This WPA-sanctioned event has a long (10k) and short (5k) course, vendor village, clinics and more. Stay tuned for more information on 2018 race course and clinics.
Friday, May 18
  • Clinics –  Information listed below
  • Packet Pick-up: 9am-4pm


Clinic: Race Preparation and Strategy

Instructor: Kate Lewis, Stand Up Outfitters

When: TBD

Where: TBD

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: Race Technique and Strategy

Instructor: Jarrod Covington, Wrightsville SUP

When: TBD

Where: TBD

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, 2018, 12:30 – 2 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)

Instructor: Casi RynkowskiPerformance Training Outdoor Fitness

When: TBD

Where: TBD

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.


Kids Clinics: More information coming 

Saturday, May 19
  • Packet Pickup: 7-8am
  • Vendor Village: 8am-2pm
  • Pre-Race Meeting: 8:30am
  • Races Begin: 9am
  • Awards Ceremony: 1-2pm (estimated based on final finishers)

Calling all female paddlers! Join us for the second Camp Crystal Kai, May 12-20, for an all-inclusive, week-long adventure in one of the Southeast’s premier vacation destinations. Paddleboard through paradise along 85 miles of gorgeous coastline and escape for a week full of fitness, relaxation and fun on the water, with complimentary race fees for the Crystal Kai SUP Cup.

Registration now open > More Info Here