Overdue Recognition for SoCal Locals at WOWSA Ocean Fest

Overdue Recognition for SoCal Locals at WOWSA Ocean Fest

Left to right: Hank Wise, Lyle Nalli, Samantha Sears, Parks Wesson, Kim Patrick of Guinness World Records, Ted Bramble, Lexie Kelly, Matty Mitchell.
Hank Wise on left listens to Dr. Lyle Nalli accept the Guinness World Record award.

Focused And Channeling Swiftness

Courtesy of WOWSA, Catalina Channel, California.

The swimmers of the Long Beach Swim Focus relay were recognized by Guinness World Records for their record-setting 32.3 km Catalina Channel crossing on October 7th 2011 at the WOWSA Ocean Fest in Redondo Beach, California this weekend.

Dr. Lyle Nalli recalled the evening, “It turned out to a magical night. But in the beginning, it was just a mess of sloshing waves hitting us from all kinds of directions. But two hours out, Hank [Wise] and Matty [Mitchell] let us know that we may be onto something big – they meant, the fastest crossing ever. And, as they predicted so well, the rough water sea transformed itself to a smooth, calm, peaceful lake.”

Escorted by captain Greg Wise on El Goofy with the support of paddlers Benjamin Landis and Matt Landis, Hank Wise, Lyle Nalli, Ted Bramble, Matty Mitchell, Parks Wesson and Lexie Kelly with pace swimmer Samantha Sears continued to churn in the turgid-turned-tranquil Pacific Ocean and crossed in 6 hours 53 minutes, landing on Catalina Island on the morning of October 8th. It was and remains the fastest crossing on record.

The relay swim raised money for the charity – the Habitat for Humanity.

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