Thursday, August 18, 2011

2011 Ta-hoe Nalu Paddle Festival - 6MI STAND UP PADDLE ELITE 14'

The main event of the year happened this August 13 & 14 on the shores of North Lake Tahoe.

The Main Event of the Year
2 days of events for all ages & skill levels
SUP / Prone / OC 1 Divisions......$ 20,000 i cash & prizes
Learn to Paddle from a Pro - the Ta-Hoe Nalu SUP Experiance

Erik Nordskog of On It Pro was hooking the Hobie 14' up with Xtreme Cream, a high performance bottom coating.

Throwing the Shaka prior to race, so stoked to be a part of this event!

Moments before for the start, last couple of words of encouragement with Elite womens paddler Suzy Strazzulla.

Love this Photo...many of which were taken by my good friend and fellow paddler John R. Goodman.

And were off!

This is awesome, we are all bunched together going into the first bouy turn. That is South Lake Tahoe in the distance. Middle of August and there is still snow on the mountains. You gotta love it!

Back on the tail and pullin' hard trying to get the Hobie 14' around the bouy.

Getting ready to set my paddle, feeling the effects of the altitude.

Look at the clarity of the water! I am pulling some water here, trying to catch the guys in front of me. This picture was taken by Kristin Thomas, an increadible WaterWomen. Kristin raced earlier in the 5 mile open race where she took 1st place!

Coming off the last bouy turn and heading into the finish.

As I hit the beach at the finish, no matter what place I am in I always try and finish hard!

That sand is feeling really heavy. And you want to look like it's no big deal...there are hundreds of people watching!

Immediately after the race talking with Suzy. You can see by the look on my face water and air.....good thing.

Me and Talia Gangini. She was right behind me on the 3rd lap and the final lap. I was determined to hold her off and not get passed. Your probably thinking, "come on Paul she only a young girl". Talia just raced in the Molokai 2 Oahu 32 mile paddleboard race last month where she placed 2nd in the female unlimited class! This girl can paddle.

Group photo after the race. This group consists of pretty much the fastest SUP racers in the world, both men and women. I was increadibly lucky to have had the oppurtunity to paddle and race against them in Tahoe.


22nd place Paul Zacharias M 47 Coronado, CA. 14' Hobie


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