Add Some Adventure to your Summer

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  Beautiful Wrightsville Beach has provided us with yet another summer for the books. Each day is filled with fantastic weather and a flood of people in a summertime state of mind. The beach is without a doubt great, but what to do on days when laying in the sand just isn’t enough? How can we as locals entertain guests or simply ourselves, without falling into the same old routine of bronzing all day until we work up the patience to stand in line at Trolley Stop?

Grab your guests, friends, family or pets and join us at the Surf to Sound Academy for an exciting adventure filled with kayaking, SUP or sailing. The time has come for friends and families of all ages to make the most of this gorgeous weather and try something new! Explore Masonboro by cruising in style while paddling a kayak or learn to sail through the Intracoastal on our Hobie Cat with specialized instruction. Relax with a SUP Yoga class or paddle out on your own. Enjoy all this in the ocean breeze by easily launching from the sound side of the BR and embrace the new adventure-filled summer days awaiting you.

This is the perfect way to make the most of what is left of your summer while relaxing on the water. Get started with helpful instructions from our experts or create an experience all your own. Pricing, location, and hours can be seen below. We look forward to helping you add adventure to the rest of your summer!
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Opened 9am until Sunset

 

 

 

kayak rental rates

1hr

2hr

4hr

1day

single

$20

$30

$40

$60

tandem

$35

$50

$60

$80

guided kayak tour (9am daily)

2hr

single

$50

tandem

$90

 

SUP rental rates

1hr

4hr

1day

1day

Single SUP Board

$25

$65

$75

$75

SUP group lesson* (930am and 1pm daily)

$50

SUP private lesson*

$100

  *includes 1hr instruction &1hr rental

 

Sail Boat

 Rentals

1 hour

$60

2 hours

$100

 

 Location 275 Waynick Blvd., Wrightsville Beach

 

 

 

 

Hurricanes & Independence!

We survived Hurricane Arthur and the 4th of July! Although the forecast threatened the Independence holiday with high winds and rain, Wrightsville Beach was one of the lucky towns where Arthur took his leave late Thursday night. In the wake of the storm was a beautiful 4th of July with a cool north wind. Our only “casualty” was the Thursday night Sunset SUP Series, as we were unable to hold our weekly paddleboard race due to the hurricane. Friday morning was the perfect opportunity to enjoy our soundside kayak and SUP rentals, and in the afternoon the light breeze made sailing an attractive option. Usually boat traffic is very heavy on the holidays, but this year it was manageable. The local college crowd was hunting for rides to Masonboro Island, and we were able to see numerous boats loaded up to capacity and ferrying people over. On our beach side lawns we were launching water balloons, competing to see who could eat the most watermelon, and getting artistic with face painting. The beach was hopping with guests from all around the world soaking up the sun, enjoying the cool breeze, and swimming in the warm water. Overall, it was great 4th of July weekend. We had a great time, and would like to thank all of our guests for choosing to share it with us here at the Blockade Runner. If you missed the holiday here this year, be sure to start planning to join us for 2015! Arthur

April in OBX

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This weekend our SUP Instructor April traveled to a local North Carolina SUP event in the Outer Banks. The OBX SUP Series consists of three-events held the last weekends of June, July, and August. At each of the events, paddlers have the opportunity to compete in both surf and race courses. An avid racer and surfer, April competed in both events and took 1st place in the Women’s divisions. On Saturday, the winds were high, but the SUP surf competition went on with slightly longer heats than planned due to the difficulty getting out through the breaks. Rides were tough, and although some waves were caught here and there, wipeouts were much more abundant. Sunday was forecast to be windier, but the race was on the sound side and somewhat protected from the winds. Elite racers paddled a figure 8 course around two small islands. April finished 5th overall alongside some fast male paddlers.

Week FOUR of the Sunset SUP Series!

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What looked like impending weather blew through and left a beautiful evening in its wake on Thursday for our Sailfish Sprint and Kid’s races. As racers arrived we set the buoy and arranged our heats. Heats were run with four racers in each, with the top two advancing to the next round. With over 30 racers, the heats were run back to back in a spectator friendly course that was action packed and fun to watch! At 6, racers lined up for a short clinic to improve their forward stroke; a vital stroke in sprint racing. The sprint course not only required an efficient forward stroke, but built on the lessons from the last two weeks. The course began with a running beach start and also included a buoy turn at the half way mark; racers that attended the courses on beach starts and buoy turns looked confident and smooth in the water. A huge “Thank You” goes out to all of our participants for this week’s race, as well as our sponsors: Carolina Paddleboard Co., Distressed Mullet, CrossFit Coastal, the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, and the Blockade Runner Surf to Sound Academy.

July 3rd has something very special in store, so be sure to swing by and either participate or observe our very special race! Be sure to “Like” the Blockade Runner Surf to Sound Academy on Facebook for updates about the Series and Photos from our events!

Downwind Tern’s Turns Loggerhead Loop Sailfish Sprint
Name Division Week 1 Time Week 1 pts Week 2 Time Week 2 pts Week 3 Time Week 3 pts Week 4 pts Cumulative pts
Laura Stevens Women’s Community - 2.00 7:42 0.75 24:50:00 0.75 0.75 4.25
Saylor Women’s Community - 2 - 4 26:04:00 2.00 1.00 9.00
Jenna Blackburn Women’s Community - 2.00 8:35 2 - 3.00 5.00 12.00
Patty Davis Women’s Community - 2 - 4 30:00:00 5.00 3.00 14.00
Sandy Mitofsky Women’s Community - 2.00 10:04 3 - 7.00 2.00 14.00
Cristy Bain Women’s Community - 2.00 10:04 3 - 4.00 8.00 17.00
Dana Stevens Women’s Community - 2.00 - 4 - 7.00 4.00 17.00
Lexy Malone Women’s Community 21:37 0.75 - 4 - 7.00 6.00 17.75
Jennifer B. Women’s Community - 2 - 4 30:30:00 6.00 8.00 20.00
Regi Elliot Women’s Community - 2.00 - 4 - 7.00 7.00 20.00
Karen Wilson Women’s Challenge 17:21 2.00 - 3 33:32:00 2.00 0.75 7.75
April Zilg Women’s Challenge 16:55 0.75 - 3 31:08:00 0.75 4.00 8.50
Anna Blackburn Women’s Challenge - 4.00 13:02 0.75 34:50:00 3.00 2.00 9.75
Sharna Tolfree Women’s Challenge 19:00 3.00 14:03 2 36:31:00 4.00 3.00 12.00
James Bain Prone - 3.00 6:17 0.75 18:46 0.75 4.00 8.50
Mike Medwedeff Prone - 3.00 6:31 2 19:58 2.00 4.00 11.00
John Beausang Prone 19:39 0.75 - 4 21:24 3.00 4.00 11.75
Dave Baker Prone 21:30 2.00 7:14 4 23:28 4.00 2.00 12.00
Renee Prone - 3.00 - 4 - 5.00 0.75 12.75
Jason Colclough Prone - 3.00 6:46 3 - 5.00 4.00 15.00
Katie EP Prone - 3.00 - 4 - 5.00 3.00 15.00
Mark Sumner Men’s Community - 2.00 8:36 0.75 - 3.00 0.75 6.50
Larry Cleveland Men’s Community 22:37 0.75 - 2 - 3.00 2.00 7.75
Jim Adams Men’s Community - 2.00 - 2 20:48 0.75 5.00 9.75
Dion Waters Men’s Community - 2.00 - 2 24:51:00 2.00 5.00 11.00
Craig Stevens Men’s Challenge - 5.00 11:04 2 28:56:00 0.75 0.75 8.50
Barry Blackburn Men’s Challenge - 5.00 11:02 0.75 28:56:30 2.00 3.00 10.75
Eric Carter Men’s Challenge 15:45 0.75 12:52 7 30:05:00 3.00 5.00 15.75
Ed Pierce Men’s Challenge 17:16 3.00 12:30 6 32:08:00 6.00 6.00 21.00
Erik Bigsby Men’s Challenge - 5.00 11:06 3 - 12.00 2.00 22.00
Greg Lew Men’s Challenge - 5.00 11:42 4 30:35:00 4.00 10.00 23.00
Haywood Newkirk Men’s Challenge - 5.00 - 9 31:06:00 5.00 4.00 23.00
Corey Curtis Men’s Challenge 16:41 2.00 12:12 5 34:59:00 8.00 10.00 25.00
Don W Men’s Challenge - 5.00 - 9 34:00:00 7.00 10.00 31.00
Alex Hedman Men’s Challenge - 5.00 - 9 35:00:00 9.00 10.00 33.00
Tommy Men’s Challenge - 5.00 - 9 - 12.00 7.00 33.00
CB Men’s Challenge - 5.00 16:15 8 - 12.00 8.00 33.00
Jon B Men’s Challenge - 5.00 - 9 35:50:00 10.00 10.00 34.00
Patrick P Men’s Challenge - 5.00 - 9 43:25:00 11.00 10.00 35.00
Scott Werstlein Men’s Challenge 18:00 4.00 - 9 - 12.00 10.00 35.00
Rich Men’s Challenge - 5.00 - 9 - 12.00 9.00 35.00
Caden Kid’s n/a n/a 4:39 4 n/a n/a 3.00 7.00
John Kid’s n/a n/a 4:48 5 n/a n/a 2.00 7.00
Sean Brennan Kid’s n/a n/a 3:56 0.75 n/a n/a 7.00 7.75
Saylor Kid’s n/a n/a - 7 n/a n/a 0.75 7.75
Oliver Bain Kid’s n/a n/a 4:17 2 n/a n/a 7.00 9.00
Dana Stevens Kid’s n/a n/a 4:30 3 n/a n/a 7.00 10.00
Jackson Kid’s n/a n/a 4:39 4 n/a n/a 7.00 11.00
Evan Lew Kid’s n/a n/a 5:08 6 n/a n/a 5.00 11.00
Kathryn Kid’s n/a n/a - 7 n/a n/a 4.00 11.00
Hayley Kid’s n/a n/a - 7 n/a n/a 6.00 13.00

Let’s Set Sail!

unnamed (1)Starting this week the Surf to Sound Academy will be offering SAILING! Rentals will start out at $60 for an hour or $100 for 2 hours. Have no fear if you’re not sure how to sail yet, lessons are also available. With our instructor certified by the American Sailing Association and US Sailing, you can safely learn all about rigging, rudders, and tacking up wind from our soundside beach. We ask that you call in advance to schedule lessons.

Loggerhead Loop Week 3 for Sunset SUP Series

IMG_5180For our third gathering of the Sunset SUP Series, we paddled our “Loggerhead Loop” course. Both Community and Challenger course paddlers battled across Bank’s Channel through some formidable side chop before hitting Mott’s Channel on the outgoing tide. Challenge course paddlers navigated the small island west of the Blockade Runner twice, while the Community participants circled once before catching a few down-wind bumps to the finish line on the soundside beach. With winds around 17mph, the course was challenging but fun.

This weeks free lesson covered beach race starts, and those that participated were fast off the line for the race! Due to the high winds, the Kid’s race was postponed until next week.
Each race of this series includes skills necessary for improving in local and regional races. It is our hope that by participating in each free lesson and race, our local paddlers will build a solid skill set and have more fun competing in races! So far we’ve done race starts and buoy turns, these will be combined in the near future for our Sprint Course, then all of the skills will be taken to the ocean. Be sure to keep joining us to build your SUP skills and get the most out of your race!
Thank you to everyone that came out this week! We had our largest turnout of the season so far and gave out great prizes from Distressed Mullet, Crossfit Coastal, Carolina Paddleboard Co, Blockade Runner Surf to Sound Academy, and certificates to TrySports. See you all next week!

Name Division Week 1 Time Week 1 pts Week 2 Time Week 2 pts Week 3 Time Week 3 pts Cumulative pts
Laura Stevens Women’s Community - 2.00 7:42 0.75 24:50:00 0.75 3.50
Jenna Blackburn Women’s Community - 2.00 8:35 2 - 3.00 7.00
Saylor Women’s Community - 2 - 4 26:04:00 2.00 8.00
Cristy Bain Women’s Community - 2.00 10:04 3 - 4.00 9.00
Patty Davis Women’s Community - 2 - 4 30:00:00 5.00 11.00
Lexy Malone Women’s Community 21:37 0.75 - 4 - 7.00 11.75
Jennifer B. Women’s Community - 2 - 4 30:30:00 6.00 12.00
Sandy Mitofsky Women’s Community - 2.00 10:04 3 - 7.00 12.00
April Zilg Women’s Challenge 16:55 0.75 - 3 31:08:00 0.75 4.50
Karen Wilson Women’s Challenge 17:21 2.00 - 3 33:32:00 2.00 7.00
Anna Blackburn Women’s Challenge - 4.00 13:02 0.75 34:50:00 3.00 7.75
Sharna Tolfree Women’s Challenge 19:00 3.00 14:03 2 36:31:00 4.00 9.00
James Bain Prone - 3.00 6:17 0.75 18:46 0.75 4.50
Mike Medwedeff Prone - 3.00 6:31 2 19:58 2.00 7.00
John Beausang Prone 19:39 0.75 - 4 21:24 3.00 7.75
Dave Baker Prone 21:30 2.00 7:14 4 23:28 4.00 10.00
Jason Colclough Prone - 3.00 6:46 3 - 5.00 11.00
Jim Adams Men’s Community - 2.00 - 2 20:48 0.75 4.75
Larry Cleveland Men’s Community 22:37 0.75 - 2 - 3.00 5.75
Mark Sumner Men’s Community - 2.00 8:36 0.75 - 3.00 5.75
Dion Waters Men’s Community - 2.00 - 2 24:51:00 2.00 6.00
Barry Blackburn Men’s Challenge - 5.00 11:02 0.75 28:56:30 2.00 7.75
Craig Stevens Men’s Challenge - 5.00 11:04 2 28:56:00 0.75 7.75
Eric Carter Men’s Challenge 15:45 0.75 12:52 7 30:05:00 3.00 10.75
Greg Lew Men’s Challenge - 5.00 11:42 4 30:35:00 4.00 13.00
Corey Curtis Men’s Challenge 16:41 2.00 12:12 5 34:59:00 8.00 15.00
Ed Pierce Men’s Challenge 17:16 3.00 12:30 6 32:08:00 6.00 15.00
Haywood Newkirk Men’s Challenge - 5.00 - 8 31:06:00 5.00 18.00
Don W Men’s Challenge - 5.00 - 8 34:00:00 7.00 20.00
Erik Bigsby Men’s Challenge - 5.00 11:06 3 - 12.00 20.00
Alex Hedman Men’s Challenge - 5.00 - 8 35:00:00 9.00 22.00
Jon B Men’s Challenge - 5.00 - 8 35:50:00 10.00 23.00
Patrick P Men’s Challenge - 5.00 - 8 43:25:00 11.00 24.00
Scott Werstlein Men’s Challenge 18:00 4.00 - 8 - 12.00 24.00
CB Men’s Challenge - 5.00 16:15 8 - 12.00 25.00
Sean Brennan Kid’s n/a n/a 3:56 0.75 n/a n/a 0.75
Oliver Bain Kid’s n/a n/a 4:17 2 n/a n/a 2.00
Dana Stevens Kid’s n/a n/a 4:30 3 n/a n/a 3.00
Caden Kid’s n/a n/a 4:39 4 n/a n/a 4.00
Jackson Kid’s n/a n/a 4:39 4 n/a n/a 4.00
John Kid’s n/a n/a 4:48 5 n/a n/a 5.00
Evan Lew Kid’s n/a n/a 5:08 6 n/a n/a 6.00

Sunset SUP Series Week 2

10375128_404449756360464_3713458306901082345_n Week two saw a great “TURN” out for the Sunset SUP Series! Did you catch that pun?Well, if you were at the race, you got it, because you watched our participants battle it out through “Tern’s Turns,” our buoy turn race course. With four buoys creating a figure 8 course, racers had the chance to practice their buoy turns and also their agility while timing their turns and crossing other racers on the course. This course, as with many in our Sunset SUP Series, is aimed at increasing the technical racing ability of our local paddlers. Anyone can get out and paddle straight(ish) for miles on end, but real watermen improve their all around skill. Congratulations and Thank You to everyone that came out and participated in this exciting race! We’ll see you next week!

We will have another Kid’s Race next week, and then we will be holding them EVERY OTHER WEEK.

Big THANKS this week to Carolina Paddleboard Co. for providing buoys for the race and Epic Food Co., Distressed Mullet, and Crossfit Coastal for some great gift certificates, jerseys, and prizes to our competitors this week.

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Downwind Tern’s Turns
Name Division Week 1 Time Week 1 pts Week 2 Time Week 2 pts Cumulative p
Sean Brennan Kid’s n/a n/a 3:56 0.75 0.75
Oliver Bain Kid’s n/a n/a 4:17 2 2.00
Dana Stevens Kid’s n/a n/a 4:30 3 3.00
Caden Kid’s n/a n/a 4:39 4 4.00
Jackson Kid’s n/a n/a 4:39 4 4.00
John Beausang Kid’s n/a n/a 4:48 5 5.00
Evan Lew Kid’s n/a n/a 5:08 6 6.00
Barry Blackburn Men’s Challenge - 5.00 11:02 0.75 5.75
Corey Curtis Men’s Challenge 16:41 2.00 12:12 5 7.00
Craig Stevens Men’s Challenge - 5.00 11:04 2 7.00
Eric Carter Men’s Challenge 15:45 0.75 12:52 7 7.75
Erik Bigsby Men’s Challenge - 5.00 11:06 3 8.00
Ed Pierce Men’s Challenge 17:16 3.00 12:30 6 9.00
Greg Lew Men’s Challenge - 5.00 11:42 4 9.00
Scott Werstlein Men’s Challenge 18:00 4.00 - 8 12.00
CB Men’s Challenge - 5.00 16:15 8 13.00
Larry Cleveland Men’s Community 22:37 0.75 - 2 2.75
Mark Sumner Men’s Community - 2.00 8:36 0.75 2.75
James Bain Prone - 3.00 6:17 0.75 3.75
John Beausang Prone 19:39 0.75 - 4 4.75
Mike Medwedeff Prone - 3.00 6:31 2 5.00
Dave Baker Prone 21:30 2.00 7:14 4 6.00
Jason Colclough Prone - 3.00 6:46 3 6.00
April Zilg Women’s Challenge 16:55 0.75 - 3 3.75
Anna Blackburn Women’s Challenge - 4.00 13:02 0.75 4.75
Karen Wilson Women’s Challenge 17:21 2.00 - 3 5.00
Sharna Tolfree Women’s Challenge 19:00 3.00 14:03 2 5.00
Laura Stevens Women’s Community - 2.00 7:42 0.75 2.75
Jenna Blackburn Women’s Community - 2.00 8:35 2 4.00
Lexy Malone Women’s Community 21:37 0.75 - 4 4.75
Cristy Bain Women’s Community - 2.00 10:04 3 5.00
Sandy Mitofsky Women’s Community - 2.00 10:04 3 5.00

 

 

Race 1 of the Sunset SUP Series Recap and Results

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Even though the winds were up and the clouds seemed to be rolling in, the first race of the Sunset SUP Series challenged local racers with howling 1.3-mile downwind run. From the potential race courses, we originally selected the “Loggerhead Loop” but as the time to start the race drew near, the winds were a solid 20+mph. The decision was made to shuttle the participants to the south end of Wrightsville Beach, just past the Coast Guard station, and paddle down wind to Blockade Runner’s soundside beach. Participants ran into the water from a beach start and caught 2ft runners gliding down the intercoastal waterway. Paddling fast was a strategy that wouldn’t prove very useful, racers needed to time their paddling with the bumps and use the energy from the wind and the waves to conquer this course. For the first week, we had a great turnout for the weather, and are excited about the weeks to come. Even though it was too windy to have a kid’s race this time, we will hold the first kid’s race next week (June 12th). We would like to thank all of our racers for coming out and enjoying some time on the water, as well as some time after the race with cold Natty Greene’s. A huge “THANKS” also goes out to Distressed Mullet, Carolina Paddleboard Co, Crossfit Coastal, and the Blockade Runner Surf to Sound Academy for helping with the event and contributing prizes for the weekly raffle.We’ll see you all next week!

(Check out and “Like” the BR Surf to Sound Academy Facebook for photos from the event:https://www.facebook.com/BlockadeRunnerSurfToSoundAcademy)

 

Name Division Week 1 Time Week 1 pts

Eric Carter Men’s Challenge 15:45 0.75
Corey Curtis Men’s Challenge 16:41 2.00
April Zilg Women’s Challenge 16:55 0.75
Ed Pierce Men’s Challenge 17:16 3.00
Karen Wilson Women’s Challenge 17:21 2.00
Scott Werstlein Men’s Challenge 18:00 4.00
Sharna Tolfree Women’s Challenge 19:00 3.00
John Beausang Prone 19:39 0.75
Dave Baker Prone 21:30 2.00
Lexy Malone Women’s Community 21:37 0.75
Larry Cleveland Men’s Community 22:37 0.75

Hitting the Road with April Zilg

 

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This past weekend April Zilg, our Surf to Sound SUP Instructor traveled to two races on the East Coast. On Saturday she raced in the Soundsurfer Waterman’s Challenge in Westport, CT and then on the way home on Sunday raced in the Surf Swap Challenge in Ocean City, MD. After taking the lead in the women’s elite class in a rough and windy race on Saturday she charged the field on Sunday to take another win.

“They were both tough but fun races. I love travelling to SUP events not just to compete, but to catch up with other paddlers. The SUP community is filled with really great people. Saturday’s race had some great competition from some of the top paddlers in New England. The girls were fast off the line and the top 3 were neck and neck for the first half of the race. Luckily, after rounding the turn buoy I was able to gain some ground in the downwind section of the course and take first in the women’s division. Although I was tired, I packed up and headed down to Maryland and got a few hours of sleep before waking up to compete again. There was a lot less wind on this course than Saturday’s, and it was a fun race with some great friends. I was happy to cross the finish line first out of all the 12’6″ boards, men and women. Overall, it was an amazing weekend and I’m glad I made the trip!”

April is one of the top paddlers on the East Coast and when she’s not giving quality instruction here during the weeks and weekends, she’s on the road for competitions for both racing and surf.

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Gearing up for Sunset SUP Series

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“You know summer has started when the Blockade Runner kicks off it’s Sunset SUP Series!”
This year its back and better than ever. With a pool of potential race courses to be selected each week based on weather, paddlers are sure not to get bored. Each course will test and improve the skills of local paddlers. Before each race, a free 10-minute lesson will be held covering skills that will help paddlers in that night’s race. After the competitions, participants can enjoy free Natty Greene’s beer and see if they win the weekly raffle for some amazing prizes. Winners of the race will have their points tallied for the grand prize, but will not receive a weekly prize (unless they win the raffle that night!). For the first half of the series we’ve got great prizes from Carolina Paddleboard Co, SouthEnd Surf Shop, Distressed Mullet, CrossFit Coastal, Epic Food Co, the Blockade Runner, and East Dining. Check the Blockade Runner’s events page for race courses and more information! http://events.blockade-runner.com/sunset-sup-series/