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Neither Rain, Nor Wind, Nor Cold Stops Caroline Block

Courtesy of Evan Morrison of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association near Santa Cruz Island, California.

Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association reported a highly unusual and difficult channel crossing.

“The 2019 Santa Barbara Channel swim season got off to its earliest start ever with an astonishing [30.5 km] winter crossing by Dr. Caroline Block from Oxnard [on the California mainland] to Santa Cruz Island.

Starting from Silverstrand Beach early yesterday morning during a rainstorm and small craft warning, Caroline swam through some of the most challenging sustained conditions we have seen a swimmer endure. The wind laid down briefly in the late afternoon, only to whip up again after sunset.

Touching at a perilously dark and surge-y San Pedro Point after 14 hours 56 minutes, Caroline became the first woman (and 2nd overall) to complete a Santa Cruz swim in the island-mainland direction. It was also the earliest-in-year Santa Barbara Channel swim by nearly 4 months [in the organization’s history].

Caroline’s swim was supported by Captains Dawn Brooks, Alicia Stratton, and Todd Griswold; dory-rower Dave Valenzuela [shown above], crew Robin Rasmussen Rose and Michelle Squyer, and Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association observers Evan Morrison and Dave Van Mouwerik.

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