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Looks Can Be Deceiving In The Open Water

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

When Stewart Evans became the first individual to swim from the Farallon Islands to the California mainland in 1967, he wore a swim cap as others have done before and after him.

But looking back at historical photos of that cap, it appears to be a neoprene cap that would be outlawed for contemporary marathon and channel swims.

Upon further investigation, the swim cap turns out not to be made of neoprene, but a simple canvas swim cap painted orange for visibility as part of his safety protocols.

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