Race the Lake of the Sky Postponed Until 2017

Dear Race the Lake of the Sky Friends and Families,
The building that has housed South Tahoe Standup Paddle since 2010 has been sold and the new owner is renovating the property.  As you can imagine this has sent us scrambling to find a new location for our retail shop. The good news is that we are moving to 3135 Harrison Avenue, 2 blocks closer to El Dorado Beach.

The demands of moving and the tenant improvements required to establish business in our new location will not leave us enough time to produce Race the Lake of the Sky at the level of excellence it deserves.  Therefore, 2016 will be a "Leap Year" for Race the Lake of the Sky.  We look forward to producing the 5th annual event in 2017.

The South Tahoe SUP Series is scheduled to return for the sixth straight year on Saturday June 25th, July 30th, and August 27th.  More details to come!
Thank you for your continued support,
Chris, Jared & Robin
South Tahoe Standup Paddle

What A Weekend!

The results have been posted, you can view them here on the Results Page.  No matter where you placed, it's our hope the end result is that you had a great weekend making memories with family and friends.

We want to thank everyone for making the fourth annual Race the Lake of the Sky our best event ever.   Words cannot express our sincere gratitude to all who contributed toward the success of this year's event.

Chris, Jared & Robin

Pictures and videos coming soon!

Are You Ready?

It's almost race day, are you ready?  We are ready for you and so excited to see all your smiling faces.  It's going to be a great weekend! Here's a couple things to remember before race day...

  • Please pre-register! This saves you time, money and helps things flow smoothly forthe registration staff and event timer. You can register online here.
  • Don't forget the pre-registration party at MacDuff's on Friday June 26th from 6:30 till 9:00pm. Enjoy a 15% discount, great food and good SUP company. It's your last chance to register before race day and still get the online pricing. 
  • Bring sunscreen. At over 6,000 ft in elevation there is less atmosphere to block the sun's rays and you can get sunburned fast. Bring that sunscreen and protect your skin.
  • Don't forget your PFD!!!
  • Check the weather before you show up. Looks like chilly mornings and hot afternoons. Weather Report
  • Have fun and bring a smile!

Hard Rock Cafe Providing Fuel To Win!

We are pleased to announce that Hard Rock Cafe will be providing this year's athlete and volunteer lunches.  You'll have all the fuel you need to climb the podium! 
Check out these grinds:


  • Your choice of Grilled Beef, Turkey, or Veggie Burger with all the fixings. 
  • Chips
  • Fruit
  • Fresh baked cookie (Did we mention how much we like the cookies?)


  • Your choice of Roast Beef sandwich with Jack Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, and Grilled Onion on a Pretzel bun or a Portabello Mushroom sandwich on a Croissant.  (Voted a favorite by our South Tahoe SUP Series athletes!)
  • Chips
  • Fruit
  • Fresh baked cookie 

If you are hungry for more after the race, be sure to visit Hard Rock Cafe inside Harvey's Casino and tell them you're here for Race the Lake of the Sky to get 10% off your meal. 

Hard Rock Cafe 

With only four more days until Race the Lake of the Sky, our team has been hard at work preparing for your arrival.  Local friends and paddler's, Scott McConaughey and Tony Piscitelli, have just completed the trophies, all 485 of them!  The trophies are ready for the taking, will you be going home with one this year?

10 Days Out, Are You Ready?

That's right, Race the Lake of the Sky is only 10 days away. Are you ready? 
Here's a quick checklist to help you out:

Pre-registration Party!

Don't forget the pre-registration party at MacDuff's on Friday June 26th from 6:30 till 9:00pm. Enjoy a 15% discount and good SUP company. It's your last chance to register before race day and still get the online pricing. 

Welcome Outrigger Canoe "OC6" to the Emerald Bay Distance Race!

Outrigger Canoe Paddling + Surfing = Standup Paddling
We are welcoming the roots of standup to the Emerald Bay Distance Race! OC6 divisions have been added to the 14.4 mile event on Sunday June 28th. The cost per team is $240 (or $40 each). It includes a delicious lunch from Hard Rock Cafe and an event tee for each participant.

If you haven't registered for Race the Lake of the Sky® already, sign up now to save time on race day and to receive the online discount!

Beyond the Water Clinic

Beyond the Water is a comprehensive program that Nakoa and Talia Decoite have put together that combines both their waterman backgrounds into a curriculum that will help paddlers of any level elevate their skill set and overall performance. They feel by bringing nutrition and physical maintenance into their programs they are offering a more complete plan to the paddler. For more details click here.

When: Friday June 26th 9am -12pm
Where: El Dorado Beach
Cost: $150 per person

Liquid Aloha Flows Into South Lake Tahoe

Kona Brewing Company is bringing a taste of the islands to Race the Lake of the Sky. The Hawaii craft brewer will be pouring its three most popular beers – Big Wave Golden Ale, Longboard Island Lager, and Castaway IPA – at the Kona Cove Beer Garden, which is designed to transport visitors to the idyllic island locale where Kona Brewing was born and bred.

“We’re proud to share the spirit of the Islands with race participants and fans of Race the Lake of the Sky for the third year in a row,” said Kona Brewing brand manager Aaron Marion. “Standup paddling originated in Hawaii, and it’s a thrill to see it take off across the U.S. – just like Kona’s Liquid Aloha.”  

In addition to the Kona Cove Beer Garden, Kona Brewing is offering event goers a chance to win a special edition Kona Brewing standup paddleboard and paddle manufactured by BOGA Paddle & Surf Co. To find out more, visit www.KonaSUPSweeps.com

Stroke Technique Clinic with Thomas Maximus

Riviera Team Rider, Thomas Maximus, will be sharing the knowledge he has gained from 18 + years of training and racing.  Thomas has competed in more than 150 SUP Races since 2008.  Everyone from beginner to advanced levels are welcome.

When: Wednesday, June 24th from 3 - 5 pm.
Location: El Dorado Beach, SLT, CA 96150
Cost: $75 (space is limited)

What better way to try out everything you learned at Thomas's clinic than at the South Tahoe SUP Series the same evening! This local community event is for all ages and abilities. Included in your $25 entry fee is dinner and a raffle ticket.  This week we will welcome many athletes who will be coming to town for Race the Lake of the Sky.  Some are traveling from as far away as Puerto Rico and Australia.  From groms to grown ups, the competition should be fierce!

When: Wednesday, June 24th from 5:30 - 8:30pm.
Location: El Dorado Beach, SLT, CA 96150

To see what the South Tahoe SUP Series is all about check out the video below:

Heal Like a Champion at Tahoe Center for Orthopedics

We are proud to announce that Tahoe Center for Orthopedics is helping to support Race the Lake of the Sky® 2015.  At Tahoe Center for Orthopedics, they believe that you don’t have to give up the sports or recreational activities you love just because of an injury or a musculoskeletal condition.
With locations at beautiful Lake Tahoe and the surrounding areas, the center is home to some of the most highly skilled physicians, physical therapists and nurses specializing in orthopedics. These medical professionals employ a variety of advanced techniques designed to restore normal strength, motion and flexibility and reduce pain as quickly and safely as possible.
By using leading edge treatment techniques and progressive patient-specific programs, They will help you recover faster and get you back to doing what you love to do. Just ask the U.S. Ski Team about the quality care Tahoe Center for Orthopedics provides.
For more information or to schedule an appointment or referral, please call (530) 543-5554 or visit them at tahoeorthopedics.com.

Danny Ching Instructional Standup Paddle Clinic

Great news! Danny Ching will be returning to Race the Lake of the Sky this year and he'll be holding a clinic as well. This is your chance to learn first hand from one of the best paddlers on earth.

Danny Ching is one of the most decorated outrigger and standup paddlers in the world with a wealth of knowledge beyond his years.  Having paddled outrigger canoes most of his life, he now spends a majority of his time on the water standup style.  He is the only non-Hawaiian to win the grueling Molokai to Oahu OC-1 race twice and has a total of 8 Battle of the Paddle overall victories. Danny’s humble, easy going and fun personality makes for a comprehensive and enjoyable learning experience.

When: Thursday June 25th, 2015  9:00 AM

Location: El Dorado Beach, SLT, CA 96150

Cost: $150 Per Person (Private lessons are $300/hr) 

What to bring:
You will need to bring your board and paddle.
South Tahoe Standup Paddle has rentals available for those who do not have their own equipment.

Instructional Details:
Instructional Clinic lasts 2 hours

30 min lecture covering:
• Board Design
• Stroke Technique and Theory
• Paddle Design
• Race Strategy

30 minute on water lecture:
Drills to help technique

30 minute review:
Review individual needs

30 minute on water demo:
Chance to review and try technique
Don't wait, this clinic will fill up fast!

PFD Requirements for Race Day

The Lake Tahoe US Coast Guard will be on the water making sure everyone is safe and compliant.  Here are the requirements:

PFD's are mandatory for the El Dorado 5 Miler and the Emerald Bay 14 Miler.

  • If you are 13 and older you have to have the PFD attached on your board or on your person.
  • If you are 12 and younger you have to wear the PFD.
  • Prone board paddlers are not required to have a PFD

PFD's are not required for SUPCross, Team Relays, Grom Race, High Jump, Limbo, and Sweet Move Contest.

MTI’s Inflatable waist PFD is available for purchase at a 10% discount when you register online. You will be able to pick up your order on race day. 

MTI Standard Fluid 2.0
Best versatile shape for SUP.
MSRP: $130.00
Price on race day: $117.00
Early Bird price: $105.00


  •     3D mesh padded comfort belt
  •     Buckle protector panel
  •     Zippered storage pocket
  •     Exterior whistle holster & D-Ring attachment point
  •     Signal whistle

    Color: Black


If you haven't registered for Race the Lake of the Sky®, then be sure to do so soon.  Early bird pricing ends June 1st.

SUPCross®: Rubbing is Racing! Why Ding Up Your Own Board?

If you've never experienced SUPCross® then give the video above a quick viewing. It's like mixing BMX bike racing with SUP! Competition is fierce and board dings are commonplace. No need to worry though, Riviera Paddlesurf will be providing boards again for this years SUPCross® event. 

Board Class:
Riders choice: 10'6" or 11'6"  SUP Surfboard provided by Riviera.  Note: Elite riders may use the Riviera board provided or their own 11'6" and under planing hull)  

Since our inaugural event in 2012, Riviera Paddlesurf has always rolled into town with a love for SUP and stoke for this race.  Their support has helped make Race the Lake of the Sky®what it is today and we are so excited to see what this years race has in store.  Thanks Riviera, you're the best!

If you haven't registered for Race the Lake of the Sky® already then be sure to do so soon, early bird pricing ends June 1st.

Performance Paddling - Youth SUP Racing Clinic

Attention All Youth!

Take your skills to the next level with Performance Paddling in beautiful South Lake Tahoe!

Candice Appleby and Anthony Vela formed the very first youth stand up paddling team in January of 2012.  They have been working with elite youth sup athletes for over 3 years developing age-specific teaching strategies, drills, and skills.  Candice and Anthony continue to share their talent, passion and love for the sport with the SUP stars of the future. Together they combine over 40 years of competitive ocean experience to help kids train hard, paddle faster and have more fun out on the water. Join them on Friday June 26th , along with a few surprise guests, for the first ever kids clinic associated with one of the largest events of the year. They will be covering: stroke technique, drills, race starts, buoy turns, and freestyle fun. This clinic is a great way to improve your competitive skills and is geared for experienced grom racers ages 8-17.  

When: Friday, June 26th 
Time: 9:00am - 11:30am
Location: El Dorado Beach
Cost: $100
Details: For racers ages 8-17
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
What to Bring: Participants will need to bring their own snack, water, race board and paddle (race boards are required).

Loving SUP means loving wildlife

One of the reasons we love SUP so much is that it gets us outdoors and interacting with nature, free from environmental impact. In Tahoe, co-existing with wild birds and animals is a way of life.  That's why we support Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, a nonprofit volunteer-based organization whose function is to raise, rehabilitate and release orphaned or injured wild birds and animals. 

The founders of LTWC, Tom and Cheryl Milham, have had a huge impact in South Lake Tahoe since 1978. In 36 years, more than 24,000 orphaned and injured wildlife have been provided care at the facility with over 15,000 having been returned to the wild. Without the wonderful support of the hundreds of generous volunteers and donors, LTWC’s work would not be possible.  LTWC receives no government funding and is funded only by donations.  It is our privilege to donate a portion of the proceeds from the Beer Garden/Wine Bar at Race the Lake of the Sky® to this local charity.

You can learn more about their rehabilitation efforts and even make donations at http://www.ltwc.org/

LTWC on Facebook


MacDuff's Lunch (prize) Money!

MacDuffs Pub is this year's Host Restaurant and in addition to offering 10% off to all Race the Lake of the Sky® guests, they're offering $1,300 in cash prize money for the following events...we like to call it Lunch Money!  

  • $400 to the winning Elite Relay Team 
  • $400 to the winning Junior Elite Relay Team (17 and under)
  • $150 Best Sweet Move 1st Place
  • $100 Best Sweet Move 2nd Place
  • $50 Best Sweet Move 3rd Place
  • $100 SUP Limbo winner
  • $100 SUP High Jump winner

Don't miss out on some of the best food and beer in Lake Tahoe. There's a reason this place has 855 reviews and 4.5 stars on Yelp.

Race the Lake of the Sky®...TV?

That's right, we put together a TV show!  Sit back and relax as our official race announcer Dreu Murin hosts this recap of the 2014 event. If you're thinking about attending, there's no better way to see all the fun and action that takes place during Race the Lake of the Sky®.  

Speaking of attending, if you're planning on racing be sure to get that early bird discount by registering now. 

100 days until the race, have you found a place to stay?

  Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe

Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe

That's right, only 100 days until race day!  Hotels, lodges, rentals, and campsites in South Tahoe are booking up quick. If you haven't secured a place to stay be sure to check out our Lodging & Dining page. You'll find information and discounts on the best places to stay in South Tahoe.  

Our Host Hotel for this year Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe is offering 10% off rooms with the following promo code: 150622RACE, they are conveniently located adjacent to the venue at El Dorado Beach (within paddling and walking distance).

So don't miss out, be sure to register and book a place to stay soon, 100 days is gonna fly by!