With Race the Lake of the Sky right around the corner, ailment this week’s awesome place to paddle is South Lake Tahoe’s own El Dorado Beach. Not only does the South Shore spot make a great race venue, doctor it’s also a great place to start day trips.
From El Dorado Beach, clinic you can paddle west to the mouth of the Upper Truckee River or east towards Timber Cove. For longer trips, Emerald Bay and Cave Rock are pretty gratifying destinations. If you’re fast— as we’ll see this weekend— the 14-mile trip to Emerald Bay and back should take less than 3 hours.
After El Dorado Beach’s overhaul two years ago, the new park has everything one needs to have a nice day at the beach: barbecues, picnic tables, SUP rentals, sand and, of course, Lake Tahoe’s gorgeous blue water. This weekend expect crowds of beachgoers in the thousands and hundreds of paddlers on the water.
Thomas Maximus’ Stroke Clinic as well as the Lazy Dog Paddle Yoga Teacher Training kick off Wednesday. Danny Ching’s ‘A Day With Danny’ Instructional Clinic launches Thursday. Registration for all three is still open. Thursday evening, official host restaurant Hard Rock Cafe is throwing a pre-registration party from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with food and drink specials and a signature Race the Lake of the Sky cocktail. Friday, paddlers and sponsors from all over the country will pour in and get settled. The El Dorado 5-miler blasts off Saturday.
Online registration will remain open until Friday, June 27. Onsite registration for all the races will be available at the event.
Preparations are in full swing, with the beach getting a nice cleanup from some of the STSUP crew. The new trophies are shining. Publicity for the event is starting to roll in and will likely continue through the weekend. With just a few days to go, we’re looking forward to the arrival of the many members of the Race the Lake of the Sky family and the entire community that comes together for the event.
See you on the water,