Zigzagging Through Kelp Beds In Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara 6-mile Ocean Swim was held today at the Semana Nautica Sports Festival where 32 participants competed in the competition. The race ran along the California coastline from Goleta Beach to Arroyo Burro Beach near the University of California Santa Barbara campus as thousands of Americans enjoyed a peaceful summer day.
However, the beautifully clear day with plenty of sunshine and beach crowds was a misleading facade of the ocean. The swimming conditions were significantly rougher than expected or that appeared to the naked eye onshore.
Veteran waterman Rob Dumouchel described his experience, “Overall this was a real deal ocean swim. It was definitely a challenge but a whole lot of fun. We had big swells coming from our right, a current underneath us pushing back toward the start, and plenty of opportunities to work on your kelp crawling skills. I was a little worried about my kayaker up in the boat, but she was a total trooper and did a great job keeping us on track.The water was rough enough that some other kayakers took tumbles into the water during the race. I really liked the course. Jane put on a really cool event, and I hope I can come back and swim it again next year!” Rob completed the race in 3 hour 19 minutes.
Difficult, yes. Challenging, for sure. Lumpy and bumpy, check. Just another open water swim for 32 hardy athletes. The entire field started and finished.
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