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WE ARE WORKING ON PROCESSING REFUNDS FOR THE SURF CONTEST AND KIDS RACE THAT WERE CANCELED.
Dates: Friday, October 31 to Sunday, November 2, 2014
Blockade Runner Beach Resort
The Surf to Sound race is actually an entire weekend of fun for the whole family at the Blockade Runner in Wrightsville Beach. The race is presented by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club, organizers of the Carolina Cup.
Surf to Sound Challenge (Advanced | 6.5 miles)
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 (Intermediate | 4 miles)
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 (Advanced | 9 miles)
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.
Registration fee includes t-shirt
Paddle Surf Contest
Head judge: Girard Middleton
Prizes: Men's and Women's (two separate classes)
1st place: $100
2nd place: $80
3rd place: $60
4th place: $40
Surf Contest Criteria (from Standup World Tour)
The paddle is a tool and a big part of the sport therefore it is not just used to help catch a wave, but is necessary as a tool (aid) for riding the waves (similar to a Ski pole when skiing). A surfer must demonstrate board handling skills in the transition phase [description below] and the surfing phase [description below] of their performance, for it to be considered complete.
GENERAL JUDGING CRITERIA
A surfer must perform radical controlled maneuvers, using the paddle as a key tool, in the critical sections of a wave with speed, power and flow to maximize scoring potential. Innovative / progressive surfing as well as variety of repertoire [maneuvers], wave negotiation and use of the paddle to increase the intensity of the maneuvers, will all be taken into account when awarding points for SUP surfing. The SUP surfer who executes these criteria with the maximum degree of difficulty and commitment on the waves will be rewarded with the higher scores.
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.
Other prizes will be awarded in each division.
There will be an "Under 17" division in all three paddle races.
Beginner SUP Surf
Date: Friday, October 31 12pm-4pm
Join the 2013 Men's and Women's East Coast Paddle Surf Champions for a Stand Up Paddle Surf clinic addressing basic and intermediate skills. This 3 hour clinic will cover skills necessary to have a fun and safe time on the waves or even enter the 2014 East Coast Paddle Surf Championships at the NC Surf to Sound event.
Paddlers should be able to stand with good balance in a gentle ocean swell, have a solid paddling technique, and know basic turning. Flat-water confidence, a basic knowledge of SUP safety, and a SUP-surf board are must-haves!
The course will introduce paddlers to ocean awareness including swell and surf forecasts, tides and currents, safety in the surf zone, board control, and surf etiquette. Paddlers will then take to the surf and learn how to get through the white water to the breaks where they will learn to catch and ride small waves. Paddle techniques including pivot turns, bracing, going down the line, using the paddle on the wave, and exiting the wave will be covered.
Limited to 15 participants.
BREAKING DOWN THE RACE COURSE: Tips, Tricks and Strategies.
Date: Friday October 31st
Topics to be covered include
-overview of the course and understanding how wind, weather, tides and currents affect the route
-race day conditions and what you can except on race day on each unique leg of the course
-setting up your board (fin choice, GPS)
-setting up and using a GPS - when and why you need it
-importance of starts and position on the line
-getting out through the shore break (there will be a practical component to this)
-paddling in ocean conditions (there will be a practical component to this)
The goal of this mini-camp is to have you guys COMPLETELY confident about the race course prior to heading out on race day and to have a strategy/race plan going into the race so you can have the best race possible!
Larry Cain Advanced Paddle Technique Clinic
Friday, October 31, Blockade Runner
This all-day session includes water and classroom time, personal critique and analysis. There are only 8 spots available. 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 Larry
—Water session in which Larry works with participants one on one and in our 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
—Follow up access to Larry through Paddlelike.me (A new paddle evaluation tool launching at the Surf to Sound)
9:00 Meet on beach, sound side the Blockade Runner with paddle, board and pfd.
10-12: Video and drills
12-1: Lunch (included)
1-3:30: Review video, return to water to work on personalized corrections do advanced paddling drills
3:30-4: Q &A