North Lake Tahoe’s Carnelian Bay was packed this weekend as nearly 200 competitors and spectators turned out for Watermans Paddle for Humanity, hosted by Waterman’s Landing. The third race of the 5-race series saw lots of local support and featured an expo, clinics, a 5k fun paddle, 10k competitive paddle, and the Chuck Patterson Rally.
The third event of the 2012 PFH series was the first Paddle for Humanity event to be held in Lake Tahoe and was strongly supported by Tahoe locals. “We had 65-70 local paddlers competing and everyone was really excited to have the event come to Tahoe,” said Event Director Pete Stirling. “The event was like a local Tahoe race with lots of spectators and we were stoked to have the support of Ronnie Ayers and Jay Wild of Waterman’s Landing,” he added.
Patterson and Waterman’s Landing kicked off the weekend with beginner and advanced clinics, followed by a pre-party and expo with demos. Although there was a strong local presence throughout the weekend, young Mauians made their presence from the islands known as Kody Kerbox took the win in the 10k race on 14’ with Dean Christener finishing in second. “Kody took the lead early on and held it throughout the race,” Stirling said. “There was no back and forth, Kody just held the lead for the entire 6.2 miles,” Stirling added. In the 12’6 division, Austin Young and Jeramie Vain took first and second with Dave Myler finishing strong in third.
The Chuck Patterson Rally (CPR) was held for the third time, though changed up a bit with the addition of a swim. “Competitors don’t know what to expect with the CPR and really don’t know what they’re getting into,” explained Stirling. “From a spectator point of view, the CPR looks really fun, but from a competitor point of view, the CPR is exhausting,” he added. With Carnelian Bay lacking the sand needed for the obstacle course held at the previous two races in the 2012 PFH series, a short swim around a buoy was added as a final leg. Competitors racing in the CPR standup paddled a mile, prone paddled around a buoy and then swam around the buoy to finish off the rally.
“Tahoe was such a great place to have PFH,” said Stirling. “Waterman’s Landing is such a focal point for paddling in Tahoe and they showed us great hospitality. We can’t wait to come back, but are excited to head out to Washington D.C. for the next Paddle For Humanity coming up in August.”
For full results and more info on the upcoming D.C. race, visit: PaddleForHumanity.org
Click here to view the charities benefitting from the 2012 PFH series.