Surf to Sound 2016


Dates: Friday, November 4 to Sunday, November 6, 2016
Blockade Runner Beach Resort
Event Type: 
WPA Sanctioned Race

The Surf to Sound race is 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) 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 (Intermediate | 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 (Advanced | 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. 

Kid's Race Saturday, 11:30

Registration fee includes t-shirt

The Kraken (Open to all craft | 25 miles) Sunday, 8am

New! The Kraken has been unleashed! All craft are welcome (including OC6 teams) to join us for a 25 mile endurance race starting at the sound side of the Blockade Runner Beach Resort. Paddlers with travel South circumnavigating Masonbqoro Island through the Carolina Beach inlet, back up the Intracoastal Waterway and around Harbor Island, finishing on the sound side of the Blockade Runner.


Paddle Stroke and Race Strategy Clinic with April Zilg

Date: Friday November 4, 1-3pm || $98

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.

We 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.

Limited to 10 paddlers.

Larry Cain clinic

Friday, November 4, Blockade Runner



This  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.

—Water session in which Larry works with participants one on one and in our small group

—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.

Friday, November 4

1-3pm: April Zilg  Paddle Technique and Strategy

10:00am-:00pm: Larry Cain Advanced Paddling Clinic

4pm-8 pm: Check in and packet pickup (Late registration)

5:30pm - Surfside Shrimp Boil (Opening Reception) w/ live music

at Blockade Runner Beach Resort Oceanside Terrace. Proceeds will benefit the NC Coastal Federation–the 2016 Surf to Sound Charity Sponsor. 


Saturday, November 5

7:00am-8:00am: Late check in and day-of registration (timing tent, Sound Side beach)


8:00 am: Race meeting Harbor Island (Sound side beach)

8:30 am: Race start Harbor Island

8:45 am: Race meeting Surf to Sound (Ocean side beach)

9:15 am: Race start Surf to Sound

11:30-5pm: Board and equipment demos (Sound Side and Ocean Side)

11:30 pm: Kid's Race (Sound side)

12:00 pm:  Lunch  And awards


Sunday, November 6

7am-8am:  Late check-in and day-of registration for Blockade Runner race (sound side timing tent)

7:30 am: The Kraken Race Meeting

8am: The Kraken

8:15 am: Blockade Runner Flatwater Championship Race Meeting

8:45 am: Blockade Runner Flatwater Championship Race Start

1 pm awards

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Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.

275 Waynick Blvd
Wrightsville Beach
North Carolina
United States


Nov 4 to Nov 6, 2016


Blockade Runner Beach Resort, Waynick Boulevard, Wrightsville Beach, NC