Paddle Competitions

Calling all paddle enthusiasts!

The 2016 Sunset Beach Paddle Fest is offering a great lineup of kayak and stand-up paddleboard contests that will challenge your technical and endurance skills. This year’s competitions include a 9.5 mile Elite SUP and Kayak Race through our challenging Salt Boiler Course, as well as a 5.5 mile Open category race along the Fox Run Course. We are also offering a 1.9 mile social paddle for non-racers and paddling enthusiasts.

Salt Boiler Elite Race – 15.3 K (9.5 miles)

The 9.5 mile route takes paddlers through the channels and creeks of the Sunset Beach estuary. The well-marked Kayak and SUP course takes you from site of the Paddle Fest beginning at Mays Slough, north up the ICW, east on Still Creek out around a buoy just offshore of Tubbs Inlet and west along the broad waters of Jinks Creek.

A the intersection of the Jinks Creek and ICW competitors will paddle west under the Sunset Beach bridge and head south on Fox Creek, around the southwestern tip of Sunset Beach. The course continues south through the more narrow and technical Fox Creek to Salt Boiler Creek and then to the ICW for a sprint to the finish line.

Fox Run Open Race – 8.89 K (5.5 miles)

The open course is just as challenging as last year’s course with the addition of a spur out of the inlet between Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle Beach. The course begins from the Paddle Fest festival site at May’s Slough. Paddlers will head north up the ICW then turn right into Still Creek, out around a buoy just offshore of Tubbs Inlet, west along the broad waters of Jinks Creek to the ICW and the finish line.


Fun Paddle – 3 K (1.9 Miles)

The popular Fun Paddle is for those interested in a casual and social paddle. This mixed race takes kayakers and SUPs on a 1.9 mile course through areas of Fox Creek to Jinks Creek and out to the Intracoastal Waterway.


Race Classes

SUP Classes (Men & Women)

  • Elite SUP race- unlimited
  • Open race- 14′ and 12’6″
  • Fun Paddle- all SUPs

Kayak Classes (Men & Women)

  • Elite Kayak race- High Performance Kayaks, Surfskis, OC-1
  • Open Kayak race- Kayaks; high-performance boats may not enter the Open race
  • Fun Paddle- all Kayaks


Racing Fees

  • $60.00 – 9.5 mile Elite Kayak race
  • $40.00 – 5.5 mile Open Kayak race
  • $60.00 – 9.5 mile Elite SUP race
  • $40.00 – 5.5 mile Open SUP race
  • $0.00 – 1.9 mile Fun Paddle

Race Application

Print the application and bring it with your race fee to a convenient location or on the day of the race.

Drop off Lcoations: 

Summertide Adventure Tours

59-B Causeway Drive
Ocean Isle Beach, NC  28469

Silver Coast Properties (after hours dropbox available)

7199 Beach Drive, Suite 5
Sunset Beach, NC 28468

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