Catalina Classic statue dedicated
photo by Chris Miller
by Mark Cole
A seven year long effort by the South Bay Boardriders Club (SBBC) to install a sculpture at the Manhattan Beach pier commemorating the Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race was realized last Thursday, August 24, in time for the 46th running of the race on Sunday, August 27.
The sculpture features a lifesize figure of Hawaiian paddler flanked by a male knee paddler and a female prone paddler.
Designer Brian Kingston Kingston said the statue is meant “to not only honor the amazing athletes and their equipment, but create a clean, contemporary, and timeless look that will stand the test of time. The base is designed to represent the ocean, and the inset paddlers are angled to follow the line they would take paddling from the race’s starting point at the Isthmus on Catalina Island to the Manhattan Beach pier.”
Leading the SBBC effort were its president Tom Horton, treasurer Ed McKeegan, architect Michael Lee, and designer Kingston.
Former Hermosa Beach pro surfer Chris Barela was commissioned to sculpt the statue. Barela previously sculpted the Tim Kelly lifeguard statue at the Hermosa Beach pier, and the statues of Dive N’ Surf and Body Glove Founders Bill and Bob Meistrell in Redondo Beach’s King Harbor.
Construction contractors Bennett Talsky, and Peter O’Campo, and Craft Construction installed the sculpture.