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Sunday, November 1, 2015

The Deep Enders Swim To Shore

Video of The Deep Enders courtesy of Lynn Kubasek from San Nicolas to the California mainland.

The Deep Enders Relay spanned from San Nicolas Island to San Pedro Monday October 12th into Tuesday October 13th was the first known successful swim from San Nicolas Island. Coached by Theo Schmeeckle, the sextet of Jim McConica, Tom Ball, John Chung, Zach Jirkovsky, Tamie Stewart, and Stacey Warmuth completed a 112.8 km (70.1-mile) crossing from San Nicolas Island to the California mainland.

Escorted by Greg Elliot on Bottom Scratcher, the kayakers and crew included Allen Ball, Jill Ball, Bob Howell, Patty Howell, Pam Jirkowsky and Carol Lacy together with San Barbara Channel Swimming Association observers Lynn Kubasek and Jax Cole. After 33 hours 37 minutes the San Nicolas Channelers became the first relay to make this crossing.

Their efforts were nominated for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year:

The Deep Enders by Jim McConica, Tom Ball, John Chung, Zach Jirkovsky, Tamie Stewart, Stacey Warmuth (U.S.A.) San Nicholas Channelers
Far, far offshore from the California coast, an uninhibited island made famous by the 1960 novel Island of the Blue Dolphin rests. Despite the plethora of ocean swimmers around the Pacific Rim, no one had yet attempted to swim the 112.8 km (70.1 miles) between San Nicholas Island and the California mainland. But The Deep Enders, a passionately serious group of masters swimmers in Ventura, took on the challenge. The sextet (64-year-old Jim McConica, 55-year-old Tom Ball, 45-year-old John Chung, 34-year-old Zach Jirkovsky, 42-year-old Tamie Stewart, and 59-year-old Stacey Warmuth), escorted by Greg Elliot, battled rough conditions and marine life to complete the unprecedented relay in 33 hours 37 minutes. For their long swim back from over 100 km out to sea, for their triumphant effort and logistics to get the swim accomplished, and for their ongoing pioneering spirit that spews enjoyment when they hit the ocean, The Deep Enders’ San Nicholas Crossing is a worthy nominee for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

To vote for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, visit the WOWSA Awards here.

Other articles on The Deep Enders include the following:

* Offshore Odysseys On The Increase
* 33 Hours 37 Minutes From The Island Of Blue Dolphins
* The Deep Enders Are Heading Towards Shallow Waters
* The Deep Enders Heading Towards The California Coast
* Fueled by Water - The Deep Enders

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