Stand-up paddling takes over Regan Beach |

Stand-up paddling takes over Regan Beach

Adam Jensen
Adam Jensen / Tahoe Daily TribuneA trio of kids take an unorthodox approach to paddleboarding at Regan Beach Wednesday night.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – If there was any doubt left that stand-up paddleboarding is the fastest-growing sport at the South Shore, the last of South Tahoe Standup Paddle’s Wednesday night races blew it out of the water.

One hundred and six people competed in this week’s race, up from 24 at the start of the summer. Several hundred more pulled up lawn chairs at Regan Beach to cheer on competitors whether they finished first or last.

The sheer number of competitors made for some pile-ups at the buoys paddlers were required to zig-zag around, but no complaints were heard from the crowd made up of mostly South Shore residents. It was all compliments for South Tahoe Standup Paddle owner Chris Brackett, who was quick to give thanks right back to the family-friendly crowd.

The Wednesday night races may be done or the season, but Brackett has vowed to bring the events back next summer and is already gathering people together for an event this weekend, a paddle for Sunday’s Labor Day Weekend fireworks.

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