The Carolina Cup concluded this past weekend with the top names in SUP racing battling it out in challenging conditions. Read on for the results.
The Carolina Cup is a major competition in the SUP racing community being one of the biggest events each year. Held over the weekend of the 5-7 November 2021 by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club, athletes competed not only for the title, but also to qualify for a spot on the 2022 APP World Tour.
The long distance Graveyard Race and the technical sprints make up the competition for the SUP athletes with demos and other events happening all weekend. April Zilg won both the Women’s technical sprints and the gruelling 13.1 mile flat water Graveyard Race to solid her #1 spot for the weekend. Meanwhile, Danny Ching retuned as strong as ever to long distance racing with a win on the 13.1 mile course, whilst Connor Baxter powered home in the Sprints to narrowly overtake Christian Andersen. With Connor’s solid effort in the Graveyard race, he took home to overall champion’s trophy for the weekend.
April reflects on her first ever Graveyard Race win: “It is a very emotional win for me. This was the first race I ever did, and the first time I did it, I didn’t even finish. It has been my dream to win the Carolina Cup since the first day I picked up a paddleboard, so it feels amazing to achieve that.”
Congrats to all competitors and good luck to all for the upcoming events. For a list of the full results, click here.