Courtesy of Evan Morrison, Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association, California.

On September 21st, Ken Mignosa of Santa Clara, California made history early this morning – completing the first two-way Santa Cruz Island swim in 29 hours 22 minutes.

He swam the outbound leg via east and south around Anacapa Island and then returned back to the mainland for a total route distance of 41 miles (65.98 km).

This was the second longest solo marathon swim in California Channel Islands history.

Mignosa was supported by Captains Dawn Brooks and Alicia Stratton, crew chief Amy Appelhans Gubser, and paddlers Miguel Melendez, Russell Kenny, and Ryan Rockenbach. Jane Cairns and Charles Slosberg observed the swim for the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association.

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