Friday, December 12, 2014

Surf's Up on Lake Tahoe!! Pineapple Express Brings Surfing to the Mountains! (video & photos)

Lake Tahoe, the sixth largest lake by volume in the United States following the five Great Lakes. It resides in the Sierra Nevada, snuggled along the California and Nevada state lines. The lake is a high elevation lake with a depth of 1,645 feet. Pretty impressive right? 

The lake itself is a well known tourist attraction in the summer months, but as the snow begins to fall the surrounding mountains steal the show. However, it wasn't the amazing skiing conditions that made the news this week, it was the surfing that was going on hundreds of miles from any ocean! 

As the pineapple express finally returned to California, bringing with it, beneficial rains, snow. The storm has brought some other impacts, like mudslides and surf on Lake Tahoe! The GIF below shows the wind direction and intensity (closer the lines are the faster the winds) of the storm system as it enter the California coast. These winds blew over Lake Tahoe from the south to the north, the length of the lake. This long fetch created the perfect conditions for surfing at the lake's north end! 
The video above and the Twitter photos below show the  awesome event and the surfers taking advantage of the conditions to catch some waves! It's so cool!