March 24, 2015

The Carolina Cup is 1 Month Away!

The 2015 Carolina Cup is a week-long celebration in Wrightsville Beach, NC. This WPA National event features over a dozen clinics and 5 races—one for every age and level. 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 the Ocean of Hope Relay Race. This is the fifth year. This race has grown from 170 paddlers in its first year to over 700 paddlers in 2014. This year is going to be bigger and better than ever.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.

This is a World Paddle Association National Event.
The Carolina Cup is the second stop in the Salt Life Cup, which is a season-long accumulation of points earned at all WPA National races. The first was the Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge on January 24, 2015. WPA National races award double points for the long course in Men’s SUP 14’ and Women’s SUP 12’6. The top point’s leader at the end of the season will receive bonus money and be crowned 2015 Salt Life Cup Champions. Competitors must compete in at least three designated Salt Life Cup races during the 2015 season and the WPA Championships to qualify for the Salt Life Cup bonus money.
For more information on the events and clinics, go to Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club Site
There will also be WPA Class I Instructor Certification courses offered on Thursday and Sunday 9a-3p!
The World Paddle Association Class I Instructor course will provide future instructors with the knowledge needed to provide their students with safe and informative Stand Up Paddleboard lessons. Class I instructors will be trained to send out paddlers safely with rental equipment or to give more in-depth lessons with individuals or groups. The class portion will cover technical knowledge, board and gear considerations, and how to communicate effectively with students. In the on-water portion, proper forward stroke technique to prevent injury will be reviewed, as well as paddle strokes and turns. The on-water section will end with safety and rescue methods.