Elimination of “Pro” Only Aspect of Ta-Hoe Nalu Races

1 July , 2014

Lake Tahoe, CA – Long ago, before Stand Up paddle board races existed the Ta-Hoe Nalu was born from a few paddle & surf enthusiast from Southern and Northern California here on Lake Tahoe.  The 1st Ta-Hoe Nalu was the brainchild of Ernie Brassard,  Bob Pearson and Rick Thomas in 2006.  The 1st SUP race ever was a race from Tahoe City to Tahoe Vista – 8 miles with 32 competitors on SUP surfboards and 2 prone paddlers. TA-HOE NALU started as a 1 race recreational event adding a Grom race for kids 12 and under with a BBG, some music and a lot of Aloha.

When the Battle of the Paddle came on the scene in 2008 with an Elite race and big cash purse, it changed the SUP world of racing by creating the Pro element. TA-HOE NALU followed by adding and Elite Race in 2010.

In the past few years Standup Paddling has seen the development of multiple tours, several large prize purse events and other paddle “Championships”.  At the Ta-Hoe Nalu, we’ve decided to stay true to our roots and foster the recreational paddler.  We have counseled with many Professionals, our Event Sponsors, and the WPA.

Unanimously, we have concluded that the sport needs to attempt to unite and work together for sustainable growth.  We at Ta-Hoe Nalu decided to eliminate the “Pro” Only aspect of the event, and have removed the cash prize purse associated with the awards.  The decision to eliminate the Pro Prize purse is to help professional athletes coordinate their calendars and focus on the events that are designed around them, showcasing their talent.  We still support professional athletes and welcome all to attend.  We have added and Elite/Pro division in the 10 mile distance and 5 mile open WPA sanctioned races.

We are also expanding the Hawaiian paddle sport of Outrigger, Prone and SUP.  We’ve added a 6 man Outrigger race and OC-1 categories in the 10 mile and 5 mile events.  We’re also adding more fun events for all skill levels with clinics and organized demos.

We invite and welcome all, including Elite athletes, to visit Lake Tahoe and compete at the TA-HOE NALU for the joy and fun of it.  SUP has created a culture that’s inspired many, and brought them to the world of water sports to enjoy fun, family, friends and the true Aloha spirit.

North Tahoe Paddle Events, Inc.   –   TA-HOE NALU Paddle Festival