May 29, 2018 2 translation missing: en.blogs.article.read_time
COMMUNITY WINS AT THE 2018 CRYSTAL KAI SUP CUP
By Charli Kerns
Women are the main focus of the Crystal Kai SUP Cup. Photo: Charli Kerns
The Crystal Kai Sup Cup may not be as big as North Carolina's signature race, the Quiksilver Waterman Carolina Cup. But with a mission to empower people, specifically women, to get on the water and push themselves, the fourth annual event may have proved to be as big in spirit.
"Most races have a higher purse for men, and I didn’t like it," David "DA" Avery, race producer, said. So, he collaborated with the Crystal Coast, North Carolina, community to create a female-branded, WPA-sanctioned event. Though grassroots and young, the Crystal Kai Sup Cup is beginning to command a presence in the sports scene, with this year boasting a total purse of $20,000. The $1,750 top prize, for both elite women and men, was enough to entice some bigger names to this year's event.
April Zilg placed top in the women’s 12’6″ long course event. Photo: Charli Kerns
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