Waterman’s Landing in Carnelian Bay is an all-inclusive, human-powered watersport hub | SierraSun.com

Waterman’s Landing in Carnelian Bay is an all-inclusive, human-powered watersport hub

Waterman's Landing offers organized paddle camps, a paddle club, hourly equipment rentals, equipment purchase and lessons for singles or groups of all ability levels.
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Nestled right on the shoreline in Carnelian Bay is Waterman’s Landing, a family owned, non-motorized water sport business since 2010.

Offering one of the few, if not the only dog-friendly, public beaches in Carnelian Bay are Anik and Jay Wild, who are professional paddleboard racers that also own and operate Waterman’s.

Their goal is to invite as many locals and visitors as possible to enjoy the beautiful scenery from an entirely new perspective from the vessel of your choosing — they offer more water toys than one person could handle in a day.

“We are bringing life here for the community to enjoy and we welcome others to come here just to hang out or get something healthy and fulfilling from the café or get out on the water,” Anik Wild said.

“People often don’t know that they are welcome to come enjoy this place with us, we want them to come by, have a beer or glass of wine while they’re out walking their dog.”

The Wild’s message is one of inclusion, environmental stewardship and athleticism.

“Jay and Anik are amazing coaches,” said Patty Robbins, a paddleboard regular of Waterman’s Landing for the past five years, who is also on part of the paddle club.

“They help just enough where you believe in yourself, they encourage you, push you, and in the end you just can’t believe that you did it.”

As athletes they are passionate about respecting their bodies as high-performing tools, enjoying the great outdoors and encouraging people to try something new or advance their skill in gliding across the water.

As locals they are passionate about the lake, turning newcomers on to a new sport and helping share their expertise with others.

“Our camps are designed to offer active kids — and parents, too — an opportunity to improve the mental, physical and technical skills needed in paddle sports, swimming, and water safety,” Anik Wild said.

Everything’s Taken Care Of

The café in Waterman’s Landing offers one of the only lakefront breakfast and lunch locations serving only organic food, freshly prepared for you to enjoy in their comfortable, outdoor lounge, right on the beach.

“We feed people what we eat,” Wild said. “The coffee we drink and sunscreen we use are what we serve and stock on the shelves.”

The family truly treats their customers not only like locals, but also like family. All of the meat served is free of nitrates and all the produce, organic. (And then there is the life-changing bacon relish inside the breakfast burrito.)

The family believes that even guests stopping by for a quick cup of coffee and a breakfast sandwich deserve a healthy, nourishing, homemade meal.

Adorning the shelves of their retail space are up-and-coming accessories, and the latest innovation in watersport equipment.

Waterman’s Landing offers everything you could need to be decked out head-to-toe from the start of your adventure to the finish. The Wilds offer organized paddle camps, a paddle club, hourly equipment rentals, equipment purchase, and lessons for singles or groups of all ability levels.

Pick Your Paddle

For people who love the feeling of gliding on top of the water in a kayak or a canoe, arms burning, covering distance with each stroke, Waterman’s has that covered.

If staring down through the crystal-clear, teal water of Tahoe is more preferable, their paddleboard selection is sure to accommodate all of your needs.

Do you want to gather the kids, aunt and uncle for a family trip on an outrigger? You guessed it; Waterman’s has those, too.

The one feature that patrons might not be expecting is their newest addition to the fun-fleet: “The Invader” — a flat watercraft seating eight passengers, who paddle together.

“We giggle like kids,” Anik Wild said. “Everyone can have fun floating on the water and jumping off.”

Waterman’s Landing even offers their expertise and customized assistance when it comes time to purchase one of your own.

Consult The Experts

Waterman’s hosts Watergrom Camps for children age seven to 14, Parent Paddle Camps for mom and dad to enjoy while the children are also in camp, and spring and summer training with the Team Tahoe Waterman Paddle Club.

For those looking to take their love of watersports to the next level and purchase their own equipment, the Wilds offer their expertise and one-on-one consulting prior to purchase.

Demo and a Discount: For $125, you can demo the latest in paddleboard technology, consult with the Wilds, who are expert paddleboarders and really know their stuff; and then apply the demo fee to your purchase.

“We feel that this time is valuable,” Wild explained. “We really spend time with people to help them get in the right board. We want to educate people, take our time and give them an experience rather than being pushy and trying to sell something.”

Watergrom Camps: All abilities are welcomed to four days of stand-up paddleboarding, outrigger canoeing and prone paddleboarding using personal flotation devices, and including lunch and snacks each day.

When: July 10-13 and August 7-10 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Cost: $447 per person

Parent Paddle Camps: Parents don’t miss a beat, while the children are playing they’ll learn proper paddle technique with all paddle crafts while getting fit and skilled to keep up with the children.

When: July 10-13 and August 7-10 | 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Cost: $87 per person; $35 for a daily drop-in

Team Tahoe Waterman: Get fit and fast on the water with Team Tahoe Waterman paddle club featuring ongoing weekly training for athletes of all ages seeking peak performance. Spring, summer, and fall training programs focus on improving physical well-being and speed on the water.

When: Spring training: May 1 – June 25; Summer training: June 26 – August 27

Cost: $400 per person for the session; Membership fee: $75; Drop-in fee: $15; Elite, personal training available.

Cassandra Walker is a features and entertainment reporter for the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at cwalker@sierrasun.com, 530-550-2654 or @snow1cass.

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