The second annual Tahoe Vista Paddlefest came to a conclusion on Sunday, Sept. 10, with the annual battle for lake supremacy — the Tahoe Fall Classic 22-mile paddleboard race.
The race across Lake Tahoe marked the finale of the Tahoe Cup Paddle Racing Series, and capped off the weekend-long paddleboard festival in Tahoe Vista, which was highlighted by the Butterfly Effect, live music, vendors, and stand-up paddling clinics.
“The Tahoe Vista Paddlefest — Butterfly Effect on Saturday and the Fall Classic on Sunday — was one of the best attended Lake Tahoe events I have ever had the pleasure to be a part of,” Race Organizer Phillip Segal said in an email to the Bonanza. “The weather could not have been better for both days.”
Saturday’s event marked the Butterfly Effect’s fourth annual event on the lake, bringing the global movement that started in Maui, Hawaii to the shores of Tahoe.
The events are put on throughout the world and are designed to bring women together in an effort to teach and inspire through watersports.
This year’s event featured a 3-mile paddle, stand-up yoga, and other festivities.
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The 22-mile Tahoe Fall Classic took place the following day and featured more than 50 paddlers embarking on a route from El Dorado Beach in South Lake Tahoe across the lake to the finish line at Mourelatos making it the longest inland paddleboard race in the world.
Barry Wicks, of Pacifica, Calif., would capture the male open stand-up paddleboard 14.0-foot board division championship, finishing the 22-mile race with a time of 3 hours, 55 minutes, 44.15 seconds. Wicks topped second place, Keith Rudd, by more than…
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