Emilio Casanueva

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Emilio Casanueva, Founder of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association
The Big Swim, a charity swim by 55 open water swimmers to benefit the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and Heal the Ocean, organized by Emilio Casanueva
Emilio Casanueva is the Founder of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association. Casanueva had an idea of creating an organization which (1) promoted an interest in swimming the various channels surrounding the California Channel Islands, (2) documented all swims which took place and, (3) preserved the swimming history. The personable open water swimmer from Chile organized many events including The Big Swim.

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History of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association

In 2006, his vision became a reality when he founded the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association.

Prior to the formation of the SBCSA, only 9 swims were recorded in the Channel Islands (excluding Catalina). During Casanueva's 4 years as President of the organization, 37 swims were successfully completed including several "first time" swims.

Background

Casanueva learned to swim in the ocean when he was 5 years old in Zapallar, Chile. He loves to swim in the ocean and can frequently be found in the pacific ocean in Santa Barbara, Chile or a place in between. He has participated in the Point Bonita swim (10 km) across the San Francisco Bay 3 times, swam around Alcatraz from Aquatic Park, and has completed numerous swims in Santa Barbara, Mexico, and Chile. In 2008, he accomplished his first solo channel crossing from Anacapa Island to the mainland in 7 hours 45 minutes, and 42 seconds to become a member of the Santa Barbara Channel Half Century Club.

Santa Barbara Channel Half Century Club Members

Of the 53 official solo swims governed by the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association, 24.5% of the swims have been accomplished by these swimmers of the Half Century Club:

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