Welcome to Wrightsville Beach and the Blockade Runner Beach Resort

This was a phenomenal weekend and a great way for many to cap off a great 2015 race season. Paddlers came in from as far as Ontario, Canada and Minnesota to enjoy the warm water and paddler reunion.

Friday: Clinics and Check-in

Paddlers arrived at the Blockade Runner Beach resort and settled in for a breezy, but sunny and warm day. Some paddlers hung out on the ocean and sound side beaches while others took clinics by April Zilg and Larry Cain. DSCF4254 IMG_5875After checking in, most of the locals and visiting friends headed to Tower 7 to load up on chips and  salsa, hydrate, catch up and talk strategy for the Surf to Sound and Harbor Island races.

Saturday, Foggy then perfect

Paddlers were greeted Saturday morning by a thick fog bank that caused slight delays in the race starts.

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The Canadian men swept the podium. Tommy Buday repeated as champion, edging out Larry Cain and Gabi Beauchesne Sevigny, coming in second and third respectively.

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For the women, local Wrightsville Beach paddler, April Zilg came in first, followed by Stephanie Shideler and Tracey Finlay.

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There was some growth in the Prone, Surfski and Outrigger paddle divisions. And while there weren’t enough in some divisions for the paddlers to reach the podium, it was a great start, and hopefully participants in those areas will continue to grow. Just because there weren’t enough paddlers to make a division didn’t mean they weren’t competitive or appreciated. Anyone who paddled deserves a ton of respect and honestly, great job.

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Cold and blustery Sunday Flatwater Championships

Day two looked like it had the potential to be cancelled as a cold front moved through overnight bringing with it a 20-30 degree drop in temperatures and NE wind at 15-30 with gusts in the 40s. Fortunately, the slight onshore wind direction combined with outgoing tides helped clean things up for the race. For safety reasons, the 9-mile course was shortened to 6.5 miles.

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The Flatwater Championships was a repeat result in the women’s elite race with April Zilg coming in first, followed by Stephanie Shideler and Tracey Finlay.DSCF4541

In the mens elite, the order of the previous day was completely flipped as Canadians Gabi Beauchesne Sevigny took an inside line, edging out Larry cain and Tommy Buday, separated by only 8 seconds.DSCF4542

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Unofficial Results

Here are the unofficial results from Its Go Time, the timing company from the Surf to Sound Challenge.  At the time of posting, the final results had not yet been posted to Paddleguru.com.

Congratulations to all the competitors and special thanks to the race organizers with the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club, volunteers, and the race host, the Blockade Runner Beach Resort.

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Special congrats to the Under 17 winners in the Surf to Sound, Anna Blackburn and Caleb Clark. And the Under 17 Female winner in the Harbor Island, Jenna Blackburn. Way to go!

Surf to Sound Challenge

DIVISION: 6.5 MILE SUP 12’6

  1. CHIAPPERINO, QUINTIN 1:06:41.6 5.85 M 18
  2. ZILG, APRIL 1:11:48.6 5.43 F 29
  3. CLARK, CALEB 1:12:41.0 5.37 M 14
  4. SHIDELER, STEPHANIE 1:13:31.1 5.30 F 40
  5. PIERCE, ED 1:15:26.2 5.17 M 61
  6. LATHAN, WILL 1:16:16.7 5.11 M 39
  7. CLARK, ADAM 1:16:35.1 5.09 M 44
  8. FINLAY, TRACEY 1:16:58.6 5.07 F 50
  9. ANDERSON, ANDY 1:17:10.5 5.05 M 36
  10. MACINDOE, NEIL 1:20:14.5 4.86 M 46
  11. BLACKBURN, ANNA 1:20:40.1 4.83 F 16
  12. YURCHENKO, ANYA 1:21:06.0 4.81 F 35
  13. STACK, SEAN 1:21:28.6 4.79 M 16
  14. SIMMONS, AL 1:21:47.5 4.77 M 68
  15. PENNEBAKER, GORDON 1:29:53.4 4.34 M 48
  16. BYRNES, TERESA 1:58:05.2 3.30 F 48

DIVISION: 6.5 MILE SUP 14′

  1. BUDAY, TOMMY 1:01:46.2 6.31 M 39
  2. CAIN, LARRY 1:02:40.5 6.22 M 52
  3. BEAUCHESNE SEVIGNY, GAB 1:03:41.2 6.12 M 30
  4. TAVARES, MICHAEL 1:04:44.1 6.02 M 32
  5. RHODES, KEVIN 1:05:02.6 6.00 M 49
  6. STRINGER, CHRIS 1:06:36.3 5.86 M 51
  7. BUDAY, ATTILA 1:06:42.2 5.85 M 41
  8. SCHAAY, JUSTIN 1:06:45.5 5.84 M 47
  9. SKEOCH, ANDREW 1:07:02.2 5.82 M 43
  10. MILLER, BILLY 1:07:37.1 5.77 M 30
  11. COOK, JEFF 1:07:54.4 5.74 M 38
  12. VAN ELSLANDER, BRANDON 1:08:14.5 5.72 M 38
  13. SMITH, TERRY 1:10:00.9 5.57 M 42
  14. BLACKBURN, BARRY 1:10:03.2 5.57 M 42
  15. CURTIS, COREY 1:10:43.9 5.51 M 30
  16. STOLP, WESLEY 1:11:09.1 5.48 M 38
  17. NETSCH, ROBERT 1:11:14.8 5.47 M 51
  18. LEW, GREG 1:11:59.5 5.42 M 46
  19. YOUNG, DAVID 1:12:01.3 5.42 M 52
  20. PENLAND, JAMIE 1:13:42.3 5.29 M 38
  21. TAWASTSTJERNA, GANDER 1:13:55.5 5.28 M 55
  22. HILL, MIKE 1:14:28.3 5.24 M 38
  23. LIGHTBOUND, CHRIS 1:15:13.3 5.19 M 60
  24. MARTIN, CHRIS 1:16:44.9 5.08 M 35
  25. SUMNER, MARK 1:17:10.3 5.05 M 31
  26. WIDMER, DAVID 1:18:47.0 4.95 M 48
  27. WARD, ERNIE 1:22:31.6 4.73 M 48
  28. MACDONELL, WINSOR 1:22:58.1 4.70 M 49
  29. KRALIK, DAVID 1:27:33.0 4.45 M 46
  30. NELSON, BOBBY 1:31:19.7 4.27 M 59
  31. WEIGAND, KURT 1:32:27.8 4.22 M 41

DIVISION: 6.5 MILE SUP UNLIMITED

  1. WALKSALOT, RUNSLO 1:08:37.7 5.68 M 44
  2. ARNOT, BOB 1:15:44.6 5.15 M 67
  3. EUDY, STEVE 1:26:38.2 4.50 M 37

DIVISION: 6.5 MILE PRONE STOCK

  1. RATLEY, WARREN 1:15:10.5 5.19 M 52
  2. NELSON, MARK 1:17:31.4 5.03 M 32
  3. SCHUCK, STUART 1:19:22.8 4.91 M 51
  4. BEAUSANG, JOHN 1:24:41.5 4.61 M 45
  5. JENKINS, TRAVIS 1:58:25.4 3.29 M 33

DIVISION: 6.5 MILE PRONE 14′

  1. 85 FROGGE, HEATHER 1:32:01.4 4.24 F 34
  2. SANGMEISTER, ABBEY 1:55:54.8 3.36 F 34

DIVISION: 6.5 MILE PRONE UNLIMITED

  1. HERZOG, ANDREW 1:26:50.6 4.49 M 52

Harbor Island

DIVISION: 4 MILE SUP UNDER 12’6

  1. RYAN, MARK 52:40.5 4.56 M 51
  2. ROTTMAN, GARY 58:29.9 4.10 M 49
  3. PETERS, MICHAEL 58:45.0 4.09 M 10
  4. SQUIRES, JOELLE 1:00:56.8 3.94 F 20
  5. ROSS, BRYAN 1:02:09.8 3.86 M 47
  6. HAMILTON, ROBERT 1:02:22.0 3.85 M 59
  7. SHELDON, KRISTEN 1:04:43.5 3.71 F 44
  8. RUSSOTTO, ADAM 1:05:33.1 3.66 M 20
  9. KRUL, NATALIE 1:19:00.1 3.04 F 30
  10. LIGHTBOUND, LIZ 1:21:51.2 2.93 F 57

DIVISION: 4 MILE SUP 12’6

  1. BOWDEN, STEVE 46:32.0 5.16 M 42
  2. SUTTON, MIRIAM 47:00.7 5.11 F 58
  3. HOGAN, DANA 47:09.0 5.09 M 63
  4. BUNTING, JEANNA 47:19.8 5.07 F 34
  5. GISMONDI, JULIETT 47:23.0 5.07 F 30
  6. MOIR, JAMIE 47:34.3 5.05 F 23
  7. BLACKBURN, JENNA 47:42.5 5.03 F 13
  8. NACY, CHRISTOPHER 47:54.9 5.01 M 52
  9. NICHOLSON, DAVID 47:59.6 5.00 M 54
  10. PEDERSEN, KIM 48:09.5 4.98 F 34
  11. RICHARDSON, KARA 49:08.8 4.88 F 25
  12. HARRIS, LOUANNE 49:24.6 4.86 F 28
  13. WARD, LAURA 51:47.0 4.63 F 47
  14. CLEVELAND, LARRY 53:00.1 4.53 M 57
  15. PETERS, ROBERT 53:15.3 4.51 M 12
  16. VORSTEVELD, NATALIE 54:26.3 4.41 F 22
  17. CARTER, CAMPBELL 55:20.4 4.34 M 10
  18. SNYDER, MICHAEL 55:42.4 4.31 M 67
  19. M TANNER, KEVIN 56:09.0 4.27 M 55
  20. SAULSBURY, CHARMAINE 56:41.9 4.23 F 55
  21. LONG, TUGGIN 57:10.2 4.20 M 33
  22. GIBSON, GREG 57:27.9 4.18 M 55
  23. QUARLES, GREYSON 57:39.6 4.16 M 74
  24. FOX, MIKE 58:21.2 4.11 M 56
  25. BAIN, CRISTY 58:40.5 4.09 F 40
  26. MACDONELL, ERIN 58:45.3 4.09 F 49
  27. CLARK, IAN 58:46.6 4.08 M 12
  28. PETERS, APRIL 58:58.3 4.07 F 46
  29. LEIMER, HEATHER 1:00:15.2 3.98 F 41
  30. PEARSON, JOHN 1:03:29.0 3.78 M 37
  31. SWANGER, HOLLY 1:03:40.6 3.77 F 29
  32. HALL, CAROL 1:15:01.1 3.20 F 62

DIVISION: 4 MILE SUP 14′

  1. PHILLIPS, STEVE 40:39.8 5.90 M 53
  2. DEES, STEPHEN 41:29.0 5.79 M 35
  3. CAPPS, STEVE 42:22.2 5.66 M 54
  4. NACY, MATTHEW 42:47.3 5.61 M 52
  5. WELLS, ROCK 43:22.8 5.53 M 30
  6. HOGSTON, CHAD 45:57.2 5.22 M
  7. JOHNSON, TAYLOR 46:14.5 5.19 M 23
  8. MORGAN, SCOTT 46:24.2 5.17 M 47
  9. BURNET, ALEX 46:43.6 5.14 M 31
  10. ROBINSON, MARK 47:25.5 5.06 M 42
  11. CROWELL, JAMES 47:35.4 5.04 M 49
  12. VALACH, MICHAEL 47:47.5 5.02 M 53
  13. PETERS, HARDY 48:44.2 4.92 M 47
  14. LANIER, TRIPP 48:55.0 4.91 M 42
  15. VORSTEVELD, ADAM 48:59.4 4.90 M 21
  16. RUSH, BUDDY 50:03.5 4.80 M 43
  17. NEBEL, ARTHUR 52:09.3 4.60 M 52
  18. RUSSOTTO, DAVID 53:39.9 4.47 M 53
  19. NEBEL, ALLISON 53:51.4 4.46 F 57
  20. BURTNETT, TIM 54:00.2 4.44 M 52
  21. BLAKE, WENDY 56:34.6 4.24 F 48
  22. COOPER, SCOTT 57:05.2 4.20 M 51
  23. SPIEGLER, SARAH 57:30.1 4.17 F 31
  24. CARTER, ERIC 57:49.8 4.15 M 44
  25. LEE, BRIAN 58:17.7 4.12 M 40
  26. MCGEE, JIMMY 1:08:58.0 3.48 M 40
  27. BELK, AUTUMN 1:09:28.0 3.45 F 36

Flatwater Championships

DIVISION: 9 MILE SUP 12’6

  1. ZILG, APRIL 1:11:37.1 F 29
  2. SHIDELER, STEPHANIE 1:16:20.2 F 40
  3. FINLAY, TRACEY 1:20:01.3 F 50
  4. SIMMONS, AL 1:23:58.2 M 68
  5. GISMONDI, JULIETA 1:26:07.4 F 30
  6. SUTTON, MIRIAM 1:29:32.2 F 58
  7. LATA, JOSETTE 1:35:59.4 F 45
  8. SANGMEISTER, ABBEY 1:54:17.6 F 34
  9. BLOCK, ROBERT 1:55:59.1 M 32
  10. SCHMIDT, HEIDI 2:16:18.9 F 31

DIVISION: 9 MILE SUP 14′ 

  1. BEAUCHESNE SEVIGNY, GAB 1:03:42.9 5.65 M 30
  2. CAIN, LARRY 1:03:46.3 5.65 M 52
  3. BUDAY, TOMMY 1:03:52.2 5.64 M 39
  4. MILLER, BILLY 1:07:03.9 5.37 M 30
  5. STRINGER, CHRIS 1:07:04.6 5.37 M 51
  6. BUDAY, ATTILA 1:07:04.9 5.37 M 41
  7. SKEOCH, ANDREW 1:07:29.1 5.33 M 43
  8. MACINDOE, NEIL 1:11:46.6 5.02 M 47
  9. TAWASTSTJERNA, GANDER 1:12:15.9 4.98 M 55
  10. OKINSKY, EDDY 1:12:53.5 4.94 M 51
  11. VAN ELSLANDER, BRANDON 1:13:33.5 4.89 M 38
  12. SUMNER, MARK 1:20:01.8 4.50 M 31
  13. WIDMER, DAVID 1:20:44.1 4.46 M 48
  14. YURCHENKO, ANYA 1:25:30.0 4.21 F 35
  15. KRALIK, DAVID 1:34:02.1 3.83 M 46
  16. DIEFFENBAUCH, CHRIS 1:38:16.6 3.66 M 46
  17. ARRIS, LOUANNE 1:40:07.9 3.60 F 28
  18. WILLETTS, STEVE 2:07:40.6 2.82 M 55

DIVISION: 9 MILE SUP UNLIMITED

  1. WALKSALOT, RUNSLO 1:05:25.4 M 44
  2. DANGER, DR 1:20:41.1 M 41

DIVISION: 9MILE PRONE UNLIMITED

  1. HERZOG, ANDREW 1:24:20.3 4.27 M 52
  2. GODWIN, FRANK 1:26:04.5 4.18 M 54
  3. FROGGE, HEATHER 1:41:40.2 3.54 M 34

DIVISION: 9 MILE OC-1

  1. ROWE, ERIC 1:15:55.8 4.74 M 42
  2. CURTIS, COREY 1:24:55.1 4.24 M 30
  3. SCHELL, LISA 1:33:58.4 3.83 F 52

For more information, go to the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club Website. Please wait until the final results are up on Paddle Guru to send errors and corrections and send them directly to the event and event directors.

 

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