Team O’Neill Dominates 1st Stop of the O’Neill Tahoe Cup SUP Series

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Team O’Neill Dominates 1st Stop of the O’Neill Tahoe Cup SUP Series

Rob Rojas Sets a Record Time at the Donner Lake SUP Race, 1st Stop of the Tahoe Cup Series
The 2013 O’Neill Tahoe Cup SUP Race Series kicked off this past Saturday in Donner Lake, CA. In contrast to the freezing snowy conditions of the past couple years, the Donner event welcomed perfect Spring Tahoe weather with calm winds, over 135 paddlers, and 65 degree sunny skies for the first stop of the series.

O’Neill team rider, Rob Rojas, blew away the Elite Men’s field with a record time of 45 mins 52 secs to claim the Donner Lake crown. Last year’s winner Jay Wild edged out Benjamin Sarrazin to take the second spot with a close paddle battle to the finish. The victory puts Rojas in an early lead for the Tahoe SUP Series overall title, and in firm contention to lay claim to the top spot in the overall $20k series prize purse.

Rob Rojas on the podium - Tahoe Cup

Sixteen year-old, Fiona Wylde put in a great paddle to take the Elite Female class. The Team O’Neill paddler captured the top spot with a time of 52 min 37sec. Anik Wild claimed the second spot, while Jen Fuller rounded out the podium.

Crowd at Donner Lake - 1st Stop of the Tahoe Cup

The O’Neill Tahoe SUP Series will continue on July 13 at the Jam from the Dam race. The Jam is a 6 mile point-to-point race, which starts at Commons Beach, Tahoe City and finishes at the Waterman’s Landing in Carnelian Bay.

Rob Rojas and Fiona Wylde at the Tahoe Cup - Donner Lake.

Results:

Men’s 5MI Elite Results:
1. Rob Rojas M 39 San Clemente, CA 14’ Elite Ohana 45:52
2. Jay Wild M 33 Truckee, CA 14’ Elite 47:07
3. Benjamin Sarrazin M 39 Petaluma, CA 14’ Elite Boga 47:11

Women's Elite Podium - Tahoe Cup - Donner Lake

Women’s 5MI Elite Results:
1. Fiona Wylde F 16 Hood Rive, OR Stock Elite Naish 52:37
2. Anik Wild F Truckee, CA Stock Elite 53:55
3. Jen Fuller F 49 Sausalito, CA Stock Elite Infinity 53:57

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