10th Carolina Cup Returning To Our State This Week


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,”


THURSDAY, November 4th

8:30 am – 11:30 am – SUP Racing Workout with Danny Ching (only 5 spots available)

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Connor Baxter’s Stroke & Technique Clinic
9:00 am – 11:00 am – Dan Gavere’s Intro to Foil Surfing (limit 3 people)
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Dan Gavere’s Intro to Foil Wing Surfing (private one-on-one)

FRIDAY, November 5th

8:30 am – 11:30 am – Danny Ching’s OC1 Racing Workshop (limited to 5 spots)

9:00 am – 11:00 am – Standup Paddle Racing Clinic with Titouan Puyo
10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Standup Paddle Stroke Technique Clinic with Seychelle
8:00 am – 9:30 am OR 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm – Private 1:1 Coaching Session with Seychelle
10:30 am – 12:00 pm – Dan Gavere’s Introduction to Rough Water Racing
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm – Dan Gavere’s Breakdown the Buoy Turn
10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Expo & Demos at Blockade Runner Beach Resort
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Packet Pickup & Registration at Blockade Runner Beach Resort / Mandatory Packet Pick Up for Participants (except for the Kids Race)
5:00 pm – Autograph Signing Oceanside at The Blockade Runner Resort

6:30 pm – Pacific Island Fire Dancing Performance

SATURDAY, November 6th

9:00 am – Expo Opens

8:00 am – Graveyard Surfski & Outrigger Racers Meeting (Sound Side)
8:25 am – Graveyard Surfski & Outrigger Race: 13.2-mile Race
8:30 am – Harbor Island Racers Meeting (Sound Side)
8:40 am – Harbor Island Recreational Race: 3.5-mile Flatwater Race
8:45 am – Money Island Racers Meeting (Sound Side)
9:10 am – Money Island Open Race: 6.5-mile Flatwater Race
9:25 am – Graveyard Elite Racers Meeting
9:40 am – Graveyard Elite Race: 13.2-mile Ocean & Flatwater Race
12:00 – 5:00 pm – Demos & Live Entertainment (Band, “MidAtlantic”)
1:00 pm – Banquet Food for Participants

4:00 pm – Awards (Oceanside)

SUNDAY, November 7th

7:30 am – 6 man/woman and mixed outrigger canoe race (Sound Side)

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Demo
9:00 am – APP Sprint Race (Oceanside)
9:30 am – 12:00 pm – Expo (Sound Side)
10:15 am – Kids Race Meeting (Sound Side)
10:30 am – Kids Race: open for children ages 6 to 14 (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.

Carolina Cup information and registration

Blockade Runner Accommodations