35th Catalina Classic: Largest Race of the Year Looks to Be Among Fastest, Ever

Manhattan Beach, August 23, 2010: This Sunday, August 29th, 2010, The 35th Catalina Classic Paddleboard Championship starts 90 solo paddlers – the largest number for races of 30+ miles this year. This year's field includes paddlers from Australia, Canada, France, California, Hawaii and the East Coast. Tyler Anderson will defend his Overall and Unlimited Division title against several perennial Classic and Molokai standouts and a slew of winners from this season's other races. Notable Unlimited Division (boards over 12 feet) challengers include: the Rocheleau brothers from Hawaii, multi-time lifeguard champion Anthony Vela, local speedster Adam Buckley and George Plsek from San Diego. Top competitors in the Stock Division are: 2010 Molokai champion Eric Abbott, 3 time Catalina Classic stock champion Tom Duryea, and 2009 Catalina Classic runner-up Shane Scoggins. Joe Bark, 2 time overall champion and the man who shapes the vast majority of paddleboards used in the Classic, returns for his 27th Catalina Classic.

The course remains exactly the same as it has been since 1955. “What makes the Classic unique is its tradition," states Catalina Classic Race Director, Kyle Daniels, "This will be the 35th time racers leave the Isthmus at 6 am and finish at the historic Manhattan Beach Pier – the only things that change are the paddlers and the advances in board design.”

Paddlers are expected to finish the 32-mile paddle between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 29th on the south side of the Manhattan Beach Pier; all are welcome to join the festivities and see these amazing athletes finish the race. The 2010 Catalina Classic wouldn't happen without the generous support of its sponsors. Honolua, Body Glove, Bud Light, and Maui Jim Sunglasses are proud to present this year's Classic.

The Catalina Classic Paddleboard Association, Inc. is dedicated to preserving the Catalina Classic 32 mile paddleboard race for the watermen and women who carry on the race tradition each August. The race was founded in 1955 by Los Angeles County Lifeguard Bob Hogan. After a twenty-one year hiatus, the Catalina Classic was resurrected in 1982 by Lifeguards Gibby Gibson and Buddy Bohn. The Catalina Classic is the oldest and most celebrated endurance paddleboard race in the world.

For more information please contact Kyle Daniels at paddleboarder@msn.com or find us on the web at www.catalinaclassicpaddleboardrace.org.