Photo courtesy of Lake Tahoe Waterman Association

CARNELIAN BAY, Calif. Aug. 12, 2019 – The nonprofit Lake Tahoe Waterman Association (LTWA) will host the inaugural “Paddle Tahoe Mountain Luau” on August 21 to celebrate 10 years of its work to protect public access to Lake Tahoe, inspire a generation of healthy, active kids, and spark an environmentally conscious paddling lifestyle in the Tahoe-Truckee community. The 10th anniversary gala event will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Truckee Philosophy and will honor longtime locals Chris Ryman and Trent Carter.

“We’re inviting the community to join us for a luau, mountain-style, in celebration of the past and present work our board, staff, and members of our community are doing to help protect Lake Tahoe and inspire the current and future paddlers,” said Jay Wild, co-founder of the Lake Tahoe Waterman Association. “We’d also like the community to help us honor Chris Ryman and Trent Carter for their belief in and active support of our mission to get more people on the water and enjoying Lake Tahoe under their own power.”

Hosted by Truckee Philosophy, the benefit evening will include food, drinks and great stories, with the LTWA to honor longtime locals Chris Ryman and Trent Carter for their tremendous and lasting support of local kids, LTWA’s work and the community’s treasured Lake Tahoe. Chris has served as a mentor and advisor to the Lake Tahoe Waterman Association since its inception, and has long supported the nonprofit’s vision of introducing more people to non-motorized water sports, in particular stand up paddleboarding, and getting more kids involved.

Trent Carter has participated in Lake Tahoe Waterman Association programs since the very first camp. Through his training and involvement with LTWA, he has developed into a nationally ranked paddle athlete, and has become a camp counselor helping to create the next generation of passionate paddlers.

Photo courtesy of Lake Tahoe Waterman Association

Tickets to the Paddle Tahoe Mountain Luau are $10 per person and available for purchase through Eventbrite. Advance registration is recommended as this event is expected to sell out. Event proceeds and contributions will help fund summer paddling camp scholarships for kids, secure critical new paddling gear, support group paddling trips and races and invest in a new paddling safety education series for 5th to 12th grade classrooms in Lake Tahoe area schools.

For those who are not able to attend, donations can be made online before or after the event. Every dollar donated helps build a generation of confident, healthy and environmentally conscious kids in the Tahoe-Truckee community. Learn more at

LTWA is a steward of the land and the lake, promoting human-powered watercraft education and safety for all generations of outdoor enthusiasts, providing the Tahoe community and visitors with the opportunity to connect with Lake Tahoe. We seek to conserve and protect our playground that is Lake Tahoe and paddle human-powered watercraft. The organization is home to the Junior Waterman Educational programs and Team Tahoe Waterman competition and training group. Learn more at