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The transition from summer to fall continues this week. On tap, we’ll have slightly cooler temperatures dropping into the mid-60s through the weekend. Expect a few clouds to hover over the Basin for most of the week and a chance of rain on Wednesday. Smoke from the King Fire will continue to plague Lake Tahoe (Sorry to all IRONMAN participants), but firefighters are working hard to get the fire under control.
With the last of the summer races gone, it’s time to start training hard for Battle of the Paddle, the biggest event in the sport. Battle is just over a week away and we hope to have a huge Tahoe presence. This year’s new venue at Salt Creek should make the last race of the season a very exciting one. The spot is more exposed and will see larger surf than the previous location.
If you don’t mind the smoke, there is still plenty of paddling to be done on Lake Tahoe. Rentals will be available through the end of the month. Plus, South Tahoe Stand-up is liquidating their rental fleet in anticipation of next year’s new arrivals. Great boards from Riviera are available for as low as $299. Check out Craigslist for the full listings.
As far as events go, things are pretty quiet this week. Continuing the rise of SUP popularity in Europe, Germany and the U.K. will host a pair of races. On that note, the SUP Paris Crossing, a 400-person race down the River Seine (yes, past the Eiffel Tower) in December, is already sold out.
Congratulations to Connor Baxter and Candice Appleby for sweeping the Huntington Beach Pro last weekend. Both Baxter and Appleby won the distance races and the sprint races. The win means Baxter will be crowned the champion of the Stand Up World Series with one event still left to go. Full results from the Huntington Beach Pro can be found on SUPracer.com.