OK, this is going to be a far shorter chapter of “Vicious Rumors and Vile Gossip” but we wanted to squeak this one in before this weekend as we prepare for the annual Long Beach to Catalina Offshore Championship happening this Sunday, July 20th. The race, as it stands, is the longest, most challenging open ocean offshore race there is in the United States of America.

While, in comparison to races like Guadalupe Island’s Karujet, the insane Russki and Jet Raid in Greece, the LB2CAT’s 56 mile-round-trip doesn’t seem like much. But those who dare to compete will attest that the Pacific Ocean can be a cruel and often schizophrenic mistress and can quickly change from glass to brutal overhead chop in the matter of yards.
With nearly a decade of races under the direction of RPM Racing Enterprises‘ Ross Wallach, the west coast promoter has seen his share of broken skis, and riders coming in either injured, out of fuel or woefully lost. On the table for 2014 is possible history in the making, as Kawasaki’s Craig Warner aims to set the world record for consecutive wins, as others look to usurp the world champion.

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