While standup paddle boarding is not new to Lake Tahoe, it has taken over as one of the most popular on-the-water sports in just a few years. What's great about the sport is that it can be done at any age and in nearly any weather. I've seen small children paddle boarding over the calm blue waters near D.L. Bliss in the summer and I've seen older adults battling the waves near Crystal Bay.
Tahoe Standup Paddleboarding — Photo courtesy of RenoTahoe/Flickr
This sport entails standing up on a special board, about 12 to 18 feet long, while pushing yourself across the surface of the water with a long paddle. The learning curve is only minutes rather than hours or days and the physical benefits include strengthened shoulders, arms and core. It's also a great way to see the lake: standing up allows you to look into the water and see the shore and mountains better than while sitting in a kayak or canoe.
If you want to try standup paddle boarding, Lake Tahoe is one of the best places to learn. The water is so clear, that you can see below you in case you fall in and the Tahoe area has a wide range of beaches that make it easy to launch your board. You can rent boards and get lessons at several places around Tahoe including Tahoe Paddle & Oar or Adrift Tahoe, both in Kings Beach, California.