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  • Fri, October 21, 2022 2:48 PM | Adam Tischler (Administrator)
    Click here for Episode 1 of our USA SUP Podcast!

  • Tue, June 21, 2022 8:00 AM | Kristin Thomas (Administrator)

    Top American Athletes Compete in Oceanside 

    USA Team selected for ISA World Champs in Puerto Rico in November

    Three days of competition June 16-18 included a Distance Race, SUP Surfing and Technical Racing, as well as a new separate Age Group race all hosted by USA Surfing. American Team identified for ISA (International Surfing Association) World Championships in Puerto Rico November, 2022. 

    SUP DISTANCE (9.5 miles) 

    Top TWO (2) Male & Female in SUP & Top ONE (1) in Prone Male & Female Athletes qualify to represent the USA at the ISA Worlds.


    1. Danny Ching, CA
    2. Connor Baxter, HI

    Bodie Von Allman, OR  1st Alternate


    1. April Zilg, NC
    2. Stephanie Shideler, FL

    Victoria Burgess, FL 1st Alternate


    1. Hunter Flueger, HI (men)
    2. Tiana Pugliese, CA (women) 


    Top TWO Male & Female athletes in SUP Surfing qualify to represent the USA at the ISA Worlds


    1. Zane Schweitzer, HI
    2. Bernd Roediger, HI

    Max Torres, PR, 1st Alternate 


    1. Candice Appleby, CA
    2. Kanani Yockman, HI

    Sam Estebrooks, CA 1st Alternate


    Top TWO (2) Male & Females in SUP & Top ONE (1) in Prone Male & Female Athletes, as well as One Female & One Male JUNIOR SUP athlete qualify to represent the USA at the ISA Worlds.


    1. Candice Appleby 
    2. April Zilg

    Soryn Preston1st Alternate (also Junior)


    1. Connor Baxter, HI
    2. Campbell Carter, NC

    Bodie Von Allman, OR  1st Alternate


    1. Campbell Carter, NC (also 2nd Men)

    Bodie Von Allman, OR 1st Alternate (also Mens 3rd/Alternate)

    1. Soryn Preston, CA (also  Womens 3rd/Alternate)

    Maylee Jaggi, CA 1st Alternate 


    1. Hunter Flueger, HI (Men)
    2. Tiana Pugliese, CA (Women)

    USA Surfing’s Age Group SUP National Champions 

    SUP Surf & Race Age group events winners: 

    SUP Surfing

    Boys U18 SUP surf

    Bobo Gallagher, HI

    Women 40+

    Veronica Wold, CA

    Men 40+

    Syrus Melandish, 

    SUP Racing

    Girls 18U

    Soryn Preston 

    Women 19-39

    Lindsay Weidner

    Men 19-39

    Dennis Gibson

    Women 40-49

    LynAnn Escatel

    Men 40-49

    Jeremy Kuluko 

    Women 50-59

    Kristin Thomas

    Men 50-59

    Sean Sullivan

    Men 60+

    Tony Forcier

    Congratulations to all, especially in the rough conditions.  Full results for SUP Racing (distance, tech & age group) can be found on - Results for SUP Surfing can be found on

  • Mon, May 02, 2022 9:06 AM | Kristin Thomas (Administrator)

    Media Release


    Coveted Carolina Cup titles won by Booth of Australia and USA’s Zilg 


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    Michael Booth, Australia, 2018, 2019, 2022 Carolina Cup Graveyard Race Champion – Robert B Butler


    WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NORTH CAROLINA, USA – Crossing the finish line just four seconds ahead of four-time champion Danny Ching of California, Australian Michael Booth seized his third title in the grueling 13.2-mile Carolina Cup Graveyard Race. 


    Meanwhile, North Carolina’s April Zilg powered to her second consecutive Graveyard Race victory with an almost one-minute margin over internationally ranked elite paddlers Kimberly Barnes of Florida and Candice Appleby of California. 


    “It feels amazing and surreal to come back and repeat the Carolina Cup win on the actual Graveyard course,” said Zilg. “In 2021, the course was modified due to severe weather conditions. I am usually happy and prevail in very challenging conditions. This year was challenging for me because the conditions were better, and that’s not usually my strong suit. So, I knew that it was going to be a very tough race. But it went well.”


    Attracting amateur and professional athletes from the South Pacific, Asia, Central America, South America, Hawaii, Europe, Canada, and the United States, Carolina Cup is one of the largest and most prominent paddle sporting events globally. Organized by the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club and presented by Kona Brewing Company, five days of exhibitions, demos, clinics, and races were based at Blockade Runner Beach Resort, April 27-May 1, 2022. 


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      April Zilg, NC/USA, 2021 and 2022 Carolina Cup Graveyard Race Champion – Robert B Butler


      The Graveyard Race Top Ten 


      Men’s Elite Division

    • 1.   Michael Booth, Australia
    • 2.   Danny Ching, CA, USA
    • 3.   Shuri Araki, Japan
    • 4.   Ty Judson, Australia
    • 5.   Connor Baxter, Hawaii, USA
    • 6.   Itzel Delgado, Peru
    • 7.   Eri Tenorio, Brazil
    • 8.   Daniel Hasulyo, Hungary/Thailand
    • 9.   Bodie Von Allmen, Oregon, US
    • 10 Tim Oliver, Ontario, Canada


      Women’s Elite Division

    • 1.   April Zilg, North Carolina, USA
    • 2.   Kim Barnes, Florida, USA
    • 3.   Candice Appleby, California, USA
    • 4.   Stephanie Schideler, Long Island, NY
    • 5.   Abby Baker, California, USA
    • 6.   Juliette DuHaime, Argentina
    • 7.   Emilie Fournel, Montreal, Canada
    • 8.   Regan Littell, New Jersey, USA
    • 9.   Jenna Blackburn, North Carolina, USA

    10 Madeline LeBlanc, Ontario, Canada


    This year, the International Canoe Federation and Carolina Cup partnered to have the Technical Sprint and Graveyard Race serve as pre-qualifiers for the ICF World Series in Poland. Four ICF world champions competed in the 2022 Carolina Cup races – Connor Baxter, Michael Booth, Noic Garioud, and Ty Judson. 


    Hawaii’s Connor Baxter and North Carolina’s April Zilg won their second consecutive Carolina Cup Technical Race this weekend. Technical races are on an oceanfront course entering and exiting the surf and testing all the paddler’s skills in one event, including surfing, speed, and steering capabilities. 


    “For spectators, the Technical Sprint is the most exciting event for SUP when it comes to ocean racing,” said Event Manager and announcer Dan Gavere. “Unlike 2021, we had both elite and recreational racers in the Technical Sprint this year, and I believe it will continue to grow.”


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      2022 Carolina Cup Technical Sprint Champions Connor Baxter and April Zilg – Robert B Butler



      The Technical Sprint Top Finishers


      Men’s Division:

    • 1.   Connor Baxter, Hawaii, USA
    • 2.   Noic Garioud, New Caledonia
    • 3.   David Leao, Brazil
    • 4.   Shuri Araki, Japan
    • 5.   Ty Judson, Australia
    • 6.   Michael Booth, Australia
    • 7.   Daniel Hasulyo, Hungary/Thailand
    • 8.   Eri Tenorio, Brazil

      Women’s Division:

    • 1.   April Zilg, North Carolina, USA
    • 2.   Candice Appleby, California, USA
    • 3.   Abby Baker, California, USA
    • 4.   Juliette DuHaime, Argentina
    • 5.   Susan Krupa McCune, California, USA


    With environmental issues top-of-mind to most watersport athletes, Carolina Cup attendees were attracted to an exhibit by Mechanical Engineering students from North Carolina State University. “We are introducing our new sand removal technology,” said NCSU student Edward Byers, CEO of a senior project design team. “It’s an air-power shower that uses a light mist and air to remove sand. The AirWave uses less than 1-percent of the water; it’s cheaper to operate than a traditional beach shower; and it allows people to go inside or get in their car and not be soaking wet and uncomfortable.” 


    “The positive impact on the environment in water conservation and a reduction in wastewater could be significant,” said Mary Baggett, co-owner of Blockade Runner Beach Resort. 


    Complete lists of Carolina Cup race results with age groups and divisions are available at these links:


    Click for Harbor/Money/Graveyard OC Surfski Results


    Click here for Graveyard Elite Race Results


    Click here for the Carolina Cup Media Archive


    Mark Schmidt
    Race Director
    Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club
    P: 910-620-6914


    Robert B Butler

    Communications & Public Relations


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  • Sat, April 23, 2022 5:40 AM | Kristin Thomas (Administrator)

    USA SUP to Officially Launch at Carolina Cup

    Memberships now available

    Wrightsville Beach, SC.— 4/22/2022  United States of America Stand Up Paddle (USA SUP) has opened its first-ever membership drive. Following a months-long series of strategy sessions and information meetings with key stakeholders, membership now opens to enable the community to grow the sport in the United States through safe, fair and inclusive events.

    Membership levels include student, individual, family, and corporate as well as premium levels for members to take a prominent stance in this inaugural year. All levels are recognized as founding memberships with special recognition for supporting the important early work USA SUP is doing to build and strengthen SUP communities across the country. 

    “I’m super stoked to invite all of my SUP family to join us in finally creating a cohesive and inclusive paddling community” said Harrison Withers, President of USA SUP.

    To achieve their mission, USA SUP is focusing on grassroots communities by including as many event participants as possible. From local 20-person races to internationally recognized races like the Carolina Cup, USA SUP aims to provide guidance for; competition and event participation and organization; strategies to promote and embrace diversity, and community; stakeholder resources to grow the sport on the local and national stage.  

    "There are so many passionate paddlers in communities around the country and we can see the opportunity to come together for the benefit of the sport," said Fiona Wylde, board member and Youth Outreach committee co-chair for USA SUP. "Together, we can create an organization that supports all participants, from the grassroots up."


    For additional information at Carolina Cup:

    Board members Harrison Withers, Kristin Thomas, Matt Jones, and Ryan Bryker will be in attendance at The Carolina Cup race on April 16th. Look for the USA SUP flags and stop in and say hello and ask any questions you may have.

    For media queries:

    About USA SUPProduct:

    Founded in 2022, USA SUP’s mission is to grow the sport of SUP by engaging and informing participants and championing safe, inclusive, and fair communities and events. The organization is governed by eight volunteer board members with SUP industry and community backgrounds. Membership in the organization is open to all US based paddlers. USA SUP is not affiliated with any other sports governing bodies. 

  • Thu, January 06, 2022 11:27 AM | Harrison Withers (Administrator)

    The MPL schedule of events has been added to the site including the return of a DETROIT race!

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