In 1977, a small group of elite downhill skaters took over the city of Avalon to participate in the original ‘Catalina Classic’: A 250-yard downhill race course tucked in the hills of an exotic little island located just 26 miles offshore, yet a world away from the rat race just across the channel. These skaters, along with this event, have inspired generations of riders and largely contributed to the lifestyle synonymous with our part of the world. With a huge nod of respect to the originals of downhill skating – Riviera Skateboards and our closest friends present, The Catalina Island Classic on May 5th-6th, 2012. It’s a weekend-long island skate invasion that includes live music performances, a mini-ramp demo featuring Mike Vallely and Elephant Brand Skateboards, and a 1.2 mile, invitation only downhill race event with a cash purse of $5000. Check out the event’s Facebook page and the official site.