This WPA-sanctioned event has a long (7k) and short (4k) course, vendor village, clinics and much more! After the race, stick around for the Awards Ceremony and a FREE post-race beer from Double Barley Brewing.

Friday, May 18
  • Clinics –  Information listed below
  • Packet Pick-up: 12 PM – 7 PM
    Location: Beaufort Paddle

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

Clinic topics:

  • How to paddle straight
  • How to paddle in the wind
  • How to improve your paddle fitness

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

Clinic topics:

  • Intro to SUP
  • Turn techniques
  • Balance and comfort on board
  • Safety and rescue

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

Clinic description:
The first hour will cover proper techniques and the biomechanics of paddling. A half hour dedicated to video and analyze each paddlers stroke. Paddles can expect to learn proper body position and which muscle groups to engage for each phase of the paddle stroke, which helps avoid injury and increase efficiency.

 Zilg lives in Wrightsville Beach, NC. She is currently ranked 11th 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) *This clinic is FULL
Instructor: Casi Rynkowski (Performance Training Outdoor Fitness) and 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 and wellness for paddling, including SUP Yoga. Named one of the most inspirational paddlers alive by Canoe and Kayak Magazine, Anna’s twenty-plus years of experience as an accomplished international competitor and instructor has landed her in mainstream publications such as TIME, SHAPE and SELF magazine.
Saturday, May 19
Location: The Boathouse at Front Street
  • Registration: 7-8am
  • Vendor Village: 8am-2pm
  • Pre-Race Meeting: 8:30am
  • Races Begin: 9am
  • Awards Ceremony: 1-2pm (estimated based on final finishers)
  • Post-race Celebration – complimentary beer from Double Barley Brewing

Registration is open – Registration will close at 7pm Friday, May 19 > More Info Here