Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The sea is rough, the waves are pounding along the coast, the swells are bouncing against the rocky shore.

What is a swimmer to do? What would you do? Are you a risk-taker or are you risk-averse?

Do you take a chance, wait for a lull in the surf, and then touch or scamper up the rocky shore? Or do you swim further and find a safer location to land on the soft sand? Safety and self-confidence will dictate your decision, but do you go for it, trusting in your skills as a waterman (or water woman)? Or do you look for a stretch of soft sand in order to walk safely ashore?

Photo shows David Yudovin in one of his pioneering swims.

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