Paddle competitions kick off with Donner Lake race Saturday
If you go
What: Donner Lake Race
When: 9 a.m. May 25
Where: Donner Lake
For more information: tahoecup.org
What: Wednesday night races at the South Shore
When: Starts May 29, registration at 5:30 p.m., race at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Lakeview Commons, South Lake Tahoe
For more information: southtahoestanduppaddle.com
Paddlers from all over the state will compete in the 5-mile Donner Lake race this Saturday. The event, now in its third year, marks the start of the competition season, during which dozens of races are held throughout the region.
Lake Tahoe is home to numerous paddleboard events, including weekly and annual races that attract both locals and national competitors.
The O’Neill Tahoe SUP & Paddleboard Race Series was started in 2011 and consists of a series of three races held throughout the summer. The Donner Lake race is followed by the 6-mile Jam from the Dam on July 13 and then the Tahoe Fall Classic, a 22-mile transit of Lake Tahoe, Sept. 15.
Weekly Wednesday night races return to Lakeview Commons in South Lake Tahoe on May 29. The races are hosted by South Tahoe Standup Paddle and cost $20 to enter. Registration includes dinner, swag and trophies for the winners of each category. Board rentals are available for $15 and beginners can sign up for a mini-lesson before the race.