As the onset of spring seems to be official, Wilmingtonians are reminded that there is less than 4 weeks left before the Carolina Cup. This winter has been a tough one, with freezing rains, power outages, and unseasonably late frosts, it felt like it would never end. It’s only been recently that you can look out from the beach and see locals braving the still chilly water in an attempt to practice the dreaded “Graveyard” course. As the weather heats up, so does the competition. Locals with knowledge of the course will have to battle it out against the top names in SUP racing to try to defend their home turf.
You don’t have to look out to sea to find an exciting race to watch. In addition to the “Graveyard” the Carolina Cup hosts three other races: a kids race, the Harbor Island Recreational “fun” race, and the Money Island open race. If racing isn’t your scene, this is still an event that can be enjoyed by the entire family. With clinics, courses, demos, group paddles, and an Expo; the 5 days of the Cup will surely not disappoint.
The Carolina Cup was named by Outside Magazine as one of the “not to miss” SUP races of 2014, and is the informal “Kick-off” to the SUP racing season in the US. In 2012, the Carolina Cup was the largest race on the East Coast with over 400 paddlers competing in the first day ofraces. In 2013, we had over 600!
So, what say ye? Are you ready?
The Carolina Cup is a National Points Race and also the first race in Region 6.
For more information including a schedule of events, registration, race specifics, and clinic details visit the website at: http://wrightsvillebeachpaddleclub.com/