Sea Of Pink In Miami As Stand Up For The Cure Begins To Expand

Stand Up For The Cure stand up paddle event MiamiOn Saturday I had the good fortune of being in Miami for Stand Up For The Cure, an annual charity SUP event that’s raised over $300,000 (and will soon be raising a lot more) to support the Susan G. Komen foundation’s fight against breast cancer.

Hundreds of paddlers, from total beginners to experienced athletes, showed up at the Miami Yacht Club to support and promote a good cause. The concept is fairly straightforward: You register, pay $30 or $40, get a pink shirt and go for a paddle.

The local SUP community turned out in force, Zane Schweitzer, Brennan Rose, Thomas Maximus and Oahu’s surfing supremo, Kala Alexander, were all there to lend support, while Riviera Paddlesurf offered an endless selection of boards if you didn’t have your own.   → READ MORE

Another Big Race Up At Tahoe…

Tahoe Cup Donner Lake raceNo matter how many times I post about a race in Lake Tahoe that attracted hundreds of competitors, I’m always surprised to see just how many paddlers this region supports. Maybe because it’s miles from the ocean, maybe because it’s way up in the sky, maybe because you’ve probably never heard of the place unless you live in the States (or really love skiing). I’m not really sure why, but for some bizarre reason I’m always surprised. In a good way. Because no matter how you look at it, Lake Tahoe truly is a paddling mecca…

The Lake showed its true colours again on the weekend, when over 150 paddlers hit Donner Lake (technically not Lake Tahoe, but close enough) for the unofficial season opener, the O’Neill Tahoe Cup Donner Lake race. On a perfect day for paddling – warm weather, sunny skies and a windless, glassy lake – racers hit the water at 9am for the start of the 5 miler (8 kms).   → READ MORE