Campbell Carter: SUP Racer on the Rise

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Standup Journal Team Rider Campbell Carter of North Carolina continues to be a growing force to be reckoned with within the SUP racing community.

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Staying out in front of the pack at the Olukai Country Boil in South Carolina this September.

Campbell Carter:  Digging in Hard

Campbell Carter is ready to take his game to the next level. This 16-year-old paddler from Wrightsville Beach, NC has been a stalwart member of the SUP racing circuit for years. He’s been steadily creeping his way into the lead pack at formidable races and this year, in 2021, he has begun to claim his fair share of hardware. By the time this young gun turns 18, he’s going to be a well known name and a force to be reckoned with, both locally and nationally.   Here comes Campbell…

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Campbell slides past a fishing trawler at the Over Under Biathlon 5k paddle/ 5k run in October. Photo by: Dave Allen

Campbell Carter Claims Multiple Wins in 2021

Campbell has been busy.  In June of 2021, he won 1st overall in the Men’s division on the 11-mile distance course at the Florida Cup (Treasure Island, FL). Then, in July, he dominated the course at the Bear Town Paddle Battle (New Bern, NC) and landed on top of the podium in 1st place again for the 7-mile course. August saw him claim another 1st place overall win at the Paddle for Troops (Surf City, NC) 6-mile course. He came in 2nd for the 17 & Under Downwinder division at The Gorge Paddle Challenge (Hood River, OR), one of the most competitive racing arenas in the country. The next day, he won 1st overall in his 17 & Under competitive class in Technical Racing.

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Campbell wins 1st Overall at the Paddle 4 Troops in August.

Just because school started, hasn’t slowed down Campbell’s trajectory for success either. In September, he took 2nd overall in the Men’s division at the Olukai Low Country Boil (Hilton Head, SC). Most recently, in October, he won 1st place overall in the Men’s division for the Over Under Biathlon (Surf City, NC) in a 5k paddle and 5k run course. Seems like he’s just warming up, right?

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Campbell charges the shore break at the Florida Cup in June 2021. Photo by: George Campbell

Next Up: Graveyard Course & APP Sprint Racing

On November 6 & 7th, Campbell will be on the start line in his hometown of Wrightsville Beach for both the 13-mile Graveyard distance race and 300m Surf Sprints at the highly anticipated 2021 Carolina Cup SUP racing weekend. He will be competing in the 17 & Under division on his 14′ x 21.5″ SIC RS with Black Project Hydroflex paddle. We expect to see him in the mix among the pros as he dominates this course in his own backyard. This year’s Carolina Cup is also a qualifier event for the 2022 APP World Tour.  We’re pretty sure Campbell has his eye on the prize.

Are we proud of him? You bet we are! Go get ’em, Campbell!  Charge hard. See you on the sand in Wrightsville. Looking forward to seeing this young charger unleash himself at a professional event in waters that he knows so well.


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Evelyn O'Doherty, editor & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0 is a former school teacher gone rogue. She left her career as a teacher in order to spend more time near or on the water after learning to surf turned her life around (upsidedown?). She is a year-round surfer and paddler living on the eastern tip of Long Island in NY who is a certified SUP instructor, seasoned SUP racer and avid longboard surfer. Evelyn was hired as Online Editor to Standup Journal in 2016. Her passion for the project quickly led to her success and eventually taking over the mag herself in Oct. 2018. Today, as editor, publisher and chief bottle washer at Standup Journal, Evelyn keeps her toes wet writing, traveling, paddling, surfing, and learning to foil. You can find her most days paddling out on Gardiner's Bay or surfing Ditch Plains in Montauk, NY.