Stand Up Paddleboarding… Hopefully you’ve heard of the latest trend in water sports. Maybe a friend told you about it – a new water activity that combines kayaking and surfing. Or, maybe you’ve seen it- while sitting on the beach and looking out onto the lake. You were intrigued by someone gracefully balancing on what looks like an over-sized surfboard, paddling the waters. If this is you, and you haven’t already joined the paddleboard movement, now’s the time! Standup paddleboarding (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 every muscle as you trim and tone. And, there’s no better place to paddleboard than the beautiful clear blue water of Lake Tahoe, where you can paddle by magnificent granite boulders, peer at fish swimming at the bottom of the lake, and observe breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains.
Here’s a guide to stand-up paddleboarding in the Lake Tahoe area to help you become a SUP-er in no time!
Rentals, Sales, Lessons, Tours:
Whether this is your first time testing the waters, or you are an experienced pro, paddleboarding is a great way to get on the water and experience Lake Tahoe. There is no shortage of companies for rentals, sales, lessons and tours throughout the area. Get out there and find out why Lake Tahoe is considered the largest, most beautiful flat water paddle venue in the country!
Adrift Tahoe – Kings Beach, North Lake Tahoe (530) 546-4112
Tahoe Paddle & Oar – Kings Beach, North Lake Tahoe (530) 581-3029
Tahoe Adventure Company – Tahoe Vista, North Lake Tahoe (530) 913-9212
Tahoe Eco Sports – Kings Beach, North Lake Tahoe (530) 546-2780
Tahoe City Kayak- Tahoe City, North Lake Tahoe (530) 581-4336
Watermans Landing – Carnelian Bay, North Lake Tahoe (530) 546-3590
South Tahoe Standup Paddle - El Dorado Beach, South Lake Tahoe (530) 416-4829
SUP Tahoe – Emerald Bay, South Lake Tahoe (530) 544- SUPS (7877)
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 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.