Brand spankin’ new Ocean Minded van? Check. Stand Up Paddleboard, gear and giveaways loaded? Check. Ice chest filled with snacks for an epic road trip to Lake Tahoe? CHECK! For some, the idea of spending two weeks on the road might sound like a trip from you know where… but for Ocean Minded, it’s is a dream vacation. At the end of the second week of hosting beach cleanups, sponsoring races & events and supporting for our team ambassadors, Ocean Minded successfully accomplished our first ever, Tahoe takeover and boy is there a lot to tell!
The two-week trip kicked-off with the Race The Lake Of The Sky event at El Dorado Beach in South Lake Tahoe, California. Hosted by South Tahoe Stand Up Paddle and sponsored by yours truly, this 2-day event consisted of 5-mile and 14-mile distance races, as well as the first-ever SUPcross moto-/boardercross style race event and Sweet Water Apparel ‘Sweetest Move’ freestyle competition. With over 300 competitors including several of Ocean Minded’s finest: Candice Appleby, Anthony Vela, Thomas ‘Maximus’ Shahinian, Jay Wild, Kristin Thomas and Cynthia Aguilar all the way from Miami… this was an amazing and successful event; a great way to start week one.
Our second event commenced on the morning of the Fourth of July with a Beach Cleanup at King’s Beach in North Lake Tahoe. Hosted by Jay Wild and Chuck Patterson, 15 volunteers came out to clean up the post previous night’s post-Firework Display mess, including Candice, Anthony and Naish SUP‘s rising-star 17-year-old Kody Kerbox.
A “Morning After” beach cleanup marked our third event on July 5th at El Dorado Beach in South Lake Tahoe. In partnership with Riviera Paddle Surf and South Tahoe Stand Up Paddle we hosted approximately 40 volunteers to clean up following the biggest fireworks display on the lake. Despite most of the big stuff having already been hauled away by a local volunteer crew, we picked the beach and surrounding park and parking lots clean… all with a smile on our face!
Going out with a bang, our fourth and final event was the Watermans Paddle For Humanity Stop #3 held at Watermans Landing in Carnelian Bay, North Lake Tahoe. Over 70 competitors registered for 5K and 10K distance races, as well as the now legendary Chuck Patterson Rally Race, consisting of a variable-discipline course that changes at every stop. At the Rally Race, each competitor was challenged with a 3+ lap course consisting of a stand up paddleboarding, a prone paddle on a surf-style SUP board with NO fins, and a swim to a party float just offshore. Oh and just to make this challenge a little more “fun,” the competition was held on a beach made up of pebbles and shale stone, leaving many competitors wishing they had a pair of the water-and-stone-friendly, Ocean Minded Waveseekers!