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Photo: Merick Rickman/Race the Lake of the Sky

Race the Lake of the Sky Postponed Until 2017

In a major upset for the SUP racing community, organizers announced Lake Tahoe’s beloved “Race the Lake of the Sky” event will officially be put on hold until 2017.

The announcement comes with surprise for SUP competitors, many of whom have already arranged itineraries and travel plans for the coming season, as the season’s Tahoe cornerstone has been growing significantly since the inaugural event in 2012. Last year saw more than 400 registered paddlers.

Even so, the race was still very much a grassroots operation run by event founder Chris Brackett and his family. It was never over-hyped and Brackett always ensured the event would be open to paddlers of all abilities. In short, the race was simply about having fun and enjoying the camaraderie of fellow paddlers.

Unfortunately, this year the shores of Lake Tahoe will remain void of Race the Lake of the Sky.

Brackett explained the reason for the postponement was simply a lack of time to organize. His family runs South Tahoe SUP and is currently in the midst of moving the store to a new location. As is the case with most major moves, there have been unforeseen complications which have limited the amount of time he’s been able to devote to his labor of love.

Not willing to sacrifice the quality of the event, Brackett decided it would be better to postpone the race until next year. While certainly disappointing, paddlers can appreciate Brackett’s dedication to never lower the bar and will look forward to “race the lake” in 2017.

Official announcement:

Dear Race the Lake of the Sky Friends and Families,

The building that has housed South Tahoe Standup Paddle since 2010 has been sold and the new owner is renovating the property. As you can imagine this has sent us scrambling to find a new location for our retail shop. The good news is that we are moving to 3135 Harrison Avenue, 2 blocks closer to El Dorado Beach.

The demands of moving and the tenant improvements required to establish business in our new location will not leave us enough time to produce Race the Lake of the Sky at the level of excellence it deserves. Therefore, 2016 will be a "Leap Year" for Race the Lake of the Sky. We look forward to producing the 5th annual event in 2017.

The South Tahoe SUP Series is scheduled to return for the sixth straight year on Saturday June 25th, July 30th, and August 27th. More details to come!

Thank you for your continued support,

Chris, Jared & Robin
South Tahoe Standup Paddle

SUP’s coverage from last year’s Race the Lake of the Sky.