Aquatic Capital
Lucy Johnson reports the Aquatic Capital of America (ACOA) virtual Long Beach to Honolulu fundraiser participants logged in more than 16 million yards, with a special shout out to Erin Vince for her 10-mile swim at Huntington Lake and Mike O’Toole’s Gondola Getaway gondoliers, who logged more than 700 miles during the month of August.”
Paul Carey (Naples) Alejandro Sheratt (Surfside) and Deke Campbell (Huntington Harbor) had been training hard for the 2020 Catalina Classic.
According to the race’s website, “August 30th would have been the 41st Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race … an epic and traditional paddleboard race of world class paddlers that race 32 miles of open water from the Isthmus on Catalina Island to the Manhattan Beach Pier. Unfortunately, 2020 was the first time in 38 years, due to circumstances beyond our control we were forced to officially cancel the race. “
These young men decided to have a 3-man personal challenge and make the crossing on their own.
Deke's stepfather, Jody Campbell, motored the boys over to Two Harbors to camp overnight at Parson’s Landing. They broke camp at 5 the next morning.
Jody said, “It was a remarkable beautiful day, the sunrise was spectacular. There was a freighter passing at a distance and the guys paused a moment to truly appreciate the beauty of their surroundings.”
Shortly afterward, a small whale breached within 20 feet of the trio, and another whale surfaced between the paddlers and the Campbell’s boat.
5 hours and 47 minutes later, they reached Cabrillo Beach.”
Jo Murray’s “On the Water” column in the Grunion Gazette from 9/3/20
Here is the link to Jo Murray’s “On the Water” column in the Grunion Gazette from 9/3/20 that covered our virtual event with a couple of other accomplishments.