Feel like beating down winter with big stick? Get er’ done January 15th during Coastal Urge’s Third Annual Cold Stroke Classic in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina (SUP mag is an official sponsor). With 2 divisions, paddlers can opt to do the 3.5 mile Recreational course or the 7 mile Elite course. The Blockade-Runner Beach Resort is the start and finish for both divisions. All paddling for the race will be on the Intracoastal Waterway. Racers will have on-the-water assistance from the Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary and SeaTow as they go after 2,500 in prize money and $5,000 in prizes. All proceeds will benefit SUP Cleanup.

Join organizers in the evening at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort banquet room where Chef Mark Lawson will cook up high-end grub. Then sit back and relax with a special presentation by Dan Gavere. Gavere will share a SUP movie and answer questions on his multidiscipline SUP lifestyle. Live entertainment will unwind everyone after a long day on the water. After dinner the awards ceremony kicks off. Kaliwali on Fire will perform during closing ceremonies. For registration, accommodation, and more details, visit www.coldstrokeclassic.com.