Father-son duo claim top spots at Waterman’s Memorial Race
Every father who has a son knows the moment will eventually arrive when his boy surpasses him in an athletic endeavor.
For Rand Carter that day came on May 26 at the Waterman’s Memorial Race, as son Trent, edged father for the day’s fastest time on a stand-up paddleboard.
“This is the first time he’s ever beaten me in a race, even though I have a faster, longer board,” said Rand Carter on his 16-year-old son.
“He trains with Jay Wild and he’s on his team, and he’s kind of pro this year, so I was surprised I was this close and had a chance to beat him.”
Still, the elder Carter was faster than the rest of the several dozen paddlers competing in the 6-mile race as the father-son duo took a one-two finish at the competition off of Carnelian Bay.
Rand Carter, 54, chose his 18-foot board for the race and finished with a time of 1 hour, 1.5 seconds; while his son paddled on a 14-foot craft and crossed the finish line with a time of 59:56.4. Rand Carter held the advantage on the straight sections of the course, but struggled making a 180-degree turn before the final home stretch. He would still take the first-place trophy out of the unlimited division.
“On the buoy turn way out there … he and I were side by side, and before I knew it, he was 50 feet ahead,” said Rand Carter.
Though temperatures for the race were in the 40s, along with light rain, the elder Carter still called the conditions some of the best he’s seen for a race.
“The water was perfect. There was hardly any boat wakes out there, it was prime paddling,” he said. “It’s usually too hot, I’m sweating to death. These are some of the best conditions we’ve had ever.”
For Trent Carter, the win comes off a second-place finish in the stand-up paddleboard 14-foot division at the prior weekend’s Santa Cruz Downwind Ryders Cup race.
Carter’s win to open this year’s Tahoe Cup four-race series is the first time he’s topped all paddleboarders in the local race.
“I haven’t won it before out of all of the stand-up paddlers,” said Carter, who’s been competing in Tahoe Cup races since age 8. “This is probably the sweetest one yet. I’m excited to see how the rest of the series goes. I’m so stoked to even be able to paddle on this lake and live up here.”
Carter also took first place in the day’s earlier race, outdueling a field of five paddlers on the 3-mile course, to take the win in the outrigger canoe division with a time of 27:36.8.
Carter will next look to earn a spot on the US team when he competes in the USA Surfing Championships and Team Trials in Oceanside, California, on June 11-14.
Other winners of the 6-mile race included Zenin Quinn (1:10:56.9) in the 12-foot, 6-inch stand-up men’s division, and Windy Quinn (1:18:13.5) on the woman’s side. Sabine Dukes (1:17:52.8) was the 14-foot stand-up woman’s winner. Brian Peterson (1:09:46.2) claimed the win in the prone division. Keith Rudd (57:07.1) won the outrigger canoe race. Thomas Reid (59:21.1) was the surf ski champion, and Ben Praker (1:31.13.1) took the win in the under 12-foot, 6-inch stand-up paddleboard race.
The next race in the Tahoe Cup Paddle Racing Series will be the Waterman’s Paddle Jam on July 21. The race will be at Waterman’s Landing and will feature distances of 3 and 6 miles.
To register for upcoming races or for more information visit TahoeCup.org.
Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at jscacco@Sierrasun.com.