Catalina Island Classic - May 5th & 6th 2012

by steve watts March 27, 2012

Catalina Island Classic

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.

steve watts
steve watts

Growing up in South Africa, Steve spent his youth dreaming of far off places. After spending eight years extensively traveling to many of the great surf destinations of the world getting dengue fever, having a near death experience from a falling coconut in mexico, Surviving a 15 foot drop on a handboard on a Nias bomb, jumping from every rock he could find without adequate health insurance. and comprehensively debunking the myth there are no waves in Thailand, even if they are small. He decided it was time for a a degree. Steve Graduated from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London with a degree in product design. He missed his graduation to go surfing in Californian, found a kindred spirit with Venice and never left

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