The morning of the second stop of the O’Neill SUP and Paddleboard Series was primed with amazing conditions! The sun was out, the temperature was a perfect 80 degrees and the lake was like a sheet of glass.
There were a total of 175 paddlers that showed up for the race, making it the biggest race yet for the Jam From the Dam. The race was filled with people smiling from ear to ear and we experienced friendly competition among the paddlers.
Once the competitors were lined up, the horn sounded and the start of the race was underway. It was congested with determined paddlers at first until O’Neill’s Rob Rojas started to pull away from the pack. With the finish line in sight, Rob was paddling to a packed beach filled with cheers and clapping from the fans and family members. Rob finished 1st in the Unlimited Elite division with a time of 53 minutes and 43 seconds. The next wave of paddlers to come in was Rukin Jelks in the OC1 class, finishing with a total time of 54 minutes and 10 seconds. Following Jelks, Damien Estrada in the Unlimited Open class finished with a time of 54 minutes and 30 seconds. Patrick McNenny took 1st place in the Paddleboard division and Brennan Rose took 1st place in the 14’ class.
The women were just as impressive as the men. Anik Wild took 1st place in the 12.6 class with a time of 1 hour and 5 minutes with Jen Fuller, Nina Oakley and Wendy Ackermann falling just behind. Francine Tone won the Masters Sup class with a time of 1 hour and 13 minutes and Amy McCool took 1st in the Unlimited Class.
With the 2014 O’Neill Jam From the Dam race in the books, everyone is looking to the last stop of the race series, The Tahoe Fall Classic. It’s a 22-mile point-to-point race from El Dorado Beach, South Lake Tahoe to Kings Beach State Beach. Rob Rojas is looking like the overall leader to win the Tahoe Cup Race Series with the win at Donner Lake and finishing 1st at this years Jam From the Dam.