Jay Wild of Truckee outdistanced Hawaiian Kody Kerbox and Rob Rojas of San Clemente in a tight finish to win the first stop of the O'Neill Tahoe Cup High Elevation Stand-up Paddleboard Race Series on Donner Lake over the Memorial Day weekend.
The race took place in cold, blustery conditions, similar to last year's event. But that didn't prevent the field of 70 participants from competing in the 5-mile race, which was an out-and-back that started and ended at West End Beach.
After battling down the final stretch, Wild beat out Kerbox by just 2 seconds, posting a time of 48 minutes and 10 seconds to Kerbox's 48:12. Rojas came in at 48:21 to round out the top three. He was followed by Rand Carter of Tahoe Vista, who was fourth in 51:16, and Ronnie Ayers of Truckee, who was fifth in 51:30.
Ben Sarrazin of Nevada City finished sixth and was trailed by Jake Lamberth of Carnelian Bay, Seth Springer of Malibu, Austin Young of Incline Village and Derek Dial of Reno in 10th.
Jen Fuller of Nevada City was the top woman in 16th place overall in a time of 56:56.
The race series continues with two more stops on Lake Tahoe, with the Jam from the Dam on July 14 and the Tahoe Fall Classic on Sept. 16.
The O'Neill Tahoe Cup Race Series Award will be presented to the top men and women point champions in all three board classifications. The series winners will then be published in Standup Paddle Magazine and Standup Journal.