The West Marine Carolina Cup 2016

Photo by Mike Muir

About The West Marine Carolina Cup

Presented by SurfTech

April 19-24, 2016

The 2016 Carolina Cup 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 and the Charity  Relay Race. This is our sixth year. In 2012, the Carolina Cup was the largest race on the East Coast with over 400 paddlers competing in the first day of races. In 2013, we had over 600. In 2014, there were over 700. 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.


Accommodations

Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Schedule of Events


Wednesday, April 20

Midnight – Online registration ends

Thursday, April 21

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 22

10:00-5:00 Demo

Noon-7:00 Packet Pickup at Blockade Runner Beach Resort & Registration

4:00-6:00 Maui Jim Opening Reception at Blockade Runner Beach Resort

6:30-7:00 Guest Speaker - Larry Cain

7:00 Autograph Signing presented by BCBSNC with the pros at Blockade Runner Beach Resort on the oceanside lawn

Saturday, April 23

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

10:00 Graveyard 13 Mile Race Start

12:00-4:00 Demo

2:00 Banquet: Food, Live entertainment

4:00 Raffle

4:30 Awards

7:00-10:00 The Naked Turtle After Party at Oceanic Restaurant

Sunday, April 24

9:00-12:00 Demo

11:00 Kids Race

12:00 6-man Outrigger Race

Clinics

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.

Races



Harbor Island 3.5-mile Recreational Race

Saturday, April 23
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.

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Money Island 6.5-mile Open Race

Saturday, April 23
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.

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Graveyard 13-mile Elite Race

Saturday, April 23
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.

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YOU MUST FINISH THE HALF-WAY MARK WITHIN 2 HOURS.

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:

  • Ages 7-9
  • Ages 10-12
  • Ages 13-14

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.


6-Man Outrigger Harbor Island Race
Sunday, April 24
Race Begins: Noon

Gather your paddle buddies! We’ve created a fun, new team event this year. Teams of 6 will compete in race heats around the Harbor Island Course. Top 2 times of heat winners will compete for 1st and 2nd place and the next top 2 times of heats will compete for 3rd place.

No need to bring your own OC6! We have two boats that teams can use. Feel free to bring your own paddles!

Limited to 8 teams.






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

When:

Apr 19 to Apr 24, 2016

Where:

Wrightsville Beach, NC