Tuesday, August 18, 2015

56th Annual Catalina Channel Crossing – US Outrigger Championships

  


56th Annual Catalina Channel Crossing – US Outrigger Championships

Come out and see the women finish the longest Polynesian canoe race in the continental U.S., 26 miles from Newport Beach to Avalon, on Saturday, at Casino Point. Then enjoy the after race Hawaiian festivities at the center of town; including music and beer garden. On Sunday watch the men start their race back to Newport Beach from Lovers Cove. Proceeds of the event go to support local charities. Southern California Outrigger Racing Association.
For more information, visit  www.catalinacrossing.org or call 858-442-2536

Friday, August 14, 2015

Group Marathon Swim from Laguna Beach to Catalina Island

Group Marathon Swim from Laguna Beach to Catalina Island
On Saturday, August 8th, Hale, his daughter Faith, 18; Patsee Ober, 65; Lynn Kubasek, 57; Roddy Teeple, 50; and Brett Rose, 51, became the first group ever to cross the channel between Santa Catalina Island and Laguna Beach in a marathon swim that took them 19:44:09 to complete.
With that record, he and his daughter also became the first father-daughter duo to do the Catalina-Laguna Beach swim. Faith Hale, a Laguna Beach lifeguard, became the first female lifeguard to make the swim.
The six Laguna Beach swimmers were followed by three kayakers and a 48-foot-long dive boat that carried food, water and offered swimmers a place to rest between legs of the marathon.
Swimmers only got snacks and rest during their relay legs. Any other assistance would disqualify the record. The actual distance was 33.5 miles end to end; with currents, wind and drifts, that distance became greater. The feat was recorded by Dan Simonelli with the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation.
Rose was the first to splash into the water just north of Avalon at Long Point Beach at 7:09 p.m. Friday. Tom Hale and Rose swam four legs of the marathon relay. The others each swam three legs.
Tom Hale said he selected his team because each member is a strong swimmer. There were stinging jelly fish, strong currents and the knowledge of recent shark sightings. The swimmers knew sharks were a possibility but didn’t worry about them.
“You don’t get a second bite at the apple,” Hale said. “With record shark sightings, I knew the stakes were high, but I knew everyone here would perform. They are strong-minded swimmers. We knew if even one person freaks out, it blows the whole swim.“
Hale, who moved to Laguna Beach from Arizona in 2004, said he has long had his sights set on conquering a swim no one else has done before.
“I’ve been staring at the channel since 2004 and thought how awesome it would be to swim across it,” he said. “Now, we can actually say we did it. We will have that record forever and ever.”
Hale said it was especially rewarding to have Faith with him on the adventure. He taught her to swim in the ocean when she was 4 years old. Since then, the duo have competed in other open-water swims nationally.
“Hopefully, she’ll apply that same effort throughout her life,” he said.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Bargian Helecopter Packages



 Got time for a quick escape? Consider a sweeping 15-minute helicopter ride to Catalina Island, where an immersive spa experience or a private beach cabana awaits. Island Express Helicopters’ new “Tower Suite at Island Spa Catalina for Two” featuring $150 spa vouchers and “Descanso Beach Club Cabana Package” with complimentary water, smoothies and towels starts at $378 per person. The price includes roundtrip transportation from Long Beach, San Pedro or Santa Ana to Avalon and then on to your destination of choice, any Monday through Thursday year-round.

For more information about these and other day tour packages, call 800-228-2566 or visit www.islandexpress.com.

Article written by  Sandra Barrera, Los Angeles Daily News

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Catalina Island Summer Concert Series - 2015


Catalina Island Summer Concert Series - 2015
FREE Family Friendly Concerts on Wrigley Plaza Stage
The Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Xceptional Music Company are pleased to present this free, family friendly Summer Concert Series, next to the Bay on Wrigley Plaza Stage.  Concerts are from 8:00pm to 10:00pm. A Beer & Wine Garden will be available at all concerts.

Saturday, 8/8 - The Xceptional Tribute to Woodstock

Monday, July 20, 2015

Castaway - Catalina Island Concerts


Everett Coast


Castaway - Catalina Island Concerts

Who: Zac, Jack and the Jimmys


When: August 14th from 6:30pm-10:30pm
Zac, Jack and the Jimmys is a world class traveling tribute act playing some of your favorite songs from Zac Brown Band, Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews Band and Jimmy Buffet! This act featuring some artists that have toured/opened with the real deal are sure to give you an unforgettable experience. 
Ticket information can be found here

Friday, June 26, 2015

Catalina Island 4th of July Celebration 2015



Catalina Island 4th of July Celebration 2015

4th of July Seaside Celebration and Fireworks over Avalon Bay will be Sponsored by the City of Avalon. Join us for Avalon's Independence Day activities! All events are free to the public, with the exception of theBuffet Dinner with the USC Marching Band Concert & 4th of July Fireworks Celebration, Casino Ballroom. Golf Cart Parade down Crescent Avenue featuring the USC Marching Band at 1:00pm.
 The Avalon Bay Dinghy Parade will be at 4:00 pm. A Buffet Dinner with the USC Marching Band Concert & 4th of July Fireworks Celebration in the Casino Ballroom will begin at 6:15pm
The Annual 4th of July Celebration at the world famous Avalon Casino Ballroom
USC Marching Band Concert, Buffet Dinner, and Fireworks viewing from the grand Casino Balcony.
Dinner will be from 6:30 to 8:30 pm with the USC Marching Band concert from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Fireworks begin will begin at 9:00 pm 
Join us in continuing the celebration of Independence Day Weekend with the following events on Sunday, July 5 with the USC Marching Band Performance at Wrigley Stage at 3pm and the Community Picnic, Joe Machado Field at 5pm. Bring your own meat or entree to grill, and a chair or blanket. Stay tuned for more details!
For more information visit the Website: LINK


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Catalina Island Summer Concert Series


Catalina Island Summer Concert Series - 2015

FREE Family Friendly Concerts on Wrigley Plaza Stage
The Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Xceptional Music Company are pleased to present this free, family friendly Summer Concert Series, next to the Bay on Wrigley Plaza Stage.  Concerts are from 8:00pm to 10:00pm. A Beer & Wine Garden will be available at all concerts.
Saturday, 6/27 - The Xceptional Tribute to Motowns and The Supremes
Thursday, 7/9 - Catalina All-Star