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    Default Free Event LB Marine Stadium August 22

    When was the last time there was a free (no admission charge to the public) special event at Long Beach Marine Stadium? Hard to remember, but there will be on Saturday, August 22. If you want see a full day (8am to 6pm) of water ski/wakeboard/kneeboard/hydrofoil and assorted other wild on-water stunts, Marine Stadium will be the place for that. Tony Klarich, one of the world’s best free-style skiers, is celebrating his 50th birthday and will be doing what he does best, riding and skiing on 50 different things (picnic tables, beverage coolers, oars, suitcases, pallets, skateboards, bicycles, etc.) – it’s never been done before.
    Although Guinness World Records has declined to certify the feat, Klarich will be skiing on their book as a tongue in cheek protest. Several other official records will be attempted that day, however, including the longest chain of skiers, most riders on different things behind one boat (representing the nine sport discipline of USA Water Ski, the governing national organization of towed watersports) and an attempt by Klarich’s uncle Mike Murphy at the world’s tallest hydrofoil (11′4″, and an official Guinness World Record attempt).
    Never before has so much water skiing history been demonstrated in one day. From the early 1900s to the 2000s and beyond, Klarich and his friends will be representing almost every aspect of towed watersports through the years. The day is organized into six acts that include a History of Wakeboarding, History of Hydrofoiling, Wooden Wonders, and more. The day will be both entertaining and educational, featuring vintage rides like a 1932 Aquaplane, 1958 Double Acts from Cypress Gardens, Florida and a ride on the first wakeboard - the 1991 HO Hyperlite. Many of the rides will be costumed to their time periods.
    In between acts several of the world’s best skiers and wakeboarders will be demonstrating towed watersports at its highest skill levels.
    The event is free (no admission charge) and is open to the public to enjoy. The “50 for 50” day on August 22 will be supporting and collecting donations for Boys Town California, a 501C-3 non-profit charity helping troubled children and families in Southern California.
    Long Beach Marine Stadium is located at 5255 Paoli Way, Long Beach, CA 90803.
    More info at: http://www.tonyklarich.com

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    Sounds very cool wish I could attend have fun!

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    It was a very cool event -- started on time (8am) and there was never a lull on the water -- always something going on. Probably 600 to 700 came down to spectate and spend the day at the Stadium. Even had a pizza truck on-site for good eats. And it was free!

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    Still NO Drag Boat Racing at Long Beach

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    As I recall, a very long time ago, a city council woman who lived just east of the marina complained so much about the noise, she convinced the council to ban drag racing at the marina. This is what I was told at least.

    My question is, and although I love the circle boats, why are they able to race there, but not drag boats? Please, don't take me wrong, I don't want to see the circle boats banned, but how does Ross Wallach persuade the city to allow them to use the Marina facility?

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    The Long Beach City Council woman you mentioned that led the charge to close Marine Stadium (and was successful) was Renee Simon. She championed the cause for a small group of home owners (The Alamitos Heights Homeowners Association) that lived 2-3 miles from Marine Stadium but claimed the excessive noise from the drag races drove them crazy. Simon was fishing for votes as she had political aspirations of someday becoming the mayor of Long Beach (which she never achieved).

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    Thank you twocents for the exact story on this. I would like to know why circle boats are allowed by the city, but not drag boats? Does anybody out there know the "real" reason why?

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    For a very long time the Stadium was totally shut-down to boat racing until Ross Wallach and SCSC were able to convince the City to grant a one-weekend a year wavier from the noise restrictions to run the circle-sprint races. Why no drag races? Probably for several reasons: First, the Stadium is not long enough to accommodate a safe shut-down area for the top tier drag classes of today (TFH, TAH, etc.). In the late 1970s fuelers at the Stadium were running just a little over 200 mph and on occasion exiting past the southern open-end boundary during shut-down (the Marine Patrol and Coast Guard really didn’t like seeing drag boats enter the designated spectator fleet area even at relatively slow speeds). Today, with speeds over 250 mph you’d need to close the entire canal all the way to the 2nd Street bridge to be safe. The other reason is the Stadium was never intended to accommodate crowds in excess of 10,000 which the drags were able to attract on several occasions back in the day (the 1976 NDBA Nationals had over 12,000 paid on Sunday for the finals and it was bedlam – people sitting and standing everywhere, open fire lanes couldn’t be maintained and parking on side streets was jammed for miles in all directions (local residents didn’t like that). And, there’s also the concern for spectator safety – boat drags at the Stadium today would need some serious barriers erected especially along the entire western sandy beach side (and the rocks as well) – a boat out of control would go a long way into that prime spectator area causing mayhem, injury and possible death – a situation the City wants to avoid. So far, there haven’t been any serious boat/spectator injuries involving the circle race program – if one ever occurs you can probably guess what the future of power boat racing in Long Beach would be.

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    having never been there just asking this to satisfy my curiosity. if you were to layout a 4000 ft course at the stadium would that extend a long way past what the course was in the 70's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by twocents View Post
    For a very long time the Stadium was totally shut-down to boat racing until Ross Wallach and SCSC were able to convince the City to grant a one-weekend a year wavier from the noise restrictions to run the circle-sprint races. Why no drag races? Probably for several reasons: First, the Stadium is not long enough to accommodate a safe shut-down area for the top tier drag classes of today (TFH, TAH, etc.). In the late 1970s fuelers at the Stadium were running just a little over 200 mph and on occasion exiting past the southern open-end boundary during shut-down (the Marine Patrol and Coast Guard really didn’t like seeing drag boats enter the designated spectator fleet area even at relatively slow speeds). Today, with speeds over 250 mph you’d need to close the entire canal all the way to the 2nd Street bridge to be safe. The other reason is the Stadium was never intended to accommodate crowds in excess of 10,000 which the drags were able to attract on several occasions back in the day (the 1976 NDBA Nationals had over 12,000 paid on Sunday for the finals and it was bedlam – people sitting and standing everywhere, open fire lanes couldn’t be maintained and parking on side streets was jammed for miles in all directions (local residents didn’t like that). And, there’s also the concern for spectator safety – boat drags at the Stadium today would need some serious barriers erected especially along the entire western sandy beach side (and the rocks as well) – a boat out of control would go a long way into that prime spectator area causing mayhem, injury and possible death – a situation the City wants to avoid. So far, there haven’t been any serious boat/spectator injuries involving the circle race program – if one ever occurs you can probably guess what the future of power boat racing in Long Beach would be.

    Thank you twocents. Your explanation makes perfect sense. I used to watch the drags back in the 1970's. It was a great time and show! I have circle boat raced there a few times in the past at the "Marina", but now that I own a drag boat, I was kind of hoping they could bring it back. It's a great place to race! I can see why they can't have TFH there, but why could it not be possible to run all the classes which are 200 mph and less and make it a 1000 feet instead of 1/4 mile? In the old days they used to run the full 1/4 mile but now they mostly run a 1000 feet. I understand the theory about maybe spectators getting injured, but the "K" boats are hitting 130 mph and "PS" are at a 100+ mph. My pro comp flat is at 118 (1000 ft.)

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