Lake Tahoe Thunderbird Paddling Festival

Lake Tahoe’s Most Scenic Paddle

Lake Tahoe SUP Race

Date TBA

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

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.

Sample Schedule
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
11:00 AM 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

Event Info

Thunderbird Paddling Festival Course and Event Map

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.

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Special Thanks To

Sand Harbor Nevada

Thunderbird Lake Tahoe