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Outrigger From page 1 "We could have gone to Whites Landing or the Isthmus, but that" would have changed the whole dy- namic of the race," Hohl said. We are planning to have a broadcast and info booth at the The far end of South Beach so we can give thecfty residents and visitors information about our en- suing event. As soon as the final crew reaches the beach, we will Catalina Island Medical Center's Rehabilitative Care Program combines the professionalism and competence of a fully-licensed acute care hospital with the care and support of your Catalina Island community. Rehabilitative care program for post orthopedic & reconstructive surgery and serious illness orinjury. Therapeutic and rehabilitative services. Dedicated nurse liaison to arrange transportation from the mainland and ensure continuity of care. The comfort and support of friends and family. Ancillary services include state-of-the-art CT scanner and fully equipped laboratory, Call Nurse Liaison Santa Dominguez, RN; at (31.0) 510-0700 to learn more about how CIMC can meet your rehabilitative care needs., (310) 5104)700 ~~ld~l~" 100 Falls Canyon Road PO Box 1563, Avalon 9o7o4 MI~I~~Ig1L~ www.CIMedicalCenter.org transfer to the Field of Dreams for an award ceremony. Residents and visitors can ex- pect a big commotion on that part of Avalon's shoreline, according to Bud Hohl, the races' coordinator. However, Hohl said he expect the competitors and their supporters to be a low-key crowd for the city to handle. "It's a real family sport and event," Hohl said. "Our Catalina Committee has been working with your city officials and friends to ac- commodate our desires. We've se- cured the sites and are wrapping up some structural points." Hohl said the Catalina race gives the paddlers and their friends a chance m participate in a true open-ocean paddle and the historic aspects of paddling from Catalina to Newport. That first race from Catalina" in 1959, looms high in the imagina- tion of the races' organizers. Ac- cording to Hohl, A local paddle boarder and lifeguard Tommy Zahn helped some famous Hawai- ians organize the inaugural event. "It was very poignant in that Ha- waii .had reached statehood some week~ earlier,'" Hohl said, "The famous surfer.Duke Kahanamoku was the first.Grand Marshall." The local Avalon TV station is airing a short film about the first race. "We've located most of the BUOYS & GULLS CATALINA ISLAND CATALINA ISLAND PHOTO BOOK This one of a kind photo book features over 50 photographers and-more than 200 pages of photographs, all celebrating the beauty of Catalina Island: This hard cover book is presented in a beautiful full color gloss gift box and is available for $75. A percentage of the proceeds from the sales of this book will go to the "Edward Dunn Best Catalina Scene Photography Award" in the 54th Annual Catalina Festival of Art, 2012. Available Nov 2011. Pre-order your copy today! (310) 510-0416 www.buoysandgulls.com players in the first event, except for those who were involved in Avalon," Hohl said. "We know from personal interviews that they had Hawaiian entertainment on the beach as well as roasted pig and goat for the paddlers." There were two outrigger ca- noes imported from Hawaii in the first race. The competition was stiff for the six members of the Califor- nia team as they were up against the Hawaiian All-Stars, which were a select group of paddlers.from sev- eral clubs in Hawaii with years of experience and training. From that original group of 9 paddlers the sport has grown to 3,000 in Southern California alone, with 27 clubs from Avila Beach in the north to San Diego. "We have clubs and asso- ciations all over the U.S. and the world because a few locals took the time to organize that event in 1959," Hohl said. He then went on to explain that there are still sev- eral local people on the island who give their time and money to help keep the tradition going. Hohl also indicated that special thanks was due to many individiml Avalon residents, including Steve Hoefs, city manager and fire chief; Scan Brannoek, Rudy Piltch, Ken Putnam, Brian Bray, Pastor Lopez and former Mayor Ralph Morrow. Morrow is hosting two canoes of sight-impaired paddlers. Hohl said that despitethe dif- ficulties associated with planning such an event and the logistics in- volved in bringing all the people and equipment to the Island, it is a labor of love for those involved. "Despite the fact that the infra- structure and economics of Cata- lina make it tough for our group, our desire is to keep racing to the Island for years, to come. We've had over 1,500 people that come here for this race weekend since 1980." "THE WRITE STUFF" Are you a writer, or would like to be one for the Catalina Islander. The paper is seeking to expand its editorial horizons. New reporters and guest columnists are welcome. For more information, contact the Islander- publisher at dan@cinews.us or call (310) 510-0500. ................. : ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 8 ! Friday, September 9, 2011 111E CATAUNA ISLANDER