Rob Rojas claims Tahoe Cup Race Series title | SierraSun.com

Rob Rojas claims Tahoe Cup Race Series title

Staff report
Stand-up paddleboarders race 22 miles across Lake Tahoe during the Tahoe Fall Classic on Sunday.
Courtesy O’Neill |

Rob Rojas completed the season sweep of the O’Neill Tahoe Cup Race Series with another convincing win under sunny skies Sunday.

The O’Neill-sponsored paddler from San Clemente, who won the opening race on Donner Lake over the Memorial Day weekend and the Jam From the Dam in July, covered the grueling, 22-mile course from El Dorado Beach in South Lake Tahoe to Kings Beach in a time of 3:38:09.

The victory gave Rojas the overall Tahoe Cup Race Series title in the Elite Unlimited division.

Local paddler Rand Carter of Tahoe Vista finished second with a time of 3:55:17, and Michael Valenzuela of Truckee was third in 4:16:42.

Truckee’s Jay Wild, meanwhile, won the Elite 14-foot division with a time of 4:01:10, while Benjamin Sarrazin of Petaluma was second in 4:03:39 and Brennan Rose of Maui was third in 4:12:12.

Although Wild took the win in the Elite 14’ division, Rose won the overall title after recording first-places finishes in the first two events.

In the women’s elite division, Jen Fuller of Sausalito raced to victory with a time of 4:31:50 and was followed by Nina Oakley of Reno and Wendy Ackerman of Homewood, who posted times of 4:35:16 and 4:58:30, respectively. Fuller’s win gave her the overall women’s elite title.

A total of 95 racers reached the finish line.

— Information was used from tahoecup.org.