Series offers competitive opportunities for both recreational paddlers and race enthusiasts


May 23: Donner Lake Race
July 11: Waterman’s Paddle Jam
September 13: Tahoe Fall Classic

The Tahoe Cup Paddle Racing Series offers both the recreational paddler and the race enthusiast an opportunity to participate in SUP, prone paddleboard or OC1 class races on Donner Lake and Lake Tahoe May-September. The 2015 series invites all paddling craft to participate.

The 2015 series kicks off on Memorial Day weekend with the Series Opener – the Donner Lake Race – on Saturday, May 23rd. The Donner Lake Race is open to all paddling craft and welcomes participants of all ability levels, from the recreational paddler to the SUP elite racer. This event is a 5-mile race around the shoreline of Donner Lake. The start/finish area is open to spectators and will include a festive atmosphere and free demos provided by Surftech and Willard’s Sport Shop, Tahoe City.

The series’ next stop is the Waterman’s Paddle Jam on Saturday July 11th. This event attracts hundreds of competitors of all ability levels from near and far, from the recreational paddler to elite SUP racer. The 6 mile race is open to all paddling craft and  participants of all ability levels. Spectators are welcome. The finish area, always a festive atmosphere, will include free demos following the race. In addition, following the race, Waterman’s Landing will host the 5th Annual Keike Challenge, a free-to-participate standup and prone paddleboard race for kids 1-7 and 8-11. Participants must provide their gear, including an approved PFD (Personal Floatation Device) and complete a liability release signed by a parent or guardian.

The third and final race of the Tahoe Cup series is the Tahoe Fall Classic – a 22-mile paddling race and the longest inland distance paddleboard race in the world – which takes place at Lake Tahoe on Sunday, September 13th. This cross-lake race will host over 150 men and women paddlers from all over the world, and 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. A 3-mile short course race for paddlers of all abilities plus 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. Free demos will be provided by Surftech and Willard’s Sport Shop.

The Tahoe Cup Paddle Racing Series, is presented by the Lake Tahoe Paddleboard Association (LTPA) and is made possible by the following sponsors:  Nature’s Bakery, North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce, SUP Magazine, Surftech, Tahoe Paddle & Oar, Waterman’s Landing, South Tahoe Standup Paddle, Ferrari’s Crown Resort, Jason’s Beachside Grill, Vita Coco, MTI, Truckee Tahoe Medical Group, Tahoe TV/Lake Tahoe Visitor Channel, Willard’s Sport Shop and Sawyer Paddles and Oars.

The Mission of the Lake Tahoe Paddleboard Association (LTPA) is to promote, provide, and support environmentally friendly human-powered  paddlesport activities in the Tahoe Basin. Since its inception in 2009, the Tahoe Cup, hosted by the LTPA, has been a combined effort of participants, sponsors, and exhibitors who continue  to promote and enhance paddlesport activities and events in the Tahoe Basin.

The proceeds from the Tahoe Cup benefit local non-motorized aquatic programs in the Truckee-Tahoe area. The Lake Tahoe Paddleboard Association is a 501 (c) (4) not for profit organization.

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