After such an amazing event, this week’s blog post has to be dedicated to Race the Lake of the Sky. From the pre-party to the sweet moves contest, the whole weekend was a whirlwind of friendship, fun and competition.
Like a godsend, the weather was near perfect through Saturday’s 5-miler and Sunday’s Emerald Bay Race. More than 600 paddlers competed in the weekend’s events. Check out a huge selection of photos on the RLS website and Facebook page, brought to you by Brian Walker Photography, Sean Davis Media and myself.
Danny Ching swept both the big races in the 14-foot class. Riviera rider Thomas Maximus and Rob Rojas led the unlimited class, while Candice Appleby owned the win on the women’s side of the 5-miler. Up-and-comers Shae Boudy and Noa Hopper turned in great results as well. Congratulations to all those who finished. Full results are available on the website.
Through Saturday’s SUP Cross, the competition was intense. Men, women and children battled it out, hunting the inside around the turns and sprinting through the finish. Sunday’s sweet moves contest saw backflips and yoga poses, 360s and paddle jumps. Also on Sunday, the relay was widely considered one of the most exciting races of the weekend.
Thank you to Riviera Paddlesurf, Kona Brewing Company, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Tahoe South, Hard Rock Café, Sweet Waterwear, Tahoe Trailbar and all the sponsors who made the event possible. A big shout goes to the many volunteers that grab the boards from the finish line, pick up garbage and generally make the magic happen.
Not enough thanks can be given to the entire Brackett family, who work year-round to plan and prepare the event. Thank you!
Already looking forward to next year,