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Friday, August 22, 2014

Beyond Avalon Heads Into Problems

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

As always, open water swimmers can Expect The Unexpected. If it isn't the wind and chop, it is jellyfish and tides.

If it isn't something in the water, it is something on land. In the case of Beyond Avalon's unprecedented 76-mile (122 km) ocean relay from Catalina Island to La Jolla Cove near San Diego, it is the toilet.

"We are delayed due to head pump problems," reports Jonathan Hands. "We are setting out now. The girls wanted to make sure bathroom was working."

The 12-person relay team of Dan Henry, Dave Speier, William Miller, Steve Miller, Lee Grove, Dana Selles, Mark Zambon, Penny Nagel, Chris Gibson, Jon Rodley, and Jonathan Hands will certainly need a lot of toilet breaks between Friday morning and Sunday when they plan to walk triumphantly onshore in La Jolla Cove.

For more information on the Beyond Avalon's charity swim on behalf of the Warrior Foundation, follow them here.

LATEST FLASH UPDATE: The toilet was fixed and the water is warm. 7 miles out from Catalina where the seas are nice. Saw lots of dolphins.

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