From OpenwaterpediaSouth End Rowing Club of San Francisco, California. He swam with 38-year-old Steve Minaglia M.D. from the Waikiki Swim Club and 29-year-old Scott Harvey M.D. to cross the 9.3-mile (15K) Pailolo Channel from the island of Maui to the island of Molokai on 4 February 2012. They departed at DT Fleming Beach on Maui at 6:42 am and finished on Molokai just over 6 hours later.
Coombs also crossed the Kalohi Channel in 6 hours 6 minutes with Steve Minaglia M.D. (5 hours 48 minutes) and Scott Harvey M.D. (5 hours 48 minutes) between the Hawaiian islands of Molokai and Lanai on 12 May 2012. Paul Luuwai was their captain and Blair Norris was their paddle boarder support and videographer.
Coombs has been the President head of Coombs Medical Device Consulting in Alameda, California since 1998. His group specializes in hands-on, innovative, US and European regulatory strategies for start-ups and companies that need to change their business strategies. Their skills also include cost-effective first-in-man or VC milestone clinical trial design, management and analysis. Coombs received his BS in Biology from Stanford University. He is a former Vice President of Medtronic in the areas of Regulatory Affairs, Quality Assurance and Clinical Studies and an instructor in Medical Devices for the University of California at Santa Cruz.