Carolina SUP Surf Pro-Am – World Tour

Held at beautiful Wrightsville Beach, renowned for its clear water and great surf, the event is a spectator-friendly, world-class event.

As the museum expanded during 2018, SUP Surf Pro-Am was on hiatus, to return in 2019 with renewed energy and a closer relationship with the World Tour and the Museum’s Waterman Hall of Fame.

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The 4nd Annual Wrightsville Beach SUP Surf Pro-Am was on a blustery April 16 & 17, 2017. The event was hosted by the WB Museum and Carolina Paddleboard Company. The surfing was tough but the pros were out in force making it look easy.

Make plans to catch some waves and test your skills against your fellow competitors both in the amateur and Pro divisions. Great cash prizes for the top 4 Pros, and beautiful hand-made trophies for the amateurs along with great stuff! Visit for details.

This event is presented by Hobie-Salt Life and sponsored by a host of others.


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Wrightsville Beach, known for years as a great place to surf and SUP and recently lauded as one of the World’s Best Surf Towns and one of the Last Best American Beach Towns, will host the Wrightsville Beach SUP Surf Pro-Am2016 Crystal Pier. The venue is impeccable with great surf and plenty of viewing sites, the community is friendly and knowledgeable, the judges are accredited, the competition has a solid history of world-class pros and amateurs and the funds go to a local non-profit recognizing the importance of SUP and surfing to this community.

Although there are five miles of uninterrupted beach breaks along Wrightsville Beach, the site of the Wrightsville Beach SUP Surf Pro Am is historically one of the most frequented due to consistent surf. The setup of the surf contest site at the historic Crystal Pier, combined with the layout of outdoor seating at the Oceanic restaurant, provides  a stadium-like atmosphere for attendees to grab brunch, lunch, or a beverage while watching the contest unfold below. Paid parking is available near the contest site.


  • 2016 Competitors included:
    • Izzy Gomez, current Women’s World Champion, proving to be a dominant force in the world of SUP
    • Giorgio Gomez,
    • Mo Frietas
    • Chuck Patterson
    • Colin McPhillips
    • April Zilg
    • Fisher Grant
    • Anna Blackburn
    • Kieran Grant
    • Dave Daum
    • Tyler Callaway
    2016 media covering the event:
    • Local Sessions
    • Standup Paddle magazine (20 page pictorial)
    • SUP Connect
    • Distressed Mullet
    • Standup Journal
    • Eastern Surf website
    • Lumina News
    • Star-News
    • Channel 6 WILM-TV

    To recognize the great local talent we have in the Carolinas, in 2015 we initiated the Carolina Best category for male and female. To be considered competitors must be registered in the pro division and be from the Carolinas. The top-scoring Carolinian will be determined from wave scores.

    Competition organizers include:

    Jason Colclough, known as the first area standup paddleboarder and owner of Carolina Paddleboard Company in Wrightsville Beach. SUP has been part of his life for over a decade.

    April Zilg:  April is an avid paddler, WPA SUP Instructor, ACA L2 Essentials of SUP Instructor, and SUP Yoga Instructor. What started as a recreational hobby in 2009 became so much more when she got into racing. Today April is one of the top paddlers on the East Coast placing first in the WPA championships and top ten in Carolina Cup and the Battle of the Paddle. In SUP Surfing, she is the East Coast Champion.

    Haywood Newkirk:  Haywood is the 5th Generation of his family to grow up on the waters surrounding Wrightsville Beach. He is a competitive surfer and paddleboarder and is sponsored by Hobie, the Carolina Paddleboard Company and Surfberry. Haywood is a commercial real estate appraiser with two daughters. The Newkirks spend most of their family time out on the water, fishing, surfing, paddleboarding or on their boat.

    John Sideris: John grew up surfing on the  east coast of Florida and retired as a Manager of the ILM Airport Traffic Control Tower in 2011. Since retirement, he has worked with Surfer’s Healing, WBLA, Eastern Surfing Association, Crocker Foundation, and the Wrightsville Beach Museum. Currently serving as Vice-President of the Board of Directors at WB Museum, and President of his own company.

    Proceeds to Benefit the Wrightsville Beach Museum:

    The Wrightsville Beach SUP Surf Pro Am is organized by the Wrightsville Beach Museum, located in the historic Myers Cottage on Harbor Island. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Museum and its Waterman Hall of Fame. The Museum preserves and interprets the history of Wrightsville Beach, including the long tradition of surfing along the beach strand.
    Location:  South side of Crystal Pier, Access 37, 700 block of South Lumina Avenue, and Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, 303 West Salisbury Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC.

    FRIDAY April 14
    Packet Pick-up and Welcome at Carolina Paddleboard Co. 
    • 5:30 PM Registration and packet pick up for WB SUP Surf Pro-Am Competition.  Meet and mingle with fellow watermen and our world-class SUP Surfers.
    SATURDAY April 15
    Hobie Salt Life WB SUP Surf Pro-Am Competition 
    • 7 AM Late registration for WB SUP Surf Pro-Am (if open spaces in heats)
    • 7:45 AM  Surfers Meeting
    • 8 AM Heats begin
    • 12:30 PM Lunch Break
    • 2 PM  Afternoon Heats (stay tuned to the live scoring tab for up to date schedule and scoring)
      SUNDAY April 16
    • Easter Sunday Services are being held across the beach 5:00 am – 8:30 am
    • 9am Easter Egg Hunt on the Beach (between Crystal Pier and Contest Site)
    • 10am Resume Semi and Final Surf Heats
    • 2pm Awards on the beach at Contest Site immediately following conclusion of contest
    • 6pm After Party


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