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|Denis Crean, the founder of WaveOne Swimming and marathon open water swimmer, swam 20+ miles from Santa Catalina Island to
the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Los Angeles in the Pacific Ocean, on October 10, 2016. The inspiration to attempt this channel crossing
comes from his heroes and team mates, who are also Special Olympics athletes. This is his account of the swim.
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|The Catalina Swim
Inspiring Your Inner Hero – One Stroke at a Time
October 9-10, 2016
|Here comes the sun and a new surge
of energy. Ian kayaking. Dan and Ian
took about 3 hour shifts in the kayak
for feeding and navigation.
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|Prior to leaving the dock at San Pedro, we
discussed conditions, strategy, and Forrest
read the Catalina Channel Swimming
Federation rules for the swim.
|Dan, Anne, Forrest in the
Outrider. GPS course
chart in the background
|Forrest, Denis, Dan and
Captain John Pittman
|A "before" photo with the lights of
San Pedro fading in the distance
|The Start from Catalina
Dan in the kayak, Ian on the paddleboard
|Night swimming using glow sticks to see swimmer and kayaker. Ian kayaking.
Catalina in the background.
|Denis and Ian with the Bark
Paddleboard. Mixing the
Hammer Nutrition for feeding.
Denis and Maria. Denis at the
Outrider prior to boarding.
|Pace increased, swell grew, wind blew, dolphins swam by...
All is good with Dan in the kayak
|Sighting ahead. Did I see a building on
the cliff? No, about 8 miles from shore.
|Ian, Anne, Forrest, Linda, Timettra,
Cami...it was a long day and they
stayed strong and full of energy. I
couldnt have asked for a better crew!
|It's a great night for a swim!
|Where's the swimmer? Denis playing hide and seek with Ian behind the
increasing wind and swell. About 14.5 hours in the water. Anne joins
Denis providing an energy and psychological boost when needed most.
|The finish 16:18:20
Portuguese Bend Beach
|The Ocean Crew (L-R):
Forrest, Cami, Timettra, Denis, Scott, Ian,
Mike, Dawn, Anne, Captain John, Dan,
|The GPS chart of the last 5 hours
of the swim.
|Forrest explaining the start
location and procedure to Denis.
|Ian, Timettra, and Linda