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.
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