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Manhattan Beach Buzzes with Swim, Volleyball, Cycling Events

Aug 08, 2016 09:44AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Manhattan Beach was alive with activity on Sunday, with final events from the International Surf Festival, as well as the Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix, bringing participants from far and wide.

The morning began with the Velzy Stevens Paddleboard Race from the Manhattan Beach Pier to the Hermosa Beach Pier. Ryland Hart, 15, of Hermosa Beach, was the top finisher, along with Bailey Rosen, 20, of Torrance, as the top female finisher.

That event was followed by the Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier Swim, which begins at the Hermosa Beach Pier and ends at the Manhattan Beach Pier. Ryan Bullock, 32, of Torrance, took first place. Stephanie Peacock, 24, of Rancho Santa Margarita, came in first for the women (and fourth overall).

Also drawing participants and competitors to the Manhattan Beach Pier was the 56th Annual Sand Castle Design Contest, which is part of the Surf Festival and was sponsored this year by DigMB. (See the full story and photo gallery here.)

And just steps away at the beach volleyball courts, the Junior 6-Man Volleyball tournament yielded a crop of new champions. Team Munch won the 18-and-under division; Kiss My Ace won the 14-and-under group; and the MB Sand Sharks took first in the 12-and-under division.

Last but not least, over at Live Oak Park and all around the greenbelt, the Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix drew cycling fans ranging from kids to nationally ranked cyclists. The Pro 1/2 race was won by Justin Williams; and the Womens' Pro 1/2/3 was won by Kimberly Lucie. The Manhattan Beach Grand Prix, founded by local cycling enthusiast Ted Ernst, is now in its 55th annual running.

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