Spinning Hawk Will Compete in Oceanside


So you missed skateboarder Tony Hawk landing his amazing 900-degree spin at the X Games in San Francisco last month? Or maybe you watched it on television and want to see Hawk perform in person.

Hawk, whose 900 was unprecedented, is expected to compete in ESPN's B3 (bikes, boards and blades) this weekend at the Oceanside Pier.

The B3 is a qualifier for the 2000 X Games, again in San Francisco, although many of the pro athletes have already qualified. Amateurs will compete today with professionals starting Friday. Competition starts at 11:30 a.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m Sunday. The skateboard vert final, Hawk's specialty, is Sunday at 3.


The Flight of the Lasers boat race, was held for the 64th time Sunday on Newport Harbor, quite a record of longevity for the area.

"I think it's the longest running event of any kind in Newport Beach," said Seymour Beek, president of the Balboa Island Ferry, one of the race's sponsors.

The event started in 1935 as the Flight of the Snowbirds, a boat that is no longer produced.

Chris Raab of Sunset Beach won the race, Nathan Dunham of Newport Beach was second and Kurt Taulbee of Buffalo, N.Y., was third. Anne Hatton of Newport was the first woman finisher (10th overall), 11-year-old Katie Seaver of Arcadia (53rd overall) was the youngest girl and 10-year-old Allen Hardison of Newport (50th overall) was the youngest boy.

J.P. Hogan won the bravery in the face of danger award for the second consecutive year. In the 1998 race held in heavy winds, his father, serving as his crew, fell overboard and Hogan turned around to pick him up.

"We figured he was brave just to get in the boat with his dad this year," Beek said.


Newport Beach's Greg Chinn, 17, finished fourth in his one-man canoe in the 1,000-meter race at the World Championship Races (Flatwater) for Juniors in Zagreb, Croatia.

Chinn became the first American to advance to the finals of the competition, finishing in 4 minutes 14 seconds. He also reached the finals of the 500 meters, finishing sixth.

He is one of three members from the Newport Aquatic Center to represent the United States on the Junior National team in Zagreb. Patrick Sharma and James Van Harz competed in a two-man canoe race and reached the semifinals.



* UPS Criterium bicycle race, start at Burnett and Redondo in Long Beach, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Race sponsored by Velo Allegro Cycling Club. Two state champion women--Colleen Rashford of Costa Mesa and Jennifer Reither of Long Beach--will be among the competitors. Details: (562) 425-1056.

Sept. 11

* Orange County Wheelmen Amtrak Century, 100-mile supported ride from Irvine to San Diego with return on train. Fee is $55 ($50 for OC Wheelmen) and includes food stops and train fare. $10 late fee after Aug. 13. Entry deadline is Aug. 27 with limit of 800 riders. Details: http://ocw.org


* Orange County Wheelmen training, 7 a.m., Food Park, MacArthur and Main, Irvine. Beginner and intermediate training group will ride and stay as a group. Informal lectures will cover stretching, nutrition and hill climbing. Led by Fred and Peg Bauer, (714) 997-0892.

* Bicycle Club of Irvine rides, 9 a.m., meet at Deerfield Park, Irvine. Three routes, 10-15, 15-25 and 25-35 miles, each with a stop midway for breakfast. Rides finish at about 11:30 a.m. Ride leaders Scott and Sandy Angle, (714) 960-4068.

Aug. 7

* Southern California Over-The-Line tournament at Seal Beach, Pacific Coast Highway and First Street. Fee is $45 per team. Event will last from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and all teams are guaranteed at least four games. Details: Russ Johnson, (562) 866-8685.


* Pacific Coast Triathlon, Crystal Cove State Park. Sprint distance is half-mile ocean swim, 12-mile bike ride and three-mile run. Kids and first-time adult race is 200-yard swim, four-mile bike ride and 1 1/2-mile run. Details: (949) 760-9229 or http://www.pacificcoasttriathlon.com

Aug. 22

* The Day at the Beach Huntington Beach Triathlon. 1/4-mile ocean swim, 9-mile bike, 3-mile run. Start at Beach Blvd. and Pacific Coast Highway. Details: (818) 707-8867.

Aug. 15

* Muscular Dystrophy Assn. Muscle Team Walk. A 5K walk at the Irvine Spectrum to increase awareness of muscular dystrophy and raise funds to fight the disease. Details: (888) 632-9255.

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