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Monday, August 19, 2013

After 24 Hours, One Man Was Standing - Ray Meltvedt

27 piers after the start when 14 swimmers began the 24-hour odyssey along the California shoreline, only Ray Meltvedt (far right in photo) was left standing. After two long nights and an entire day, Meltvedt was the only swimmer who completed all 27 pier swims in the Fear No Pier stage swim over the weekend.

Exhausting, scary, and unpredictable, Meltvedt kept on going, always moving forward taking left-hand U-turns around each of the 27 piers from Santa Barbara to San Diego in Southern California.

"Ray was such an inspiration to all of us. He pushed me well beyond my mental and physical limits. Neither shark attack warnings, the pitch black of night, nor the cold water of Ventura could stop him," commented Julian Rusinek who nearly swam all the 27 piers himself. "We had fun the whole way. Through 'No swimming' signs, surfers, fishing lines, barnacle wounds, 'Shark attack warning' signs, sleep deprivation, and physical exhaustion, we prevailed."

"It was the best road trip ever," described Lynn Kubasek. "It was exhilarating to feel the texture and temperature of ocean water from Santa Barbara to San Clemente, and great to spend time with some of the best people ever!"

Fear No Pier indeed.

Photo taken underneath the Huntington Beach Pier with Lynn Kubasek, Julian Rusinek, Ray Meltvedt, Theo Schmeeckle, Natalie Merrow, Tanya MacLean, and Scott Zornig after finishing their 19th stage swim around 27 piers in total.

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