John Makinson

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John Makinson, also known as John Rufwater
License plate of John Makinson, also known as John Rufwater
John Makinson is a 71-year-old open water swimmer from Ocean Beach, California who now resides in Long Beach, California. Nicknamed "John Rufwater", he has been a water lover all of his life with a passion for surfing, scuba diving, body boarding, and open water swimming.

He was also in the Navy for 20 years. In 2008 he battled prostate cancer, and now continues to stay healthy currently swimming 3/4 to 1 mile every day near Naples Island. He is a member of the Long Beach Grunions Masters Swim Team and was the race director for the Naples Island Swims in 2007.

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