Yuba Bicycles founder Benjamin Sarrazin is not just a cargo biking pioneer: he’s also a champion paddleboarder. Sarrazin recently won the O’Neill Tahoe Cup, a three-race standup paddleboard series held on Lake Tahoe. He took first place in the Tahoe Cup’s elite men’s category following his second-place finish in the 22-mile race across the lake on Sept. 15.
Sarrazin, who can frequently be seen riding in Petaluma with his Boda Boda and Mundo with a Boga brand paddleboard strapped to the side loaders, took up paddleboarding around the time he launched Yuba in 2006. He spent his teens and 20s racing kayaks, so he was no stranger to paddling when he took up this new sport.
Earlier in the summer, Sarrazin took second place in the Jam from the Dam, and third in the Donner Lake Memorial race. His two seconds and one third-place finish were good enough to take the overall series victory–and a nice cash prize.
“In the last few miles my arms were cramping up bad. Twenty-two miles is a long way. But the adrenaline rush kept me going once I knew that I had beaten my closest competitor,” Sarrazin says.
Next spring, expect some big news about a new Yuba accessory that will make it even easier to carry your paddleboard or surfboard on a Mundo or Boda Boda. After all, why drive your board to the beach when you can pedal it there? “Using my cargo bikes to get my boards to the water fits with the true spirit of Yuba, which is to design bikes that allow you to get work done and carry big objects that previously required a car.”