Catalina Channel Swimming Federation


2015 Season Officially Underway!

Catalina Solo and Relay Success
Hank Wise and Orange County (CA) teens

Congratulations to Hank Wise, who made another spectacular crossing of the Catalina Channel. A couple of years ago, Hank was a member of a record-setting relay. A few years before that, Hank completed a solo crossing. It must be noted, the final times of Hank’s two solo swims are 8 hours and 7 minutes, plus change. Nice consistency. Age is not slowing Hank down!

The Channel Champs, a relay of teens from Orange County (CA), made quick work of the Channel, finishing in just under 10 hours. Congratulations to team captain Katherine Walde and relay members (pictured).

The CCSF will regularly update successful crossings on Facebook.

However, the certified final times and updated records is posted at the CCSF website once the entire swim season is concluded. Generally, around the first of November.

Annual CCSF Awards Banquet is Saturday, November 7
Weekend filled with celebrating marathon swimmers with IMSHoF and SBCSA

The CCSF looks forward to honoring Hank Wise, Channel Champs, and every 2015 swimmer, on the first Saturday in November. Like in past years, the CCSF Awards Banquet will be held at the DoubleTree in San Pedro. Details will be forthcoming in a newsletter.

This year, the CCSF is coordinating with both the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association. This weekend will be packed with three events, starting with the IMSHoF induction ceremony on Friday night, November 6.

On Saturday, the CCSF hosts a mid-day banquet and the SBCSA will entertain during an evening cruise.

Paddling Clinic in Long Beach Is Canceled
David Clark instructs a kayak session in La Jolla, on July 11

This coming Saturday, July 11, David Clark will conduct a kayak course, which is invaluable for marathon swimmers and their paddle escorts. This free session is an opportunity to learn navigation skills, efficient feeding, and safety support.

Please RSVP: David Clark at 858.453.0648 and

David will provide exact meeting location and start time for the La Jolla session.

La Jolla Shores on Saturday July 11th.

CANCELEDLong Beach (Alamitos Bay) on Saturday July 18th

Tourism in Long Beach and San Pedro
Websites to assist in planning your trip and daily excursions during your visit

Bottom Scratcher and Outrider are docked in San Pedro.

Looking for more to do than just swim? Visit San Pedro provides information on hotels, shopping, dining, attractions, and special events.

Long Beach offers this guide to visitors.

Palos Verdes Peninsula aerial view.
In the foreground is Terranea Resort and the Pt Vicente Lighthouse (lower right).
In the background are the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach,
and Santiago Peak (part of the Saddleback) can be seen on the horizon.

Monthly Newsletter Updates Swimmers & Observers
Expect CCSF Newsletters to Arrive Semi-Regularly with Vital Info and Dates