Race The Lake of the Sky. Lake Tahoe, California. It’s the Feel Good Race Of The Summer and this year attracted hundreds of paddlers for a massive, grassroots celebration of the sport we love.
Saturday saw over 300 paddlers race in the El Dorado 5 miler while Sunday was the big one: The 14 mile Emerald Bay distance race, which featured more than 150 serious competitors.
To the surprise of nobody, Danny Ching swept the weekend, winning both the 5 and 14 mile races. The 404 front man was never seriously challenged in the 14 foot class, at one stage looking like he might even keep pace with the Unlimited leaders as well. Kai Lenny had been due to race, however he was a last minute withdrawal due to injury. Click through for the results… → READ MORE
No 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
Mr. Unlimited and Southern California SUP Racing Stalwart, Rob Rojas, has officially signed with the team at Riviera Paddlesurf.
Rojas joins fellow member of the Unlimited fan club, Thomas Maximus, as well as Chance Fielder and Mexi-Floridian Ryan Helm in what is becoming a pretty solid team down at Riviera HQ. With both Rojas and Maximus on the same team, the chances of some 1-2 finishes for Riviera is pretty strong: These two guys have led the push for the Unlimited board class in recent years and consistently trade line honours.
Though word is the Riviera crew have already had Rob testing some 12’6 and 14′ race boards. So now I’m not sure what’s more impressive; that Riviera signed Rob Rojas or that Riviera got Rob Rojas to paddle something other than an 18 footer. → READ MORE
Results are in from yesterday’s Tahoe Fall Classic, where Aussie Beau O’Brian took out the 22 miler to continue his solid pre-Battle form. Ben Sarrazin and Rob Rojas filled out the 14 foot podium while Gail Vento dominated the women’s race.
The Fall Classic was the third and final leg of the 2013 Tahoe Cup, following on from the Donner Lake and Jam From The Dam races.
Beau isn’t the most well known name here in the States, though everyone back home in Australia knows how strong the guy is. At 29 years of age, Beau is in his prime and, in my opinion, a very strong pick for the BOP podium (top 10) and a chance for the top 5. So keep your eye on Beau in a couple of weeks but for now click through to check out full results from Lake Tahoe… → READ MORE
Jay Wild has taken out the Jam From The Dam on Lake Tahoe, the second of three stops in the 2013 O’Neill Tahoe Cup Series. The Tahoe local was the first across the line in a race featuring 154 paddlers, highlighting once again that Tahoe is one of the leading hotspots for SUP racing.
Jay won ahead of Ben Sarrazin and Seth Springer, while Rob Rojas was 4th and America’s Cup winning skipper Jimmy Spithill finished 5th. Young gun Fiona Wylde was impressive in the women’s race, finishing two minutes clear of Jen Fuller and beating most of the men while she was at it. Click through for the full results… → READ MORE
Over 100 paddlers hit Lake Tahoe on Saturday for the first event of the 2013 O’Neill Tahoe Cup series, the Donner Lake SUP race.
It’s great to see so many paddlers out on the water so early in the Lake Tahoe racing season, with this is one part of the world fast becoming a hub of the sport. Rob Rojas claimed the men’s race while young gun Fiona Wylde cleaned up in the women’s division, which alone featured 40 competitors. Click through for full results and pics… → READ MORE
What a crazy weekend.. the 2012 Battle of the Paddle has come to a close, but competitors, spectators and fans will be talking about this event for months and years to come.
There were so many highlights and memorable moments. From Danny Ching reclaiming his crown, to Annabel Anderson announcing herself as the new women’s champion, to a bunch of stoked young groms charging like crazy. They call the Battle of the Paddle “Super Bowl of SUP” for a reason…
We’ll have a full weekend recap soon, but in the meantime relive the action with the complete results from the 2012 Battle of the Paddle… → READ MORE
Annabel Anderson and Rob Rojas have just won the 2012 SEA Paddle NYC Elite Race. That’s two wins in two years for both.
The race, now in it’s 5th year, is a 26.5 mile SUP marathon around the island of Manhattan, with proceeds going to the Surfers’ Environmental Alliance (SEA). Click through for the full race results and pics… → READ MORE
The Hobie & Hennessey’s U.S. Championships were held last Saturday @ Dana Point, with a whole bunch of international talent coming out to race.
Fernando Stalla won the 12’6″ class, while Brandi Baksic narrowly took out the women’s race ahead of Candice Appleby. In the battle of the 14 footers it was Ryan Helm who snatched the victory, just seconds ahead of Kody Kerbox and Slater Trout. Click through for full results… → READ MORE
Check out the action from Lake Tahoe on the weekend, which hosted the first of the 2012 O’Neill Tahoe Cup SUP Race Series events, the Donner Lake Memorial Paddle.
It was a super tight battle for victory in the men’s race, with Rob Rojas, Kody Kerbox and Jay Wild sharing the lead the whole race. Click through to see who won… → READ MORE
The 3rd Annual NAC Hovie SUP Festival took place today @ Newport Aquatic Center.
Over 100 paddlers took part in either the Elite Race or Open Race to make it one of the biggest stand up paddle races of the season.
Rob Rojas, Jim Terrell, Michael Murphy, Krisztina Zur and Suzy Strazzulla took out division wins. FULL RESULTS… → READ MORE