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2019 Carolina Cup presented by Surftech

24 Apr 2019 @ 8:00am PDT
28 Apr 2019 @ 6:00pm PDT

2019 Carolina Cup presented by Surftech

 April 24th-28th 2019

The 2019 Carolina Cup is in its ninth year and is a week-long event featuring over a dozen clinics and 5 races. On Friday, there are several fun clinics. On Saturday, there is a 3.5-mile Harbor Island Recreational race, 6.5-mile Money Island Open Race, the dreaded 13-mile Graveyard Elite Race and The Graveyard Outrigger and Surfski race. On Sunday, the Kids Race. In 2016, the Carolina Cup was the largest race on the East Coast with over 900 paddlers competing in races and participating in clinics. In 2015, the Carolina Cup became the largest and most competitive SUP race in the world.

 

You do not have to race to take a clinic or take a clinic to race. You also do not have to race or take a clinic to come watch the race and enjoy the expo and demos. Bring the whole family for this amazing week full of live music, a great expo, food, drinks, clinics for all,  and amazing athletes and races!

 

Races Categories & Awards

 

Harbor Island 5K Recreational Race

Saturday, April 27th

Racers Meeting 8:30am

Race begins 8:45am 

 

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 an 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.

 

Categories & Awards:

 

  • SUP 12'6"- Top 3 Overall Male and Female, Top 3 Male & Female 13U, 14-17, 18-49, 50-59 & 60+
  • SUP 14'-Top 3 Overall Male and Female, Top 3 Male & Female 18-49, 50-59 & 60+
  • Prone Unlimited- Overall Top 3 Male & Female
  • Prone 14": Overall Top 3 Male & Female
  • Prone SUP: Overall Top 3 Male & Female
  • SUP Unlimited-Overall Top 3 Overall Male and Female

*Please note that there must be 5 participants in category to get an award & you can only receive 1 award per race (participant  cannot win overall & age group.)

 

 

Money Island 10K Open Race

Saturday, April 27th

Racers Meeting at 9:00am

Race begins 9:15am

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.

Categories & Awards:

  • SUP 12'6"- Top 3 Overall Male and Female, Top 3 Male & Female U17, 18-49, 50-59 & 60+
  • SUP 14'-Top 3 Overall Male and Female, Top 3 Male & Female U17, 18-49, 50-59 & 60+
  • Prone Unlimited- Overall Top 3 Male & Female
  • Prone 14": Overall Top 3 Male & Female
  • Prone SUP: Overall Top 3 Male & Female
  • SUP Unlimited-Top 3 Overall Male and Female
  • Kayak-Top 3 Overall Male and Female
  • Surfski Single-Top 3 Overall Male and Female
  • Surfski Double-Top 3 Teams
  • OC-1-Top 3 Overall Male and Female
  • OC-2-Top 3 Teams

*Please note that there must be 5 participants in category to get an award & you can only receive 1 award per race (participant  cannot win overall & age group.)

 

 

Graveyard 13-mile Elite Race

Saturday, April 27th

Racers Meeting at 9:30am

Race begins at 9:45am

 

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. YOU MUST FINISH THE HALF-WAY MARK WITHIN 2 HOURS. THERE IS A 5 HOUR LIMIT on the Elite Race. MONEY DIVISION/CASH PRIZES: Top 10 overall Male & Female

Categories & Awards:

  • Overall SUP Top 10 Male & Female
  • SUP 14' & Under: Top 3 Male & Female U17, 50+
  • SUP Unlimited: Top 3 Male & Female
  • Prone Stock: Top 3 Male & Female
  • Prone 14: Top 3 Male & Female
  • Prone Unlimited: Top 3 Male & Female

*Please note that there must be 5 participants to get an awards & you can only receive 1 award per race (participant cannot win overall & age group.)

 

 

Graveyard Surfski and Outrigger Race

Saturday, April 27th

Racers Meeting 8:15 am

Race Begins: 8:30 am (Kayaks & Surfski's)

Race Begins: 8:35 am (OC)

 

Graveyard Course, but it starts and finishes on the Sound Side. Water start and beach finish.

Categories and Awards

  • Kayak: Top 3 Overall (This includes Male and Female)
  • OC-1-Top 3 Overall Male and Female
  • OC-2: Top 3 Teams
  • Surfski Single-Top 3 Overall Male and Female
  • Surfski Double: Top 3 Teams

*Please note that there must be 5 participants to get an awards & you can only receive 1 award per race (participant cannot win overall & age group.

 

Kid's Race

Sunday, April 28th

Race Begins 9:30

The Kid's Race is a fun event to kick off the races on the Sound Side for children ages 6-14. They can complete 1 op 2 loops and all get recognized.

Categories and Awards:

  • 1 Loop: Top 3 Male and Female
  • 2 Loops: Top 3 Male and Female

Other Information

* Participants must register by March 24th to be guaranteed a Jersey & Medal.

* You do not have to race to take a clinic or take a clinic to race. You also do not have to race or take a clinic to come watch the race and enjoy the expo and demos.

* 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.

* A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Nourish NC–the 2018 Surf to Sound Charity Sponsor.

* To register your child please click on "Register another person."

Price Increases

SIGN UP TODAY FOR THE BEST PRICES!!

$10 Price increase October 1st 2018

$10 Price increase January 1st 2019

$10 Price increase March 1st 2019

Online Registration closes midnight Tuesday 4/23/2019

$20 Price increase for onsite  registration 4/26/2019

 

Accommodations

Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Stay where all the action is for the week!! For reservations, call (866) 809-0781 Or Click Here  for Online Reservations. The Blockade Runner  is  offering a Special Carolina Cup Room Rate that includes the following:

  • Two & Three night stays available in an Oceanfront or Harbor Front guestroom
  • Complimentary breakfast in EAST Oceanfront Dining each morning
  • Parking at the race location for one vehicle
  • On-site board storage
  • Call Blockade Runner Guest Services at (866) 809-0781 to book or Book your reservation today by clicking this link.

REGISTER HERE

24 Apr 2019 @ 8:00am PDT
28 Apr 2019 @ 6:00pm PDT

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