Beach Cities Sports: Bodybuilding, paddleboarding, running and more
Football: Former Mira Costa High School and University of Hawaii football standout Jahlani Tavai was the 43rd overall pick in the NFL draft last Friday. Tavai was selected by the Detroit Lions who used the 11th pick of the second round. Tavai stands just under 6 feet 3, weighs 250 pounds and had more than 100 tackles in both the 2016 and 2017 seasons, but had his senior season cut short by a shoulder injury that required surgery.
Running: Registration is available for the Seventh Annual 5K Fun Run for the Oceans, held by the Manhattan Beach Roundhouse Aquarium Teaching Center. This year’s Fun Run will be Saturday, May 11 starting at 9:30 a.m. on the north side of the Manhattan Beach Pier. Entry fee is $35 ($40 on race day) and includes t-shirt, refreshments, prizes for top three in each age division and post-race raffle. Registration is available at roundhouseaquarium.org/funrun.
Bodybuilding: Open to all amateur competitors, the South Bay Championships will be held Saturday, May 11 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the South End Racquet and Health Club in Torrance. Hosted by fitness icons Tamra Dae, Mike O’Hearn and Johnny Jimenez, the event features Men’s Classic Bodybuilding, Men’s Physique, Women’s Figure and Women’s Bikini divisions. The first Inspire Award will be presented to the athlete with the most inspiring fitness journey. For more information, contact Bob Gold & Associates, 310-320-2010.
ECC Hall of Fame: The 29th El Camino College Athletic Hall of Fame induction dinner ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 23 in the school’s new gymnasium. Social hour begins at 5 p.m. followed by the ceremony at 6 p.m. Dinner reservations are $75 per person. Deadline is Wednesday, May 15. Inductees include David Austin (swimming & diving), Charlie Brown (track & field), Matt Engle (football), Coy Hall (football), Ralph Hughes (football), Latario Rachal (football), Chun Young Shin (women’s tennis), Vic Buttler (baseball), Lawanda Cabell-Simmons (track & field), Rochelle Esparza (volleyball), Dan Hatano (wrestling), Jon Robertson (football), Erica Shaw (water polo, swimming) and the 1950 football team. For more information contact Colin Preston, 310-749-4913, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Golf: The 31st annual El Camino College Warrior Athletics Golf Classic presented by Lendlease will take place Monday, June 10 at 1 p.m. at Los Verdes Golf Course in Rancho Palos Verdes. Deadline is June 1. Entry fee of $150 includes: Green fees, cart, tee package,contests, lunch and dinner. Sponsorship packages also available. For more information contact Colin Preston, 310-660-3547, eccwarriors.com.
Paddling: Registration has opened for the 41st Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race, to be held Sunday, Aug. 25. The first Catalina Classic was held in 1955, and is prone paddling’s oldest, most celebrated race. The 32-mile race begins at Two Harbors on Catalina Island and finishes at the Manhattan Beach Pier. Entries are limited and paddlers who completed the race last year are given priority. Paddlers who did not complete the race last year may qualify by competing in one of four preceding races: The South Bay Paddle in Hermosa Beach on June 8; the Jay Race in Santa Cruz (date to be announced); the Rock2Rock from Two Harbors to Cabrillo Beach on June 30; and The Waterman’s Challenge in La Jolla on July 13. For more information visit CatalinaClassicPaddleboardRace.org.
Paddleboarding: Registration is open for the Rock 2 Rock paddleboard race to be held on June 30. Starting from Two Harbors on Catalina Island and finishing at Cabrillo State Beach in San Pedro, the race was started by Joe Bark and is now a fundraiser for the Ocean of Hope Campaign. To register, visit paddleguru.com.
Push Up Challenge: GI Joe Charles’ $1,000 Push Up Challenge will take place at the 26th annual Village Runner 4th of July 5k Run on Thursday, July 4 from 9-11 a.m. Early sign-ups are only $10 (increases to $20 on May 31) and can be made at MBbootcamp.com.
Swimming: Registration is now open for Swim The Avenues, an official qualifying swim for the Manhattan Beach Pier to Pier Swim, to be held Sunday, July 14 at Redondo Beach’s Miramar Park. There will be a 1-mile race for ages 13-and-over ($45) as well as a half-mile race ($35). Both include individual age group and open categories along with wetsuit and non-wetsuit categories. To register, visit active.com.
Basketball: Dave Miller, Emmy Award winning NBA analyst will be hosting his 22nd annual MVPCAMP.COM summer basketball camps at Aviation Sports Complex in Redondo Beach. Session I will be held July 8-12 (coed) and Session II July 15-19 (girls only) and Session III July 29-Aug. 2 (coed). Camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are open to boys and girls ages 5 to 14. The camp is geared for all levels of play and places an emphasis on keeping the FUN in fundamentals. You can call for a brochure 424-200-0697 or print an application form on our website mvpcamp.com.
Volleyball: Vibe Volleyball Lab has released its Summer Schedule which will run from July 8 through Aug. 29. Skill & Performance Labs are available for Beginners (2nd-5th graders), Middle School (6th-8th graders) and High School (9th-12th grade) students. Offered are Single Class ($30), 5 Pack ($140) and 10 Pack ($260). Indoor and Beach private lessons also available. VIBE Volleyball Lab, 110 Eucalyptus Drive, El Segundo. vibevolleyballlab.com.
Yoga: Yoga on the Octagon at the Redondo Beach Pier is free for all levels. Held Wednesdays 6 – 7 p.m., 500 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach (west end of the pier behind Tony’s). Bring a yoga mat, towel and water. Redondopier.com.
Shade Hotel Redondo Beach offers free, all-level yoga on the Aquadeck, Mondays and Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 a.m., weather permitting. Attendees should wear comfortable clothing. Mats are available on a first come, first serve basis. Shade Hotel, 655 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach. Call 310-921-8940 to reserve your spot. Rb.shadehotel.com.