Father-son duo claim top spots at Waterman’s Memorial Race (VIDEO) | SierraSun.com

Father-son duo claim top spots at Waterman’s Memorial Race (VIDEO)

Trent Carter outdueled his father, Rand, to claim first place in this year's Waterman's Memorial Race.
Justin Scacco / jscacc@sierrasun.com

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 Saturday, May 26, at the Waterman’s Memorial Race, as son Trent, edged father for the day’s fastest time on a standup 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 several dozen paddlers competing in the 6-mile race as the father-son duo took a one-two finish at the race off of Carnelian Bay.

Rand Carter, 54, chose his 18-foot board to for the race, while his son paddled on a 14-foot craft. Rand Carter held the advantage on the straight sections of the course, but struggled making a 180-degree turn before the final home stretch. Rand Carter 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 to 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 last 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 will next look to earn a spot on the US team when he competes in the USA Surfing Championships and Team Trials in Oceanside, Calif., on June 11-14.

* This post will be updated to include complete race results.

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