Sport: Ironing Board Derby

Midsummer madness breaks out in various forms. One form, more noticeable each year, is California's annual August aquaplane race from Catalina Island to Hermosa Beach—44 miles of seesawing open sea.

Originally a publicity stunt to boost Hermosa Beach, California's Ironing Board Derby—said to be the world's longest aquaplane race—is sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association

(governing body of all motorboat races), is run according to strict rules, draws crowds of 100,000 or more to watch the winner get the checkered flag.

Aquaplaning is.nothing more than standing on a broad, flat board, hanging onto a rope and being towed by a motorboat. But,...

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