Last year’s race was dedicated to the memory of Bob Hogan, a former LA County Lifeguard, who worked with the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce, to create the first Catalina to Manhattan International Paddleboard Race in 1955.
August 27, 2017 marks the 35th consecutive year running of the Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race. The event is organized and conducted by the Catalina Classic Paddleboard Association, Inc., a volunteer 501c4 non-profit organization. The Association promotes a traditional and original paddleboard race from Catalina Island to the pier of Manhattan Beach, California. Established in 1955, the Catalina Classic is the oldest and most celebrated endurance paddleboard race in the world. This historic 32-mile marathon, which starts at Catalina’s Isthmus cove and ends at the Manhattan Beach Pier; attracts paddlers from all over the world and is known as the “Grand-Daddy of all paddleboard races.” This is a race by paddlers for paddlers.
The Catalina Classic Paddleboard Association makes donations to local non-profit organizations that work with youth groups, education and water safety. Past recipients include the L.A. County Jr. Lifeguard Scholarship Fund, The Round House Aquarium, Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation, The Lanterman Fund, ECF Kayne Eras Center and 1% for the planet.
Many of the paddlers also utilize the Catalina Classic to raise money and awareness for their favorite charities, including:
We are also proudly supported by Los Angeles County Lifeguard Association.
Theresa & Ted McDowell
Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation
LA County Lifeguards
Zen Del Rio
The Downtown Manhattan Beach Business Association