Lake Tahoe's Race the Lake of the Sky saw great competition across the board this weekend at El Dorado Beach. The three-day event was hosted the grand re-opening of El Dorado Beach Park and featured a clinic with Performance Paddling, multiple races and demos, with hundreds turning out to compete and catch all the action.
Elite paddlers Candice Appleby and Anthony Vela helped start off the weekend with their Performance Paddling clinic Friday afternoon. The 4-hour clinic taught by the power couple featured in-depth training and racing tips with topics including nutrition, mental preparation, goal setting and stroke technique.
On Saturday, over 100 competitors raced the 5-mile course that featured eight buoy turns with a beach finish. Ching, racing in the 14' board class, took the overall win with Hawaii's Kody Kerbox finishing nearly a minute behind for second overall and Cyril Burguiere taking third. In the 12'6 board class, Ben Sarrazin finished first ahead of Austin Young and Anthony Vela. Elite paddler Candice Appleby took the overall win for the ladies racing in the 12'6 board class with Jen Fuller and Julianne Brackett taking second and third overall as well as in the 12'6 division.
The SUP Cross was an exciting and quick 800-yard course held just off the beach with eight buoy turns to test the technical abilities of competitors in 6-person heats. All competitors raced Riviera 12'6 boards with Kody Kerbox overtaking the pack and finishing first ahead of Ben Sarrazin, Danny Ching, Taylor Rambo and Anthony Vela. Candice Appleby took her second win of the weekend with Anik Wild, Julianne Brackett, Susan Norman and Jen Fuller taking the remaining top five spots.
In the 14-mile Emerald Bay distance race, Thomas Maximus Shahinian placed first overall on unlimited with Danny Ching, Kody Kerbox and Cyril Burguiere finishing second through fourth overall while racing on 14' boards. Candice Appleby switched things up racing prone, and for the third time in one weekend was the first female to cross the line with Jen Fuller, Julianne Brackett and Nina Oakley grabbing the first three finishes on the ladies' side of SUP.
Race the Lake of the Sky also featured a grom race with upwards of 30 kids taking to the water for a 400-yard course. Nick Scheel, Joshua Brackett and Kali'a Alexiou were the top three groms to complete the 5 buoy turns and beach finish with great performances by all.
For more info and full results visit: RaceTheLakeOfTheSky.com