International Canoe Federation partners with US Carolina Cup


WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, North Carolina, March 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The International Canoe Federation (ICF) announced that it has partnered with the the United States Carolina Cup as part of the ICF World Series. The Carolina Cup will also be an ICF ranking race for technical and long-distance stand-up paddleboard races in the open class.

“Since 2015, the Carolina Cup has rightfully been considered one of the greatest stand-up paddleboarding events in the world,” said ICF SUP coordinator Hoichan Kwon. “The Carolina Cup will attract many of the best paddlers in the world, so we are thrilled to give these athletes the opportunity to book their tickets to our World Championships.”

Under a memorandum of understanding, athletes participating in the Carolina Cup will have the opportunity to pre-qualify for the main draw at this year’s ICF World Championships in Gdynia, Polandavoiding pre-event preliminary qualifying.

One of the largest and most important paddle sporting events in the world, the Carolina Cup returns to Wrightsville Beach, April 27-May 1, 2022. The Cup is a five-day festival of clinics, product presentations, demonstrations and competitions, including six exciting races featuring amateur and professional athletes in paddleboarding, kayaking, surfskiing and canoeing. Organized by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club, all activities take place at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort.

“We have an exciting calendar of events for this season, and now the Carolina Cup is going to take it to another level,” Kwon said.

The Carolina Cup will kick off the 2022 ICF World Rankings Series. The athletes will then head to Thun, Switzerlandfor the opening of the ICF world cup, followed by prague, Salzburgand Budapest.

“Teaming up with the ICF is a perfect fit,” said Mark Schmidt, Race Director of the Carolina Cup. “With the International Canoe Federation’s long-established base in paddle sports, we look forward to being the first step in the ICF Points Series that qualifies for the ICF Championships.”

The Carolina Cup is the only North American location on the ICF SUP calendar.

The SUP World Cup scheduled for Moscow has been canceled, according to the ICF.

2022 Carolina Cup Races:

The Graveyard Elite Race – A challenging 13.1 mile offshore and calm water race for elite and professional paddleboard riders. The Graveyard Race begins in the ocean waves, skirts Wrightsville Beachcrosses two creeks and tests each athlete’s skill and fitness with every surf, ocean, flat water, wind, tide and competitive condition of the day – including the best paddlers in the world.

The Graveyard Surfski, Outrigger and Kayak Race – A 13.1-mile elite race on the Cemetery course, start and finish on the healthy side and bypass Wrightsville Beach. Kayak; surfski (single and double), canoe (OC-1 and OC-2).

The technical sprint – A dynamic short course of fast SUP sprints, in and out of the surf with buoy turns testing participants’ skills and speed. Elimination and repechage formats provide spectacular action for athletes and spectators while allowing the best to rise to the top.

The Money Island Open Run – A river and island race of 10 kilometers with currents and winds, but without swell. Designed to challenge intermediate to advanced paddlers on paddleboard (standup and recumbent), kayak, surfski and outrigger canoe (OC-1 and OC-2).

The Harbor Island Recreational Run – A 5 kilometer race in flat water in the inland waterways for beginners to intermediates (standup and prone). There are currents and wind, boat traffic, no ocean swells and mostly no-wake areas – a great opportunity to get on a board and enjoy the water.

The children’s race – A playful activity for children aged 6 to 14, races with one and two loops on sound. Everyone is recognized!

Preceding the Carolina Cup, April 22-24, Wrightsville Beach will host the 2022 Carolina Pro-Am SUP Surf, a three-day paddle surfing event attracting the world’s top professional and amateur paddle board athletes to the sport.

The 2022 Carolina Cup is presented by Kona Brewing Company.

Information and registration for the Carolina Cup

Blockade Runner Accommodation

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Mark Schmidt
Race Director
Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club
Phone. : 910-620-6914
E: [email protected]

Hoichan Kwon
International Canoe Federation
SUP Coordinator
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Robert B Butler
Communications | Public relations

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