The first time Randy Sampias tried his hand at competitive arm wrestling he came out a winner. And in an instant he found a new passion.

"It's very addictive," he told fellow members of the Hesperia Community Rotary Club, which meets Wednesday at noon at Los Domingos Restaurant.

Since then, spreading the word of the growing sports' merits has been one of Sampias' life goals. Sampias, who has won several championships along the way, has promoted major contests, including the World Amateur Arm Wrestling Championships. Currently, he is drumming up support for the 2007 California "Open" State Arm Wrestling Championships to be held at noon on Saturday, June 16 at the annual Huck Finn Jubilee at Mojave Narrows Regional Park.

"Pound for pound, it's one of the most competitive sports around," said Sampias, 57, who competes in the grandmaster 55 and older division.

Although the brawny Sampias looks the part, he says looks can be deceiving.

"Size is not necessarily an indicator of strength," he said. "It's not just brute strength. It's not just speed. It's a combination of everything."

In fact, he encourages anyone curious about competitive arm wrestling to give it a try.

"If you're athletic at all, you'll do good."

Weigh-ins for Saturday's open event begin at 9 a.m. Entry fee is $25. For more information, log onto www.armwrestling.com or call Randy Sampias at 868-6835.