Take a breather. This week is going to be a tough one to get out on the lake. Harsh spring conditions will kick in. Wind and (hopefully) some rain will roll over the South Shore. Winds kicked up Tuesday and the surfers were out on the North Shore.
Clouds will begin to form today and tomorrow. Forecasters are calling for the precipitation to start Thursday, shop with rain possibly turning to snow Friday and then back to rain through the weekend. The total precipitation amounts expected are not huge, ed just fractions of an inch. But anything helps at this point. Winds will be fairly consistent in the 3 mph to 7 mph range.
If you’re just dying to get out there, Sunday and Monday morning the wind appears to die and the rain looks like it will hold until the afternoon. But things could always change between now and then.
The rain is welcome because we want the lake to be nice and full come June when the crowd for Race the Lake of the Sky will start to turn up. Over the last few days, those who have been to the beach or checked out our webcam will notice a few extra inches in the lake. The huge stretches of sand are starting to disappear. This means good things for paddlers.
Great news! Danny Ching will be returning to Race the Lake of the Sky this year and he’ll be holding a clinic as well. This is your chance to learn first hand from one of the best paddlers on earth. Register soon because this clinic will fill up. Below,Danny explains the importance of technique for Standup Paddle TV. Though the video is a couple years old, Danny gets the point across.
Danny Ching is one of the most decorated outrigger and standup paddlers in the world with a wealth of knowledge beyond his years. Having paddled outrigger canoes most of his life, he now spends a majority of his time on the water standup style. He is the only non-Hawaiian to win the grueling Molokai to Oahu OC-1 race twice and has a total of 8 Battle of the Paddle overall victories. Danny’s humble, easy going and fun personality makes for a comprehensive and enjoyable learning experience.
That’s it for this week. If you have any questions about paddling on Lake Tahoe or if you’re looking for gear, feel free to stop by the shop. We’re open every day. If somebody isn’t in the front shop, we are most likely around back in the warehouse. Or you can give us a ring at 530-416-4829. You can also reach us on our Facebook page. And make sure to follow South Tahoe Standup Paddle and Race the Lake of the Sky on Instagram. Current conditions on Lake Tahoe’s South Shore are always available on our webcam. We hope you have a fantastic week out there.