O’Neill Tahoe Cup: Highlights From Donner Lake

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O’Neill Tahoe Cup: Donner Lake Highlights

The annual O’Neill Tahoe Cup kicked off last weekend with the five-mile Donner Lake race. More than 150 paddlers from across the country took to the water to compete with some of the top names in SUP racing for the first event of the three-part race series. Check out the results below:

Men’s Elite Unlimited
1. Rob Rojas
2. Rand Carter Jr.
3. John Merryfield
4. Michael Valenzuela
Men’s Elite 14′
1. Brennan Rose
2. Jay Wild
3. Ben Sarrazin
4. Seth Springer
5. Adam Freeman
Men’s Open 14′
1. Jimmy Spithill
2. Grant McFadyen
3. Steve Funk
4. Lance Erickson
5. Evan Derdowski
Men’s Open 12’6
1. Josiah Brackett
2. Ryan Funk

Women’s Elite 12’6
1. Jen Fuller
2. Anik Wild
3. Nina Oakley
4. Wendy Ackermann
Women’s Elite 14′
1. Sally Mellow
Women’s Open 12’6
1. Julie Stevens
2. Debbie Fogans
3. Brie Moore
4. Madeleine King


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  • anon

    the problem with races that have no rules is that some racers will take advantage of that while others get totally screwed by it, and some just don’t care….yet. This race was a perfect example of the mess that the SUP race scene is into.

  • curious

    please, elaborate…

  • anon

    1. 2 years in a row of a botched start. You’d think they would have learned from last year. The photo above says it all. Everyone is still in the crotched position by the entire fleet is in front of the starting line which was between the red triangle buoy and the left most red flag on land. Truly an impossible starting line anyway but who’s in charge, the paddlers or the organizers. Who btw gave up and just started the race.
    2. Lot’s of drafting out of board class. Top 4 or 5 stock class where all drafting 14′ . Some the whole way until the final stretch. Especially some of the kids. What are they teaching these kids about rules and sportsmanship. Win at all costs I suppose.
    Let’s get some rules and enforce them. Please!

  • supc

    There are two governing bodies in the sport of SUP, WPA and SUPAA. Both have sufficient rules on drafting and should be used at every race. Start lines are not as straightforward especially when you have more than 100 paddlers on the line. On the water starts are notorious for being plagued with issues. Start everyone on the beach standing on the side of their board. A wider/longer line would have given some relief given that the line was too small to begin with.

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