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Thursday Travel Ticker: Surf champs and seafood

August 11, 2011|By Chris Erskine | Los Angeles Times
  • The colorful start of the men's paddleboard race during the national lifeguard championships.
The colorful start of the men's paddleboard race during the national… (Joel Gitelson / L.A. County…)

The L.A. County Lifeguard Assn. surf racing team has won its 25th consecutive national championship, in a competition featuring more than 700 professional lifeguards from throughout the country . . . . Feast on unlimited oysters and Napa wine, all for $40, at Waterbar’s 3rd annual OysterFest on Aug 27. Proceeds benefit Surfrider Foundation . . . . Participants can choose from six different options in the 19th Annual Donner Party Hike taking place Oct. 8 and 9 in Truckee, Calif. (thankfully, food is included). Info: (530) 587-8808 . . . .  Santa Monica’s swanky Casa del Mar offers, on Monday evenings, a roving mixologist to make customized drinks . . . . A Yellowstone tour operator suggests Get out of your rut and into ours (our elks', anyway),” as it touts a breeding season trip amid the aspens, Sept. 11-16 . . . . Oliver Jones, Stanley Jordan and Gary Burton are among performers at the inaugural Jazz on the Mountain at Whistler, Canada, Sept.  2-4 . . . . Travel stats of the day: 15% of engaged couples had a destination wedding in 2010, according to Brides magazine. The average number of guests for all weddings: 152.

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