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.

Zen Moments: Seventh-grader Zen Quinn enjoys some of the summer activities living in Tahoe has to offer. Courtesy photo

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.

Zen Moments: Seventh-grader Zen Quinn enjoys some of the summer activities living in Tahoe has to offer. Courtesy photo

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.