If you missed this year's Tahoe SUP Fest "Race the Lake of the Sky" you missed out!
The beach at Lakeview Commons in Tahoe South was alive with participants, spectators, and vendors. This is such an amazing event for Tahoe to host and a great way for us to show off our lake and all we have to offer on a national level. Pro Paddle Boarders come to our gorgeous location to compete in a variety of events, including a 14 mile race to Emerald Bay and back. This year's winner Thomas Maximus of San Clemente, CA came in with a blazing fast time of 2 hours 22 minutes and 15 seconds!
This two day event is SO family friendly! All day long there is music, races to watch and paddle boards to demo for free. The lake was FILLED with kids swimming, playing and competing themselves in events like the GROM 4 Person Relay! There is a beer garden for adults and super fun competitions in between the races like the "Best Sweet Move" where kids battled it out for who could hula-hoop the longest on a stand up paddle board. When the kids were tired of the water, they could head over to Drew Brophy's Art Grotto to escape the sun and draw inspiration from his surf lifestyle art.
The expo was packed with spectators all day and included booths from Maui Jim, 404, Zeale Optics, Sweet Waterwear and more. Included in the national brands that set up at the expo, there were a handful of local tahoe companies and I was thrilled to see some Tahoe South representation. Tahoe's favorite home grown bar Tahoe Trail Bar was on site. Locals and Tahoe Trail Bar owners Wes and Nicole were on site to hand out samples of Tahoe Trail Bars. They recently debuted the same bar we've all grown to love in all new packaging and had some awesome trucker hats and tees for sale.
Lauren Payne of Mountain Aloha Massage was also on site to deliver some much needed massage relief to participants and spectators who were worn out from the weekend's activities.
If you regret skipping this amazing event, you can keep up to date on news for next summer via Race the Lake of the Sky's website, facebook, twitter, or instagram. This event showcases our town and lake on a national level and despite the fact that I am not a stand up paddle boarder, I still think it's a blast to attend!
Lauren is one of our regular blog contributors. Read about her crazy fun adventures as a passionate photographer, athlete and traveler on her personal blog.