Carolina Cup taking place this weekend at Wrightsville Beach

Carolina Cup taking place this weekend at Wrightsville Beach

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -The world’s top standup paddleboarders will wake to Wrightsville Beach for the 9th annual Carolina Cup Paddle Race.

It’s the first stop of the World Paddleboard Association’s 2019 qualifier series, hosted by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club.

The races start and end at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort, and include standup paddleboard, prone, kayak, and surfski contests, among others. Competitors come from nearly all 50 states and around the world, including Olympians and world-record holders, to amateurs and first-timers.

With races range in distance from 5-21 kilometers, endurance and a broad set of skills are an invaluable resource.

“The Graveyard course is the most punishing single-day race on the international calendar every year,” said five-time Carolina Cup Champion Annabel Anderson of New Zealand. “It is technically demanding, tactically difficult, and physically punishing, the true test of the complete paddler.”

Last year’s champions, Australian Michael Booth and Germany’s Sonni Hönscheid will return to defend their titles.

2018 Carolina Cup Men’s Elite Champion – Michael Booth (SOURCE: Georgia Schofield / Starboard)
2018 Carolina Cup Men’s Elite Champion – Michael Booth (SOURCE: Georgia Schofield / Starboard) (Source: Georgia Schofield / Starboard)
2018 Carolina Cup Women’s Elite Champion – Sonni Hönscheid (SOURCE: Georgia Schofield / Starboard)
2018 Carolina Cup Women’s Elite Champion – Sonni Hönscheid (SOURCE: Georgia Schofield / Starboard)

Events run through Sunday and will feature other activities for youth and adult paddleboarders of various skill-sets, and interests. Activities include clinics and workshops from experts from around the world.

A full list of things to do can be found here.

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