The Carolina Cup is a stand up paddle race held annually at Wrightsville Beach, Wilmington, North Carolina. Since 2011 it has grown from a regional race into an international headliner, attracting dozens of the world’s fastest athletes as well as hundreds of recreational paddlers.

The 2017 Carolina Cup will be one of the biggest and best races on the calendar, but what makes this event so great is that it still maintains the community spirit that’s welcoming to paddlers of all abilities. The Carolina Cup is where the community comes together in a celebration of the grassroots nature of the sport.

And that’s why SUP Racer will be traveling across the globe to Wrightsville to help bring you the spirit, the excitement and the action of this great race as it happens. We’ll have interviews, pics, previews, predictions and full coverage on race day. So mark your calendar for April 22nd. In the meantime though, you can get the latest Carolina Cup news below…

Carolina Cup Aerial Highlights

Carolina-Cup-paddle-board-race-videoCheck out this aerial highlights reel from the massive showdown in Carolina last weekend, where Titouan Puyo and Annabel Anderson added another chapter to the history book of SUP after an epic battle with the world’s best.

Click through to watch…   → READ MORE

Full Results: Titouan Puyo, Annabel Anderson Defend Carolina Cup Titles, Write New Chapter in SUP History

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Titouan Puyo and Annabel Anderson have defended their Carolina Cup titles after an extraordinary day of racing here in Wrightsville Beach, with Titou breaking away from an all-star field over the final mile to cement his reputation as one of the absolute finest paddlers on the planet, while Annabel won the duel with Fiona Wylde to claim her fifth-straight title and officially move up to ‘legend’ status.

In an extremely grueling race that had a bit of everything, Titou made the most of the difficult conditions by powering through the downwind section and helping control the pace in the brutal upwind legs, holding off the challenge from world number two Michael Booth, team mate Travis Grant, the Tahitian army and dozens more of the world’s best.   → READ MORE

Carolina Cup: Elite Start List plus Top 10 Predictions (…and a Full Replay of Our Live Preview Show)

Carolina-Cup-previewIt’s almost time.

We’re just 12 hours away from the first major race of the season, the 7th Annual West Marine Carolina Cup, with the dozens of the world’s best paddlers and hundreds of weekend warriors set to take over Wrightsville Beach tomorrow morning.

But if you couldn’t make it to North Carolina this year don’t worry: We’re going to bring you all the action with our Carolina Cup Facebook Live Stream presented by Quickblade Paddles from 10am Saturday.   → READ MORE

Carolina Cup Live Stream Guide (When/Where/How to Watch the First Major Race of the Season)

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We’re only three days away from the first major race of the season, with the intensely-competitive West Marine Carolina Cup set to crown fresh champions and create new story lines that will set the tone for the rest of the year.

SUP Racer is on location at the host resort, the Blockade Runner in Wrightsville Beach, and we’re getting ready to bring you a front row seat with our Carolina Cup Facebook Live Stream presented by Quickblade Paddles from 10am on Saturday morning.

Here’s when/where/how to watch plus a run down of our Friday night preview show.   → READ MORE

By the Numbers: Annabel Anderson Doesn’t Just Win the Carolina Cup, She Destroys It

Annabel-Anderson-Carolina-Cup-paddleboardingWe’re only a week away from the first major race of the season, the West Marine Carolina Cup in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

We’ll previewing the big event all week in the lead-up to our race day Facebook Live stream presented by Quickblade, but in the meantime let’s take a look at some more stats from the previous editions.   → READ MORE

Countdown to Carolina: Get Excited for This Year’s Race by Watching Quickblade’s Brilliant Edit from 2015

Carolina Cup Stand Up Paddleboard race video 2015We’re just over a week away from the first major race of the season, with dozens of the world’s best and hundreds of weekend warriors set to wake up the sleepy hollow of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina for the 7th Annual West Marine Carolina Cup on Saturday April 22nd.

We’ll bring you the race LIVE next Saturday with our Carolina Cup Facebook Live Stream presented by Quickblade Paddles, and between now and then we’re going full Carolina Central with daily updates and insights ahead of the big dance.   → READ MORE

A Brief History of the Carolina Cup: Here’s Every Champion (and Podium-Getter) from 2011-2016

Carolina CupThe Countdown to Carolina is officially underway, with almost all of the world’s best paddlers getting ready to hop on a plane to Wilmington, North Carolina for the 7th Annual West Marine Carolina Cup aka the first major race of the season.

This year’s event is set to be the most competitive yet, with an absolutely stacked field of elite talent joining hundreds of amateur paddlers for a major festival of stand up paddling.    → READ MORE

Countdown to Carolina: 10 Days ’til the First Major Race of the Season

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The annual pilgrimage to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina is about to begin again with the first major race of the season just 10 days away.

Featuring a mammoth 7-star rating and virtually all of the world’s top paddlers, the 2017 West Marine Carolina Cup is going to be next level. Connor, Boothy, Mo, Travis, Titou, Danny, Georges, the list goes on and on…   → READ MORE

World Rankings: Here Are SUP Racer’s Star Ratings for Season 2017 (aka the Biggest Races in the World This Year)

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Two weeks ago, I sent out a survey to each of the world’s top-ranked paddlers asking which events they’d be competing in this year. The goal was to paint a picture of the biggest races in the world, which I think is not only an interesting insight for everyone in the sport to analyse, it also helps me to set clear ‘star ratings’ that will produce an ever more accurate World Rankings leaderboard.

Here are the results…   → READ MORE

47 Awesome Photos That Tell the Hidden Stories of the 2016 Carolina Cup

Carolina Cup 2016Carolina is done and dusted for another year, however I think we’ll be talking about this race for a while yet.

The 2016 West Marine Carolina Cup presented by Surftech had a bit of everything, from the all-star cast of world renowned athletes to the fresh faced dark horses looking to make a name for themselves. Throw in an unexpected swell that caused a bit of chaos at the start, and you had one hell of a race around Wrightsville Beach.   → READ MORE

Congratulations Titouan Puyo, Annabel Anderson — Champions of the 2016 West Marine Carolina Cup (FULL RESULTS)

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Titouan Puyo and Annabel Anderson have triumphed over an all-star field of paddlers to claim the 2016 West Marine Carolina Cup here in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, with the infamous Elite Graveyard Race living up to its reputation by serving competitors a challenging mixture wind, waves and currents across 13 miles of ocean and flat water racing.   → READ MORE

The Dark Horses: 16 Paddlers to Watch in 2016

James Casey stand up paddleboardingThese are exciting times for the world of stand up paddle racing, with fresh faces and new names set to energise the sport and shake up the world rankings this year.

With dozens of world class athletes crossing over from other sports and a new generation of hungry juniors eager to prove themselves, I believe we’re on the verge of a new wave of elite paddling talent. So with the first major race of the season just six days away, it’s time for a bit of crystal ball gazing to predict who will make the biggest leap up the leaderboard in 2016.   → READ MORE

Why the Carolina Cup Is Your Best Chance to Learn Directly from the Pros

Carolina Cup paddleboard raceThe Carolina Cup isn’t just a race. The annual pilgrimage to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina signals not only one of the largest, most competitive and most significant events on the international calendar, it’s also probably your best opportunity to learn from some of the world’s fastest and most talented paddlers.

The Carolina Cup isn’t just a race, it’s a true festival of paddling, and one of the best features of the festival are the clinics.   → READ MORE