The Carolina Cup 2018




This is going to be a great year at the Carolina Cup. We have listened to a lot of your feedback and have made some changes.

We took down registration to reflect those changes and will relaunch registration on January 17th at 6pm EST:

1. Graveyard Outrigger and Surfski Races are on Sunday, not Saturday. Saturday Graveyard will be Paddleboard only (traditional and standup)

2. Graveyard Divisions will be 14 feet and under for Mens AND Womens elite. There will be an unlimited division as well. We will be breaking this down into age groups (U17, 18-49, 50-59, 60+)

3. The Juniors Championship will be on Saturday in the

4. Harbor Island 5K race and will be broken down into 2-year age groups between 10 and 17 per the PPG age groups
Harbor Island 5K and Money Island 10K will have both 14' and 12'6 and under divisions for men and women and will have a U17 division, but the juniors focus will be in the Harbor Island Race

5. We are capping the number of racers in each race so we can provide jerseys, medals, and honestly, just be able to safely and enjoyably accommodate only as many as we have the resources to be able to accomodate. If you are racing, you'll need to get your spot.

6. We are making the kid race on Sunday free to kids under 12

7. For paddlers racing on Saturday AND Sunday, there is a 50% discount for the second race.

8. Finally, we have not raised the price of the event in 4 years and for the 2 weeks starting Jan 15th to Jan 31st, we will be honoring the lowest, pre-season prices that we've traditionally ended prior to January.

9. There is no OC-6 race this year

Thanks for your support and we look forward to seeing you in North Carolina.

About The Carolina Cup

Presented by SurfTech

April 18-22, 2018

The 2018 Carolina Cup in its eighth is a week-long event featuring over a dozen clinics and 5 races. On Saturday, there is a 3.5-mile Harbor Island Recreational race, 6.5-mile Money Island Open Race and the dreaded 13-mile Graveyard Elite Race.  On Sunday there is a fun kids race as well as a outrigger  and Surfski race. . In 2017 we added Surfski and OC-1 and OC-2 with numbers to  create there own start times. 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 to take a clinic to race. You don't 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.


Blockade Runner Beach Resort is offering a Special Carolina Cup Room Rate that includes the following: Two and three night stays available in an Oceanfront or Harborfront guest room, Complimentary breakfast in EAST Oceanfront Dining each morning, Parking at the race location for one vehicle, and On-site board storage.  Call Blockade Runner Guest Services at 910.256.2251 or

Book your reservation today by clicking HERE.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, April 19

Midnight – Online registration ends

Thursday, April  20

7:30 Epic Movie Night at Epic Food Co – FREE & open to all!

Located in The Forum. 1113 Military Cutoff Road, Ste. F

Friday, April 21

10:00-5:00 Expo and Demo

Noon-7:00 Packet Pickup & Registration at Blockade Runner Beach Resort
4:00-6:00  Opening Reception at Blockade Runner Beach Resort

6:00 Autograph Signing at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort on the oceanside lawn

Saturday, April 22

No clinics

7:00-8:00 Packet Pickup & Last chance to register

8:00 Expo Start

8:30 Harbor Island 3.5 Mile Race Racers Meeting

8:50 Racers start to get on water

8:58 Racers line up

9:00 Harbor Island 3.5 Mile Race Start

9:15 Racers Meeting Money Island 7 Mile Racers Meeting

9:25 Racers get on water and to the line

9:30 Money Island 7 Mile Race Start

9:45 Graveyard 13 Mile Racers Meeting

10:03 Graveyard 13 mile Race Unlimited and Traditional Paddleboard Start

10:06 Graveyard 13 mile Race 14' and under men Start

10:09 Graveyard 13 mile Race 14' and under women Start

12:00-4:00 Demo

12:00-4:00 Live Entertainment

1:00 Banquet: Food

7:00-10:00  After Party and Awards

Sunday, April 23

9:00-12:00 Demo

9:00 Surfski and Outrigger race

11:00 Kids Race


Find out more about our clinics here!

If you have any questions, let us know On Facebook

This list is private.

Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.


Harbor Island 3.5-mile Recreational Race

Saturday, April 22
Racers Meeting at 8:30am
Race begins at 9:00am 
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 and 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.


Money Island 6.5-mile Open Race

Saturday, April 22
Racers Meeting at 9:15am
Race begins at 9:30am
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.


Graveyard 13-mile Elite Race

Saturday, April 22
Racers Meeting at 9:45am
Race begins at 10:00am

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.



THERE IS A 5 HOUR LIMIT on the Elite Race.

Divisions: Juniors (under 16), Mens and Women's, Over 50 Mens and Women's BOARD SIZES: Stock (12’6” and under), 14’ and Unlimited SUP, stock, 14 and unlimited traditional paddleboard, OC-1, OC-2, surf ski, Ocean Kayak

MONEY DIVISION/CASH PRIZES: Women's Elite Stock (12’6” and under), and Mens Elite 14’

Kids Race
The race will be Sunday and will and will be divided into age appropriate brackets to encourage safety and the camaraderie of 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.

The more future watermen there are, the better the world will be. Let’s all pass the aloha on…
Girls and Boys Divisions:

  • under 12 kid race will be free this year

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.

Surfski and Outrigger race

Sunday, April 23
Race Begins: 9

Graveyard Course, but we start and finish on the Sound Side. Water start and beach finish.

There is no OC-6 Race this year at the Cup



There is a way to call for parking, You can pay for a daily pass from the machine and park at a meter.


Apr 19 to Apr 22, 2018


Wrightsville Beach, NC