World’s Best Athletes Tackle California’s Premier Surf, Ski & Speed Spots

NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson, snowboarder Todd Richards, ski racer Daron Rahlves, surfer Ian Walsh, stand up paddler Dave Kalama take on Surf City, Mammoth Mtn., Auto Club Speedway; Fans invited to check out the competition at Auto Club Speedway from the new Pit Box Lounge; Follow all the fun on Twitter at #onlyinCA

Jimmie Johnson celebrating his 2010 Auto Club 500 win at ACS.


When does the student become the master?   Maybe on Monday, March 4.  That’s when some of the world’s best athletes will attempt to ‘school’ one another, all while showcasing their talents at some of California’s quintessential sporting hot spots.


Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR Champion
• First driver to ever win 5 consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Championships
• First racing driver to become Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year
• Has won Driver of the Year four times

Todd Richards, Champion Snowboarder
• Silver Medalist 1997 Snowboard Halfpipe World Championships
• Member of the 1998 US Olympic Halfpipe Team
• Frequent announcer at snowboard events including Winter X Games

Ian Walsh, Surfing Champion
• Graduated valedictorian of his high school
• Nominated for several “Wave of the Year” at the Billabong XXL Awards
• Tackled everything from max-out Jaws to max-out Teahupoo

Daron Rahlves, Champion Ski Racer
• The most decorated American Downhill and Super G skier in history
• Won 12 World Cup races, 28 World Cup podiums, 7 US National Titles
• 13 years on the National Team, 3 Winter Olympic Games

Dave Kalama, Stand Up Paddler and Big Wave Surfer
• Credited with the co-development of tow-in surfing
• Descendant from a long line of noteworthy Hawaiian watermen
• Appeared in opening sequence of the James Bond film Die Another Day


Athletes will take on the moniker of teacher and student in the same day, tackling California’s premier surf, ski and speed spot, showing off their skills and trying to “one up” one another.


Huntington Beach
Starting at Shorebreak Hotel

Auto Club Speedway
9300 Cherry Ave.
Fontana, CA   

Mammoth Mountain
10001 Minaret Rd.
Mammoth Lakes, CA 


Schedule (subject to change):    

6am* Irons, Kalama ‘school’ Johnson, Richards, Rahlves
Shorebreak Hotel
500 Pacific Cst Hwy
Huntington Beach

9:30am* Johnson ‘schools’ Richards, Walsh, Rahlves, Kalama
Auto Club Speedway
9300 Cherry Ave.
Fontana, CA 

Fans welcomed to Auto Club Speedway

1pm* Richards, Rahlve, Kalamas ‘school’ Johnson, Walsh
Mammoth Mountain
10001 Minaret Rd.
Mammoth Lakes, CA

*Times are approximate and are subject to change



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