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Race the Lake of the Sky paddles out from South Shore

Anthony Gentile
Standup paddlers take to the water for the 2014 Race the Lake of the Sky. This year’s event will take place Saturday and Sunday, and South Tahoe SUP expects the fourth-annual event to be its biggest one yet.
Courtesy Dylan Silver / Dylan Silver Media |

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The world’s largest standup paddle race will return to the shores of South Lake Tahoe this weekend. South Tahoe Standup Paddle’s fourth-annual Race the Lake of the Sky will be held Saturday and Sunday in the water at El Dorado Beach, featuring hundreds of standup paddlers showcasing their skills.

In its fourth year, South Tahoe SUP expects the 2015 edition of the race to be its biggest one yet. In addition to standup paddlers, prone paddlers and outrigger canoes will compete over the two days in the event’s three biggest races — the El Dorado 5-Miler, Emerald Bay Distance Race and SUP Cross Series.

Race the Lake of the Sky will kick off Saturday morning with the El Dorado 5-Miler, which starts at 8:30 a.m. South Tahoe SUP’s signature SUP Cross event — which features racers competing on surfboards in close quarters — will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Saturday’s schedule concludes with the Grom Race for paddlers 13 and younger at 2:30 p.m. On Sunday, the 14-mile Emerald Bay Distance Race paddles out at 8:15 a.m. — the four-paddler Team Relay concludes the two-day event at 1:30 p.m.

Both days of Race the Lake of the Sky will feature a vendor expo and standup paddle rentals. The days leading up to the race included clinics with professional standup paddlers Thomas Maximus and Danny Ching along with a kids clinic and teacher training with Lazy Dog Paddle Yoga.

Launched by South Tahoe SUP in 2012, Race the Lake of the Sky has become the largest paddling event in terms of attendance, number of racers and involvement from sponsors. For more info, visit http://www.racethelakeofthesky.com.

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