Tahoe SUP Fest 2013

If you missed this year’s Tahoe SUP Fest “Race the Lake of the Sky” you missed out!

The beach at Lakeview Commons in Tahoe South was alive with participants, spectators, and vendors.  This is such an amazing event for Tahoe to host!  Pro Paddle Boarders come to our gorgeous location to compete in a variety of events, including a 14 mile race to Emerald Bay and back.  This year’s winner Thomas Maximus of San Clemente, CA came in with a blazing fast time of 2 hours 22 minutes and 15 seconds!

The Grom 4 Person Relay Race is gets underway at the 2013 Race the Lake of the Sky

This two day event is SO family friendly!  All day long there is music, races to watch and paddle boards to demo for free.  The lake was FILLED with kids swimming, playing and competing themselves! There is a beer garden for adults and super fun competitions in between the races like the “Best Sweet Move” where kids battled it out for who could hoola-hoop the longest on a stand up paddle board.

Kids draw inspiration from surf lifestyle artist Drew Brophy in his Art Grotto.

The expo was packed with spectators all day and included booths from Maui Jim, 404, Zeale Optics, Sweet Waterwear and more.  Included in the national brands that set up at the expo, there were a handful of local tahoe companies and I was thrilled to see some Tahoe South representation.  Tahoe’s favorite home grown bar Tahoe Trail Bar was on site.  They recently debuted the same bar we’ve all grown to love in all new packaging and had some awesome trucker hats and tees for sale.

Locals and Tahoe Trail Bar owners Wes and Nicole handed out samples of Tahoe Trail Bar all weekend long.

Lauren Payne of Mountain Aloha Massage was also on site to deliver some much needed massage relief to participants and spectators who were worn out from the weekend’s activities.

Mountain Aloha Massage is who I call for some deep tissue recovery when I’m in training.

If you regret skipping this amazing event, you can keep up to date on news for next summer via Race the Lake of the Sky’s website, facebook, twitter, or instagram.  This event showcases our town and lake on a national level and despite the fact that I am not a stand up paddle boarder, I still think it’s a blast to attend!  You can see all the photos from the day via this link.