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July 16, 2013
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Jay Wild, Fiona Wylde win O'Neill Jam from the Dam titles

LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — On a perfect summer day on Lake Tahoe this past Saturday, Truckee’s Jay Wild claimed victory in the second stop of the O’Neill Tahoe SUP Race Series — the Jam from the Dam.

Wild posted a winning time of 58 minutes, 59 seconds to secure the Jam Elite Title. He also took over the series lead from Rob Rojas of San Clemente, who finished fourth after winning the opening race at Donner Lake ahead of Wild, in late May.

The Jam from the Dam is a 6-mile, point-to-point sprint race from Commons Beach in Tahoe City to Waterman’s Landing in Carnelian Bay.

Benjamin Sarrazin, 39, of Petaluma finished runner-up in 59:07, and Seth Springer, 39, of Malibu rounded out the podium in exactly one hour.

The tightly contested results from the first two races sets the table for a showdown at the Fall Classic in September between Wild, Sarrazin and Rojas for the overall series title and prize purse.

In the women’s field, 16-year-old Fiona Wylde of Hood River, Ore., maintained her series lead while taking the Jam Elite Women’s Title with a time of 1:06. Wylde also won the first stop of the series. The combined wins put her in prime position to capture the overall series title and prize purse.

Jen Fuller, 49, of Sausalito finished second among women in a time of 1:08, and Nina Oakley, 31, of Reno finished third in 1:09.

Among the Tahoe-area contingent, Truckee’s Ronnie Ayres finished sixth in 1:01:09, Jake Lamberth of Carnelian Bay finished seventh overall and first in the Open Division in 1:01:37, and Rand Carter of Tahoe Vista was 10th in 1:02:22.

Evan Derdowski of Zephyr Cove was 12th, Michael Venezuela of Truckee was 15th and Dax Willard of Tahoe City was 17th. Wendy Ackerman of Homewood was the fourth woman. A total of 154 racers finished.

The Tahoe Cup SUP Series finale, the Fall Classic, is set for Sept. 15. The 22-mile race is a grueling paddle covering the length of Lake Tahoe, from Camp Richardson Marina to Kings Beach. The Fall Classic will decide the overall Elite Series titles/cash purse while also awarding its own individual event prize purse, for a combined $20,000 up for grabs.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jul 17, 2013 10:25AM Published Jul 16, 2013 06:18PM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.