Ryan Choura to defend his record at the 61st Annual Catalina Water Ski Race
2009-07-10 · By Editor
On Saturday morning July 11, at 8:52am sharp, between the Island White and Island Grissom in the Long Beach Harbor, the 61st Annual Catalina Water Ski Race roars into battle with 16 different divisions of competitors racing from Long Beach to Catalina Island and back.
Among the participants will be Long Beach resident Ryan Choura, CEO of the Long Beach based Choura Venue Services, who will be defending his standing 2004 record for the Formula II Outboard record of 1:01:25.86. Choura will be competing with his original team from 2004 of driver Glenn Anderson, and participating as observer his father and Choura Venue Services board president Jim Choura.
Choura retired from a successful career in competitive ski racing in 2004 but has decided to return to this race this year because he notes, “In a year where people feel they have little control over what’s going on in the world it’s best to focus on what you can do. This was a way for me to return to a sport I love, have a great time with my father, and support a local event I’m very proud of.”
For best viewing of the race start spectators should go to the spectacular new Hotel Maya, who is “very excited to launch the new Hotel Maya at the same time as the 61st Catalina Ski Race.” The Maya is a perfect setting for the race with its waterside resort location, boat docks, meeting space for the club and vast landscape for family and friends to feel connected as the racing teams go by.
The Maya will also be serving a special race luncheon on July 11th from noon until 2:30 pm on the hotel’s Esplanade. Tickets are still available at $30.00 per person. For more information on both the race and the luncheon please go to www.catalinaskirace.net/. Press inquiries on the race should contact Ken Vaughn at tel. (714) 614-0834. For more information on Ryan Choura and Choura Venue Services please go to www.choura.us. For more information on the Hotel Mayan go to www.hotelmayalongbeach.com.