Surfers ride Lake Tahoe’s waves ahead of winter storm (video) |

Surfers ride Lake Tahoe’s waves ahead of winter storm (video)

Surfers catch some waves on Lake Tahoe on Wednesday, Jan. 24.
Courtesy of Peter Spain Photography

Brisk wind provided good conditions for surfers on Lake Tahoe, who took advantage of an incoming storm on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 24, to catch a few waves.

The National Weather Service Office in Reno said the wind on Big Blue exceeded 20 mph on Wednesday, which drew the attention of surfers looking to take advantage of the conditions.

Community members around the lake captured photos and video the surfers.

A slow-motion video from Peter Spain Photography showed several surfers riding the waves on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.

Surf was up today , and a powder day tomorrow, only in Tahoe! A few shots from around Tahoe’s N Shore today (HD) The Weather Channel KRON 4 News KCRA 3 KTVN Channel 2 News KTVU Fox 2

Posted by Peter Spain Photography on Wednesday, January 24, 2018


Footage from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office captured how strong the waves were for boats as well. There were 5- to 6-foot swells on Wednesday, according to the sheriff’s office.

There’s definitely no calm before this incoming storm! PCSO’s Marine 6 crew is on Lake Tahoe today, and they are experiencing sustained 40-knot winds and 5- to 6-foot swells. One gust was just clocked at 75 knots! But the crew said that Marine 6 is well within its capabilities under these stormy conditions. Anyone heading to the Lake Tahoe area should be prepared for the storm and carry tire chains, food, and water. Be safe!

Posted by Placer County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, January 24, 2018


A southwest wind will continue into Wednesday evening with gusts as strong as 35 mph.

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