EasyReader: Buckley follows straight line to Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race victory


September 13, 2012

2012 Catalina Classic, Adam Buckley, Bill Herman, R10 buoy, Palos Verdes, Two Harbors, Manhattan Bech Pier, Sean Richardson, Donald Miralle, Jay Russell, Steve Shlens. Rodney Ellis. Jack Bark,

Adam Buckley was still seven miles short of the R10 buoy, off of Palos Verdes, when the crew of the Disappearance was ready to concede the race to him. Disappearance was the lead boat in 37th Annual Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race.

Until the air horn sounded at 6 a.m. that morning, signaling the start of the race, there was no clear favorite.

Buckley, 34, won the 32-mile race from the Catalina Isthmus to the Manhattan pier two years ago. But the previous year, in his first Classic, he finished 19th. He missed last year’s race and this year, he had not entered a single other race. Plus his training was suspect, a fact attributed to his September wedding date.

Sean Richardson, of Palos Verdes, though 51, was a popular favorite. He won the Classic in 2003 and had done well the preceding month in the Molokai Channel race, which is also 32 miles.

A third well thought of contender was Donald Miralle. The San Diego photographer had taken his paddleboard to London so he could continue his training while covering the Olympics.

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Jim Caldwell
Redondo Beach

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Jim Caldwell has over 26 years of experience in the public safety sector in occupations ranging from professional ski patrol, and ocean lifeguard to firefighter. Jim has worked for the Redondo Beach Fire Department for the last 22 years holding successively higher positions of responsibility. For the last six years, Jim has held the rank of Engineer with responsibility for driving and operating the Department’s Engines and Tillered Aerial Ladder Truck. Throughout his career, he has shown a dedication not only to public safety but also community service.
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