The Carolina Cup | The 13.2-Mile Elite Graveyard Course
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Repeat Carolina Cup Victories for Germany's Sonni Hönscheid and Michael Booth of Australia  
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Michael Booth – Courtesy of Samantha Black
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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NORTH CAROLINA, USA – With near-perfect weather and racing conditions, Germany's Sonni Hönscheid and Michael Booth of Australia successfully defended their championships in the punishing 21-kilometer Graveyard Race at Carolina Cup in Wrightsville Beach. Both plan to go for three in a row in 2020.

“Yesterday was stormy, wavy and crazy out there. I got up this morning, looked outside and the conditions were glassy with light offshore winds and beautiful little waves, the complete opposite," said women's champion Hönscheid. "With the change in conditions, I chose to use the Sprint, the flatwater board from Starboard, which turned out to be a good choice. I didn’t have such a good start, but from there I made ground on the girls and kept up a good pace. It was a hard stretch on the ocean to the finish line.”

“It was a tough race, but a lot better than last year," said Booth. "It was a very different field with a really hard pace all the way. I got down and had to play it tactically smart, and I’m very happy with the win. It feels fantastic. The off-season has been really hard. I’ve been training and focusing on a back-to-back win. I’m over the moon.”

“To win the Graveyard Race again was unbelievable. I’m super stoked," said Hönscheid. "It’s a great feeling, especially with such a great community cheering you on and sharing a love for the sport and the ocean. To win in such a great environment with so many nice people is a double victory.”
Sonni Honscheid – Courtesy of Samantha Black
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Michael Booth of Australia – Two-time Carolina Cup Elite Champion – Courtesy of Robert B Butler
Sonni Honscheid of Germany – Two-time Carolina Cup Elite Champions – Courtesy of Robert B Butler
Total registrations for Carolina Cup, including the Graveyard Race, increased over last year, according to Mark Schmidt, Race Director. The sport is organizing and maturing; industry segments are now working together; and, paddle racing is increasingly a multi-generational family sport, according to Schmidt. 

Organized by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club and sanctioned by the World Paddle Association (WPA), the 9th annual Carolina Cup was the first SUP race of the 2019 Qualifier Series, a newly formed partnership by the WPA and Association of Paddle-surf Professionals (APP). Competitors in the Carolina Cup had the opportunity to earn points to qualify for the APP World Tour and World Championship. All races began and ended at Blockade Runner Beach Resort, official resort of Carolina Cup.

A partial list of winners:

The Graveyard Race – SUP

Men’s Overall Elite (13-miles / 21km)
1st: Michael Booth (2:03:01) Australia
2nd: Bruno Hasulyo (2:03:23) Spain
3rd: Daniel Hasulyo (2:03:54) Spain
4th: Georges Cronsteadt (2:05:11) Redondo Beach, CA
5th: Titouan Puyo (2:05:33) New Caledonia
6th: Enzo Bennett (2:05:53) Redondo Beach, CA
7th: Ty Judson (2:06:21) Australia
8th: Travis Grant (2:06:34) Hawaii, USA
9th: Mo Freitas (2:08:03) Hawaii, USA
10th: Keoni Sulpice (2:09:24) Tahiti

Women’s Overall Elite (13-miles / 21km)
1st: Sonni Hönscheid (2:22:15) Germany
2nd: April Zilg (2:25:45) NC/CA, USA
3rd: Jade Howsan (2:27:13) Laguna Beach, CA
4th: Fiona Wylde (2:27:28) Hood River, OR
5th: Laura Quetglas (2:27:47) Spain
6th: Kimberly Barnes (2:27:48) Hobe Sound, FL
7th: Stephanie Shideler (2:27:55) Long Beach, NY
8th: Yuko Sato (2:28:30) Japan
9th: Siri Schubert (2:33:24) Switzerland
10th: Maddie Miller (2:34:41) Jupiter, FL

The Money Island 10km Race – SUP 14'

Money Island Men's Overall (6-mile / 10-km)
1st: Vincent Goyat (1:01:44) Tahiti
2nd: Steve Phillips (1:06:10) Surfside Beach, SC
3rd: Scott Baste (1:06:21) Florida Keys

Money Island Women's Overall (6-mile / 10km)
1st: Lizi Ruiz (1:12:41) Miami Beach, FL
2nd: Gina Di Primio (1:15:55) Ontario, CA
3rd: Tracee Van Brunt (1:17:41) Sayville, NY

The Harbor Island 5km Race – SUP 14'

Harbor Island Men's Overall 14' (3-mile / 5km)
1st: Adrian Barnett (41:56) Hendersonville, TN
2nd: Matt Kenney (42:06) Raleigh, NC
3rd: Brad Hill (42:42) Annapolis, MD

Harbor Island Women's Overall 14' (3-mile / 5km)
1st: Katie Roberts (50:08) Odenton, MD
2nd: Gail Case (51:38) Madison, NC
3rd: Lisa Landry (53:38) Ontario, CA


Contact:

Mark Schmidt
Race Director
Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club
P: 910-620-6914
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Aussie SUP Powerhouse to defend Carolina Cup Title April 24-28, 2019
Australian Michael Booth – Courtesy Georgia Schofield / Starboard
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NORTH CAROLINA, USA –  Australian SUP powerhouse Michael Booth, rated one of the top two paddlers in the world in both the Paddle League and APP rankings, returns to North Carolina April 24-28 to defend his Carolina Cup Championship.

“Winning the Carolina Cup was something I always wanted to do since I first picked up a SUP paddle,” said Booth. “The Carolina Cup to me is the most prestigious distance race in our sport. It’s 20-kilometers of varied conditions that test the best-of-the-best each and every year. It’s one event that everyone wants to have on their mantle.”

A first-time champion of the Carolina Cup and member of the Starboard Dream Team, Michael Booth logged an impressive SUP season in 2018, winning eleven of fifteen starts on his race calendar. In addition to the Carolina Cup victory, Booth won his third Australian Distance Race title, second Euro Tour Championship, and second World Title ISA distance race. Although sprinting is not his specialty, Booth focused on the APP Tour for the first time and achieved remarkable results, netting a season-end ranking of second-place worldwide.

The Carolina Cup is one of the world’s largest paddle festivals, featuring races, clinics, expos, and entertainment, with athletes attending from over 20 nations and virtually every state in the USA. Competitors include Olympians, world-record holders, champions, professionals, amateurs, and first-time paddlers. All races begin and end at Blockade Runner Beach Resort, the official resort of the Carolina Cup.

2018 Carolina Cup Graveyard Champion Michael Booth – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Limited enrollment clinics and workshops will be presented at the Carolina Cup by Michael Booth and other top paddle athletes. Subjects include ocean racing; beach starts and surf landings; instructor certification; the perfect race day; SUP paddling; outrigger canoe paddling; one-on-one sessions; paddle skills and techniques; the TRX training system; motivation to race; footwork; and, drills. In addition to Booth, instructors on the agenda are Dan Gavere of Oregon; Travis Grant from Australia; North Carolina’s April Zilg (now residing in California); Florida’s Seychelle; Candice Appleby of California; and Hood River’s Fiona Wylde.

Organized by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club and sanctioned by the World Paddle Association (WPA), the 9th annual Carolina Cup is the first SUP race of the 2019 Qualifier Series, a newly formed partnership by the WPA and Association of Paddle-surf Professionals (APP). Competitors in the Carolina Cup have the opportunity to earn points to qualify for the APP World Tour and World Championship.

Races on the 2019 schedule include:

Graveyard Race; a grueling 13.2-mile ocean and flatwater race for the elite and professional paddleboard racers; SUP; Prone;

Money Island Open Race; a 10-kilometer flatwater race designed for the intermediate to advanced paddler; SUP; Prone; Kayak; Surfski; OC; 

Harbor Island Recreational Race; a 5-kilometer flatwater race for first-time to intermediate paddleboarders; SUP; Prone; 

Graveyard Surfski and Outrigger Race; a 13.2-mile elite race starting and finishing on the sound side; Kayak; OC; Surfski;

The Kids Race; for children 6 to 14.  

The designated charity for the 2019 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.



Contact:
Mark Schmidt
Race Director
Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club
P: 910-620-6914
E: Mark@WrightsvilleBeachPaddleClub.com


Robert B. Butler
North Carolina Press Release
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League’s World Champ returning to Carolina Cup to defend title 
Sonni Hönscheid – 2018 Carolina Cup Champ – Courtesy Laura Glantz
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NORTH CAROLINA, USA – Germany’s Sonni Hönscheid, winner of the women’s Paddle League World Title in 2018, returns to North Carolina April 24-28 to defend her Carolina Cup Championship.

The Carolina Cup is one of the world’s largest paddle festivals, featuring races, clinics, expos, and entertainment, with athletes attending from over 20 nations and virtually every state in the USA. Competitors include Olympians, world-record holders, champions, professionals, amateurs, and first-time paddlers. All races begin and end at Blockade Runner Beach Resort, the official resort of the Carolina Cup.

During the 2018 season, Sonni Hönscheid’s power and speed were astonishing, winning four of the top five major races, including the Carolina Cup, and accumulating enough points to lock up the league’s world title by early July.

“I’m still processing the whole year; it was crazy in many aspects,” said Hönscheid. “I’m proud of myself to be strong enough physically and mentally to reach my goals. The days were too short, and I had to really be strict with myself in making this happen. 2018 was a great year, but also a very hard year.”

“North Carolina is a beautiful place, and Carolina Cup is a beautiful event. Great people and good vibes,” said Hönscheid. “It’s a long race, and everything can happen. I was happy to win the Cup last year. This year, my approach is to give my best and see what happens.”

Sonni Hönscheid balances the rigorous demands of professional paddleboarding with art. An accomplished acrylic painter, Hönscheid’s goal in 2018 was to win the Paddle League World Title “before the opening of my art exhibition in August,” a goal she easily achieved.
Courtesy of Ben Thouard/Starboard
On the North Sea island of Sylt, Germany, Hönscheid’s birthplace and home, Sonni combines her “two biggest passions.” Her painting style is inspired by her lifetime of experiences on the ocean, bold, bright, colorful, flowing, and modern.

Board manufacturer Starboard is featuring three of Sonni’s designs on the Tikhine model in 2019. “I’m super stoked about making this sport even more colorful,” said Hönscheid. Click here to read the entire interview with Sonni Hönscheid.

Organized by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club and sanctioned by the World Paddle Association (WPA), the 9th annual Carolina Cup is the first SUP race of the 2019 Qualifier Series, a newly formed partnership by the WPA and Association of Paddle-surf Professionals (APP). Competitors in the Carolina Cup have the opportunity to earn points to qualify for the APP World Tour and World Championship.

Returning races on the 2019 schedule include:

Graveyard Race; a grueling 13.2-mile ocean and flatwater race for the elite and professional paddleboard racers; SUP; Prone;

Money Island Open Race; a 10-kilometer flatwater race designed for the intermediate to advanced paddler; SUP; Prone; Kayak; Surfski; OC;

Harbor Island Recreational Race; a 5-kilometer flatwater race for first-time to intermediate paddleboarders; SUP; Prone;

Graveyard Surfski and Outrigger Race; a 13.2-mile elite race starting and finishing on the sound side; Kayak; OC; Surfski;

The Kids Race; for children 6 to 14.

The designated charity for the 2019 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.



Contact:
Mark Schmidt
Race Director
Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club
P: 910-620-6914
E: Mark@WrightsvilleBeachPaddleClub.com

Robert B. Butler
North Carolina Press Release
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www.RBButler.com

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Sonni Hönscheid of Germany and Michael Booth of Australia capture elite Carolina Cup titles 
Sonni Hönscheid runs to finish line at The Carolina Cup – Courtesy Robert B. Butler
Sonni Hönscheid at the Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup Awards Ceremony – Courtesy Robert B. Butler
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NORTH CAROLINA, USA – Choppy seas and high winds did not faze paddleboard elites Sonni Hönscheid of Germany or Michael Booth of Australia, crowned champions of the punishing 13-mile Graveyard Race at the Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, held April 18-22, in Wrightsville Beach.

“I had a good start, which is rare for me, and was third around the first buoy. I am super happy with that,” said Hönscheid, the fifth-ranked women’s paddler in the world. “I tried to gain distance in the downwind before the first inlet. Fiona was in front of me, but I knew I could catch her in the flatwater, and I did. She was behind me for a while so, I kept my pace out there. Once I returned to the ocean for the final leg, I felt relaxed, had a good time and a good race.” 

“Interestingly, some of the athletes that are ocean paddlers loved the conditions,” said race director Mark Schmidt. “The race had a strong side-shore wind angling from the Northeast and mainly East. Racers who knew how to work the waves and the runners had no problem, but for some, it was a problem.”

“In previous times the wind worked against me because I didn’t have the skills to compete at that level,” said fourth-ranked men’s pro Michael Booth. “But, we’ve been working hard back home in Perth, and the conditions for the Wrightsville Beach race are the same as I train in every day. When I looked out the morning of the race, I thought, “This is just like home. You can do this.” To have it pay off, in the end, is really great.”
Michael Booth at the Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup awards ceremony – Courtesy Robert B Butler
“It feels fantastic to win the Graveyard. Ever since I joined this sport I’ve really wanted to win this race,” said Booth. “This is such a major race in the sport, to have my name on the list of champions is really special.”

Following his victory in the elite standup paddleboard category, Booth captured a second Graveyard Race title in the surfski class. Due to growing demand, an elite Graveyard Race was added to the 2018 schedule to include surfski, double-ski, OC-1, and OC-2 (see media site for results). All races for the week originated and ended at Blockade Runner Beach Resort, the official resort of the Carolina Cup.
Michael Booth captures SUP and Surfski Graveyard Race titles at the Carolina Cup – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Organized by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club, affiliated with the newly formed Paddle League, and sanctioned by the World Paddle Association (WPA), the Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup attracted paddlers from more than 20 countries and most US states. About 20-percent of the athletes were from North Carolina – a rough estimate provided by Schmidt. Competitors included Olympians, world-record holders, champions, professionals, amateurs, and first-time paddlers.

A partial list of winners:

The Graveyard Race – SUP
Men’s Elite (13-miles / 21km)
1st: Michael Booth (2:03:14) Australia
2nd: Travis Grant (2:03:21) Australia
3rd: Mo Freitas (2:03:27) Hawaii, USA
4th: Titouan Puyo (2:03:43) New Caledonia, France
5th: Georges Cronsteadt (2:03:49) Tahiti
6th: Marcus Hansen (2:04:51) New Zealand
7th: Lincoln Dews (2:05:02) Australia
8th: Niuhiti Buillard (2:05:25) Tahiti
9th: Bruno Hasulyo (2:05:30) Hungary
10th: Danny Ching (2:05:35) CA, USA

Women’s Elite (13-miles / 21km)
1st: Sonni Hönscheid (2:20:35) Germany
2nd: Olivia Piana (2:23:38) France
3rd: Fiona Wylde (2:25:19) Oregon, USA
4th: April Zilg (2:28:26) NC native, now lives in CA, USA
5th: Seychelle Webster (2:29:22) FL, USA
6th: Candice Appleby (2:30:39) CA, USA
7th: Terrene Black (2:30:40) Australia
8th: Shae Foudy (2:31:32) USA
9th: Yuka Sato (2:34:34) Japan
10th: Laura Quetglas (2:37:19) Spain

The Harbor Island Recreational Race – SUP

Harbor Island Men (3-mile open race)
1st: David Young – Wilmington, NC
2nd: Jeff Berry – Rochester, NY
3rd: Dylan Henry – Satellite Beach, FL
4th: Campbell Carter – Wilmington, NC
5th: Mitch Cherry – Atlanta, GA

Harbor Island Women (3-mile open race)
1st: Tabitha Price – Tuscaloosa, AL
2nd: Samantha Stewart – Annapolis, MD
3rd: Elle Newkirk – Wrightsville Beach, NC
4th: Stella Gan – Ontario, Canada
5th: Erin Fitzpatrick – Wrightsville Beach, NC

The Money Island Open – SUP

Money Island Men (6-mile open race)
1st: Jeremy Whitted – Charleston, SC
2nd: David Slemp – St. Augustine, FL
3rd: Justin Schaay – Charleston, SC
4th: Steve Phillips – Surfside Beach, SC
5th: Mike Taber – Ontario, Canada

Money Island Women (6-mile open race)
1st: Heilani Cronsteadt – Tahiti
2nd: Kim Hillhouse – Lanikai, Hawaii
3rd: J. Deriggi – Washington, DC
4th: Meg Bosi – Bonita Springs, FL
5th: Lindsay Cook – Annapolis, MD


Contact:
Mark Schmidt
Race Director
Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club
P: 910-620-1835
E: Mark@WrightsvilleBeachPaddleClub.com

Robert B. Butler
North Carolina Press Release
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www.RBButler.com

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Carolina Cup Graveyard Race
Top 150

Finish Craft Name Age Sex Time
1…SUP 14'…MICHAEL BOOTH…18-49…M…2:03:14
2…SUP 14'…TRAVIS GRANT…18-49…M…2:03:21
3…SUP 14'…MO FREITAS…18-49…M…2:03:27
4…SUP 14'…TITOUAN PUYO…18-49…M…2:03:43
5…SUP 14'…GEORGES CRONSTEADT…18-49…M…2:03:49
6…SUP 14'…MARCUS HANSEN…18-49…M…2:04:51
7…SUP 14'…LINCOLN DEWS…18-49…M…2:05:02
8…SUP 14…BUILLARY NIOHITI…18-49…M…2:05:26
9…SUP 14'…BRUNO HASULYO…18-49…M…2:05:30
10…SUP 14'…DANNY CHING…18-49…M…2:05:35
11…SUP 14…JOSH RICCIO…18-49…M…2:05:43
12…SUP 14'…DANIEL HASULYO…18-49…M…2:05:46
13…SUP 14'…TY JUDSON…18-49…M…2:06:17
14…SUP 14'…ENZO BENNETT…18-49…M…2:07:27
15…SUP 14'…VINNICIUS MARTINS…18-49…M…2:07:44
16…SUP 14'…CONNOR BAXTER…18-49…M…2:07:54
17…SUP 14'…MARTIN VITRY…18-49…M…2:08:11
18…SUP 14'…TOM AUBER…18-49…M…2:08:58
19…SUP 14'…KELLY MARGETTS…18-49…M…2:09:06
20…SUP 14'…MARTINO ROGAI…18-49…M…2:09:15
21…SUP 14'…KENNY KANEKO…18-49…M…2:10:06
22…SUP 14'…ITZEL DELGADO…18-49…M…2:13:22
23…SUP 14'…FEDERICO ESPOSITO…18-49…M…2:13:28
24…SUP 14'…HARRY MASKELL…18-49…M…2:16:34
25…SUP 14'…RYLAND HART…U17…M…2:17:04
26…SUP 14…FERNANDO STALLA…18-49…M…2:18:49
27…SUP 14'…ERI TENORIO…18-49…M…2:19:40
28…SUP 14'…NATHAN CROSS…18-49…M…2:20:30
29…SUP 14'…SONNI HOENSCHEID…18-49…F…2:20:35
30…SUP 14'…LARRY CAIN…50-59…M…2:21:00
31…SUP 14'…TOMMY BUDAY…18-49…M…2:21:04
32…SUP 14'…STEVE MILLER…18-49…M…2:21:35
33…SUP 14'…HARRISON DEISROTH…U17…M…2:23:00
34…SUP 14'…GUILHERME CUNHA…U17…M…2:23:28
35…SUP 14'…SAM ENGLISH…18-49…M…2:23:38
36…SUP 14'…OLIVIA PIANA…18-49…F…2:23:38
37…SUP 14'…TIM WARNER…18-49…M…2:24:11
38…SUP 14'…FIONA WYLDE…18-49…F…2:25:19
39…SUP 14'…BILL KRAFT…18-49…M…2:25:41
40…SUP 14'…APRIL ZILG…18-49…F…2:28:26
41…SUP 14'…TYLER BASHOR…U17…M…2:28:58
42…SUP 14'…ELIJAH SCHOENIG…U17…M…2:29:19
43…SUP 14'…SEY CHELLE…18-49…F…2:29:22
44…SUP 14'…CANDICE APPLEBY…18-49…F…2:30:39
45…SUP 14'…TERRENE BLACK…18-49…F…2:30:40
46…SUP 14'…SHAE FOUDY…18-49…F…2:31:32
47…SUP 14'…JERAMIE VAINE…18-49…M…2:32:00
48…Prone Unlimited…AJ DEFILIPPIS…18-49…M…2:33:13
49…SUP 14'…YUKA SATO…18-49…F…2:34:34
50…SUP 14'…JEISSON TOVAR…18-49…M…2:34:58
51…SUP 14'…ROBERT HESS…18-49…M…2:36:24
52…SUP 14'…LAURA QUETGLAS…18-49…F…2:37:19
53…SUP 14'…JOHN BATSON…18-49…M…2:37:24
54…SUP 14'…PAUL JACKSON…18-49…M…2:37:31
55…SUP 14'…JADE HOWSON…U17…F…2:37:54
56…SUP 14'…ERIKA BENITEZ…U17…F…2:38:09
57…SUP 14'…DEREK SCHROTTER…18-49…M…2:39:29
58…SUP 14'…PACKET CASEY…18-49…M…2:39:50
59…SUP 14'…TIM OLIVER…18-49…M…2:41:34
60…SUP 14'…LINA AUGAITIS…18-49…F…2:41:55
61…SUP 14'…MADDIE MILLER…U17…F…2:42:33
62…SUP 14'…ZACH ROUNSAVILLE…18-49…M…2:42:35
63…SUP 14'…KIMBERLY BARNES…18-49…F…2:43:33
64…SUP 14'…ANGELA JACKSON…18-49…F…2:43:53
65…SUP 14'…STEPHANIE SHIDELER…18-49…F…2:43:55
66…SUP 14'…JAKE GRAHAM…18-49…M…2:44:19
67…Prone Unlimited…JONNY SKOLNICK…18-49…M…2:44:36
68…SUP 14'…GARY ROTHE…50-59…M…2:44:52
69…SUP 14'…STEVEN BERNSTEIN…18-49…M…2:45:16
70…SUP 14'…ERIC JOHNSTON…18-49…M…2:45:54
71…SUP 14'…STEVEN BARRY…18-49…M…2:46:49
72…SUP 14'…TERRY SMITH…18-49…M…2:47:39
73…SUP 14'…ANDEW MENCINSKY…50-59…M…2:48:53
74…SUP 14'…DAN HAMZIC…18-49…M…2:50:03
75…SUP 14'…TRAVIS KINDT…18-49…M…2:51:08
76…Prone Unlimited…WALLY BUCKINGHAM…60+…M…2:51:12
77…SUP 14'…SARAH WEYENBERG…18-49…F…2:51:16
78…SUP 14'…JACK BALLARD…U17…M…2:52:41
79…SUP 14'…CLAIRE MERRY…18-49…F…2:53:05
80…SUP 14'…CALEB CLARK…U17…M…2:53:14
81…SUP 14'…GRAY BERRYMAN…18-49…M…2:54:15
82…SUP 14'…ROBIN DELGADO…18-49…M…2:55:42
83…Prone Unlimited…ROB KAVCIC…18-49…M…2:56:31
84…SUP 14'…DYLAN GEIGER…U17…M…2:57:16
85…Prone 14'…BEN ROTH…18-49…M…2:57:47
86…SUP 14'…TOMAS PECINKA…18-49…M…2:57:48
87…Prone Unlimted…BOB ARNOT…60+…M…2:59:25
88…SUP 14'…ERIC CARTER…18-49…M…3:00:07
89…SUP 14'…ROBERT NORMAN…18-49…M…3:00:10
90…SUP 14'…ANTHONY GALANG…50-59…M…3:00:49
91…SUP 14'…ROB MORAN…50-59…M…3:00:52
92…SUP 14'…KENNY BALCERSKI…50-59…M…3:02:06
93…Prone Unlimited…JOE BARK…50-59…M…3:02:23
94…SUP 14'…MARY HOWSER…18-49…F…3:02:56
95…Prone Unlimted…CHRIS CANNAVARO…18-49…M…3:03:10
96…SUP 14'…BOB RUETER…60+…M…3:03:40
97…SUP 14'…KYLE ELLISON…18-49…M…3:04:03
98…SUP 14'…DAN MILLER…18-49…M…3:05:21
99…SUP 14'…KEN BOWMAN…18-49…M…3:06:00
100…SUP 14'…DANIEL RAPP…18-49…M…3:06:24
101…Prone Stock…ALICE HENLEY…18-49…F…3:08:43
102…Prone Stock…CHRIS AGUILAR…18-49…M…3:08:46
103…SUP 14'…GABRIEL KOKO DECARAN-VOIGHT…18-49…M…3:10:22
104…SUP 14'…WAYNE BEST…18-49…M…3:11:53
105…SUP 14'…GANDER TAWASTSTJERNA…50-59…M…3:12:16
106…SUP 14…ALEJANDRA BRITO…18-49…F…3:13:23
107…SUP 14'…TROY GOSSARD…18-49…M…3:15:04
108…SUP 14'…NATHAN CHAMPION…18-49…M…3:15:25
109…SUP 14'…KATE LEWIS…18-49…F…3:15:51
110…SUP 14'…RUSS SCULLY…18-49…M…3:16:15
111…SUP 14'…TIM BURKE…50-59…M…3:16:56
112…SUP 14'…TRACEY FINLAY…50-59…F…3:17:02
113…SUP 14'…BRIAN COEN…18-49…M…3:17:17
114…SUP 14'…WILL LATHAN…18-49…M…3:18:11
115…SUP 14'…PETER ALLEN…18-49…M…3:18:13
116…SUP 14'…ADAM POLLOCK…18-49…M…3:18:18
117…SUP 14'…ED PIERCE…60+…M…3:18:47
118…Prone Stock…KAREN FIGUEROA…50-59…F…3:21:07
119…SUP 14'…VIKTOR MILEV…18-49…M…3:22:06
120…SUP 14'…KEVIN KAHIKINA…50-59…M…3:22:44
121…SUP 14'…FRANK TORRES…50-59…M…3:22:56
122…SUP 14'…JENNA BLACKBURN…U17…F…3:24:20
123…SUP 14'…NORIKO OKAYA…18-49…F…3:24:24
124…SUP 14'…JAMIE PENLAND…18-49…M…3:24:48
125…SUP 14'…ADRIAN ANGELL…50-59…M…3:25:42
126…SUP 14'…BART SCHAD…50-59…M…3:26:42
127…SUP 14'…LOUANNE HARRIS…18-49…F…3:27:00
128…SUP 14'…LES THORNBURY…18-49…M…3:27:32
129…SUP 14'…ADAM PIEPKORN…18-49…M…3:27:37
130…SUP 14'…STEVIE BODDEN…18-49…F…3:27:38
131…SUP 14'…RAMON MERCADO…18-49…M…3:28:56
132…SUP 14'…MARK HERMAN…18-49…M…3:29:38
133…Prone Unlimted…FRANK GODWIN…50-59…M…3:29:44
134…SUP 14'…MARK SUMNER…18-49…M…3:30:29
135…SUP 14'…BOBBY NELSON…60+…M…3:31:31
136…SUP 14'…EDMONDS BAFFORD…18-49…M…3:33:35
137…SUP 14'…NICK JIMENEZ…18-49…M…3:34:01
138…SUP 14'…ERIK LUMBERT…18-49…M…3:35:41
139…SUP 14'…MICHELLE CURRIER…18-49…F…3:40:08
140…SUP 14'…EVELYN O'DOHERTY…18-49…F…3:40:33
141…SUP 14'…KAREN KENNEDY…18-49…F…3:41:54
142…SUP 14'…MIKE WHITE…18-49…M…3:42:01
143…SUP 14'…JEFF HENDERSON…50-59…M…3:42:35
144…Prone Stock…LORAINE GRUBER…50-59…F…3:43:16
145…SUP 14'…TERESA PLITT…50-59…F…3:43:33
146…SUP 14'…JOSETTE LATA…18-49…F…3:44:06
147…SUP 14'…KAREN WILSON…60+…F…3:44:45
148…SUP 14'…TED NELSON…50-59…M…3:47:44
149…SUP 14'…BERNARDO ISACOVICI…18-49…M…3:51:47
150…SUP 14'…MICHAEL TREMAN…60+…M…4:00:34
Carolina Cup Longboat Graveyard Race Results
Surfski, Double-ski, OC-1, OC2

Finish  Craft  Name  Time
1   Surfski Single MICHAEL BOOTH 1:34:30
2   Surfski Single NATE HUMBERSTON 1:36:07
3   Surfski Single OSCAR CHALUPSKY 1:39:31
4   Surfski Single ERIC MIMS 1:40:09
5   Surfski Single FLAVIO COSTA 1:41:06
6   OC-1 TRAVIS GRANT 1:43:53
7   OC-1 DANNY CHING 1:44:08
8   OC-1 GEORGES CRONSTEADT 1:46:01
9   OC-1 RYLAND HART 1:46:22
10  OC1 HARRISON DEISROTH 1:47:28
11  Surfski Single ERIC COSTANZO 1:49:49
12  Surfski BRIAN MEYER 1:50:33
13  Surfski JAN LUPINSKI 1:50:34
14  Surfski Single ANDY MCMARLIN 1:51:12
15  OC-2 DAVID JAMES 1:51:59
16  OC-2 NICK GOINGS 1:52:33
17  Surfski Single WILLIAM CUMMINS 1:53:12
18  Surfski Single CHRIS MULSTAY 1:53:45
19  OC2 KELLY RHODES 1:54:15
20  OC-1 DEREK SCHROTTER 1:54:26
21  Surfski Single PETER MORGAN 1:54:39
22  OC-1 CHRIS CURRY 1:55:55
23  Surfski Single ROWAN SAMPSON 1:56:46
24  Surfski Single DARREN CROZIER 1:58:32
25  Surfski Single JOHN POLLOCK 1:58:49
26  Surfski Single MICHAEL ALEXEEV 1:59:27
27  Surfski Single RAND PERKINS 1:59:46
28  OC-2 TROY CAMPHOUS 1:59:47
29  OC-2 TYLER HUSTRULID 2:00:23
30  OC-1 KEVIN RHODES 2:00:23
31  OC1 APRIL ZILG 2:01:18
32  Surfski JUSTIN SCHAAY 2:03:44
33  OC-1 LEAH CHING 2:04:26
34  OC-1 STEVE DULLACK 2:05:05
35  Surfski CLIFF ROACH 2:07:55
36  Surfski Single BRAXTON CARTER 2:08:50
37  OC-1 BARRY BLACKBURN 2:09:00
38  OC-1 SEAN HAVENS 2:09:18
39  OC-1 AIMEE SPECTOR 2:09:42
40  OC1 JOHN BEAUSANG 2:10:15
41  Kayak WILLIAM SCHAET 2:13:56
42  OC-1 ROBERT NORMAN 2:14:37
43  surfski KIRIL FLOROU 2:15:04
44  Surfski Single KATA DISMUKES 2:15:23
45  OC-1 CHIP BOCK 2:15:45
46  OC1 DAN MILLER 2:22:30
47  OC-1 RAY WORRELL 2:24:47
48  OC-1 DAVID RUSH 2:28:33
49  OC1 WENDELL MARTIN 2:29:09
50  Surfski SCOTT THOMAS 2:30:41
51  OC-1 ROBERT ALLISON 2:41:36
52  OC-1 MARGO PELLEGRINO 2:50:16
53  OC-1 SUNNY JACKSON 2:50:17
 
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
2018 Carolina Cup – Courtesy of Peter Newman/Aerial Images ILM
2018 Carolina Cup – Courtesy of Peter Newman/Aerial Images ILM
2018 Carolina Cup – Courtesy of Peter Newman/Aerial Images ILM
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
2018 Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA – Courtesy Karen Pennington
2018 Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA – Courtesy Karen Pennington
2018 Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA – Courtesy Karen Pennington
2018 Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA – Courtesy Karen Pennington
2018 Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA – Courtesy Karen Pennington
2018 Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA – Courtesy Karen Pennington
2018 Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA – Courtesy Karen Pennington
2018 Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA – Courtesy of Samantha Black
2018 Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA – Courtesy of Samantha Black
2018 Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA – Courtesy of Samantha Black
2018 Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA – Courtesy of Samantha Black
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
2018 Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA – Courtesy Karen Pennington
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
2018 Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA – Courtesy of Samantha Black
2018 Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA – Courtesy of Samantha Black
2018 Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA – Courtesy of Samantha Black
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
2018 Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA – Courtesy Karen Pennington
2018 Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA – Courtesy Karen Pennington
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
2018 Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA – Courtesy Karen Pennington
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
2018 Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA – Courtesy of Samantha Black
2018 Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA – Courtesy of Samantha Black
2018 Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA – Courtesy of Samantha Black
2018 Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA – Courtesy of Samantha Black
2018 Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA – Courtesy of Samantha Black
2018 Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA – Courtesy of Samantha Black
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
2018 Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA – Courtesy Karen Pennington
2018 Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA – Courtesy Karen Pennington
 
Gallery photos of the 2018 Cup added regularly ... check back later!
World's Largest Paddle Festival Attracts Global Sponsor
The Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup, Wrightsville Beach, NC – Aerial Images ILM
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NORTH CAROLINA, USA – The Carolina Cup, the world’s largest festival combining paddle races, clinics, product displays, and entertainment has attracted the support of Quiksilver Waterman as title sponsor.

“We are honored to have them on board and this is a great match,” said Mark Schmidt, Race Director. “The Carolina Cup is a preeminent international paddle race festival, and Quiksilver is a global provider of exceptional products to the paddle and watersports community.”

The 8th annual Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup will draw thousands of spectators and more than 1,000 event participants. Races, clinics, expos, entertainment, and festivities will be in Wrightsville Beach, April 18-22, 2018. All races will begin and end at Blockade Runner Beach Resort, official resort of the Carolina Cup.

"We are stoked to be a part of this great event," said Pat Fraley, Division Manager of Quiksilver Waterman. “This year we’re launching our new line of performance apparel and technical paddle gear designed to be worn in and around the water. Supporting the Carolina Cup is a great way to showcase these new products over five days of fun and epic paddling competition.”

Annabel Anderson of New Zealand, the fastest and top-ranked woman in the world, captured the past five Carolina Cup titles in the elite women’s division. Titouan Puyo of New Caledonia, France, ranked second in the world in the men’s division, is on a two-year winning streak in the Graveyard Race elite championship.

Returning races on the 2018 schedule include:

•The Graveyard, a grueling 13.2-mile ocean and flatwater race for the elite and professional paddleboard racers;
•The Money Island Open, a 6.5-mile flatwater race designed for the intermediate to advanced paddler; 
•The Harbor Island Recreational, a 3.5-mile flatwater race for first-time to intermediate paddleboarders;
•The popular Kids Race for children 7 to 14. 

New to the race schedule in 2018:

•The Longboat Graveyard, a 13.2-mile race exclusively for Elite OC-1, OC-2, Surfski and Double-Ski.
Annabel Anderson, Five-Time Graveyard Race Champion
“As Quiksilver approaches our 50th anniversary in 2019, we’re celebrating generations of people, products, and experiences that contributed to what boardriding is today and what it will become tomorrow,” said Jake Martin, Director of Marketing. “We are celebrating years of adventure, discovery, and pushing the boundaries. The heritage of paddle sports and Quiksilver Waterman are important chapters in boardriding history, a heritage exemplified by the Carolina Cup.”

Organized by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club, affiliated with the newly formed Paddle League, and sanctioned by the World Paddle Association (WPA), the Cup will attract paddlers from over 20 countries and virtually every state in the nation. Competitors include Olympians, world-record holders, champions, professionals, amateurs, and first-time paddlers. The Carolina Cup is the first race of 2018 on the WPA World SUP Tour, and the second race of the season on the Paddle League World Tour.

According to Fraley, the Quiksilver Waterman Collection is inspired by the ocean and cultivated from the company’s deep boardriding roots. The Collection is a premium line of sportswear and performance apparel for men seeking quality clothing with a classic, outdoor aesthetic. Roxy, a member of the Quiksilver family, is the women’s surf, snowboard, fitness and lifestyle brand.
A strong advocate for clean water and a healthy coast, North Carolina Coastal Federation is the designated charity for the Carolina Cup.
Private equity firm Monomoy Capital Partners acquired West Marine, the previous title sponsor for the Carolina Cup.




Contact:
Mark Schmidt
Race Director
Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club
P: 910-620-1835
E: Mark@WrightsvilleBeachPaddleClub.com

Pat Fraley
Division Manager
Quiksilver Waterman Collection
P: 714-889-4214
E: pat.fraley@quiksilver.com
Robert B. Butler
North Carolina Press Release
www.NCPressRelease.org
www.RBButler.com

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Annabel Anderson of New Zealand, strategizing her launch of the 2017 Graveyard Race at West Marine Carolina Cup – Courtesy of Laura Glantz
2017 Graveyard Race start at the West Marine Carolina Cup, Wrightsville Beach – Courtesy of Laura Glantz
2017 starting line at the West Marine Carolina Cup Graveyard Race – Courtesy of Laura Glantz
2017 West Marine Carolina Cup – Courtesy of Peter Newman, Aerial Images ILM
2017 West Marine Carolina Cup Graveyard Race – Courtesy of deRosset Gordon
2017 West Marine Carolina Cup Graveyard Race – Courtesy of deRosset Gordon
2017 West Marine Carolina Cup Graveyard Race – Courtesy of deRosset Gordon
2017 West Marine Carolina Cup – Courtesy of Laura Glantz 
2017 West Marine Carolina Cup – Courtesy of Peter Newman, Aerial Images ILM
2017 West Marine Carolina Cup – Courtesy of Peter Newman, Aerial Images ILM
2017 West Marine Carolina Cup Graveyard Race – Courtesy of deRosset Gordon
2017 West Marine Carolina Cup – Courtesy of Peter Newman, Aerial Images ILM
Annabel Anderson of New Zealand Earns 5th Carolina Cup
Titouan Puyo of France Repeats in Men's Division
Annabel Anderson of New Zealand completes 13.2-mile Graveyard Race, her 5th consecutive victory, at West Marine Carolina Cup – Courtesy of Samantha Black
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC – "Winning once is hard, performing and winning consistently over time is just plain difficult," said New Zealander Annabel Anderson in a recent interview. Achieving the near-impossible, Anderson earned her fifth-consecutive victory in the 7th Annual West Marine Carolina Cup, the world's largest gathering of professional and amateur standup paddleboard athletes. 

"I executed exactly what I wanted to do and opened up the after-burners at the 2-hour mark," said Anderson, the top-ranked and fastest woman in the world, leaving her competitors minutes behind at the finish. "I am extremely grateful to be back and able to challenge for number five."

Titouan Puyo of France, ranked fifth in the world, captured his second men's division title with a repeat performance from 2016. Puyo's endurance was surprising considering a 24-hour missed flight delay in Philadelphia, arriving on-site the evening before the race. 

With 10 to 20 mph winds, 2 to 4 ft seas, flowing tidal inlets, and choppy flatwater, the 13.2-mile Graveyard Race, already one of the most challenging professional-division courses in the world, was even more grinding and gruelling in 2017.

Ranked tenth in the world, North Carolina's April Zilg placed fourth in the Graveyard elite women's competition.

"Every year this race is different," said Anderson. "It's got a bit of everything to test our entire skill set. That's what makes it the Carolina Cup. The Graveyard Race is one of the classics."

13.2-mile Graveyard Race (Elite Professional Division)

Top-10 Women:

1. Annabel Anderson, New Zealand
2. Fiona Wylde, OR, USA
3. Olivia Piana, France
4. April Zilg, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA
5. Seychelle Hattingh, FL, USA
6. Lena Ribeiro, Brazil
7. Penelope Strickland-Armstrong, New Zealand
8. Susak Molinero, Spain
9. Hannah Hill, OR, USA
10. Lexi Alston, CA, USA

Top-10 Men:

1. Titouan Puyo, France 
2. Travis Grant, Australia  
3. Georges Cronsteadt, Tahiti 
4. Steeve Teihotaata, Tahiti  
5. Connor Baxter, Hawaii 
6. Vinnicius Martins, Brazil  
7. Kelly Margetts, Australia  
8. Josh Riccio, HI, USA  
9. Rete Ebb, Tahiti 
10. Danny Ching, CA, USA
Titouan Puyo of France captures 2nd consecutive Graveyard Race title at the West Marine Carolina Cup – Courtesy of Karen Pennington