Clinics will take place on Friday (May 18), leading up to the Saturday race. There will be additional clinic for kids offered for those who have kids interested in learning more about paddleboarding. The clinics are FREE if you are participating in the race. April Zilg, currently ranked tenth in the world among all female SUP athletes, will be one of the clinic instructors among many other talented professionals. Other notable instructors are Jarrod Covington, Kate Lewis, Anna Levesque and Casi Rynkowski; all SUP professionals!

Clinic: Race Preparation and Strategy
Instructor: Kate Lewis, Stand Up Outfitters
When: Friday, May 18 from 10 AM – 12 PM
Where: Meet at Beaufort Paddle

Kate Lewis is an ACA SUP Instructor and owner of Stand Up Outfitters in New Bern, NC. As an elite SUP racer, Kate has trained with top pros, competed in the Graveyard at the Carolina Cup, and is a Kialoa paddles and SIC Maui Ambassador.


Clinic: Beginning Paddle for Kids
Instructor: Jarrod Covington, Wrightsville SUP
When: Friday, May 18 from 3 PM – 5 PM
Where: Meet at Beaufort Paddle

Jarrod Covington is the two-time winner of the Crystal Kai SUP Cup (2015-2016). Jarrod is originally from Beaufort, NC and now lives in Wrightsville Beach where he is the founder, owner, and director of Wrightsville SUP. He is also a youth ambassador, SUP coach for the Wrightsville Beach Junior Elite Team, a founding member of the Wrightsville Beach Outrigger Canoe Club (WBOCC), and competes on the WBOCC A team 6-man outrigger. Jarrod is WPA and ACA certified, and a PaddleFit Pro Coach.


Clinic: Paddling Mechanics
Instructor: April Zilg, Carolina Paddleboard Co
When: Friday, May 18 from 1 PM – 3 PM
Where: Meet at Beaufort Paddle

April Zilg lives in Wrightsville Beach, NC. She is currently ranked 10th in the world of all female SUP athletes. April finished in fourth place in the grueling 2017 Carolina Cup 13.2-mile Graveyard Race (one of the most challenging professional-division courses in the world), her best career finish in the race. April is a nationally-recognized SUP athlete and Hobie Team Rider, competing in both SUP Racing and SUP Surfing. April is a WPA-certified SUP instructor, an ACA-certified “L2 Essentials of SUP” instructor, and a SUP yoga instructor, and passes along her knowledge and love for SUPing through her teachings.


Clinic: Paddling 101 (For Beginners) *Clinic is FULL

Instructor: Casi Rynkowski, Performance Training Outdoor Fitness and Anna Levesque, Mind Body Paddle

Casi Rynkowski is an AFAA certified personal trainer, and ACA level 2 SUP instructor. She is also a BIC Ambassador as well as the BIC Ambassador Team Coordinator, a Werner Team Paddler, a MTI Ambassador, Adventure Medical Kit Ambassador and a team member of Virus Action Sports Performance.

Anna Levesque is the leading expert on kayak instruction for women and yoga wellness for paddling, including SUP Yoga. Named one of the most inspirational paddles alive by Canoe and Kayak Magazine, Anna’s twenty-plus years of experience as an accomplished international competitor and instructor las landed her in mainstream publications such as TiME, SHAPE and SELF Magazine.

Registration is now open for the 2018 Crystal Kai Su Cup.