Athletes from around U.S. compete in Surf to Sound Challenge

Updated: Nov. 5, 2017 at 8:16 PM EST
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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (AP) - The North Carolina Surf to Sound Challenge finished up in Wrightsville Beach Sunday.

There were five races over the course of the weekend. Races included standup paddle boarding, racing kayaks and racing canoes, both flat water races and ocean races.

According to one of the event directors, John Beausang, around 150 people competed, kids all the way up to adults.

He said people from all over the United States and Canada compete each year.

This is the challenge's sixth year, and Beausang said people keep coming back because it's a "national race with local charm."

He said that a portion of the registration fees went to the North Carolina Coastal Federation.

Larry Cain won the six-and-a-half-mile elite paddle race for the fifth year for the men, and April Zilg won for the women.

Cain was on Canada's Olympic spring canoeing team, and said he started paddle boarding to stay in shape.

"The Olympics were pretty important. I don't want to say life or death, but like every other athlete, I invested a significant amount of my time and energy and expense into it, and the results were very important, and for this, if I win, I'm very happy for about five minutes and then I forget about it, and when I don't win, or I don't have a great race, I think about it for probably less time," Cain said.

Zilg is from Wilmington and has competed all around the world, but says this competition is one of her favorites.

"It's nice because you're friends come out when it's local. You don't get as big a cheering squad when you're in Germany," she said.

The event was sponsored by the Blockade Runner.

Check here for the rest of the weekend's results.

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