Local Wins, Kim Rubino’s Victory

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Back in 1993, Kim Rubino was the first local swimmer to win the Seal Beach Roughwater Swim, a 10-mile swim along the Southern California coastline from the Huntington Beach Pier to Seal Beach.

She was so local, she looked out upon the point-to-point race course every morning from her home in Surfside, right on the shoreline. Her backyard was literally the wide white sandy beach.  She recalls, “We woke up every morning and was staring at the 10-mile course. When the channel wasn’t fogged over, Catalina Island was always there in the background.”

The course could be maddeningly tricky and the most optimal plan of attack was counterintuitive.  The fastest currents predominately ran closer along the shoreline than further out to the Pacific Ocean. But following the faster southern currents meant the marine-savvy swimmers ran right into the large jetty that stuck out into the Pacific Ocean from Surfside. Swimming further out to sea meant the swimmers had nearly a straight shot to Seal Beach. The massive rock jetty required the swimmers swim further – but with the currents behind them – it also meant they swam faster.

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Steven Munatones