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Stand up Paddleboarding at Lake Tahoe

Stand Up PaddleboardingStand Up Paddleboarding… Maybe you’ve heard of it- a friend told you about a new water activity that combines kayaking and surfing. Or maybe you’ve seen it- sitting on the beach, looking out onto the lake, you were intrigued by someone balancing on what looks like an over-sized surfboard, paddling the waters. If this is you, and you haven’t already joined the paddle-board movement, now’s the time! Standup Paddle Boarding (also known as SUP) is the fastest growing water sport in the nation… it’s easy to learn, fun for all ages, and proves a great, unique way to enjoy and explore the water! The sport can be a serene experience as you glide through the water taking in the scenery, or it can be as physically challenging as you want, working out every muscle as you trim and tone. And, there’s no better place to Stand Up Paddleboard than the beautiful blue water of Lake Tahoe, where you can paddle by magnificent granite boulders, peer into the clear depths of the lake, and observe breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains.

Here’s a guide to Stand Up Paddleboarding in the Tahoe area- have a SUP-er time!

Rentals, Sales, Lessons, Tours:

Whether this is your first time testing the waters, or you are an experienced pro, Stand Up Paddleboarding is a great way to get on the water and experience Tahoe. There is no shortage of companies for rentals, sales, lessons, and tours throughout the area… so there’s no excuse- Get out there and find out why Lake Tahoe is considered the largest, most beautiful flat water paddle venue in the country!

EVENTS:

As you may have noticed, people are practically living on paddleboards. They take their dogs and kids on them. They do yoga on them. Personal trainers use them to help clients balance and develop core strength. And, of course, people compete on them. Along with Hawaii, Lake Tahoe is known as an originator of the sport, hosting two of the country’s largest paddling events, Ta-Hoe Nau and the Tahoe Fall Classic. These events are “shore” to be a great time for both competitors and spectators.

Ta-Hoe Nalu, Aug. 15-17 in Kings Beach, North Lake Tahoe, is the longest running and largest SUP and Paddleboard race event in the United States. This family friendly event features distance and beginner races, a live concert, sand castle building contests, and more than $10,000 in cash and prizes. The interactive event also invites attendees to participate in workshops, dine at the full-service food and beverage court and enjoy Saturday’s opening ceremonies featuring Polynesian dancers from Halau Hula ‘O Leilani at 7:30 a.m. Registration opens at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15 and racing begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Sunday’s five-mile race kicks off at 9 a.m. and the weekend wraps up at 4 p.m. with closing ceremonies.

The Tahoe Fall Classic, Sept 13-14, is the third and final race in the Tahoe Cup race series, present by O’Neill and hosted by the Lake Tahoe Paddleboard Association (LTPA). This prone paddle race is a 22-mile, point-to-point race from El Dorado Beach in South Lake Tahoe to Kings Beach State Beach. It is the longest inland distance paddleboard race in the world and is expected to draw hundreds of competitors from all over the country. SUP demos are provided throughout the weekend compliments of SURFTECH and lunch is provided by Men Wielding Fire. Registration is now open at www.tahoecup.org and a $300 cash purse is awarded to the first paddler to finish.

For more information visit GoTahoeNorth.com.

SUMMER AT SPARKS MARINA

Summer is in full swing in Reno Tahoe- the sun’s beaming, the temperature’s blazing, and every day is full of activities to undertake, events to attend, and good times to be had. At the Sparks Marina, all the same rings true! With walking paths, trees, and sandy beaches surrounding a 77-acre lake, the Sparks Marina is a wonderful place for a sunny-day outing and a must-add to your summer to-do list. Better yet, the Marina is conveniently located in the heart of Sparks, right off Interstate 80 and next to Legends Outlet Mall… just a few miles from downtown Reno!

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The Marina contains an estimated 1 billion gallons of water with a naturally occurring aquifer that replenishes the lake with 2 to 3 million gallons of fresh water daily. All this water is put to good use with an assortment of recreational activities offered.

Water activities include:

  • Windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Scuba diving
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Kayaking
  • Paddle boarding

Furthermore, the marina contains an array of additional activities and facilities. Whether you want to host a large family picnic, throw a friend a birthday party, take the kids swimming, visit the dog park with your pup, stroll the quaint path around the lake, or just relax and soak up some rays, you can do all of this and more at the marina.

Amenities Include:

  • Beaches (2)sparks marina bench
  • Picnic areas
  • Fishing pier
  • 2-mile walking path
  • Volleyball courts
  • Playgrounds
  • Concession Stand
  • Restrooms
  • Canopies (2)
  • Dog Park

Click here for directions and more information on the Sparks Marina.

24-Hour Wakesurf World Record Attempt

_DSC0327To kickoff the highly-anticipated Live Main Event portion of its MyWake Global Challenge presented by Polaroid Action, Tigé has partnered with Day 1 Wake team rider Trevor Miller to attempt to become the first-ever athlete to successfully complete 24 consecutive hours of wakesurfing. The record setting attempt, to be certified by Guinness World Records, will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. at Sparks Marina in Sparks, NV. Spectators are encouraged to attend and witness the amazing feat, admission is free and open to the public.

Having spent the past five months training for the record setting attempt, Miller, a professional wakesurfer, will have technology on his side in addition to his natural skill set. Towing Miller for the entirety of the record attempt will be Tigé’s Z3 boat. With a wake specifically designed for progressive wakesurfing, Miller will have the luxury of going for the record behind one of the sport’s most capable boats.

To achieve the Marathon Wakesurf record, Miller must successfully ride for at least 24 hours straight. In accordance with the Guinness rules, he accumulates five minutes of break time for every full hour of riding completed. Falls are permitted, but riding must be resumed as normal with no delaying to give him a break.

For more information about the Tigé MyWake Global Challenge, including rules, regulations and entry, visit www.mywake.com.

The Great Tahoe Sternwheeler Race!

The Great Sternwheeler RaceThe Lake Tahoe area is full of fun, unique traditions, but my favorite may be the Great Sternwheeler Race. This year will be the 21st annual ‘paddle battles,’ and like most Tahoe residents I can’t wait.

There has always been a sort of friendly rivalry between the California and Nevada citizens who each feel an equal amount of pride and ownership of our beautiful lake, and that competition is given form each year when these two giant crafts fight for supremacy.

California’s Tahoe Queen and Nevada’s MS Dixie II will push off from their respective harbors on August 31st and work their way around the shoreline, six miles back to their starting point. Passengers often dress in 19th century period costume and the ships themselves are decked out in their finest.

Tahoe QueenThis proper sternwheeler race is the only one of its kind west of the Mississippi, and the winner is awarded the Korbel Cup. In past years the loser has been presented with the Barton bedpan, another Tahoe tradition. This is to point out to them that they would have been better off staying in bed, and unfortunately for the California supporters, it has been the Tahoe Queen for 12 of the 20 races run so far.

Both boats board at 10am and passengers are offered a delightful brunch. They push off at 10:30 and the race itself begins at 11am. It usually lasts about an hour and a half. This year tickets will cost $25 for adults and $13 for children, plus $10 for parking at the marina if necessary.

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Tristan Roberts is a native of South Lake Tahoe who can’t quite help but root for the Tahoe Queen. He currently sells lakefront real estate in the Tahoe area

QUIKSILVER TA-HOE NALU PADDLE FESTIVAL

Sierra Nevada companies team up to give away iconic Lake-themed paddleboard

The Quiksilver Ta-Hoe Nalu Paddle Festival presented by Nature’s Bakery hits the crystalline waters of North Lake Tahoe Aug. 9-11 in Kings Beach. As the nation’s oldest paddle festival located in North Lake Tahoe, this family friendly event features distance and beginner races, a live concert from Mama’s Cookin’, sand castle building contests, and more than $10,000 in cash and prizes, as well as an attempt to set the world record for the most people doing yoga on a stand up paddleboard (SUP).

The 2013 Quiksilver Ta-Hoe Nalu Paddle Festival presented by Nature’s Bakery takes place at Kings Beach State Park in Kings Beach, Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11.

TahoeSUP - photo cred Lorne BuckAs the fastest growing water sport in the world, thousands are expected to attend the annual event – and have a chance to win an amazing event giveaway package that includes a semi-custom designed “Wet Woody” paddleboard ($2,200 Value) from Lakeshore Paddleboard Company, Quiksilver Waterman Collection Gear package ($600 Value), and a Nature’s Bakery snack/swag pack.

In addition to an amazing event giveaway, Nevada-based presenting sponsor, Nature’s Bakery, will be handing out delicious samples of their All-Natural, Kosher, Non-GMO, Cholesterol-free, Dairy-Free Fig Bars to participants and spectators during the event.

With help from local company Aviso, the renowned Lakeshore Paddleboard Company designed, built and donated the “Wet Woody,” a SUP named after the iconic Wet Woody, a famous drink at North Lake Tahoe restaurant, Gar Woods, which acts as a shine of sorts to the famed Gar Wood boat featuring a stunning wooden exterior and massive engine that powered speed boats across Lake Tahoe from the 1920s through the 1940s. The board is uniquely constructed with a hollow core, which makes it only 22 lbs. Gar Woods are now among the most coveted classic boats in the world and can still be seen along the shores of the Alpine Lake, inspiring the sleek, cutting design of Lakeshore’s SUP.

“Being locals to the Reno-Tahoe area, we have innovated and created specific designs for the flat-water lifestyle,” said Sean Adlao, president and CEO of Lakeshore Paddleboard Company. “We are very proud to support the local Ta-hoe Nalu event and help spread the enjoyment of the fastest growing water sport in the world.”

Attendees can visit Nature’s Bakery at the Quiksilver Ta-Hoe Nalu Paddle Festival for a chance to win the “Wet Woody,” enjoy some free fig bars and capture some memories at the Instagram photo booth.  In addition, participants who take a photo with Nature’s Bakery products using the hashtag #paddlejourney, get a chance to win Nature’s Bakery gear.

While you’re in North Lake Tahoe, be sure to check out the Concours d’Elegance Wooden Boat Show, Celebrating its 40th anniversary, it’s one of the most prestigious wooden boat shows in North America.

For a full event schedule and more information, visit www.tahoenalu.com.

A Safe Summer on Lake Tahoe

Here we are!  Spring has finished thawing into Summer and the long nights of winter are so far away that they are the last thing on our minds right now.  With the sun gearing up to go full power, we’re all looking forward to cooling off the all-natural way, by taking a dip in the lake.

Before you take that dive though, it’s important to make sure that however you plan on spending a day at the lake, that you come back safe and sound from doing so.  Because the best vacations are the ones you can take again!

Dress for the occasion

Make sure you have the right clothing and gear when you step outside.  Light clothing that covers your skin but also lets you breath, hats and sunglasses to keep the sunlight out of your eyes, and sunscreen to protect yourself from the effects of long-term sun exposure.

The sun is a great friend, but stick around him too long and that sunburn will have you regretting the day you too first met.  Even if you’re going to be swimming, put on some waterproof sunblock, as sunburns are possible even in the water.

Know the rules

Whether you’re going to be swimming, paddling a kayak, or riding in a boat, make sure you are informed about the rules of the water.  Nothing ruins a good time like a surprise fine that could easily have been avoided.

Don’t look at any set of rules and regulation as annoying little guidelines.  They exist for the purpose of keeping everyone safe.  Knowing the areas for boating, swimming and other activities will help keep an unfortunate incident from happening.

Bring your friend(s)

One of the best ways to keep safe is to have a buddy tag along that will look out for you, the same way that you would look out for them.  Even the most experienced swimmers can have an accident, and one bad wave on the water and a bad landing might mean you’re in trouble if nobody else is around to help you.

Bring your gear

If you’re taking a boat out onto the water, or any other kind of watercraft, make sure to bring along all of the required safety equipment.  Life vests, flares, horns, and any other federally or locally required equipment should be with you, and life vests should always be worn when out on the water.

Leave the booze on the shore

It’s no secret alcohol impairs judgment, and if you don’t think it does, well, put down that beer and let someone sober take the wheel.  The impaired judgment and decreased reaction times are a recipe for disaster, so just leave those ingredients out of that equation.

Situational awareness

Check out the weather conditions before you go.  People are often surprised by how windy it can get on the lake, and that surprise can cause some serious accidents, especially for people in light-watercraft such as kayaks.

Be aware of designated activity areas, and be aware of other people on the water.  Swimming into a lane for jet-skiing puts both you and the jet-skier at risk.

Get your fun on!

Don’t look at safety as a hassle, remember that rules are there to protect everyone, and by sticking to them you’ll not only have a great time out there, but you’ll live to enjoy it again!

Author:Tristan Roberts is a husband, father, and lake-lover who is lucky enough to live near the Lake Tahoe beaches. He works with CB Lake Tahoe selling beautiful lakefront real estate.

13 Reasons to Attend the 2013 Reno River Festival

For the River Fest fanatics to potential first-timers, here are 13 reasons this year’s 2013 Reno River Festival is going to be extra splash-tacular!

  1. Copy of Jason CraigReno River Festival is celebrating their 10th anniversary at the Truckee River Whitewater Park
  2. The event is back to its original weekend to take advantage of spring runoff – big rapids are rolling through
  3. All of the events’ whitewater competitions are happening, pitting some of the world’s top kayakers against each other for top honors, and top prize money, in freestyle, slalom, boatercross and SUP events
  4. Daily yoga in the park
  5. Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with a fun day for all
  6. Weekend temps are predicted to be in the 80s
  7. Food, drink and top industry vendors will be selling their best in an outdoor expo
  8. Children’s play area – keep kids entertained while parents soak up some sun.
  9. A dozen outdoor adventure clinics lead by Cabela’s experts
  10. 7 FREE concerts
  11. Some of the world’s top kayakers will be competing; national and international champions such as Eric Jackson, Adam Chapel, Courtney Kerin and Nick Troutman, as well as local favorites including Sage Donnelly, Jessica Yurtinas, Jason Craig and Colin Kemp.
  12. Zip Line across the Truckee River
  13. One of the toughest fields in the festival’s history

SATURDAY

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Buster Blue
1 – 2:30 p.m. –  Whitney Myer
3 – 4:30 p.m. – Mark Sexton Band
5 – 6:30 p.m. – Keyser Soze

SUNDAY

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Oddly Enough
1:30 – 3 p.m. – GrooveSession
3:30 – 5 p.m. – Jelly Bread

The Tahoe Taxi: North Lake Tahoe Water Shuttle

Dock hopping on the new North Lake Tahoe Water Shuttle will get you on the lake and to your favorite restaurants, shopping, bike trails, museums, parks, farmers markets and other recreational activities in minutes. The vessel carries 12 passengers, the crew and up to eight bikes.

Andrus_C RSCVA dock LRTry a vacation from your car – take public transit or ride your bike to one of the four beautiful docks. There will be TART and Night Rider services available for you to combine with the water shuttle experience to avoid parking and traffic hassles. Make it an experience while in North Lake Tahoe.

The pilot program includes a “paperless” reservation program, so please book ahead at www.NorthLakeTahoeWaterShuttle.com today. Service will begin August 3 through the end of September. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8:19 p.m. through August 26 and then the schedule will run through from 8 a.m. to 6:46 p.m. to coincide with daylight changes.

The Shuttle provides service to: West Shore Café, Tahoe City Marina, GarWoods Grill & Pier and the Tahoe Vista Recreation Area.  Rates start at $10 for adults, $7 for children up to 12 years old

Ticketing kiosks are available at some of the participating docks; seats are limited, so book ahead.

This taxi on water is a custom built Centurion 30’ vessel, with state-of-the-art design; manufactured and operated by Fine Line Industries.

Sparks Xtreme Beach Sports Festival

June 30-July 1

060212-215The Sparks Marina Park, is the location of the EVP Volleyball Tour and the UWP Watercross Tour, the first time these combined events will be visiting the west coast!

Both tours are the largest of their kind in the country with hundreds of All-American male and female athletes expected to compete.

Watch great beach pro volleyball action on the shore, and handle bar-to-handle bar race action on the lake.

Spectator admission is FREE to all events.

EVP Pro Beach Volleyball

Two-person teams compete for a $5,000 purse starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 30.

  • A clinic with EVP pros starts at 11 a.m.
  • Semi-final games start at 3:30 p.m.
  • The finals start at 5 p.m.

Grand Prix of Watercross

beach sports festivalMore than 200 watercraft teams from across the country vie for $10,000 in prizes from

10:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday June 30

9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday July 1

  • Pro Roundabout races are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday
  • Autograph sessions with the pros on Saturday and Sunday at 11:20 a.m., 11:50 a.m., 12:50 p.m. and 1:20 p.m.
  • Pro freestyle finals are at 12 p.m. Sunday

Food, beverages, entertainment

  • Food and beverages from several local vendors will be available

FREE Fishing Day in Nevada – June 9

Free fishing, free fishing pole, free hot dogs, and free ice cream at Kids Free Fishing Day at Sparks Marina, from 7am – 11am, June 9!

2532233942_3cf5d2a6fd_zIf you happened to read that list aloud, we can imagine there are little hands tugging on your arm, and little eyes lighting up with fish and ice cream, and you’re already thinking about where you stashed those water pants last winter…

The event is designed to teach children how to successfully participate in the art of angling. Over 1,800 fishing poles have been strung by volunteers for the event – everyone should have the opportunity to feel the rush of excitement when there’s a keeper on the line. Be sure to arrive early before they run out!

Free Fishing Day is statewide. The public is allowed to fish in any public fishing water in the state of Nevada without needing a fishing license or trout stamp as long as they follow regulations.

Are you hooked yet?

For more details visit http://www.ndow.org/about/news/pr/2012/June/Free_Fishing_Day.shtm.