The O’Neill Fall Classic was a grueling 22-mile SUP & Paddleboard race. It is the longest inland distance paddle race in the world, setting the stage for the 3rd and final stop of the Tahoe Cup Race Series with a $20k prize purse up for grabs. The race started in El Dorado Beach in South Lake Tahoe and finish at Kings Beach State Beach in North Lake Tahoe and we couldn’t ask for better conditions. The sun was out (a warm 80 degrees), the lake was glassy, and the clouds put the final touch on the picturesque setting.
Rob Rojas put in an impressive race, winning the Elite Unlimited division with a time of 3:38:09 and winning the overall Tahoe Cup Race Series. Congrats Rob! Finishing in second place Rand Carter had a time of 3:55:17 and Michael Valenzuela came in 3rd with a time of 4:16:42. Rob won all 3 races, Donner Cup, The Jam From the Dam and the Fall Classic. He was the stand out in every race.
Congrats to Jay Wild for winning the Elite 14’ division with an amazing time of 4:01:10. Benjamin Sarrazin was just behind Jay and completed the race with a time of 4:03:39. Brennan Rose rounded out the podium with a time of 4:12:12. Although Jay Wild won the race, Brennan Rose won the overall Elite 14’ division for the Tahoe Cup Race Series. Brennan finished first at the Donner Cup, the Jam From the Dam and a 3rd place finish at the Fall Classic.
In the women’s elite division, Jen Fuller took the honors with a time of 4:31:50. Following Jen, Nina Oakley followed closely with a time of 4:35:16. Coming in 3rd place, Wendy Ackermann ended with a respective time of 4:58:30. Jen Fuller also won the overall Tahoe Cup Race Series for the Women’s Elite 12’6” division.
With $20k combined up for grabs, the 2014 O’Neill Tahoe SUP & Paddleboard Series was the best attendance year in series history. More than 450 paddlers competed in the three stop series, testing the skills and endurance in three completely different events. The series couldn’t have been possible without the support of our partners: O’Neill, SUP Magazine, The Lake Tahoe Paddleboard Association, Nature’s Bakery, Surf Tech, Tahoe Paddle & Oar, Waterman’s Landing, South Tahoe Standup Paddle, Ferrari’s Crown Resort, Jason’s, Vita Coco, Werner, MTI, Truckee Tahoe Medical Group, Tahoe TV, Sawyer, Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce and North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. Until next year!