May 22, 2013
by Hannah Greenstreet
It all started back in the 70s when Tom Gandt, long-time Tahoe local, chose to drop out of high school and join the US Coast Guard. Who knew that 10 years later, Gandt would begin to build his lifelong passion of watersports. The Coast Guard was Gandt’s first experience with being out on the water. As the 80s rolled around, so did Gandt’s love for the ocean. He started by sailing the water, but once he met windsurfing, it was love at first sight and he was hooked! Hear about his first unique and unbelievable surfing experience in this week’s podcast with Dreu Murin.
After moving to Tahoe, Gandt followed the waves to the flatwater and picked up outrigger canoeing, which Gandt believes is the “marriage of all water sports!” It combines surfing, windsurfing, sailing, SUP, and most importantly, teamwork! You will see Tom out in his outrigger canoe throughout the summer and at the upcoming Race the Lake of the Sky event on June 29-30.
Gandt is also a huge fan of South Tahoe Standup Paddle’s Wednesday Night SUP Series, where he’s always at the head of the pack or tandem racing with Tahoe Outrigger Team’s Coach, Mike Gabor. Gandt claims that the Wednesday Nights are the “most enjoyable racing, the best possible racing you can get for 20 minutes!”
After years in Tahoe, Gandt is soon moving back to the waves at the Hawaiian shoreline. Come race alongside Gandt on Wednesday Nights or at Race the Lake of the Sky to say aloha and mahalo! Check out this entertaining and informative podcast to hear from an incredible athlete who has been in and on the water for decades.