Crystal Kai Sup Cup 2017

Head's up SUP friends!

The Crystal Kai SUP Cup, a WPA-sanctioned event, will take place Saturday, May 20, 2017, at The Crystal Coast. And you could win some CASH. There will be up to $15,000 in prizes! Novices and elites, alike, have a chance to win CASH at the Crystal Kai. The only requirement for cash payout is that the division has THREE registrants and finishers. Plus, the payout is three places deep! 

The top male and female in the elite division (long course) are taking home $1,250 each!

MEN 14' 
MEN 12'6
WOMEN 12'6
Masters (50+)

MEN 14' 
MEN 12'6
WOMEN 12'6
Masters (50+)

Save the Date

This WPA sanctioned event will have both a long and short course.

Packet Pickup 12 - 7 PM 

May 20 @The Boathouse at Front Street Village, Races start at 9 AM
  • Packet Pickup: 7 - 8 AM
  • Vendor Village: 8 am - 1:30 PM
  • Pre-Race Meeting: 8:30 AM
  • Races Begin: 9 AM
  • Awards Ceremony: 1 - 2 PM (estimated based on final finishers)
Come to paddle and stay for the music! The Beaufort Music Festival, a free event in downtown Beaufort, will take place May 19 - 20. 

Regular registration is OPEN now through Sunday, May 14.  Registration prices will increase starting May 15 - 19, so make sure you register early to secure your race spot!  
**There will be NO race day registration.**

FREE Race Clinics! Friday, May 19, 2017

Clinic Instructors: Kate Lewis, Stand Up OutfittersJarrod Covington, Wrightsville SUP, and April Zilg, Carolina Paddleboard Co


See schedule tab for detailed clinic information. Clinic space is limited, so be sure to register early! 

Crystal Kai Benefits Shackleford Banks Horses

The Crystal Kai SUP Cup supports the Horses of Shackleford Banks:

FRIDAY, MAY 19 @ Beaufort Paddle
Packet Pickup 12 PM - 7 PM

  • Packet Pickup: 7 - 8 AM
  • Vendor Village: 8 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Pre-Race Meeting: 8:30 AM
  • Races Begin: 9 AM
  • Awards Ceremony: 1 - 2 PM (estimated based on final finishers)
FREE Race Clinics! Friday, May 19, 2017
Clinic space is limited, so be sure to register early! 
**Please only register for one race clinic**

Clinic: Race Preparation and Strategy

Instructor: Kate Lewis, Stand Up Outfitters

When: Friday, May 19, 2017, 10 AM – 12 PM          

Where: Meet at Beaufort Paddle

Topics may include:

  • Race preparation
  • Strategy
  • Buoy turns
  • Drafting
  • Stroke Techniques
  • Footwork

Kate Lewis is an ACA SUP Instructor and owner of Stand Up Outfitters in New Bern, NC. As an elite SUP racer, Kate has trained with top pros, competed in the Graveyard at the Carolina Cup, and is a Kialoa paddles and SIC Maui Ambassador. 


Clinic: Race Technique and Strategy

Instructor: Jarrod Covington, Wrightsville SUP

When: Friday, May 19, 3 - 5 PM

Where: Meet at Beaufort Paddle

 Topics may include: 

  • Race mentality
  • Setting and achieving goals
  • Training
  • Stroke Technique and Analysis
  • Starts and Finishes
  • Drafting
  • Competitor Sabotage

Jarrod Covington is the two-time winner of the Crystal Kai SUP Cup (2015-2016). Jarrod is originally from Beaufort, NC and now lives in Wrightsville Beach where he is the founder, owner, and director of Wrightsville SUP. He is also a youth ambassador, SUP coach for the Wrightsville Beach Junior Elite Team, a founding member of the Wrightsville Beach Outrigger Canoe Club (WBOCC), and competes on the WBOCC A team 6-man outrigger. Jarrod is WPA and ACA certified, and a PaddleFit Pro Coach.

Clinic: Paddling Mechanics
Instructor: April Zilg, Carolina Paddleboard Co
When: Friday, May 19, 1230 - 2 PM
Where: Meet at Beaufort Paddle
Clinic Description:
This 1.5 hour Stand Up Paddle clinic will take one hour to cover proper technique, and the biomechanics of paddling and then a half hour to video and analyze each paddler's stroke. Paddlers can expect to learn proper body position and which muscle groups to engage for each phase of the paddle stroke, which helps avoid injury and increase efficiency. 

April Zilg lives in Wrightsville Beach, NC. She is currently ranked 10th in the world of all female SUP athletes. April finished in fourth place in the grueling 2017 Carolina Cup 13.2-mile Graveyard Race (one of the most challenging professional-division courses in the world), her best career finish in the race. April is a nationally-recognized SUP athlete and Hobie Team Rider, competing in both SUP Racing and SUP Surfing. April is a WPA-certified SUP instructor, an ACA-certified “L2 Essentials of SUP” instructor, and a SUP yoga instructor, and passes along her knowledge and love for SUPing through her teachings.

Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.

Ken Bowman5SUP 14'18-49Guy
Will Pollard6SUP 14'18-49Guy
Jarrod Covington7SUP 14'18-49Guy
Kate Lewis8SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Jenny Ferrel9SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Eric Carter10SUP 14'18-49Guy
John Gunter13SUP 14'50+Guy
April Zilg16SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Lee Cox17SUP 14'50+Guy
Chris Curry19SUP 14'18-49Guy
Tommy Buday20SUP 14'18-49Guy
Kurt Benson23SUP 14'50+Guy
Rob Moran24SUP 14'18-49Guy
Mark Sumner28SUP 14'18-49Guy
Warren Ratley29SUP 14'50+Guy
Quenton Johnston30SUP 14'18-49Guy
Chase Kosterlitz31SUP 14'18-49Guy
Brian Schmid32SUP 14'18-49Guy
Karen Wilson33SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Eric Johnston34SUP 14'18-49Guy
Fielding Pagel35SUP 14'18-49Guy
Corey Curtis38SUP 14'18-49Guy
Kieran Grant45SUP 14'18-49Guy
Jenna Blackburn48SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Ron Gossard53SUP 14'18-49Guy
Jamie Penland54SUP 14'18-49Guy
Rachael Burrows55SUP 14'50+Guy
Chris Baker56SUP Unlimited50+Guy
Steve Smith63SUP Unlimited50+Guy
Mike Heisler2SUP Under 12'6"50+Guy
Wally Seijo4SUP 12'6"50+Guy
Sabine Ramsay11SUP Under 12'6"18-49Girl
Kimberly Burd14SUP Under 12'6"50+Girl
Russ Burd15SUP Under 12'6"50+Guy
Emily Schofield18SUP Under 12'6"18-49Girl
Krysten Wood21SUP Under 12'6"18-49Girl
Mike Fox25SUP 12'6"50+Guy
Trevor White26SUP 14'18-49Guy
Heather Bagley36SUP 14'18-49Girl
Tim Boyer37SUP Under 12'6"18-49Guy
Heidi Leah Schmidt39SUP Under 12'6"18-49Girl
Allison Nebel40SUP 14'50+Girl
Arthur Nebel41SUP 14'50+Guy
Darin Delk42SUP 12'6"18-49Guy
Julia Nicholls43SUP 12'6"50+Girl
Sarah Radabaugh46SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
David Nicholson47SUP 14'50+Guy
Kim Mallard49SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Paul Mcclellan50SUP 12'6"50+Guy
Jeanna Bunting51SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Rachael Burrows55SUP Under 12'6"18-49Girl
Anna Levesque57SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Tracy Remelius58SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Bri Andrassy59SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Carol Battle60SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Casi Rynkowski61SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Johnna Davis62SUP 12'6"18-49Girl
Trevor White64SUP 14'18-49Guy
Tim Buttnette65SUP 14'50+Guy
Campbell Carter1SUP 12'6"13-17Guy
Erin Fitzpatrick12SUP 12'6"13-17Girl
Kathryn Emmart22SUP Under 12'6"13-17Girl
Saylor Emmart27SUP 12'6"13-17Girl
Briggs Delk44SUP 12'6"13-17Guy
Kathryn Emmart22SUP Under 12'6"12UGirl
Georgia Bloomer-rancourt52SUP Under 12'6"12UGirl
Rachael Burrows55SUP Under 12'6"12UGirl
Sofia Burrows66SUP 12'6"12UGirl

Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.

There will be a long course (10k) and a short course (5k), with an additional 200-meter course specifically for the kid's (grom) race.  All races will be held in Taylor's Creek in Beaufort, NC. 

Crystal Kai SUP Cup race start @The Boathouse at Front Street Village:
2400 Lennoxville Road, Beaufort, NC 28516

Parking information for the race coming soon.

Clinics and Packet Pickup @Beaufort Paddle:
424 Old Causeway Rd, Beaufort, NC 28516

Beaufort Paddle is located between the Beaufort drawbridge and the Morehead City Bridge. Look for signs to Beaufort Paddle after coming over the Morehead City Bridge.

Host Hotel:
Hampton Inn, Morehead City, NC


May 20, 2017


Beaufort, NC