West Marine paddleboard event returns to North Carolina

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The seventh annual West Marine Carolina Cup will take place April 19-23 in Wrightsville Beach, N.C.

This year, as the first major stop on the World Paddle Association’s 2017 World SUP Tour, the event is expected to attract hundreds of accomplished paddlers from around the world.

The Carolina Cup incorporates five courses: a race for children ages 7-14; the 3.5-mile Harbor Island recreational race; the 6.5-mile Money Island open race; a six-man outrigger race; and the Graveyard Elite race.

West Marine and the Carolina Paddleboard Co. will host Demo Days on April 22 and 23. Enthusiasts will be able to check out all the latest SUP gear, including the industry’s newest boards and paddles.

“I had the good fortune to attend last year’s Carolina Cup and was impressed with the exceptional talent and the incredible location,” West Marine CEO Matt Hyde said in a statement.

“Our mission as a company is to help people get out on the water and enjoy life more often, and the Carolina Cup allows hundreds of participants from around the globe to do just that.”

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