On Sunday, August 27th, 2023, paddlers from all over the world will take to the waters off  Southern California in the 46th annual Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race, the premier and most historical paddleboard race in the world.

The first paddle board crossing in the Catalina Channel was done in 1932  by Pete Peterson, Wally Burton, and Tom Blake. The race was motivated by Tom’s desire to promote his new paddle board design. The Manhattan Beach International Paddleboard Race was started in 1955 by Los Angeles County Lifeguard Bob Hogan and members of the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce and was the pre-cursor to the Catalina Classic.  Many Legendary watermen and water women have taken the challenge and have helped make the Catalina Classic the pre-eminent paddling event of the year. Check out our Race Records page.

Paddlers will leave the Isthmus cove, Catalina Island,  at 6am and paddle 32 miles to the Manhattan Beach Pier on paddle boards (between 12 and 19 feet long) using only their hands to propel them through the water. Swells, Currents, and wind conditions play into what is notoriously one of the most grueling endurance events in the world.

Race Registration opens May 15 on Paddleguru.com

Registration for Pre-Qualifiers: May 15th – June 15th

PRE-QUALIFIERS: Paddler’s who finished the 2022 Classic within the qualifying time listed below  ( within 2 hours of the winner in their respective class).

Stock Women qualifying time: 8:31

Stock Men qualifying time: 8:06

Unlimited Men qualifying time: 7:27

Registration for Open-Qualifiers: June 20th – July 20th

OPEN-QUALIFIERS: Paddlers who did not qualify via the 2022 Classic. Open-Qualifiers must submit a race resume with 1-3 race results from 2023.

The Race Directors will attempt to fill all 100 entries based upon pre-qualified applicants, open qualifier race results, and committee selections of International entries.

All open-qualifiers will receive confirmation of race entry or be refunded by July 31st.

Mailing Address

Catalina Classic Paddleboard Association, Inc.
PO Box 3556
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Email: catalinaclassicpaddle@gmail.com

Every year the Catalina Classic Paddleboard Association (501 c4 non-profit) makes donations to local non-profits that have included: 1% for the planet, Los Angeles County Junior Lifeguard Scholarship Fund, MB Roundhouse Aquarium, Jimmy Miller Foundation, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, and ECF Kayne Eras Center.