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Catalina Classic hits town May 6, EVENT IS A FLASHBACK TO FIRST LONGBOARD SKATE- BOARDING RACES IN 1977 BY DENNIS KAISER Skateboarding has been popu- lar since Jan and Dean sang, "Grab your board and go sidewalk surf- ing with me ...'" in the 1960s. By 1977, the sport-had become more radicaLMore modern Wheels and boards made it possible for the sport to be taken up on hills for gnarly rides that could make a down- hill skier blush. It was that year that the first Catalina Classic longboard skateboard race was held. Now, 35 years after the original Catalina Classic, the longboard skateboard race is coming back to Catalina Island. Longboard:skateboard racers will zoom down the hills of Cata- lina on May 5 and 6 to compete for the $5,000 in prize money. In the original Catalina Clas- sic, skateboarders rode down a 250 yard downhill race c6urse tucked in Catalina's hills. Those skaters inspired generations of riders. The resurrection of the Catalina Island Classic will feature a week- end-long Island event with live music performances, a miniramp demo featuring Mike Valtely and : Elephant. Brand Skateboards, and a 1.2 mile, invitation only down- hill race. "This is the beginning of a beau- tiful thing," said a prepared state- ment from Rivera Skateboards, the event's organizer. "We're now on the cusp of something great, watching the longboard scene morph into something,of a more publicly accepted downhill adren- aline sport. Riviera Skateboards is pioneering the way, with this invitational that is sure to draw a respectable .crowd, especially with the invited racers on the lineup." Also on Saturday May 5, in a small festival type atmosphere, fans can watch Mike Vallely in a mini ramp demo on the the end of Crescent Avenue. The 2012 "Catalina Island Classic" Official Race Heats: HEAT 1: Kody Noble, Lonnie Leonelli, Max Myers, Erik Lundberg HEAT 2: Jimmy Riha, Landy Rider# 3, Max Wipperman, Malachi Greene HEAT 3" Levi Green, Graham Buksa, Mike Snyder, Jeff Budro HEAT 4: Andrew Mercado, Jorge Garcia, Kole Galbraith, Miles Essert HEAT 5: Cody She& Dustin Hampton, Nick Ronzani, Tadiachi Nakayama HEAT 6: Charlie Darragh, Landy Rider #2, Ben Hyrn, Jomar Guzman HEAT 7: Alex Tongue, Zac Baca, Landy Rider #5, Billy Mieners HEAT 8: Lee Cation, George Mackenzie, Brandon Bean, Chris D' Allesandro HEAT 9: James West, Eli Smouse, Rain Daley, Calvin Staub HEAT tO: Tad OnchiSinjin Davis, Max Capp.s, Eric Singer HEAT 11: Jose Guzman, Justin Rouleau, John Rogers, James Kelly HEAT 12: Louis Pilloni, Dennis . ianougian, Kyle Wester, Pete Eubank HEAT tS: Duke Degan, Pat Switzer, Micah Green, Byron Essert HEAT 14: Coilnor Wagner, Pat Schep, Danny Connor, Josh Rolf HEAT 15: Trevor Preston, Landy rider #4, Cam Owen, Riley Harris HEAT 16: Gabe Gwynne, Andrew Schumacher, Josh Hunt, Kyle Chin Time to sign up for White Seabass-Championship FISHING TOURNEY IN TWO . HARBORS IS SET TO KICKOFF MAY 19 Entry applications are now be- ing accepted for the 2012 WON/ Yamaha Catalina Island White Seabass Championship slated Sat- urday and Sunday, May 19-20 at Two Harbors. There will be free gifts at check-in, a casting contest, a Spiderwire knot tying contest, a free barbecue, two drawings and a chance to win the 2012 title. The are several ways to win money with three team optional jackpots at $100, $200 and $300 for each species of halibut, seabass and yellowtail with a 90 percent payback. First place overall will be $7,000 in cash and prizes, second is $1,500 and prizes, third place is $1,000 (Based on 75 teams) and added this year to give more teams $400 and $300, respectively frr fourth and fifth place. There is also a May 3 seminar and sale at Sav-On Tackle with food, gifts and drawings for tackle and a trip to Alaska at Kingfisher Lodge. Reps from Seeker, PIER and WON will be on the Seeker Stage. Cost is $100 per angler, and there is no limit to the number of team members. You can mail in the entry form with a check, or pay via credit card. All options must be paid by personal check until May 11 or bank check. The late fee of $20 will be imposed after May 11. On- site entries are cash only. Call director Pat McDonell at (949) 366-0030, ext. 33 for details or e-mail him at pat@wonews. com. To ask about payments or to confirm your entry form was re- ceived, contact Ashley at ext. 38 or a shot at winning are payouts of Even Islanders will be amazed... From early settlers to current attractions, the best history yet! Soft Cover $399' Wrigley Family legacy told through memoirs & photos. Soft Cover $37" Hard Cover s4 7" What a patriotic time for the island. Very rare photos! Soft Cover $25 00 SOLD ON CATALINA ISLAND AT Catalina Museum Sugadoaf Books The Steamer Trunk Catalina Consenlancy Gifts Two Harbors  Stores Buoys & Gulls El Rancho Escondido Gift Shop Construc Cleaning , Tire CJeaoin0 " : , Housecleaning , Vacation Rentals .... Residenital g Office .... Move-out Sece 310.510.0250 310.510.8957fx PHONE: 626.292.1095 cata nah 6 i FiidaYl AP;ii 2712o:t2 ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... IIE CATAUNA 'SL&NDER