- Parents and Son to Compete in Carolina Cup's‘Graveyard’ RaceWRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC – The Alderman family is back. For the fifth consecutive year, family members will load up the SUV and make the four-hour trek from Johns Island, South Carolina to The Carolina Cup in Wrightsville Beach, April 22-26.Why the excitement? Joining parents Don and Jenny Alderman in the grueling Graveyard Race will be 13-year-old Dylan, alongside the world’s best stand up paddleboarders, navigating the 13.2-mile ocean, inlet, and waterway course encircling Wrightsville Beach.The Carolina Cup, one of the world’s largest and most respected stand up paddleboard races, is expected to grow to well over 1,000 participants in 2015. Last year’s race attracted athletes from 31 states and 11 countries, according to John Beausang, one of the founders and race directors of the Carolina Cup.“This year it’s even bigger. It’s possible that we will be the largest race in the world this year, or at least, in the top three,” said Beausang.“The Carolina Cup is really the only race we travel to besides Hawaii,” said Jenny Alderman. “The reason we travel to Wrightsville is because the whole family has fun. Simple as that. Even though it is a large event with top athletes from around the world it really does have something for everyone.”Weeklong family-friendly activities include clinics, exhibits, demonstrations, and special events all culminating in four stand up paddleboard races that meet the spectrum of skills from beginner to world-class Olympians and professionals. All races and activities are based at Blockade Runner Beach Resort.The signature event at the Carolina Cup is the elite Graveyard Race. Reigning three-time male champion Danny Ching of California, a multiple Battle of the Paddle winner and world champion OC1 paddler, will defend his title. On the women’s side of the Graveyard, the top-ranked paddler in the world, Annabel Anderson of New Zealand, will return to defend her two consecutive titles.Ching’s challengers include Australians Travis Grant, Jamie Mitchell, Kelly Margetts, and Lincoln Dews, Mexico’s Fernando Stalla, Hawaii’s Connor Baxter, Florida’s Slater Trout, and other world-ranked champions.The Alderman’s youngest son Jack, 11, will participate in the Harbor Island Recreational Race a 3.5-mile flat water adventure for beginner to intermediate SUP enthusiasts."They [the Aldermans] should get a special family award," said John Beausang. "They're enjoying the Carolina Cup the way we intended it, with the whole family having fun all weekend long.”The outdoor expo at Blockade Runner is “probably the largest on the East Coast,” added Beausang. “Every leading manufacturer, including title sponsor SUP ATX, will be here with boards, accessories, gear, and clothing.”“You don’t have to race to come down. It’s such a great spectator sport. Even the pros, these top athletes in the world, are very approachable and nice,” said Beausang.A portion of proceeds will benefit The Ocean of Hope, paddlers and ocean enthusiasts dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the Sarcoma Alliance, which helps those fighting cancer.The Carolina Cup is sanctioned by the World Paddle Association.Contact:John Beausang
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- World Spotlight on North Carolina’s5th Annual Carolina CupWRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC – Crowned as one of the world’s five major stand up paddleboard races for 2015 by Australia’s SUPracer.com, The Carolina Cup, celebrating its fifth year, returns to Wrightsville Beach, April 22-26.“Last year’s race was one of the most competitive races in the world with athletes from 31 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, B.V.I., and 11 countries," says John Beausang, one of the founders and race directors of the Carolina Cup. “This year it’s even bigger. We have 19 of the top 20 paddlers in the world and 30 of the top 40 already committed to The Carolina Cup. It’s possible that we will be the largest race in the world this year, or at least, in the top three.”Expected to grow from 750 participants last year to well over 1,000 in 2015, The Carolina Cup features a weeklong family-friendly festival, including clinics, exhibits, demonstrations, and special events all culminating with four stand up paddleboard races to meet the spectrum of skills from beginner to world-class Olympians and professionals.Stand up paddleboard spread first from Hawaii to California to Florida, and then up the East Coast 6 or 7 years ago. The sport in North Carolina has “just exploded,” says Beausang, founder of DistressedMullet.com. “Anywhere there is water access … you’re going to have a paddleboard.”“Wrightsville Beach is unique because it’s so concentrated. We have the ocean side, sound side, Harbor Island, spoil islands, and the Intracoastal Waterway,” says Beausang. “Blockade Runner Beach Resort [host hotel] is one of the most perfectly situated event venues. One side faces the ocean while the other side faces the sound with a beach. So you have the best of everything.”The signature event at the Carolina Cup is the elite Graveyard Race. “It’s one of the most technical courses on earth and involves 13.2 miles navigating around the island of Wrightsville Beach,” says Beausang. “It’s a very difficult course. You go out through the surf, you encounter ocean, inlets, flat water, current, wind, chop, the waterway, boat traffic, and you finish in the surf. Everything you can imagine.”Reigning three-time male champion Danny Ching of California, a multiple Battle of the Paddle winner and world champion OC1 paddler, will defend his title. “In the past three years no one has really come close to touching him,” says Beausang. “This year, I think there are going to be a few people to come out of the woodwork to really give him a challenge.”Ching’s challengers will include Australians Travis Grant, Jamie Mitchell, Kelly Margetts, and Lincoln Dews, Mexico’s Fernando Stalla, Hawaii’s Connor Baxter, Florida’s Slater Trout, and other world-ranked champions.On the women’s side of the Graveyard, the top ranked paddler in the world, Annabel Anderson of New Zealand, will return to defend her two consecutive titles. “The top 5 is going to be very interesting,” says Beausang. “There are a lot of entrants from the Olympic canoe paddler world. Canadian paddlers are making some really good inroads. They’re fast and really know how to move a boat.”The Money Island 6.5-mile Open Race, designed for intermediate to advanced paddlers, is on the sound side in the inland waterways around Wrightsville Beach, Harbor Island, Masonboro Island, and the spoil islands.“The Money Island Race is difficult to read,” according to Beausang. “We never really know. Last year we had a Canadian Olympic Triathlete, a cast member from Vampire Diaries, and an NFL player. It varies from celebrities to top-level athletes that maybe aren’t ready for ocean conditions [the Graveyard].”The Harbor Island Recreational Race is a 3.5-mile flatwater adventure for beginner to intermediate SUP enthusiasts. On Sunday, April 26, the Kids Race is open to girls and boys ages 7 to 14.Clinics include WPA certification, beginner to advanced SUP techniques, yoga teacher training, and more, all taught by leading experts.The outdoor expo is “probably the largest on the East Coast,” says Beausang. “Every leading manufacturer, including title sponsor SUP ATX, will be here with boards, accessories, gear, and clothing.”“You don’t have to race to come down,” says Beausang. “It’s such a great spectator sport. Even the pros, these top athletes in the world, are very approachable and nice.”A portion of proceeds will benefit The Ocean of Hope, paddlers and ocean enthusiasts dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the Sarcoma Alliance to help those fighting cancer.The Carolina Cup is sanctioned by the World Paddle Association.Contact:John BeausangCo-Race DirectorThe Carolina Cup910email@example.comRobert B Butler | North Carolina Press ReleasePermission granted for publishing and redistribution – in part or whole. Photo credits required.
- Looking back... 2014
- 2014 International SUP Race Season Kicks OffThe 4th Annual Carolina Cup Paddleboard Race Wrightsville Beach, North CarolinaOutside Magazine names the Carolina Cup as one of two must-attend stand up paddle board races in 2014. Dave Kalama to address participants in pre-race keynote address.
- The Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club is preparing to welcome over 700 Stand Up Paddlers from around the world for the 4th Annual Carolina Cup at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort April 23-27, 2014. As the first large international paddle race after the winter hiatus, the Carolina Cup offers a chance for professional and amateur paddlers to test their skills and abilities against their peers, setting the scene for the upcoming race season.
- Outside Magazine named The Carolina Cup one of the two must-attend stand up paddle board races in 2014 as part of their 2014 race guide in the March issue. This year, legendary Stand Up Paddle Surfer Dave Kalama will address all registrants at a pre-race dinner Friday night.
- 2013 Elite race winners Annabel Anderson and Danny Ching will be back to defend their titles in the showcase 12.5 mile Graveyard race, during which paddlers circumnavigate the island of Wrightsville Beach. The Graveyard race has been described as “The most technically challenging race in the world,” requiring racers to complete a beach start through the surf, paddle in and out of inlets, maintain speed during flatwater, and surf in to the finish line. “I’ve paddled the Molokai channel five times and I’ve never been in as much pain as I was after this race,” said 2013’s second place finisher Jenny Kalmbach. “The most versatile paddler will win the Elite Race,” says Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club Board Member John Beausang. “This race requires skill in every discipline of stand up paddle boarding: ability to read water, paddle in the open ocean, surf a race board, and achieve speed during flatwater portions.”
- Paddlers of all experience levels on a variety of watercraft (there are classes for outrigger canoes, ocean kayaks, surfskis, and traditional prone paddleboards in addition to stand up paddle boards) will find something to do at the Carolina Cup. There are four races: The 12.5 mile Graveyard (Elite) race, The 6 mile Money Island (Open) race, the 3.5 mile Harbor Island (rec) race, and the Kids’ race on Sunday. Racers can also register for small-group clinics with some of the world’s most renowned paddle athletes, including Olympic medalists and world champions.
- 2014 Carolina Cup Clinics-Danny Ching: Advanced stroke development and analysis
-Dan Gavere: Beginner clinic
-Jenny Kalmbach: Women’s race clinic
-Jamie Mitchell: Prone paddling
-Lazy Dog Paddle Yoga: Teacher Training
-Bailey Rosen: SUP kids clinic: racers 14 and under
-Jimmy Terrell with Jamie Mitchell or Larry Cain: Advanced paddling techniquesEvery year the Carolina Cup has a charity component. In 2014, The Carolina Cup will be donating a portion of the race proceeds to The Ocean of Hope (O2H), which raises money for the Sarcoma Alliance. This organization assists patients diagnosed with sarcoma cancers with the end goal of earlier detection and treatment. Many patients diagnosed with sarcoma cancers are children and adolescents. Earlier treatment reduces risk of amputation and premature death.Throughout the weekend, registrants and the general public can demo boards and paddles and browse the Expo at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort. “The entire weekend is a big family reunion—reconnecting with friends made during last year’s race season and planning where to meet up again in 2014,” says Beausang. “We work hard to put southern hospitality into this paddle race, making it a fun event where regular paddlers can rub elbows with the pros, and everyone can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere.”Registration is now open for the 2014 Carolina Cup. Visit the website to learn more and register.Sponsorship opportunities and Expo Demo spots are available. Contact Mark Schmidt at mark(at)wrightsvillebeachpaddleclub(dot)com for more information.The Carolina Cup is a WPA (World Paddle Association) sanctioned event.
- About the Wrightsville Beach Paddle ClubThe Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club, LLC was set up by a small group of paddlers who wanted to foster the local, regional and national community of stand up paddlers. The idea was to take the events out of the hands of individual surf shops and brands in order open the door to all surf/sup shops and brands and encourage a spirit of camaraderie throughout the paddle community.Board Members:
Mark Schmidt: Owner, Schmidt Custom Builders. Mark is a surfer and paddler, husband and father who lives and works in Wilmington, NC.Brad Howard: Owner of Howard Building Supply in Wilmington, NC. Lifelong surfer, stand up paddler and most likely to blow something up.James Bain: Owner of Epic Food Company, Fast, Fresh Food in Wilmington, NC. If you don’t like James’ cooking, you need to see a doctor. James’ 3 boys are the next generation of SUPremacy.John Beausang: Owner/Janitor of Distressed Mullet, an online resource for Standup Paddling in the United States and beyond. john(at)distressedmullet(dot)com. John’s a surfer, freelance writer, husband and father.
- Contact:Mark Schmidt
Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club910-620-1835John BeausangDistressed MulletWrightsville Beach Paddle Clubwww.John@distressedmullet.comWhitney SprattBlockade Runner Beach Resortwww.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Looking back... 2013
- World’s best to compete for Carolina Cup in fast growing watersportWrightsville 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, (2013) at Blockade Runner Beach Resort.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 are on the roster."One family participating in the Carolina Cup this year has both Mom and Dad in the Elite Graveyard race (13 miles), one child in the Harbor Island race (3.5 miles) and their other child in the Sea Turtle race. They should get a special family award." From John Beausang, Co-Chair of the Carolina Cup and Owner of DistressedMullet.com.The Carolina Cup is presented by Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club.
- Surf to Sound Racing at Wrightsville Beach