By ZEN QUINN | 7th-Grade, Creekside Charter
Tahoe never disappoints in the summer. I can wake up and go explore the trails in my backyard that lead to the Desolation Wilderness, where I can wander for miles and miles on my bike or on foot.
When it comes to the water, I can go to my paddle coaches’ shop on the beach and paddle anything from stand-up paddleboards to canoes to even surfskis.
There are also many beaches around the lake. One of my favorites is D.L. Bliss State Park. It is a warm, sandy beach. Next to it lies the Tahoe-famous Rooster Rock — a 40-foot cliff jump into one of the deepest parts of the lake. Another thing I love to do in the summer is go boating. From exploring the lake to tubing, wakeboarding, foiling, and wakesurfing, being on the boat is always a good time.
Over the past couple of summers, I have also gotten into photography and filmmaking.
If I’m ever bored at home, I can always take the public bus to Tahoe City, walk around with my friends, and jump in the lake at the marina. Some days I go to Northstar and go downhill biking. You use the chair lift to get up the hill, and you get to shred the well-maintained trails.
During the summer, I dedicate most of my time to paddling. I travel around the United States for paddleboard races. Over time, I have gotten sponsored by board companies and a paddle company. I spend five days a week training for races. Some days are focused on speed, and some days length and duration. The races I compete in range from 6 to 22 miles. My motivation in the summer is to train hard and get strong for the 22-mile race. In this contest, you start at South Shore and end at Kings Beach. It usually takes around four hours, and it’s brutal.
Other than paddling, I practice free diving. Last summer, I learned to free dive from a professional and I immediately fell in love with it. I did a 45-foot dive last summer and plan to dive deeper every year!
Lake Tahoe is a beautiful, fun, and adventurous place, and I am so blessed to grow up here. I am looking forward to many more adventures on land and water this summer.