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Rough Water

Greetings from the Catalina Classic Paddle Race Directors,

We’d like to let you know that we are closely monitoring the current situation with Covid-19 and remain optimistic about holding the 42nd Catalina Classic Paddle board Race as scheduled August 30th, 2020.

That said, with a nod to the unknown …. we need to remain fluid & tread water for awhile in a virtual holding pattern… So we’ve moved the Race Registration window out a month.

REGISTRATION is now: from June 1 – June 30th.

Meanwhile, we’d like to encourage you all to do your part and support the County recommendations for social distancing and adhere to the guidelines that have been put forth.

We’ll update our website as soon as we know more.

For now, stay fit, stay well! We’re all in this together!

Regards,

Catalina Classic Race Directors

Legendary Waterman Mike Doyle

 

 

 

 

 

The Catalina Classic family will be dedicating our 2019 race this year to legendary waterman, Mike Doyle.

Mike Doyle was a true waterman in every way… and a really nice guy too!

Mike paddled the Classic in 1960. He was a extraordinary surfer, paddler, Lifeguard, artist, and all around lover of life. Mike inspired so many people to live their lives to the fullest. Our hearts go out to Annie and the rest of the Doyle family and friends.

This year, paddler Tom Horton, will be fundraising and paddling to raise awareness of the devastating affects of ALS.

There will be ” Live to Surf, Surf to Live” T-shirts for sale at the finish line. All proceeds from these T-shirts will go towards defeating ALS. A paddle out is scheduled at the Hermosa Beach Pier on October 20th at 10:30am.  Please contact Tom to see how you can get involved. tom@southbayboardriders.com

 

Aloha Captain Bill Kindel

The Catalina Classic Family mourns the loss of Captain Bill.

Bill Kindel was a well respected soul for his strength, humor, humility, and commitment to detail amongst the paddling community in Southern California. Those who truly knew and loved him fondly called him “The Professor.”

We lost Bill Saturday evening- after his herculean effort to battle cancer- including trips to Germany and Australia for treatments not endorsed in the USA. A huge loss for us.

Bill loved the Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race and volunteered in many capacities over the years. He was an escort boat captain,  a committee supporter, escort boat organizer, safety patrol boat, and for years generously donated the Captain hats for all the escort boats captains.

In the Stingray Paddleboard Club,  Bill was the eldest in the group and often one of the most powerful despite his age. We will keep him in our hearts forever and will always appreciate and  remember his many contributions. He was generous of spirit and enjoyed sharing his love of the ocean with friends.

As many have said , we are better for knowing him…he has left an indelible impression on us. Our heartfelt condolences to his family & friends.

A paddle out is scheduled on October 6th, 2019, at 8am to celebrate the wonderful life of Bill Kindel. All are welcome to join us at Baby Beach in Dana Point Harbor!

Paddling In The Wake of Giants

1981 began the rebirth of the International Catalina Channel Paddleboard Race. The Manhattan Beach Chamber Of Commerce Executive, Trudy Smart, gave the original race bylaws and articles of incorporation( from the International Catalina Channel Paddleboard Race) to lifeguard lieutenant Buddy Bohn. Bohn consulted with many of the past competitors and current ocean Lifeguards and ocean athletes. After much encouragement, Lt. Bohn partnered with fellow Ocean Lifeguard and friend, Weldon Gibby Gibson, who had actually competed in the original races. Together they approached the LA County Lifeguard Association Trust Fund for their support and endorsement. All parties decided that the event should be attempted the summer of 1982. All agreed that the new bylaws, rules, and articles of incorporation should be as close to the originals as possible. They would call it what they all felt it was, The Catalina Classic Paddleboard Marathon

The paddle from Catalina to the Manhattan Beach Pier had not been officially attempted in twenty years, and much had changed since 1960. Several paddlers of that period made themselves available and the Lifeguards formed a committee of volunteers to begin the organization. Safety being the number one priority, the committee consulted with our ocean athletes that had been racing the channel during those previous twenty years. The Catalina Channel Swimming Federation was one such group and the National Dory Association was another. Their input was vital, with regard to escort support, communications, navigation, advanced life support, and general organization. The Swimming Federation’s format was the closest fit to the original paddles. The Dory Association’s race was really an annual lifeguard event with a two person crew rowing from Catalina’s Isthmus to Palos Verdes. The Catalina channel Dory race at that time was a male dominated event, but there were a few female Lifeguards getting on board. The channel swimmers format consisted of one solo swimmer at a time, challenging the channel, and required that an escort be present. Some of their event distances exceeded our 32 mile course. The Channel swimmers were only limited by age, minors needed parental consent. We knew many of the men and women swimmers and their trainers. Many of our Lifeguards and paddlers had paddled as support for these brave swimmers.

The Catalina Classic Paddleboard committee decided that entrees younger than 18 needed parental consent. There would be no age groups or distinction of gender. It was felt that if you could meet the qualifications for entry you could paddle. Our focus was on racing the channel first, and competing against the other paddlers was second.

The rules were eventually updated, stock boards would go from 14 feet to 12 feet with a 20 pound minimum weight. The original course would be the same, required escort same, not touching or being aided by anyone or craft, the same, no age or gender categories. This was the “Classic”.

The core values were focused on , “let’s keep this original, we are paddling in the wake of giants, it’s the Catalina Classic”.  At the end of August in 1982, 10 paddlers and their crews met at the Isthmus cove. They were briefed by some of the former paddler/Lifeguards, pitched their tents, and tried to sleep a few hours before the 6:00 a.m. start. The crossing was a success and a new kind of aquatic camaraderie was established between the women & men who paddled it together that day. All the paddlers were really supportive of each other’s achievements.

“Winning “ was really secondary, the feeling was that we’d CONQUERED the Catalina Channel. The race had been reborn. Our paddling camaraderie is alive to this day!

Catalina Classic Race Dedications

Over the years, the paddling community has been inspired by so many extraordinary paddlers.

We have been honored to have had most all of them race in the Catalina Classic.

They are as follows:

Year dedicated:

1999:  Brendan Sullivan

200?:  Tom Zahn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2004:  Jimmy Miller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2007: Gibby Gibson

 

2009:  Jeff Johnson

 

2013:  Bob Meistrell

Bob & Bill Meistrell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014:  Mike ” Bones” Bright

2015:  Mike Eaton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016:  Bob Hogan

Bob Hogan the original founder of the Catalina Classic in 1955.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Catalina Classic Registration Opens April 1, 2019

 April Fooling aside, registration opens April 1st, 2019, for this year’s Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race!

As in year’s past, if you completed last year’s race (2018) within 9 hours, you will Not need to re-qualify, but you WILL need to registration and pay by May 31st, 2019.

If you did NOT race last year, you WILL need to register as a non-qualified paddler by May 31st and complete at least one qualifying race. Details are listed on our website.

So, start looking for your escort boat & crew….. they can make all the difference in having a successful race!

We’re looking forward to another challenging, fun, & safe race.

See you on the water & keep paddling

Congratulations to the 2018 Finishers!

Catalina Classic Paddler,

Congratulations on your 2018 channel crossing!

You have joined an elite group of paddlers who have challenged themselves and accomplished this incredible feat since 1955.

This year we had 90 paddlers start, 90 paddlers finish, with much better conditions than last year

We hope you are stoked on your finish and look forward to having you race again at next year’s Classic on Sunday, August 25th, 2019.

Stay tuned to our website for future race updates.

Yours in paddling,  The Catalina Classic Committee

South Bay Paddle

There’s  new race in town….AND it’s an official qualifier for this year’s Catalina Classic Paddleboard race…it’s happening  Saturday, June 9th, at 7am, on the southside of Hermosa Beach Pier, it’s the 1st Annual South Bay Paddle, benefiting SBBC. This 15 mile paddle is an official qualifier for the Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race. Register at www.paddleguru.com/races/thesouthbaypaddle