The Annual O’Neill Tahoe Cup Series Kicks Off at Donner Lake

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O’Neill Tahoe Cup Kicks Off at Donner Lake

The O’Neill Tahoe Cup is a staple on the summer SUP racing circuit, and for good reason. Between the three different racecourses, majestic scenery, high-caliber racing, and family-friendly atmosphere, the three-event series is one that can’t be missed.

Since 2009, the O’Neill Tahoe Cup has drawn in hundreds of racers of all abilities, as well as thousands of spectators. Offering open SUP and prone paddleboard divisions in a variety of races, the three-event series grows each year, and this year, introduces the addition of an OC1 division as well as an elite board class option. Despite having never offered a true elite division (until the addition this year), the series always sees elite paddlers from the racing world, including pros like Jamie Mitchell, Tahoe local Jay Wild, Rob Rojas, Beau O’Brian, Fiona Wylde, and Jenny Kalmbach.

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This Saturday, May 24, the first race of the series kicks off at Donner Lake. The five-mile course circumnavigates Donner Lake and is the shortest race of the series. “The Donner Lake race is always a fun one and a really chill event,” says 2013 Donner Lake champ, Rob Rojas. “It’s a pretty core event, with really nice people and a cool atmosphere. The wind always seems to pick up right before the start and rip through that area, but it helps break up the drafting and keeps it interesting.”

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The second race of the series, Jam from the Dam, is a six-mile point-to-point race starting at Commons Beach, Tahoe City, and finishing at the Waterman’s Landing (next to Sierra Boat Company) in Carnelian Bay. “Jam from the Dam is another fun one. It’s pretty quick and offers nice, flat conditions,” says Rojas. “There’s also the ‘Rob Rojas Challenge,’ a kids race that’s pretty cool.”

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Wrapping up the series will be the annual Tahoe Fall Classic, the longest and most grueling of the three races. Scheduled for September 14, the 22-miler is another point-to-point race, which starts at El Dorado Beach, South Lake Tahoe, and finishes at Kings Beach State Beach. “The Fall Classic is a legitimate long distance race.” Rojas says. “Just paddling up in Tahoe with the fresh mountain air, all the trees, and the cool town of Truckee, is really special.”

Stay tuned to SUPtheMag.com for event highlights and recaps as we follow this series through the summer, with event coverage presented by SIC Maui.

The Details

All races will include elite and open divisions, as well as youth and masters divisions.
The elite board class will be the same for all three races.
Men’s Elite Class: 14′ or Unlimited (over 14′)
Women’s Elite Class: 12’6 or 14′

Awards will be presented at each race to the first, second, and third place men’s and women’s in each class. The $20,000 men’s and women’s combined cash purse will be awarded following the Tahoe Fall Classic Race.

Cash Prize Breakdown

Men’s Elite 14′ 

1st: $2,000

2nd: $1,500

3rd: $1,000

4th: $500
Men’s Elite Unlimited

1st: $2,000

2nd: $1,500

3rd: $1,000

4th: $500
Women’s Elite 12’6

1st: $2,000

2nd: $1,500

3rd: $1,000

4th: $500
Women’s Elite 14′
1st: $2,000

2nd: $1,500

3rd: $1,000

4th: $500



For more information, visit: TahoeCup.org
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