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Good times in Tahoe

The Lake Tahoe Basin is a wonderland of experiences. It is always in motion, always looking to be the best. Summer is filled with a lake full of activities.

SUP time at Tahoe
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Connie Anderson, of the Abbi Agency, sent out a press release that puts the spotlight on Stand Up Paddle Boarding, SUP for short.

SUP is one of the fastest growing water sports across the United States. Not surprisingly, SUP has a history at Lake Tahoe. Along with kayaks, canoes, all kinds of powered motor boats, sail boats and a few stern wheelers, SUP was simply a natural on the beautiful blue waters of Tahoe.

According to Anderson, Hawaii and Lake Tahoe are where the sport originated. Come August and September, Tahoe will host two SUP events.

August 15th through the 17th will see Ta-Hoe Nalu, which, said Anderson, is the "...longest running and largest SUP and Paddleboard race event in the United States." It's billed as family friendly and will encompass distance events and beginner races. A live concert, sand castle contests, and prizes, including cash, of more than $10,000 will be won. Kings Beach is the location for this event.

There will be workshops and a full dining and beverage court for those who attend. In keeping with the Hawaii connection, the opening of the races will feature the Polynesian music and dance of Halau Hula 'O Leilani, at 7:30 a.m. Registration follows at 2:00 p.m.

The racing events launch at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, with a five mile race hitting the water at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday. The event will close at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

The Tahoe Fall Classic will take to the water on September 13th and 14th. This is the third and final race in The Tahoe Cup race series. It is presented by O'Neill and the Lake Tahoe Paddleboard Association is the host.

The race is a prone paddleboard race, point to point, and 22 miles in the lake. Starting at El Dorado Beach in South Lake Tahoe, paddlers will make their way to Kings Beach State Beach.

Here is what Anderson said about this race: "It is the longest inland distance paddleboard race in the world and is expected to draw hundreds of competitors from near and far. SUP demos are provided throughout the weekend compliments of SURFTECH and lunch is provided by Men Wielding Fire."

Register now at www.tahoecup.org. The first paddler to hit the beach at the end of the 22 miles earns $300. There are other awards for the different divisions of the race, including the $20,000 cash purse for whoever takes the Elite Series race. Not bad for a day on the water.

Not content with water events, there will be a first ever North Lake Tahoe Ukulele Festival, at the North Tahoe Event Center at Kings Beach. Take a workshop, or an into to the ukulele during the festival.

"Enjoy the sounds of jazz and blues artist Michael Powers, who has shared the stage with Ray Charles, Diane Schuur, Herbie Hancock and Gladys Knight, among others, along with Steven Espaniola, the 2006 Hawaiian Music Awards New Artist of the Year. In addition, Sunday evening invites fans to enjoy a Uke-Party-On-The-Sand as the top paddlers cross the finish line in the Tahoe Fall Classic. Tickets are on sale now and are available for concerts only, workshops only, or the entire weekend.", according to Anderson.

Book a room and spend the weekend to catch all the action at either event. It's looking like a full, fun, autumn at the Lake.