Beach Cities Sports: Beach tennis, running, surfing, swimming, volleyball and more
Beach Volleyball: The AVP and FIVB join forces to host the Huntington Beach Open, which runs through Sunday. Because of its FIVB 4-Start status, this is an international event with international players, and is part of the Olympic Qualification Process. Visit avp.com for more information.
The Amateur Athletic Union hosts the May 5-6 – AAU National Classic presented by Tropic Sunwear, featuring Girls 16-18 Saturday and Sunday in Hermosa Beach. For more information, visit aaubeach.org.
Surfing: The Redondo Beach Police Department holds the inaugural Surf Line Up on Saturday, May 5. Open to surfers of all levels, the “Golden Donut” trophy will be presented to the top team. Entry is free with a suggested donation to one of three charities — Special Olympics, Wounded Heroes of America and the Redondo Beach Police Foundation. Entry includes T-shirt, lunch and a chance to win prizes. For more information, visit redondo.org/depts/police.
Running: Registration is open for the Sixth Annual 5K Fun Run for the Oceans, held by the Manhattan Beach Roundhouse Aquarium Teaching Center, on Saturday, May 5 starting at 9:30 a.m. on the north side of the Manhattan Beach Pier. Registration at roundhouseaquarium.org/funrun. Entry fee is $35, $40 on race day.
Beach Tennis: The Beach Tennis Association (BTA) celebrates its 10th anniversary with the Spring Fever Tournament Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6 between 11th and 14th Streets in Hermosa Beach. Competition includes Pro/Open ITF and Advanced/+40 divisions. For more information, contact Donny Young, (310) 753-2834.
Basketball: Mira Costa Boys Basketball welcomes new head coach Neal Perlmutter, former head coach at West High. He will be holding a Youth Basketball Clinic for boys in 5th – 8th grades on Sunday, May 20 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Mira Costa’s Fisher Gym. Following the clinic, Perlmutter will meet with parents and players to discuss his plans for Costa basketball. Register online by May 18 at mbxfoundation.org. Fee of $50 includes a T-shirt.
Dave Miller, Emmy Award winning NBA analyst, will be hosting his 21st annual MVPCamp.com summer basketball camps at Aviation Sports Complex in Redondo Beach. Session I will be held July 9-13 (coed), Session II July 16-20 (girls only) and Session III July 30-Aug. 3 (coed). Camps will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and open to boys and girls ages 5 to 14. Brochures available by calling 424-200-0697 or print an application form from the website mvpcamp.com.
Baseball: The Prospects Travel Baseball team will holding tryouts for its 9-14 Under teams at 4 p.m. at the Beach City Baseball Academy, 430 E. Grand, El Segundo (May 20 and July 8) and at 5417 Halison St., Torrance (June 10). Visit beachcitybaseballacademy.com to register.
Beach City Baseball & Softball Academy will offer four weeks of camps during July and August. Open to boys and girls ages 5-12, the baseball and softball camps will focus on drills that will improve fundamentals of: hitting, outfield, infield, base running, sliding, and more. The West Torrance Camp (5417 Halison St., Torrance) runs from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. July 9 – 13 and July 30 – Aug. 3. The El Segundo Camp (430 E. Grand Ave., El Segundo) will be held July 16 – 20 and Aug. 13 – 17. To register, visit tms.ezfacility.com/OnlineRegistrations.
Paddleboarding: Registration is open for the Catalina Classic and Rock 2 Rock paddleboard races, which depart from Catalina Island. Entry deadline for both is May 31 and available at RaceHubHq.com. The Rock 2 Rock race (solo and relay, prone and stand-up paddlers) will be held Sunday, June 24 finishing at Cabrillo State Beach. Rock 2 Rock is a qualifying race for the Catalina Classic, which takes place Sunday, Aug. 23, ending at the Manhattan Beach Pier. Only solo, prone paddlers are allowed in the Classic. For more visit CatalinaClassicPaddleBoardRace.org.
Swimming: The inaugural Redondo Beach Open Water Swim will take place at 8 a.m. on Sunday, July 15 at Miramar Park, 201 Paseo De La Playa. 1-mile ($40) and 1/2-mile ($30) swims (add $10 after June 30). The event is an official qualifying swim for the International Surf Festival Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier swim. Finishers receive a T-shirt. Awards will be given to the top 5 overall and top 3 in each age group. To register, visit active.com/redondo-beach-ca/water-sports.
Volleyball: National High School Coach of the Year Tommy Chaffins is holding boys and girls volleyball clinics for players in 3rd thru 8th grade at Redondo Union High School on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30-8:15 p.m. For more information, please visit tommychaffinsvballclinics.com.
Physical Fitness: GI Joe Charles will be holding his Beach Boot Camp through June 22. 6 and 8 a.m. and 5 and 6 p.m. Contact mbbootcamp.com for more information. A YouCaring.com page has been set up for Charles, who suffered a stroke two years ago that paralyzed him on his left side. He can now walk unassisted. But he still needs financial assistance for speech therapy and other needs. Making a donation at YouCaring.com/helpjoecharles. Checks made out to Joe Charles II Special Needs Trust may be sent to Box 3842, Manhattan Beach, Ca. 90266. For more information about how to help, email HelpJoeCharles@gmail.com.
by Randy Angel