Wrightsville Beach, NC - The
biggest names in stand up paddleboarding (SUP) are traveling from
around the world to compete for the Carolina Cup in Wrightsville Beach,
April 25-28, at Blockade Runner Beach Resort. "Last
year, we had participants from multiple countries and over 41 states.
The Carolina Cup is a great opportunity for people to check out the
world's best competitors while participating in races based on their
individual skill level," said John Beausang, event Co-Chair.
Already on the roster for the 2013 Carolina Cup are two-time Men's World Champion Danny Ching from California, European Champion Eric Terrien from France, two-time
Women's World Champion Candice Appleby from California, Gold Medal
Olympian Larry Cain from Canada, and ten-time Molokai World Champion
Jamie Mitchell from Australia.
over 400 paddlers in 2012, the Carolina Cup has become one of the
largest and most respected SUP events in the United States. With a
unique combination of ocean, inlet, sound, marsh and flat water
conditions, Wrightsville Beach provides a preferred location for
professionals and amateurs to compete in this rapidly growing sport.
by the World Paddle Association, and one of nine national qualifiers
for the World Championships, the Carolina Cup caters to all ages and
skill levels. Featured races include the 13-mile Graveyard Elite race,
the 6.5-mile Money Island race, the 3.5-mile Harbor Island race and the
Kids Turtle race. The start and finish of each race will take place at Blockade Runner Beach Resort, home base for the Carolina Cup. Registration fees vary by event.
world-class contenders on the 2013 roster include, 2010's Carolina Cup
Champion Anthony Vela, US Olympic Sprint Canoe Team member and
Quickblade paddle maker Jimmy Terrell, both from California; and
professional paddleboarder Dan Gavere from Oregon. Each will conduct
clinics before the Carolina Cup, as well as compete in the Graveyard
are welcome to enjoy the races and visit SUP displays from leading
manufacturers. Beausang, an avid SUP waterman and founder of
DistressedMullet.com said, "The Carolina Cup is a great
opportunity for people to check out the fastest growing watersport in
the world, take lessons, and even try stand up paddleboards, paddles and
accessories from many of the world's most popular manufacturers."
will be held during the weekend to increase awareness of, and benefit
the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Topsail
Island, and Surfers Healing, an organization dedicated to serving
autistic children and their families.
The Carolina Cup is presented by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club.