Featured Article: Stand up Paddleboarding - What You Need to Know to Get Started


If you’re looking for a new watersport, or have been looking for a different way to float on the water, stand up paddleboarding might be the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors and get in an excellent workout.

There’s no better way to spend a warm, sunny day than out by the water. It’s even better if you can spend time on the water, leisurely taking in the sights and sounds around you.

That’s why stand up paddleboarding is one of the best ways to enjoy nature and get in a full body workout – it targets every muscle group in your body and you can burn up to 500 calories an hour.

Plus, it’s one watersport you can do on any body of water — including oceans, rivers, lakes and swimming pools – and it’s a sport all ages and skill levels can enjoy. Some people even bring their four-legged friend on board with them!

Lakeshore Paddleboard Company, based in Reno, is a manufacturer and marketer of stand up paddleboards and related accessories. They share tips — from etiquette, gear and where to go — for those interested in the sport to new beginners.


What You Need

Besides a board and a paddle, you’re going to need a few things.

  • One of the most important things you will need is a life jacket or personal flotation device (PFD)
  • You should also consider a leash. A leash will keep you attached to your board if you end up falling off
  • Water to rehydrate


What to Wear

There are many different options for what you can wear while paddling. But the basics are all you really need if you’re just going out for an easy paddle.

  • Throw on the basic swim trunks or a bathing suit
  • Apply sun block lotion with an 30 SPF to protect your shoulders
  • Sunglasses and a hat for sun and water glare protection


Where to Go

Unlike surfing, you don’t need waves to paddleboard. This makes Lake Tahoe the perfect candidate for your first outing.

These are several options to consider:

Kings Beach

Paid parking is $10 and has an instantly accessible shoreline. Head out to the left and around Speedboat Beach into Crystal Bay.

Sand Harbor

One of the most beautiful beaches, but get there early! Paid parking is $7. Paddlers are limited to the boat launch beach or the far left of the main public beach.

Meeks Bay

This beach is ten miles south of Tahoe City next to a big campground. It’s a great beach with a standard day use fee.


Transporting Your SUP to Your Water Destination

Very few people have a vehicle big enough for the board to be inside their car, which means it’s probably going on the roof. To keep it safe, use a sock or padded board bag and remember these tips:

  • Fins go up, always. Use nose and tail tie-downs to attach the board to solid points on the front and back of your car. Twisting your straps will reduce buzzing vibrations caused by the wind.
  • If you don’t have crossbars or some kind of rack on the top of your car, use foam blocks or rolled up beach towels to cushion your board. Make sure it’s evenly placed on the blocks or towels so that it isn’t tipping up or down.
  • Tighten the straps enough that you’re keeping the board in place but not with so much force that you’re damaging its outer surface.
  • Tuck the straps inside the car (or wrap them around the crossbar) so they aren’t blowing in the wind.


Where to Rent SUP

If you don’t have a SUP or would like to rent one for the day on your next Lake Tahoe trip, the following companies offer rentals all around the lake. Visit their websites for additional information and rates:

For additional rental locations, visit North Lake Tahoe Tourism’s website.


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