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Thunderbird Paddling Festival

Lake Tahoe Thunderbird Paddling Festival

Lake Tahoe’s Most Scenic Paddle

Lake Tahoe SUP Race

Saturday June 10th, 2017

Thunderbird 8 Miler

Start from the sandy Sand Harbor Beach and head south along the shore keeping the buoys to your left. At the 4-mile mark, round the final buoy and paddle the quickest course you can to the finish line. Along the way pass by the Thunderbird Lodge, and the spectacular shoreline.

Thunderbird 4 Miler

Just like the 8 miler only turn back at the 2 mile mark.

Youth “GROM’” Races for the kids

Close to shore age appropriate distances around our buoy course. Cheer them on!

Free Parking at Sand Harbor!

Thunderbird Paddling Festival


Races and Events

Thunderbird Paddling Festival Events 2017 By 12/31/16 By 6/8/17 Onsite
Grom/Kids Race (ages 5 to 12) $15.00 $15.00 $15.00
Thunderbird 4 Miler $41.00 $46.00 $51.00
Thunderbird 4 Miler YOUTH $26.00 $32.00 $36.00
Thunderbird 8 Miler $51.00 $56.00 $61.00
Thunderbird 8 Miler YOUTH $36.00 $41.00 $46.00

Included: Hot Meal*, Cold Beer/Beverage, Tech Tee, Awards.

*Meal not included for the Grom/Kids entry price yet is available onsite.

Processing fees not included.

Clubs and Teams of 10 or more, Challenged Athletes, Military, please email to receive a discount code.


Stand Up:

  • SUP Surfboard, 12’6″ (Stock), 14′, Unlimited, Grom/Kids


  • Unlimited, Stock

Age Groups: “based on age as of 12/31”

  • 18 & under, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+

Required Gear:

  • PFD, life jacket
  • Leash


  • Top three in all age groups male and female
  • Top three men and women
  • Everyone who races is eligible to win a prize in our sponsor raffle
  • Challenged Athletes
  • Grom/Kids receive finishing medals


  • Kayaks, Surf Ski, Outrigger

All paddling craft welcome! We will score in categories dependent on entry.

Event Info

Thunderbird Paddling Festival Course and Event Map

Friday, June 10
6:30 – 9:15 AM Athletes check-in Trailer
8:00 AM Race start: Sand Harbor Open Water Swim Beach
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM Expo/Demos Beach/Lake
8:15 AM First Finisher 1/2 Mile Swim Beach/Finish
8:21 AM First Finisher 1.2 Mile Awim Beach/Finish
8:45 AM First Finisher 2.4 Mile Swim Beach/Finish
9:00 AM Swim Awards Beach
9:30 AM Race start: Thunderbird Beach/Lake
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM Paddling Kids Races Beach/Lake
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM BBQ Beach
10:10 AM First Finisher 4 Miler Beach
10:50 AM First Finisher 8 Miler Beach

Come on out on demo boards from these brands and learn to paddle at one of our introductory clinics

Ever wanted to check out the newest SUP boards and gear? Your chance to demo boards and gear from these great SUP brands. And if you’ve ever wanted to learn how to Standup paddleboard or improve your skills then take advantage of one of our free clinics. This venue is the perfect venue to learn and demo with a sandy beach and beautiful clear water.

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Big Blue Adventure, LLC has a NO REFUND policy. However, we do offer partial discounts for those canceling during our cancellation periods. A discount code for 70% of your race registration fee will be offered until 14 days prior to the race date. No discounts codes will be given within 14 days before the event.

Discount codes can be used to register for another Big Blue Adventure, LLC event and will be valid for 12 months after the event date.

Please visit our Sponsors

North Lake Tahoe

Lagunitas IPA

Nature's Bakery

Special Thanks To

Sand Harbor Nevada

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