When is the Surf to Sound Challenge?

Friday, November 6 to Sunday, November 8, 2015

Where can I get all the info?

Here is the official Surf to Sound Challenge Website: http://wrightsvillebeachpaddleclub.com/surf-to-sound/

Where can I register for the event?

At Paddle Guru: https://paddleguru.com/races/surftosound2015/register

Where? It all happens at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Stay there, hang out, hot tub, race, eat. The Blockade Runner was also the first restaurant to receive the “ocean-friendly establishment” for local restaurants that pledge to only serve straws on request (read the article here). They have been doing a great job with the paddle community for years.

brbrBlockade Runner Beach Resort
275 Waynick Blvd
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
(910) 256-2251

Race Courses

Surf to Sound Challenge (6.5 miles) Saturday

  • 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.

Harbor Island Outer Loop (4 miles) Saturday

  • 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)

Blockade Runner Flatwater Championship (9 miles) Sunday

  • 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.

Kids Race, Saturday

  • 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. All kids get a tshirt and a free lesson with registration.


  • SUP under 12’6″, 12’6″, 14, Unlimited
  • Surfski single and double
  • OC-1, OC-2
  • Prone Stock, 14′ and Unlimited


April Zilg Paddle Technique and Strategy: Tips, Tricks and Strategies, Friday November 6, 1-3pm

Description: 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.

April 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.


Larry Cain Advanced Paddle Technique Clinic, Friday, November 6, Blockade Runner, 10-4

Description: This all-day session includes water and classroom time and personal critique and analysis. There are only 8 spots available, and there is a lot of interest, so if you want in, register ASAP!

  • Paddle stroke theory – dryland session featuring full explanation of theory behind effective paddling, including video of top Olympic paddlers and SUP racers
  • Aerial Video of clinic participants
  • Review of video of clinic participants – group session in which everyone’s video is analyzed by Larry
  • Water session in which Larry works with participants one on one and in a small group
  • Addressing issues raised in video, one on one with each individual
  • Useful technique drills and exercises in small group session
  • Question and answer


  • 9:00 Meet on beach, sound side the Blockade Runner with paddle, board and pfd.
  • 10-12: Video and drills
  • 12-1: Lunch
  • 1-3:30: Review video, return to water to work on personalized corrections do advanced paddling drills
  • 3:30-4: Q &A

But I NEED Coffee!!!

The best coffee in Wilmington, in my humble opinion is a split between Epic Food company and their incredibly talented Barista, Renee and Folks Cafe, who have become a second family to me. There’s also the Post Cafe at teh South end of Wrightsville Beach above South End Surf Shop.

Epic Food Company
The coffee has become one of the best in Eastern NC. Counter Culture coffee, trained staff. Ask Renee to make you something special. She’s an artist.
The Forum
1113 Military Cutoff Rd
Wilmington, NC 28405
(910) 679-4216

Post Cafe
South End of Wrightsville Beach
708 S Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
(910) 202-4500

Folk’s Cafe
I love the Pacini family. They roast their own beans and every single drop of coffee comes with pure love and joy. I mean this from the bottom of my heart. I love this place.

I open the Starbucks some weekday mornings at 5. The staff is wonderful. Steve will tell you a dirty joke even if you don’t ask for one.
They are open at 5. Earliest around.
1705 Eastwood Rd
Ste 5E2
Wilmington, NC 284033640

Are you hungry? eat here:

Epic Food Company

Epic Food Company
The mullet is here most days. The food is healthy, fresh and amazing. The coffee has become one of the best in Eastern NC. And the owner, James Bain, is one of the race founders and directors, so hook the man up. It’s also the location of the Movie night on Thursday.
The Forum
1113 Military Cutoff Rd
Wilmington, NC 28405
(910) 679-4216

Tower 7
Fish tacos, cold beer and margaritas. Don’t eat too many chips. Classic Wrightsville Beach original place. It’s kind of the hangout. They also have coffee and smoothies. Breakfast burritos.
4 N Lumina Ave
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
(910) 256-8585

Causeway Cafe
This is where you go to eat breakfast on Wrightsville Beach. That’s it. It’s amazing. Try the perch and eggs. Cash only. They are open CRAZY EARLY! Dave, the owner is a friend of the Mullet.
114 Causeway Dr
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
(910) 256-3730

Small, new Panamanian place, awesome food. Small spot, so groups of 2-4 are best. Love this place.
7210 Wrightsville Ave
Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone: 910-256-3131

Fine wine & craft beer shop and bar & lounge. This is a great option for the after after party. Kevin Rhodes owns it and he paddles his butt off. If you beat him he may be required to buy you a beer. Not sure.
1007 North Fourth Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
[email protected]

Dixie Grill
Downtown classic.
116 Market St
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 762-7280
Another killer breakfast place downtowm

Chops Deli
Best sandwiches in Eastern Carolina. Try the Manhattan, the Carolina Chopsteak, the Reuben. unbelievable. Just over the bridge from WB.
7037 Wrightsville Ave.
Wilmington, NC 28403

Dock Street Oyster Bar
You have to love it when the owner paddles. Steve does. And his restaurant is amazing.
12 Dock St
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 762-2827
Paddler owned, killer place to grab some food and a drink.

Sweet and Savory
Can’t beat it. Great breakfast and lunch. It’s a WB staple.
1611 Pavillion Place
Wilmington, NC 28403

And don’t forget the Blockade Runner has breakfast, lunch and dinner. The breakfast buffet is awesome because you can see all your paddle people.

I want gluten free, free range, pasteur raised, organic, food and groceries

Lovey’s (also has great food, juices, smoothies and a salad bar)
1319 Military Cutoff Road
Suite H Landfall Shopping Center
Wilmington, NC 28405
(910) 509-0331

Tidal Creek Coop (also has great food, juices, smoothies and a salad bar)
5329 Oleander Dr # 100
Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone:(910) 799-2667

Whole Foods
Bring your whole paycheck.
3804 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403

Straight up grocery stores

Trader Joe’s
1437 S College Rd
Wilmington, NC 28403

Harris Teeter
1940 Eastwood Rd
Wilmington, NC 28403 US
Phone:(910) 256-2015

Fresh Seafood (to cook at home)

Mott’s Channel Seafood
This is simply the freshest most amazing place to buy fresh fish this side of Seattle. They don’t throw them around, but they are right off the water and I think the Wahoo are running. Also try the Sheepshead. Cobia if available. We buy fish here every week or two.
120 Short St
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
(910) 256-3474

I need a paddle, a leash, a board, a PFD, or a hat, sunblock, or a sticker for my ding


Carolina Paddleboard Company
1322 Airlie Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28403
Open 7 days a week
(910) 679-4473

Coastal Urge
Wrightsville Beach
2035 Eastwood Rd
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28403
Monday – Saturday 10-6pm / Sunday 10am-5pm

I need a hydration pack or gels

Dick’s Sporting Goods
6810 Parker Farm Dr,
Wilmington, NC 28405
(910) 208-4437

Bike Cycles
Friend of the Mullet. Great place. Lots of gels, gus, whatever
6801 Parker Farm Dr
Wilmington, NC 28405
(910) 256-2545

2 Wheeler Dealer
Another great bike shop with all the nutrition you can pack in a bladder and the Mullet has a bunch of friends who work and worked there. Kim Sutton used to work here. Great place. Not far.
4408 Wrightsville Ave
Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 799-6444

I want a smoothie or juice

Epic Food Company
Again, I live here. Awesome smoothies with flavor combinations and nutritional punch you win’t find anywhere else.
The Forum
1113 Military Cutoff Rd
Wilmington, NC 28405
(910) 679-4216


Amazing Acai bowls, fresh juices, and amazing smoothies. Right on WB island.
222 Causeway Dr
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
(910) 679-8027

Where do I park?

PARKING IS FREE AFTER OCTOBER 31. You do not have to pay for parking. Park on the street. If you are staying at the Blockade Runner, you can park there. If you are not staying at the hotel, you can not park there adn will get a ticket.

Where can I paddle?

There are some great places to put in the water. The Blockade Runner Beach Resort has a Sound Side beach and an Ocean Side Beach. That’s ground zero for everything. You can go out on any beach on the island. There are no beach tags. Just walk down. Also, your dog must be on a leash, but can be on the beach.

You cold also head to Carolina Paddleboard Company and head out from there. You do need to buy something, but they have very inexpensive new boards, so buy one, park and paddle.

Photos from last year