great cause and flush out some of that lactic acid and hangovers from the day before. 

Fun: We have social paddles on Thursday and Friday, Dinners and events Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. SUP Yoga classes with Dawn Ehman from Ocean City MD, and a Saturday night after party to help raise $ for Surfers Healing.

Safety Director: This year we have a safety director, Dave Baker, Director of Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue. We'll have a wave runner in the inlet for extra safety and extra boats for both safety and to help direct paddlers at critical junctions.

MC Gavere: Dan will be our MC for Saturday, announcing, interviewing, doing his thing.

Unlimited and Prone Divisions: We will be adding $ to these divisions if there are more than 5 competitors. Bring your big boards if you have them. Or go all-traditional on us.

This is just a taste of what's going on. I will post this weekend about deals at the Blockade Runner, registration, the WBPC/Carolina Cup site etc. Just hold on another day or two.


Online registration will close the Wednesday before at 11:59 pm. You can late register on Friday from 12-7 during check in, but there is no race day registrations. NO DAY-OF REGISTRATIONS. 

The Blockade Runner is the place to stay, the center of all things Carolina Cup. I will have links to the discounted rate on Monday.

There is board storage at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort.

There is construction on the Wrightsville Beach Drawbridge, so plan for some extra time going to and coming from Wrightsville Beach.

Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club/Carolina Cup Website


Here is the Carolina Cup Forum. If you have any questions, join into the conversation.

Bigger, better, more clinics, certifications and fun