Sierra Showdown Paddle Challenge

Fall 2017

Lakeside Beach, South Lake Tahoe


Races and Events

Sierra Showdown 8 & 5 Miler

Start your paddle from the sandy Lakeside Beach and head out on the Big Blue. Paddle a course marked by large buoys in both Nevada and California. Finish on the beach!

Youth “GROM’” Races for the kids

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

Need a place to stay?

Click here to see the lodging offers provided through the Lake Tahoe Marathon.


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Big Blue Waterman Challenge

Do you have what it takes to be a true Lake Tahoe Waterman or Women? The Big Blue Waterman Challenge combines stand-up paddle board (SUP), swimming and beach running. The format is a heat racing elimination where top finishers advance round by round to the finals. Consolation races and kids divisions. Are you good at one, two or all three stages of this exciting and fun multisport challenge? Then come on out and give it a tri.


Many of the Lake Tahoe Marathon events are occurring this same weekend. Click here for a schedule and plan a multisport family weekend. Click here for Marathon event registration.

Event Info

Stand Up:

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


  • Unlimited, Stock


  • Kayaks, Surf Ski, Outrigger

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

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

Race Entry Fees

Sierra Showdown Paddling Race


5 Miler $45.00
8 Miler $60.00
Big Blue Waterman Challenge $35.00
5 Miler and Waterman Challenge $70.00
8 Miler and Waterman Challenge $85.00
Grom/Kids Race (ages 5 to 12) $17.00

Registration Notes

The prices include the PADDLE GURU service fee of Youth/Senior $2 per person, Individual $4

The above prices do not include the online  credit card processing fees of 2.9%+$0.30


Senior and Junior Discount Codes

  • $5.00 discount for seniors 62+  as of 12/31 in this race year
    • Please use the code: SeniorDiscount
  • $15.00 discount for Juniors Under 17 years of age as of 12/31 in this race year.
    • Please use the code: JuniorDiscount
    • Not valid for Grom Race Registration


Event Schedule

Sierra Showdown Paddling Race
Time Activity Location
FALL 2017
8:30 – 9:30 AM Athletes check-in Lakeside Beach/Event Trailer
8:30 AM Race start: South Shore Open Water Swim Beach
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Expo/Demos Beach/Lake
8:45 AM First Finisher 1/2 Mile Swim Beach/Finish
8:51 AM First Finisher 1.2 Mile Awim Beach/Finish
9:15 AM First Finisher 2.4 Mile Swim Beach/Finish
10:30 AM Swim Awards Beach
10:00 AM Race start: Sierra Showdown Beach/Lake
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Paddling Kids Races Beach/Lake
10:40 AM First Finisher 5 Miler Beach
11:20 AM First Finisher 8 Miler Beach
12:00 approx PM Start: Big Blue Waterman Challenge Beach