Second-annual Lake Tahoe Outrigger Challenge set for Saturday |

Second-annual Lake Tahoe Outrigger Challenge set for Saturday

Outrigger canoes prepare to head out on the lake during the inaugural Lake Tahoe Outrigger Canoe Challenge in 2014. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at El Dorado Beach.
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The South Shore will get a taste of competition from the Hawaiian Islands this weekend. Kawai’ulu ‘O Tahoe Outrigger Canoe Club will host the second-annual international Lake Tahoe Outrigger Challenge this Saturday and Sunday at El Dorado Beach.

Races will start and end at El Dorado Beach in South Lake Tahoe, on the corner of Highway 50 and Lakeview Avenue. El Dorado Beach offers a spectator-friendly venue that will allow for lots of cheering and high energy — there is also a on-site cafe, free parking, restrooms, barbecues and picnic tables located in the Lakeview Commons upper areas.

Saturday will feature the Keiki juniors 4-mile race and Novice 6-mile race at 8:30 a.m. along with the women’s, coed and men’s 10-mile races. The 10-mile races start with the women at 10:30 a.m.

The Waterman’s Challenge is the main event on Sunday, a true test of strategy and skill in a fast-paced and dynamic three-leg relay with teams of six competing on standup paddleboards and OC-6 canoes. The challenge will start at 9:30 a.m. and take place entirely in front of El Dorado Beach for the public’s viewing pleasure.

Kawai’ulu ‘O Tahoe Outrigger Canoe Club is a local nonprofit 501(c)(3) service organization promoting Polynesian culture, physical fitness and community service through outrigger canoe paddling. In English, its name means “Spirited Waters of Tahoe.”

For a complete schedule, course maps and more information about the outrigger canoe club, visit

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