Sunset Beach
Paddle Fest
September 24, 2016

Having Fun Supporting Local Charities

2016 Sunset Beach Paddle Fest charities include Brunswick County Homeless Coalition, Paws-Ability & Sunset Beach Turtle Watch Program.

This year’s Island-Beach theme will have everyone saying Aloha. Wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt so everyone will know that you are a native!

Preview Randy McQuay Trio, The Paddle Fest Headline Performer

Paddle Competitions

Kayak & Paddleboard enthusiasts will enjoy the line-up of competitive and casual water activities. This year’s race includes a 9.5 mile Elite kayak and SUP race, 5.5 mile open SUP/Kayak race and a 1.9 mile fun paddle.


We’ve got a great lineup of top local performers for this year’s Paddle Fest that will keep your toes tapping.

This year’s performers included Randy McQuay Trio and Ashton Stanley.

Activities & Contests

This year’s Paddle Fest will offer fantastic events and activities for the whole family, including kid games, pie baking competition, pet costume contest & much more.

Craft Beers

We are pleased to offer the fine collection of handcrafted beers by Blind Squirrel Brewery.


We have a great array of food and drinks available at this year’s Paddle Fest, including some collaborations with local restaurants and local microbrewers will offer their best beer.

Paddlefest Vendors

Come and shop with us and explore an amazing assortment of local vendors offering handmade crafts and unique products.

Paddlefest Schedule

8:00 am – Kayak & SUP Fishing Tournament Begins

9:00 am – Vendor Booths Open

10:00 am – Children’s Treasure Hunt

10:30 am – Children’s Games Begin

11:00 am – Food & Beer Sales Begin

11:00 am – Pie Baking Contest Judging Begins

11:00 am – Dog Costume Contest Begins

12:00 noon – Ashton Stanley performs, Dog Costume and Pie Baking Contest Results Announced


12:15 pm – Limbo Contest Begins

1:00 pm – Limbo Contest Results Announced; 9.5-Mile Elite Kayak Race Begins

1:15 pm – 9.5 mile Elite SUP Race Begins

1:30 pm – 5.5 mile Open Kayak Race Begins

1:45 pm – 5.5 mile Open SUP Race Begins

3:00 pm – 1.9 Mile Fun Paddle Begins;  Randy McQuay Trio Performs

3:30 pm – Gilligan’s Island Look-Alike Contest Begins

4:00 pm – Paddle Race, Fishing Tournament, and Gilligan’s Island Look-Alike Contest Results Announced

5:00 pm – End of Paddle Fest

Our Sponsors

Golden Paddle Sponsors

Outdoor Innovations - Landscape and Hardscape
Sunset Beach Real Estate
Summertide Adventure Tours Kayak Tours

Silver Paddle Sponsors

DR Horton Homes
Sea Trail Plantation Golf Resort and Conference Center
The Sunset Inn, Sunset Beach
Backstreet Cafe

Bronze Sponsors

Prestige Building & Design