The West Marine Carolina Cup 2017

About The West Marine Carolina Cup

Presented by SurfTech

April 19-23, 2017

The 2017 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 a 6 man outrigger race. This is our seventh year. 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, we had over 800. In 2013, 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 is offering a Special Carolina Cup Room Rate that includes the following: Two and three night stays available in an Oceanfront or Harborfront guestroom, 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 this link.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, April 19

3-day Lazy Dog Paddle Yoga Training with the addition of a WPA level 1 certification

When:  Wednesday-Friday, April 19-21: 8am-4pm each day

Where to meet: Meet at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort Lobby

Local’s Guide to Mason’s Inlet

When:  Wednesday , April 19: 8:30-11am

Where to meet: Meet at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort Lobby


3-day ACA L1/L2 SUP Instructor Certification Workshop

When:  Wednesday-Friday, April 19-21: 8am-5pm each day

Where to meet: Meet at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort Lobby

Midnight – Online registration ends

Thursday, April  20

Danny Ching's Semi Private Clinic

When:  Thursday , April 20: 8am- 10am

Where to meet: Meet at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort Lobby

Local’s Guide to Mason’s Inlet

When:  Thursday , April 20: 8:30-11am

Where to meet: Meet at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort Lobby


Foundations of Stroke with Annabel Anderson

When:  Thursday , April 20: 9am-12 noon

Where to meet: Meet at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort Lobby


Travis Grant 1-on-1 Clinics

When: Thursday, April 20: #1 8:30-11am. #2 12-2:30pm. #3 3- 5pm.

Where to meet: Meet Travis in the Blockade Runner Beach Resort Lobby

Preparing for Success with Annabel Anderson

When: Thursday, April 20: 2pm-4pm

Where to meet: Meet Travis in the Blockade Runner Beach Resort Lobby

6:00 pm Zane Schweitzer motivational speaking engagement at Epic

7:00pm Coastal Federation storm water speaking engagement at Epic

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

Danny Ching's Semi Private Clinic

When: Friday, April 21:  8am-10am

Where: Meet in the lobby of the Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Travis Grant Paddle Clinic

When: Friday, April 21:  8:30-11:30am

Where: Meet in the lobby of the Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Oscar Chalupsky- Back to Basics

When: Friday, April 21:  9:30-12pm

Where: Meet in the lobby of the Blockade Runner Beach Resort


Michael Booth Paddle Clinic

When: Friday, April 21:  10am-12 noon

Where: Meet in the lobby of the Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Dan Gavere’s Intro to SUP Racing Clinic

When: Friday, April 21: 10-11:30am

Where to meet: Lobby of the Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Cynthia Aguilar Prone Clinic

When: Friday, April 21: 11 am

Where to meet: Lobby of the Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Axis fitness free strength and conditioning class

When: Friday, April 21: 12 noon

Where to meet: Ocean lawn of the Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Axis Yoga free strength and mobility class

When: Friday, April 21: 12:30 pm

Where to meet: Ocean lawn of the Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Connor Baxter Paddle Clinic

When: Friday, April 21: 1-3pm

Where to meet: Lobby of the Blockade Runner Beach Resort

CPR Drowning and Resuscitation with Wrightsville Beach Ocean rescue

When: Friday, April 21: 1-5pm

Where to meet: 3 Bob Sawyer Drive Wrightsville Beach 28480

Dan Gavere’s Intro to Ocean Racing

When: Friday, April 21: 2-4pm

Where: Meet in the lobby at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Jesse Lishchuk Surfski/Kayak Technique and Racing

When: Friday, April 21: 2-4pm

Where: Meet in the lobby at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort



10:00-5:00 Expo and Demo

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

Coastal Federation 15 minute storm water filtration tours 12noon, 12:45, 2:00, 2:30, 4:00 and 4:30

1:00 -5:00 Band " Onward Soldiers"

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

5:00-6:00 Guest Speakers - Danny Ching and Travis Grant

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

7:30- 12noon DJ Zach spins

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 Long boat Start

10:03 Graveyard 13 mile Race 12'6 and 14' men Start

10:06 Graveyard 13 mile Race 12'6 and 14' women Start

12:00-4:00 Demo

12:00-4:00 Live Entertainment " Da Howlies"

1:00 Banquet: Food

4:30 Awards

7:00-10:00  After Party at Bluewater Restaurant

Sunday, April 23


Zane Schweitzer SUP Surf Clinic

When: Sunday, April 23: 9-11am

Where: Meet in the lobby at Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Danny Ching's Semi private Clinic

When: Sunday, April 23: 9-11am

Where: Meet in the lobby at Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Oscar Chalupsky- Back to Basics

When: Sunday, April 23: 9:30-12pm

Where: Meet in the lobby at Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Travis Grants Outrigger Canoe Clinic

When: Sunday, April 23: 1pm-2:30pm

Where: Meet in the lobby at Blockade Runner Beach Resort




9:00-12:00 Demo

9:00 6-man Outrigger Race

10:00 Red Paddle Co-Dragon Race

11:00 Kids 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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 23
Race Begins: 9

Gather your paddle buddies! We’ve created a fun, new team event this year. Teams of 6 will compete in race heats around 9 mile. Blockade course. Bring your own OC6 and paddles! No limit on teams, but boats will be broken into weight categories.
Registrations and payments are made by team. This race will follow ECORA racing guidelines.
Canoe Drop off is Sunday morning at 8am at the Blockade Runner sound side beach. Trailer boats can be put in at Wrightsville Beach’s public launch at : Wrightsville Beach, Intracoastal Waterway. NEW HANOVER COUNTY N 34° 13' 06'' W 77° 48' 41'' Address: 109 Causeway Dr., Wrightsville Beach, NC 72 parking spaces. From the junction at the end of I-40 and US 74 (Martin Luther King Pkwy.) in Wilmington, travel on US 74 east 4.4 miles. After crossing the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge, turn left on Channel Walk Dr. at the first intersection and then turn immediately left to the area.

                          
                          


Red Paddle Company - Dragon Race

Sunday, April 23
Race Begins: 10am

Red Paddle Co announces Inaugural Dragon World Series, World's First Team Standup Paddle Racing Competition.  Red Paddle Co, the world's most popular inflatable standup paddleboard brand is an entirely new concept in SUP competition featuring four-person team racing.  Using Red Paddle Co's revolutionary 22-foot Dragon Race Board, teams can compete in dozens of worldwide events, culminating in the Dragon World Championships on October 28-30, 2017, in Carlisle Bay, Barbados.  The first US Dragon Event will bring paddlers to Wrightsville Beach, NC, in conjunction with the Carolina Cup.

*RACE COURSE MAP WILL BE ADDED SHORTLY*

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 23, 2017

Where:

Wrightsville Beach, NC