August 25, 2019
The longest, most demanding race on the paddleboard circuit, the Catalina Classic is a grueling, thirty-two milelong paddleboard marathon which takes off from Catalina Island and finishes at the Manhattan Beach Pier. Founded in 1955, the event is a herculean endeavor drawing qualified watermen from all over the world to compete.
The event was cancelled in 1961 due to dangerous conditions and languished for more than twenty years. It was revived in 1982 with a field of ten competitors. Since then, the sport has experienced an enormous resurgence in popularity, particularly in the South Bay.
The race gets under way at 6:00 am and finishes at approximately 3:00 pm with the first finishers expected about 11:00 a.m. at the Manhattan Beach Pier. You’ll definitely want to be at the finish line to witness this amazing feat of endurance.
For additional information, visit the website at http://catalinaclassicpaddleboardrace.org/.