The Capitola Classic.

by Jim Phillips.

The Capitola Classic was a skate event that received international attention and brought lots of excitement and energy to the Capitola village back in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The Capitola Classic was well known in skating circles for its annual downhill race, which was a head-to-head speed competition that drew top names in the sport, many local as well as international, including Santa Cruz, Cali local John Hutson, who held the world speed record for skateboarding at 53.45 mph and dominated the event each year.

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