The Carolina Cup | The 13.2-Mile Elite Graveyard Course
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Carolina Cup Gains Key Supporter for 2020 Races
The Graveyard Race starting line – Courtesy of Robert B Butler
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NORTH CAROLINA, USA – The Carolina Cup, one of the largest gatherings of water paddlers in the world, gained key support from SweetWater Brewing Company as title sponsor in 2020.

Founded 23 years ago in Atlanta, SweetWater Brewing Company is one of the top 15 craft breweries in the nation.

“SweetWater is a perfect fit,” said race director Mark Schmidt. “SweetWater is passionate about protecting natural resources and habitats. They support conservation efforts to improve water quality in our rivers, streams, and coastlines. We are like-minded.”

Scheduled April 22-26, the Cup is a five-day festival featuring paddle races, clinics, expos, and entertainment, with athletes attending from over 15 nations and virtually every state in the USA.

“We’re proud to sponsor the 10th anniversary Carolina Cup and look forward to good times on the water and the celebrations to follow,” said Tucker Berta Sarkisian, Communications Director. “SweetWater shares the Carolina Cup’s passion for adventure in the great outdoors.” 

Organized by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club and sanctioned by the World Paddle Association, the Carolina Cup is the first of five races in the WPA and APP Qualifier Series. Competitors have the opportunity to earn points for the APP World Tour and World Championship.

Races, clinics, demos, expos, and ceremonies are based at Blockade Runner Beach Resort, the official resort of the Carolina Cup. Athletes will include Olympians, world-record holders, champions, professionals, amateurs, and first-time paddlers.
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Races on the 2020 Schedule:

–Graveyard Race; an arduous 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 2020 SweetWater Brewing Carolina Cup is Plastic Ocean Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to address the global plastic pollution problem through research, development of solutions, education, and the creation of a sustainable future.

SweetWater Brewing Company is celebrating 23 years of award-winning brews and is a top 15 craft brewery in the United States (Brewers Association). To learn more about SweetWater Brewing products, company history, brewery tours, the taproom, and restaurant, click here: www.SweetwaterBrew.com.




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

Tucker Berta Sarkisian
Communications Director
SweetWater Brewing Company

Robert B. Butler
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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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Top 10 Elite Women Graveyard Race – Courtesy of Robert B Butler
Top 10 Elite Men – Graveyard Race – Courtesy Robert B Butler
Mark Schmidt, Carolina Cup Race Director – Courtesy Robert B Butler
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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www.RBButler.com

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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
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Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
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Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
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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
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Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
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Carolina Cup 2018 – Courtesy Robert B Butler
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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
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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
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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
 
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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
Titouan Puyo of France – 2016 and 2017 Men's Elite Champion in the West Marine Carolina Cup Graveyard Race – Courtesy of Samantha Black
Titouan Puyo of France (R), Male Champion of the 2017 Graveyard Race congratulates 2nd place finisher Travis Grant of Australia – Courtesy of Laura Glantz
Organized by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club and sanctioned by the World Paddle Association, the West Marine Carolina Cup is a key stop on the World SUP Tour. All races, clinics, demos, plus the expo and trade show originate at host hotel Blockade Runner Beach Resort in Wrightsville Beach. 

The 2017 Carolina Cup itinerary, April 18-23, includes the renowned World SUP Tour Graveyard Race, a demanding and grueling 13.2-mile ocean and flatwater race; the 6.5-mile Money Island Open Race; the 3.5-mile Harbor Island Recreational Race; the 9-mile, 6-person Outrigger (OC-6) Blockade Runner Flatwater Race; the new 4-person SUP Dragon World Series; and a popular Kids Race for children 7 to 14. Competitors include Olympians, world-record holders, champions, professionals, amateurs, and first-time paddlers. 



Annabel Anderson (center) congratulates Fiona Wylde (far left) – 2017 West Marine Carolina Cup – Photo by deRosset Gordon
Contact:

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


Robert B Butler

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North Carolina's April Zilg – 4th place in the Women's Elite Championship 2017 West Marine Carolina Cup Graveyard Race – Courtesy of deRosset Gordon
Lena Ribeiro, Brazil, 2017 West Marine Carolina Cup, pre-race photo by deRosset Gordon
Olivia Piana, France, 2017 West Marine Carolina Cup – Pre-race photo by deRosset Gordon
Seychelle Hattingh, FL, USA, pre-race photo by deRosset Gordon
Annabel Anderson celebrates 5th Graveyard Race title at the West Marine Carolina Cup – Courtesy of Karen Pennington
Annabel Anderson's farewell to Mary Bagget, owner of Blockade Runner Beach Resort, home of the West Marine Carolina Cup – Courtesy of Karen Pennington
World’s Top-Ranked Woman Seeks 5th Carolina Cup Victory
An interview with World’s Top-Ranked SUP Athlete Annabel Anderson
Top-ranked in the world and 4-time West Marine Carolina Cup Champion Annabel Anderson of New Zealand
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC – The fastest standup paddleboard woman in the world, and world’s top-ranked each year since 2012, Annabel Anderson will seek her 5th consecutive victory at the 2017 West Marine Carolina Cup, April 18-23. All races, clinics, demos, plus the expo and trade show will originate at host hotel Blockade Runner Beach Resort.

In a recent interview, Anderson shared her thoughts about the upcoming Cup competition, how she maintains her dominance, a glimpse into other aspects of life in New Zealand, and how she feels about returning to the world’s largest gathering of professional and amateur racers in Wrightsville Beach.

Congratulations on maintaining your number-one world ranking for yet another year! How do you continue to be so successful?

“Thank you! Winning once is hard, performing and winning consistently over time is just plain difficult. There's something that pops up every year to test you, and taking these challenges in stride makes you stronger over time. Staying mentally fresh is something that is important, and I do this by having a defined off-season to allow me to do other things. I spent a lot of the winter back home in the South Island of New Zealand designing and building a house, and riding and racing mountain bikes. It's kept me out of mischief!”

How does it feel and what is it like being a global role model? 

“It's both a privilege and a responsibility and one that I take seriously. There are always eyes on you, and you have to lead by example. Like everyone, I'm faced with significant challenges on a day-to-day basis and have to rise to the occasion and overcome these. I've had some bumps in the road to overcome off the water in the past year. When people see that you face the same things they do, it gives them a lot of belief that they too can rise to the occasion and overcome whatever they are facing.” 

Are you excited about returning to North Carolina, defending your championship, and going after victory number five at the Carolina Cup?

“I'm always excited to come back to Wrightsville Beach! I love the chance to catch up with good friends, to meet new ones and spend a couple of hours in the pain cave grinding it out around the Graveyard course. A lot can happen out on that course, so I'll just focus on putting together a complete race. It's hard to believe that this will be my 5th trip to North Carolina.” 

What are your thoughts about the Graveyard Race, its degree of difficulty, and your strategy to win this year?

“The Graveyard is one of the classics. It's got a bit of everything to test our entire skill set. You never really know what direction you'll be going until just before the start and there are so many different factors that contribute to trying to put together a complete performance. My strategy is what it always is – to roll my own race and make it from the start to the finish.” 
The Carolina Cup is a long trip from New Zealand. How do you prepare for the race and adjust your body clock?

“Plain and simple, it's the roughest trip I have all year, and it can really knock you around. I try to arrive a couple of days beforehand. I coach all day Thursday and have event commitments on Friday, which means Carolina Cup is a true marathon test of stamina to survive the travel, race week and then make it through the actual race itself!”

Who will be your key competitors at West Marine Carolina Cup in 2017?

“While the depth of talent is always talked about in the men’s field, it's almost stronger and more condensed in the women's field. There are a lot of girls who are extremely hungry for a win to stake their name and claim in the sport right now. You can expect the usual suspects of Candice Appleby, Sonni Honscheid, Terrene Black, Shae Foudy, Angie Jackson and Fiona Wylde to be dangerous, but there are some dark horses outside of these names that I'll be looking out for that I know are very hungry.” 

What's new in your life since Carolina Cup 2016?

“It is hard to believe another year has rolled around already! I have quietly launched Salty Sweaty Coaching, sharing my 20 years of training and racing experience at the highest levels with others, both remotely and in a squad environment, helping people develop skills and achieve their personal goals. I’ve already seen some incredible progress with the people I've been working with, and I get a huge amount of satisfaction seeing this. Look out for some very good excuses to come and play in some very rad places in the coming months. People are welcome to come and speak with me during the Carolina Cup to find out more or contact me online.” www.annabel-anderson.com/coaching
A winner off and on the water – Annabel Anderson at the SUP Awards
Organized by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club, sanctioned by the World Paddle Association, and based at Blockade Runner Beach Resort, West Marine Carolina Cup attracted most of the top professional paddlers in the world in 2016, as well as amateur and elite racers from practically every state in the nation.

The 2017 Carolina Cup itinerary, April 18-23, incorporates the renowned World SUP Tour Graveyard Race, a demanding and grueling 13.2-mile ocean and flatwater race; the 6.5-mile Money Island Open Race; the 3.5-mile Harbor Island Recreational Race; the 9-mile, 6-person Outrigger (OC-6) Blockade Runner Flatwater Race; the new 4-person SUP Dragon World Series; and the popular Kids Race for children 7 to 14. Competitors include Olympians, world-record holders, champions, professionals, amateurs, and first-time paddlers.





The Graveyard Race starting line 2016 – Courtesy of Matt Born, Star-News
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The Graveyard Race starting line 2016 – Courtesy of Sally T Butler
Carolina Cup joins World SUP Tour
Four-Time Graveyard Race Champion and World Champion Annabel Anderson of New Zealand – Courtesy of Ben Levy
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC – West Marine Carolina Cup, the world’s largest gathering of professional and amateur standup paddleboard athletes, has added the World Paddle Association’s World SUP Tour in 2017.

The World SUP Tour is a new international series of 11-races across five nations, binding the sport’s biggest standup paddleboard races. Carolina Cup is the second race on the schedule in 2017, following Rincon in Puerto Rico. Salt Life will sponsor a season-end cash bonus for the top finishers.

The Carolina Cup received more good news last week as its signature event, the 13.2-mile Graveyard Race for the pros, was elevated to 7-Star status – the highest ranking and one of only three races in the world to attain the lucky-7. “This year we’ve got three stand out, standup events,” said Chris Parker of SUP Racer. “The massive Carolina Cup at the start of the season, the epic Gorge Paddle Challenge [OR] in the middle, and the almighty Pacific Paddle Games [CA] towards the end of the year.”

Parker includes the 32-mile Molokai-2-Oahu as an “honorary” fourth major race of the season, “which sets up a ‘Grand Slam’ of four events similar to what we see in the world of tennis.”
2016 Graveyard Race Champions Annabel Anderson of New Zealand and Titouan Puyo of France – Courtesy of Robert B Butler
Organized by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club and sanctioned by the World Paddle Association, the West Marine Carolina Cup attracted most of the top professional paddlers in the world in 2016, as well as amateur and elite racers from practically every state in the nation. Almost 1,000 people participated in last year’s races and clinics, based at Blockade Runner Beach Resort.

The 2017 Carolina Cup itinerary, April 19-23, incorporates the renowned World SUP Tour Graveyard Race, a demanding and grueling 13.2-mile ocean and flatwater race; the 6.5-mile Money Island Open Race; the 3.5-mile Harbor Island Recreational Race; the 9-mile, 6-person Outrigger (OC-6) Blockade Runner Flatwater Race; the new 4-person SUP Dragon World Series; and the popular Kids Race for children 7 to 14. Competitors include Olympians, world-record holders, champions, professionals, amateurs, and first-time paddlers.
The Money Island 6.5-mile Race – Courtesy of Emmy Errante and Lumina News
Workshops on the agenda include one-on-one clinics, World Paddle Association certifications, paddling techniques, racing preparation, equipment selection, flatwater racing, ocean racing, surfski and kayak technique and racing, pre-race paddle tours of local waters, with more to be finalized in the coming weeks.

Clinic instructors from Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Hawaii, California, and North Carolina include iconic professional paddlers Annabel Anderson, Connor Baxter, Candice Appleby, Michael Booth, Sonni Honscheid, Travis Grant, Titouan Puyo, Danny Ching, Dan Gavere, Jesse Lishchuk, Zane Schweitzer, April Zilg, and more.
Courtesy of Carolina Cup
Thursday, April 20, over 50 suppliers will be open to retailers only, re-opening for retailers and the public on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The expo and demos are free of charge.

“The success of the Carolina Cup is our continued focus on all paddlers from professionals to beginners,” said Mark Schmidt, race director. “Paddlers will have a great opportunity to see and try a wide variety of equipment and ask questions directly to the manufacturers and pros.”

Presented by Surftech, the five-day West Marine Carolina Cup returns to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, April 19-23, 2017. All races, clinics, demos, plus the expo and trade show will originate at host hotel Blockade Runner Beach Resort.
OC-6 – Courtesy of Carolina Cup
OC-6 – Courtesy of Blockade Runner Beach Resort
A portion of event funds will benefit the North Carolina Coastal Federation, a nonprofit organization with a mission to protect and restore water quality and natural habitats of the North Carolina coast. 




Contact:

Mark Schmidt
Race Director
Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club
P: 910-620-1835

Robert B Butler
Communications | PR
P: 919-455-8345

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West Marine Carolina Cup Adds Trade Show, OC-6,
Jr. Championship in ‘17
The Expo – Courtesy of Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC – Already one of the biggest and paramount paddle gatherings in the world, the West Marine Carolina Cup is expanding in 2017 with the addition of a one-day retailer-only trade show, a nine-mile outrigger canoe race with six-person teams, and a 6.5-mile junior championship standup paddleboard race for youth under 18.

Organized by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club and sanctioned by the World Paddle Association, the West Marine Carolina Cup attracted most of the top professional paddlers in the world in 2016, as well as amateur and elite racers from practically every state in the nation. Almost 1,000 people participated in last year’s races and clinics.

The Carolina Cup itinerary incorporates the renowned Graveyard Race, a demanding and grueling 13.2-mile ocean and flatwater race; the Money Island 6.5-mile Open Race; the Harbor Island 3.5-mile Recreational Race; and a very popular Kids Race for children 7 to 14. Competitors include Olympians, world-record holders, champions, professionals, amateurs, and first-time paddlers.
Starting Line – Courtesy of Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club
“The success of the Carolina Cup is our continued focus on all paddlers from professionals to beginners,” said Mark Schmidt, race director. “The sport isn’t strictly about the pros. It’s about the everyday paddler, people new to the sport, and the youth. We accommodate everybody at Carolina Cup.”

Presented by Surftech, the five-day West Marine Carolina Cup returns to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, April 19-23, 2017. All races, clinics, and demos will originate at host hotel Blockade Runner Beach Resort.

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“We have so many manufacturers here because of the draw of the Carolina Cup,” said Schmidt. “They want the exposure to the amateur and professional racers as well as retailers on the East Coast.”

Thursday, April 20, over 50 suppliers will be open to retailers only, re-opening for retailers and the public on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The expo and demos are free of charge.
Learning the strokes – Courtesy of Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club
“Paddlers have a great opportunity to try many brands of boards and paddles and ask questions directly to the manufacturers and pros,” said Schmidt. “There’s not another race or place on the East Coast where you can see and test such a wide variety of product and get this kind of feedback.”

Workshops on the agenda include one-on-one clinics, World Paddle Association certifications, paddling techniques, racing preparation, equipment selection, flatwater racing, ocean racing, surfski and kayak technique and racing, pre-race paddle tours of local waters, with more to be finalized in the coming weeks.

Clinic instructors from Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Hawaii, California, and North Carolina include iconic professional paddlers Annabel Anderson, Connor Baxter, Candice Appleby, Michael Booth, Sonni Honscheid, Travis Grant, Titouan Puyo, Danny Ching, Dan Gavere, Jesse Lishchuk, Zane Schweitzer, April Zilg, and more.
Partial view of The Graveyard Race course – Courtesy of Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club
A portion of event funds will benefit the North Carolina Coastal Federation, a nonprofit organization with a mission to protect and restore water quality and critically important natural habitats of the North Carolina coast.  




Contact:

Mark Schmidt
Race Director
Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club
P: 910-620-1835

Robert B Butler
Communications | PR
P: 919-455-8345

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                                                   A brutal start for the 2016 Graveyard Race, Carolina Cup, courtesy of North Carolina Press Release
Graveyard Race, 2016 Carolina Cup, courtesy of Robert Baggett
Graveyard Race, 2016 Carolina Cup, courtesy of Robert Baggett
Graveyard Race, 2016 Carolina Cup, courtesy of Robert Baggett
Frenchman and New Zealander Capture Elite Victories in 2016 Carolina Cup
Champs Annabel Anderson and Titouan Puyo, ​Graveyard Race, 2016 Carolina Cup, courtesy of Robert Baggett
Annabel Anderson and Titouan Puyo, 2016 Graveyard Race Champs, Carolina Cup, courtesy NC Press Release
Annabel Anderson and Titouan Puyo, 2016 Graveyard Race Champs, Carolina Cup, courtesy NC Press Release
Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA – Annabel Anderson of New Zealand captured her fourth consecutive victory in the women’s division of the Carolina Cup’s elite Graveyard Race. In an incredible achievement, Anderson bested her nearest competitor Candice Appleby of California by over five minutes on the grueling 13.5-mile ocean and flatwater standup paddleboard course.
Annabel Anderson and Titouan Puyo, 2016 Graveyard Race Champs, Carolina Cup, courtesy NC Press Release
Travis Grant and Titouan Puyo, ​Graveyard Race, 2016 Carolina Cup, courtesy of Robert Baggett
On the men’s side, Frenchman Titouan Puyo picked up his first Carolina Cup championship, upsetting an impressive field of the world’s best competitors, including last year’s champion Travis Grant. “We’ve seen that coming for a couple of years, he has such amazing talent, he just pulled it together today,” said Chris Parker, SUP expert and race analyst with SUPRacer.com. “For anybody to paddle away from Connor Baxter, Danny Ching, and Travis Grant at the end of a race is unheard of. That was a huge result for him.”
 
“We definitely had the fastest conditions and the highest level of competition,” said John Beausang, Carolina Cup co-founder and owner of SUP’s Mullet Magazine. “It was extraordinary. We had far more competitors in the Graveyard race this year. This is the best Carolina Cup.”
Chris Curry and Maddie Miller, Money Island Champs, 2016 Carolina Cup, courtesy NC Press Release
Chris Curry of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina and 15-year old Maddie Miller of Jupiter, Florida took the top spots in the Money Island 7-mile flatwater competition. Justin Markel of Havre de Grace, Maryland, and Karen Kennedy of Miami, Florida championed the Harbor Island 3.5-mile race.
Karen Kennedy and Justin Markel, 2016 Harbor Island Champs, Carolina Cup, courtesy of NC Press Release
The 6th annual West Marine Carolina Cup, based at host hotel Blockade Runner Beach Resort in Wrightsville Beach, was the first major stop on the 2016 world SUP race circuit. The Cup is organized by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club and sanctioned by the World Paddle Association.
 
Top-line race results:
 
Graveyard Race 13.5-mile
 
Men (14’)
 
1. Titouan Puyo, New Caledonia, France
2. Travis Grant, Australia
3. Danny Ching, California
4. Trevor Tunnington, New Zealand
5. Kelly Margetts, Australia
 
Women (12’6)
 
1. Annabel Anderson, New Zealand
2. Candice Appleby, California, USA
3. Sonni Honscheid, Germany
4. Fiona Wylde, Oregon, USA
5. Terrene Black, Australia
 
OC-1 Division
 
1. Barry Blackburn, Wilmington, NC, USA
2. Erik, Bigsby, Wilmington, NC, USA
3. David Rush, Wake Forest, NC, USA
 
OC-2 Division
 
1. Anna Blackburn, Wilmington, NC, USA
2. Steve Lewis, Wilmington, NC, USA
3. Tyler Hustrulid, Wilmington, NC, USA
 
Prone 12’6 Division
 
1. Jack Bark, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA
2. Hunter Pflueger, Honolulu, HI, USA
3. Kurt Lager, Honolulu, HI, USA
 
Prone 14’ Division
 
1. Bobby Frey, Selbyville, DE, USA
2. Rob Kavcic, Mississauga, ON, Canada
3. Dave Stringer, Agoura Hills, CA, USA
 
Prone Unlimited Division
 
1. Roch Frey, Encinitas, CA, USA
2. Brian Pasternak, Ocean City, NJ, USA
3. Robert Parucha, El Segundo, CA, USA
 
Money Island 7-mile Race
 
Male (14’)
 
1. Chris Curry, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA
2. Kevin Rhodes, Wilmington, NC, USA
3. Michael Fithian, Rumson, NJ, USA
4. John O’Hara, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA, USA
5. E.J. Johnson, San Diego, CA, USA
 
Female (12’6)
 
1. Maddie Miller, Jupiter, FL, USA
2. Lauren Dorsey, Miramar Beach, FL, USA
3. Dawn Ehman, Ocean City, MD, USA
4. Julieta Gismondi, Yonkers, NY, USA
5. Kimberly James, Wilmington, NC, USA
 
Male (12’6)
 
1. Kevin Haigis, Annapolis, MD, USA
2. Jason Phipps, Riva, MD, USA
3. Harris Davis, Fair Haven, NJ, USA
4. Scott Jorss, Washington, DC, USA
5. Matthew Mahoney (N/A)
 
Prone Division (ALL)
 
1. Aimee Spector, Redondo Beach, CA, USA
2. Chris Cannavaro, Summerville, SC, USA
3. Kristen Smith, Wilmington, NC, USA
 
Harbor Island 3.5-mile Race
 
Male (12’6)
 
1. Justin Markel, Havre de Grace, MD, USA
2. Dana Hogan, Charleston, SC, USA
3. Len Fiume, New Bern, NC, USA
4. Trevor McKenna, Elmhurst, IL, USA
5. Bryan Wisdom (N/A)
 
Female (12’6)
 
1. Karen Kennedy, Miami, FL, USA
2. Jeanna Bunting, Wilmington, NC, USA
3. Ashley Chrisman, St. Louis, MO, USA
4. Saylor Emmart, Wilmington, NC, USA
5. Seanna Robinson, Toronto, ON, Canada
 
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Sonni Hoenscheid of Germany crossing the finish line of the Graveyard Race, 2016 Carolina Cup, courtesy of Robert Baggett
Sonni Hoenscheid of Germany crossing the finish line of the Graveyard Race, 2016 Carolina Cup, courtesy of Robert Baggett
Four-time champion Annabel Anderson,  Graveyard Race, 2016 Carolina Cup, courtesy of Robert Baggett
2016 Carolina Cup, courtesy of Robert Baggett
TWC interviews Titouan Puyo of New Caledonia, France, 2016 Carolina Cup, courtesy NC Press Release
More 2016 Carolina Cup Photo Links:
 
Photos by Emmy Errante
 
Photos by Matt Born
Top-Ranked Annabel Anderson of New Zealand Returns for Carolina Cup
Top-ranked woman in the world Annabel Anderson of New Zealand, three-time winner of The West Marine Carolina Cup Graveyard Race, Lahui Kai Racing
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NORTH CAROLINA, USA – “Yes, I can confirm that I will be back in Wrightsville Beach to have another crack at the Carolina Cup,” said Annabel Anderson, three-time champion in the Cup’s elite and grueling 13.5-mile Graveyard Race and top woman in the world in standup paddleboard.
 
The 6th annual West Marine Carolina Cup, April 19-24 in Wrightsville Beach, will be the first major stop on the 2016 world SUP race circuit. All races begin and end at host hotel Blockade Runner Beach Resort.
 
Eight hundred paddlers are expected to start in three different races on Saturday, April 23 — the 3.5-mile Harbor Island race, 6-mile Money Island race, and 13.5-mile Graveyard race. Competitors will include Olympians, world-record holders, champions, amateurs, and first-time paddlers.
 
“Annabel Anderson is an extraordinary athlete,” said Australian Christopher Parker, paddleboard expert and race analyst with SUPRacer. “Not only does she usually win women’s races by a solid margin, she often beats most of the men … sometimes all of the men, as she famously did in France a few years ago.”
 
Last year Anderson beat fourth-ranked Sonni Honscheid of Germany for the top spot. Rounding out the top five were Angie Jackson and Terrene Black of Australia, and Lina Augaitis of Canada, world ranked at five, six, and seven.
 
The women’s elite competition this year will include second-ranked Candice Appleby of California, returning to the Carolina Cup for the first time since 2012. “Anderson and Appleby rarely meet,” said Parker. “It’s always a great battle when they’re on the same start line.”
 
“The Graveyard race is just plain tough,” said Anderson. “It throws a bit of everything at you and you never really know which way you’re going until just before the gun goes. I’ll approach it as I always have - take it as it comes and look forward to making it to the finish line.”
Six-time New Zealand National Champion Annabel Anderson, winner of the 2016 NZ SUP Nationals, courtesy of Barbara Newton
The public is invited to meet racers at a free movie showing of Standing On the Water, Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Epic Food Company. The movie is the real life story of Denmark’s Casper Steinfath, who overcame his fear of the water and became a two-time ISA standup paddleboard world champion.
 
New on the Carolina Cup race schedule for 2016, the six-man Hawaiian outrigger canoes (OC-6) will take center stage and compete at noon on Sunday, April 24.
 
“We believe this is the first ever OC-6 race in Wrightsville Beach,” said Mark Schmidt, Carolina Cup race director. “This will be a chance for spectators to watch some of the biggest names in Hawaiian outrigger paddling.”
 
Outrigger designer Johnny Puakea, founder of Puakea Designs, will teach an outrigger clinic during the Carolina Cup giving paddlers the chance to learn from one of the top pros in the industry.
 
Other clinics and demonstrations scheduled throughout the five-day event will feature many of the top experts in the paddling world, including Larry Cain, Travis Grant, Lina Augaitis, Dan Gavere, Dr. Bob Arnot, Fiona Wylde, and Zane Schweitzer.
 
Race visitors will have the opportunity to try boards, canoes, and a variety of equipment at the Demo Zone. Sixty vendors will have the latest equipment, boards, and boats on display. Zone sponsor Carolina Paddleboard Company will feature a rare, unlimited, six-man outrigger canoe from Puakea Designs.
 
“The Carolina Cup has become famous for not only attracting the Travis Grants, Danny Chings, and Annabel Andersons of the world,” said Parker, “but also for drawing hundreds of weekend warriors and first-timers from near and far. Now in its 6th year, the Carolina Cup is not just a race, it’s a festival.”
 
Organizers expect over 1,000 registrations for races and clinics in 2016.
 
All races will be visible from host hotel Blockade Runner Beach Resort and the causeway bridges in Wrightsville Beach.
 
The West Marine Carolina Cup, presented by Surftech, is organized by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club and sanctioned by the World Paddle Association.
 
A portion of event proceeds benefits The Ocean of Hope, paddlers dedicated to people affected by cancer.
 
 
Contact:
 
Mark Schmidt, Race Director
910-620-1835
 
 
 
 
Robert B Butler
Communications | PR
 
 
“Biggest paddle race in America” returns to North Carolina April 19-24, 2016
2015 Carolina Cup - Graveyard Race Launch - Photo courtesy of Peter Newman and Aerial Images ILM 
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NORTH CAROLINA, USA – “I look forward to the Carolina Cup paddleboard race each year,” said Travis Grant of Australia, 2015 male champion in the Cup’s elite and punishing  13.5-mile Graveyard race. “It’s the first big race of the season, and I think it’s great that the biggest paddle race in America is held on the East Coast.”
 
The 6th annual West Marine Carolina Cup presented by Surftech will be the first major stop on the 2016 world SUP race circuit April 19-24, in Wrightsville Beach. All races begin and end at host hotel Blockade Runner Beach Resort.
13.2 Mile  Elite Graveyard Surf to Sound Race Course
“The Graveyard race is a very fitting name,” Grant said.  “It is just that: a tough one. Anyone can potentially win,” he continued. “There are a lot of different elements to get right — surf, flatwater, inlet currents, wind — and there’s always a slight bit of luck involved.”
 
Last year Grant beat three-time winner Danny Ching, ranked number three in the world, from Hermosa Beach, California. Grant is second in the world rankings (SupRacer.com).
 
Ching and Grant will be back, along with internationally ranked competitors from roughly twenty countries including New Zealand, Australia, France, Canada, Spain, and Mexico.
 
Eight hundred paddlers are expected to start in three different races on Saturday, April 23 — the 3.5-mile Harbor Island race, 6-mile Money Island race, and 13.5-mile Graveyard race. Competitors include Olympians, world-record holders, and champions in the disciplines of standup, prone, surfski, and outrigger canoe paddling. 
Courtesy of Peter Newman, WILM Aerial Images
New on the race calendar for 2016, the six-man Hawaiian outrigger canoes (OC-6) will take center stage and compete at noon on Sunday, April 24.
 
“We believe this is the first ever OC-6 race in Wrightsville Beach,” said Mark Schmidt, Carolina Cup race director. “One of the things we try to do with the race each year is to make it more inclusive to all of the different watercraft.”
 
Outrigger competitors will paddle Bradley Lightning canoes, commissioned by Reggie Barnes of Eastern Surf and Skate Supply, in heats around Harbor Island.
 
“This will be a chance for spectators to watch some of the biggest names in Hawaiian outrigger paddling,” said Schmidt. “To see an event like this would typically require traveling to California or Hawaii. It will be a great show.” Schmidt said.
 
Outrigger designer Johnny Puakea, Danny Ching’s paddle coach and founder of Puakea Designs, will teach an outrigger clinic during the Carolina Cup giving paddlers the chance to learn from one of the top pros in the industry.
 
Other clinics and demonstrations scheduled throughout the five-day event will feature many of the top paddle experts in the paddle world, including Larry Cain, Travis Grant, Lina Augaitis, Dan Gavere, Dr. Bob Arnot, Fiona Wylde, and Zane Schweitzer.
 
Visitors to the event will have the opportunity to try boards, canoes, and a variety of equipment at the Demo Zone. Sixty vendors will have the latest equipment, boards, and boats on display. Zone sponsor Carolina Paddleboard Company will feature a rare, unlimited, six-man outrigger canoe from Puakea Designs.
 
All races will be visible from Blockade Runner Beach Resort and the causeway bridges in Wrightsville Beach.
 
The West Marine Carolina Cup presented by Surftech is organized by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club and sanctioned by the World Paddle Association. Organizers expect over 1,000 registrations for races and clinics in 2016.
 
A portion of event proceeds will benefit The Ocean of Hope, a team of paddlers dedicated to the sea of people affected by cancer.
 
 
 
Contact:
Mark Schmidt, Race Director
910-620-1835
 
Robert B Butler
Communications | PR
 
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Carolina Cup Lands Major Support for 2016 Race
Photo courtesy of Peter Newman and Aerial Images ILM
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NORTH CAROLINA, USA – The Carolina Cup, the world’s largest gathering of stand up paddleboard racers, landed key support from West Marine as the 2016 title sponsor.
 
“We are honored to have West Marine on board,” said race director Mark Schmidt. “Watersports and the water lifestyle are a unique and special family. West Marine has been a mentor and part of this family for almost 50 years.”
 
Organized by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club and sanctioned by the World Paddle Association, the 2015 Carolina Cup attracted top paddlers from roughly 20 nations and 40 states. An estimated 950 people registered for last year’s races and clinics.
 
“We’re so excited about West Marine’s title sponsorship of this event,” says Deb Radcliff, West Marine Senior Vice President, Marketing. “The Carolina Cup is one of the premier international stand up paddleboard racing events, and we’re proud to have West Marine associated with a race of this caliber. Getting people out on the water is what we’re all about, and The Carolina Cup encourages people to participate in stand up paddling at all skill levels. It’s a ideal partnership, and we’re looking forward to a great event!” 
 
Schmidt also announced Surftech as presenting sponsor for The Carolina Cup. “Surftech is a pioneer of design and innovation in the paddleboard community, making some of the very best high-performance SUP equipment available,” said Schmidt.
 
The 6th annual West Marine Carolina Cup presented by Surftech is expected to attract more than 1,000 competitors from around the world.  Races, clinics, and expos will be in Wrightsville Beach, April 19-24. All races will begin and end at Blockade Runner Beach Resort.
Australian Travis Grant captured the 2015 men’s stand up paddleboard championship in The Carolina Cup’s grueling 13.2-mile Graveyard Race. Danny Ching of California, multiple Battle of the Paddle winner and three-time champion of The Carolina Cup, placed second.
 
In the women’s division of the elite Graveyard Race, the top-ranked paddler in the world, Annabel Anderson of New Zealand, returned to Wrightsville Beach and successfully captured her third consecutive victory. Sonni Hönscheid of Germany placed second in the women’s division.
 
A portion of event proceeds benefits The Ocean of Hope, paddlers and ocean enthusiasts dedicated to raising awareness and funds for Sarcoma Alliance to help those fighting cancer.
 
 
About West Marine
Founded by a sailor in 1968, West Marine Inc. has grown to become the largest omni-channel specialty retailer exclusively offering boating gear, apparel and footwear, and other waterlife-related products to everyone who enjoys recreational time on or around the water. With more than 260 stores located in 38 states and Puerto Rico and an eCommerce website reaching domestic and international customers, West Marine is recognized as the dominant waterlife outfitter for cruisers, sailors, anglers and paddlesports enthusiasts. West Marine has everything you need for your life on the water. For more information about West Marine, its products and store locations, visit westmarine.com or call 1-800-BOATING (1-800-262-8464). West Marine's stock is traded on NASDAQ under the symbol WMAR.
 
About Surftech 
Surftech, "The original board manufacturing company," was founded in 1989 in Santa Cruz, California by Randy French. A pioneer of composite technologies, Surftech was the first company to introduce composite manufacturing to the surfing, paddling, and SUP industry. Surftech's business model has always been about giving board builders a way to scale and expand their businesses with a seamless solution that would complement their existing lineups. In the early 90's, Surftech partnered with a world-class international factory that matched their commitment to excellence, providing unparalleled capabilities, strong environmental practices, unmatched craftsmanship and most importantly could scale to meet demand. Surftech brands include Channel Islands, Donald Takayama, Bob McTavish, Robert August, BARK Paddleboards, Softtop, Blacktip and is the North American Distributor for the NSP brand (Nature, Science, Passion).

Contact:

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

Lindsey Johnson
Director of Communications
West Marine
P: 831-761-6944
E: LindseyJ@WestMarine.com

Rob Farrow
Vice President, Marketing
Surftech
E: Rob@Surftech.com

Robert B Butler
Communications | PR
P: 919-455-8345
E: Robert@RBButler.com
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Looking back...
 
2015 Carolina Cup
Australian Travis Grant and New Zealander Annabel Anderson Capture Elite Victories
2015 Carolina Cup - Graveyard Race Launch - Photo courtesy of Peter Newman and Aerial Images ILM
Australian and New Zealander Capture Elite Victories in 2015 Carolina Cup
 
 
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC – Australian Travis Grant captured the men’s stand up paddleboard championship in the grueling 13.2-mile Graveyard Race at The Fifth Annual Carolina Cup. Danny Ching of California, multiple Battle of the Paddle winner and three-time champion of The Carolina Cup, placed second.
 
In the women’s division of the elite Graveyard Race, the top-ranked paddler in the world, Annabel Anderson of New Zealand returned to Wrightsville Beach and successfully captured her third consecutive victory.
 
“The international field here was huge,” said Christopher Parker, SUP expert and race analyst with SUPRacer.com. “We never see anything like this. This was the second most competitive race of all time and the most all-round challenging. The level of competition, the conditions, the surf at the start and finish, the flatwater, headwind, downwind, sidewind … it’s brutal.”
 
Organized by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club and sanctioned by the World Paddle Association, The Carolina Cup “attracted top paddlers from approximately 20 nations and 40 states,” according to co-race director John Beausang. “An estimated 950 people registered for this year’s r