Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

He swims, he smiles.

And he has been doing so for a long, long time.

Hawaiian channel swimmer Vernon Knight finished another Hawaiian Christmas Looong Distance Invitational Rough-H2O Swim this past weekend – and was honored for his effort.

The veteran completed the 7 km out-and-back course along the outside surf in Waikiki Beach on Oahu in 3 hours 3 minutes and received the Old Man in the Sea Award – 10 years older than the next oldest finisher, Uli Klinke.

This is an invitation-only race,” explained race founder and organizer Jim Anderson. “And we are still inviting Vernon after all these years. There is no stopping him.”

Vernon Knight [left] is shown being presented the Old Man in the Sea Award by Jim Merchant [right], the recipient of the 2013 Connoisseur Award. Photo of Knight and Merchant by Atomman Kimm. Picture of the award by Cindia Lavik.

Photos of the event are here. For more information on the event, visit here. For results of the 2014 event, visit here.

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