Wa’SUP? Check out these ASJ sponsored summer paddle events!
August 14-16, Kings Beach
Come and enjoy the fun, family and high Sierra aloha at this year’s festivities at Kings Beach State Park in Kings Beach on Lake Tahoe. The Ta-Hoe Nalu is the oldest SUP event in the world and the first paddle festival to take standup paddleboarding inland. Ta-Hoe Nalu started the flat water movement and helped to create the inland market that is thriving today. The Ta-Hoe Nalu draws over 4,000 spectators and up to 500 competitors from all over the globe. Two days of racing are scheduled for all ages and skill levels, with free demos and clinics for all. New for this year is the addition of Outrigger OC-6, OC-2 OC-1, Surf Ski in 10 mile and 5 mile races, plus Jay Wild’s Waterman’s Challenge: SUP – Swim – Prone. Take advantage of the Ta-Hoe Nalu Super Pass (one discount price for all races) or Ta-Hoe Nalu Family Pass (one discount family price for up to five members for all races). tahoenalu.com
Tahoe Fall Classic
September 13, Lake Tahoe
The final race in the Tahoe Cup Paddle Racing Series, The Tahoe Fall Classic – which features a 22-mile course – is the longest inland distance paddleboard race in the world. The cross-lake race starts from El Dorado Beach in South Lake Tahoe and finishes at Kings Beach State Beach in North Lake Tahoe. The 2015 event is open to all paddling craft, advanced recreational paddlers and elite class SUP participants. Two other race events will be held on Sunday in addition to the lake crossing, including a 3-mile short course race for paddlers of all abilities and a grom race for paddlers under 11 years old. Following the race, lunch will be provided to the long and short course participants and awards will be presented. Spectators are welcome and free demos will be provided by Surftech and Willard’s Sport Shop.
In addition to the Tahoe Fall Classic, the Tahoe Cup included the Donner Lake Race on May 23 and Waterman’s Paddle Jam on July 11. Founded in 2009, the series is presented by the Lake Tahoe Paddleboard Association (LTPA) to benefit local environmentally friendly human-powered paddlesport activities in the Tahoe Basin area. tahoecup.org
Battle of the Bay
October 17-18, San Francisco
The Battle of the Bay is the largest paddling event of its kind in the San Francisco Bay Area. Stand up paddleboarders, prone paddlers and OC1 watercraft alike are welcome to take part in this festive weekend of racing. Races include short courses, distance, a kids’ course and relays, and the routes take paddlers around Alcatraz, down the shores of the Presidio National Park and around the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge. On shore, paddling enthusiasts can check out the latest paddling gear, meet the pros, learn about sports nutrition and even take a yoga class at the event’s expo. Now in its fifth year, the 2015 Battle of the Bay will cap off the World Paddle Association’s race season. Don’t miss this chance to celebrate paddling in one of the world’s most iconic bodies of water! battleofthebay.com