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The annual Catalina Ski Race is the premiere water ski race in the world, but the it is more than just a race. With its rich 69 year history, quality of competition, and challenge of the open ocean, the Catalina Ski Race has earned its place on the world stage. The 62 mile-long race to Avalon and back makes it only turn just offshore of Descanso Beach and Hamilton Cove. Water skiers from around the globe come to participate. This race has notoriety because of the number of participants, and because it is the only open-ocean ski race regularly scheduled anywhere in the world. It is an especially unique challenge to compete across 62 miles of ocean. It is highly coveted and followed around the ski racing world.