The second event of the O'Neill Tahoe Cup Race Series was held at North Lake Tahoe this past weekend. The Jam From The Dam was met with optimal conditions making the race a pleasure for both competitors and spectators alike.
The sun was out all day with temperatures in the mid 60's at the start and in the mid 80's by the time the last competitors were crossing the finish. The Jam from the Dam is the only race of the series to have a separate start and finish. The 6-mile race started at Commons Beach in Tahoe City where competitors paddled northeast, cutting across coves and hugging points to the finish at Waterman's Landing in Carnelian Bay.
O'Neill's own Rob Rojas took 1st place in the Men's Unlimited division. He was on point and determined to win and the results showed it. Rob finished over 5 minutes before the next racer Seth Springer, who was followed by Rand carter a minute later. Rob started out the morning by paddling from the finish to the start, which may have helped his victory. "It was great! I really got to check out the course and get a solid warm up before the race" said Rojas, when he was asked about his 6 am trip to the start.
The third and final stop of the O'Neill Tahoe Cup is going to take place on September 18, 2011. The Fall Classic is a 22-mile point-to-point race from Camp Richardson Marina, South Lake Tahoe to Kings Beach, North Lake Tahoe. For more event information please visit www.tahoecup.org.