Replication In Rough Water, The Rubino's Repeat

Replication In Rough Water, The Rubino’s Repeat

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. It was a risky move that most eventual winners took, including Kim‘s younger sister Jamie Rubino. Nine years after Kim won, Jamie followed in her wake with a victorious swim in 2002. Over the course of the nearly 50-year history of the Seal Beach Rough Water Swim, it was the first time that two siblings won the rough water swim. “I was not trying to repeat what my older sister did,” said Jamie. “I was just trying to finish the race as soon as I could. The water gets cold in some spots, so I wanted to swim fast. This was my first time swimming the Seal Beach 10 mile. It was a great experience. The conditions were good and the support was great out there. I had a lot of fun.” Copyright © 2008 – 2013 by World Open Water Swimming Association