The Carolina Cup, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious paddle events, returns to Wrightsville Beach this week, Nov. 4-7.
“The success of the Carolina Cup is our continued focus on all paddlers from professionals to beginners,” said Mark Schmidt, Race Director. “The sport isn’t strictly about the pros. It’s about the everyday paddler, people new to the sport, and the youth. We accommodate everybody at Carolina Cup.”
The “Cup” is a four-day family-friendly festival including exhibits, clinics, seminars, product demos, and a race schedule covering all ages and skill-sets. Activities and the start and finish lines are based at Blockade Runner Beach Resort, the official resort of the Carolina Cup.
“The Carolina Cup is the only official Association of Paddlesurf Professionals event in 2021,” said Tristan Boxford, APP CEO. “This event will feature both distance [The Graveyard Race] and ocean sprints with APP prize money,”
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
THURSDAY, November 4th
8:30 am – 11:30 am – SUP Racing Workout with Danny Ching (only 5 spots available)
FRIDAY, November 5th
8:30 am – 11:30 am – Danny Ching’s OC1 Racing Workshop (limited to 5 spots)
6:30 pm – Pacific Island Fire Dancing Performance
SATURDAY, November 6th
9:00 am – Expo Opens
4:00 pm – Awards (Oceanside)
SUNDAY, November 7th
7:30 am – 6 man/woman and mixed outrigger canoe race (Sound Side)
2:00 pm – Awards (Sound Side)
The APP is recognized and sanctioned as the official world championship tour for standup paddling by the International Olympic Committee’s Federation for Surfing Sports and the International Surfing Association.
The Carolina Cup is organized by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club and presented by Kona Brewing Company. The designated charity for the Carolina Cup is Nourish North Carolina, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to provide healthy food to hungry children, enabling them to succeed in the classroom and their communities.