WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC – The seven-day weather forecast for the 7th annual Surf to Sound Challenge is excellent with temperatures expected in the mid-70s, sunny to partly cloudy skies, and winds under 10-mph.


Canadian Sports Hall of Fame inductee and Olympic Gold medalist Larry Cain will pursue his 5th men’s championship in the elite 6.5-mile Surf to Sound Challenge. Cain just captured his fourth-straight title on Oct. 28 at Chattajack-31, one of the world’s most difficult endurance races on the Tennessee River.


“The race this year will be tough,” said Cain. “Chattajack’s 31-mile race is one week before Surf to Sound instead of two weeks. I’ll only have a week to recover rather than the usual two. It will be a challenge, but it’s a challenge that I always look forward to.”



North Carolina’s only world-ranked standup paddler, April Zilg, will pursue her 3rd consecutive Surf to Sound Challenge title. Zilg is ranked 11th on the global Top-50 Women index by SUP Racer, and is from Wilmington.


Surf to Sound Challenge is a family weekend of paddle races designed to include all skill levels, paddle clinics, vendor displays, and product trials. Spectators are welcome to view the races on the beach and sound.


Robert B Butler