Lynn Kubasek (died 24 January 2019) was a 60-year-old American marathon swimmer from Laguna Beach, California. She filmed, produced and posted many channel swimming and marathon swimming videos in YouTube under the nickname Oceanswimmr.
- 1 Professional Career
- 2 Open Water Swimming Career
- 3 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nomination
- 4 Farallon Islands
- 5 Team Tripod
- 6 Video of Catalina Channel Circumnavigation Swim
- 7 As Seen On TV
- 8 Farallon Islands Relay
- 9 Videos
- 10 Ventura Deep Enders from San Nicholas Island to San Pedro
- 11 The Long Swim
- 12 Anacapa Island Circumnavigation
- 13 External links
- She was the owner of the soap trademark Random Acts of Soap.
- She worked as an Environmental Compliance Specialist and a Water Quality Specialist in Southern California.
Open Water Swimming Career
- She is a member of the Oak Streeters pod in Laguna Beach, California.
- She is one of the co-hosts for Swim Camp Catalina III.
- On 7 October 2009, she completed a 32.3 km crossing of the Catalina Channel from Santa Catalina Island to the Southern California mainland in 15 hours 53 minutes 38 seconds at the age of 51, earning herself membership in the Half Century Club.
- She is a lifetime member of the board of directors for the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association since 2010. The SBCSA was nominated for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year for its far-forward thinking on marathon swimming.
- She completed the 8.4 km Semana Nautica Ocean Swim in California on the following dates:
- 10 July 2011 in 4 hours 23 minutes 35 seconds
- 8 July 2012 in 2 hours 52 minutes 13 seconds
- 14 July 2013 in 4 hours 6 minutes 14 seconds
- 13 July 2014 in 3 hours 30 minutes 35 seconds
- 5 July 2015 in 3 hours 50 minutes 37 seconds
- 9 July 2017 in 3 hours 15 minutes 51 seconds
- On 21 August 2011, she completed a 19.6 km crossing of the Santa Barbara Channel from Anacapa Island to the Southern California mainland in 7 hours 8 minutes 10 seconds at the age of 53. She is a member of the Santa Barbara Channel Half Century Club.
- She was part of an all-female relay crossing from San Francisco to the Farallon Islands. Lynn serves on the Board of Directors of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association.
- She is an observer for the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation.
- She has completed two of the Southern California Eight.
- She was the 50-54 age group overall winner of the 2012 SPMS Open Water Series held in Southern California, a 10-race series for registered swimmers of Southern Pacific Masters Swimming in Southern California.
- She was one of the top swimmers of the 2012 Go The Distance program at U.S. Masters Swimming and the Southern Pacific Masters Swimming Open Water Series.
- She became the first person to swim from Santa Cruz Island to Anacapa Island on 31 August 2013. The unprecedented crossing took a little over 5 hours.
- She participated in the inaugural multi-stage Fear No Pier ocean swimming expedition in 2014.
- She both struggled and triumphed with relay teammates Kim Chambers, Laura Vartain Horn, Cathy Delneo, Melissa King and Patti Bauernfeind from the Golden Gate Bridge to the South Farallons Island in the first all-female team to successfully navigate the treacherous waters of the Farallon Islands. The 6-member team started and finished in the dark after 16 hours 29 minutes, swimming through three rotations on their relay through the Red Triangle (watch visual gallery here).
- She was part of the As Seen On TV relay together with Barbara Held, Marc Horwitz, Ray Meltvedt, Julian Rusinek, and Roni Hibben that set the world record across the Catalina Channel from Catalina Island to the California mainland on 1 July 2013 in the category of Mixed (3 man, 3 women) 50-59 Catalina-to-Mainland Relay at 9 hours 38 minutes 42 seconds.
- On 31 August 2013, she completed a 9 km crossing from Santa Cruz Island to Anacapa Island in California in 5 hours 8 minutes 25 seconds at the age of 55.
- On 7 June 2014, she finished 9th in the 13 km Great Salt Lake Marathon Swim in Utah in 5 hours 16 minutes 29 seconds at the age of 55.
- On 8 September 2018, she finished 15th in the 45.9 km 20 Bridges Manhattan Island Swim in New York City in 8 hours 22 minutes 4 seconds at the age of 60.
- On 16 September 2018, she completed a 74.7 km circumnavigation swim relay around Santa Catalina Island in the Pacific Ocean off of Southern California together with ATI Team 1 (including Gary Workman, Forrest Nelson, Tom Hecker, Kris Berglund, Lynn Kubasek, Sabrina Young), ATI Team 2 (including John York, John Blair, Ivanka Gavanski, Robin Hipolito, Mina Elnaccash, Amber Baker), and ATI Team 3 (Susanne Blair, Becky Jackman, Michella Thomas, Alice Ma, Krista Anderson, Carol Sing) in 31 hours 53 minutes 35 seconds, beginning and ending at Doctor’s Cove on a counterclockwise relay swim around the island despite winds up to 20 knots and unruly seas under the escort of Bottom Scratcher and Catalina Channel Swimming Federation observers Don Van Cleve, Jodi DiLascio and Roxanne Hipolito.
- She was nominated for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.
- She was also a member of Team Tripod, a group of 3 separate teams of 6 swimmers each that completed a joint crossing of the Catalina Channel in 13 hours 16 minutes.
- Her photo was featured in the 2017 Marathon Swimmers Federation calendar]].
- She participated in the 2013 Fear No Pier challenge.
- She is the namesake for the Swim for Lynn Ocean Plunge at the Swim Camp Mexico in Baja California in the Sea of Cortez.
2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nomination
There is not a day that goes by without her cheering on or offering to swim with others. Her swimming friends come from all over the world. When not in the water, Lynn Kubasek is creating YouTube clips and online supporting swimmers day in and day out. She willingly and happily jumps on escort boats, prepares drinks, and offers to observe or crew on a moment’s notice or months in advance. Ocean water is seemingly in her blood; she wears lanolin as often than make-up; and marine life are her cherished friends. Always willing to help out, she has a permanent smile on her face in and out of the water. For her deep love of the ocean, for her profound sense of appreciation of the sport, for her overwhelming and all-encompassing sense of voluntarism, Lynn Kubasek is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.
Kubasek both struggled and triumphed with relay teammates Kim Chambers, Laura Vartain Horn, Cathy Delneo, Melissa King and Patti Bauernfeind from the Golden Gate Bridge to the South Farallons Island. The first all-female team to successfully navigate the treacherous waters of the Farallon Islands, they started and finished in the dark after 16 hours and 29 minutes. The six hardy women went through three rotations on their relay through the Red Triangle (watch visual gallery here).
"The seas, generally 15-20 feet, were larger than the escort boat," said Vito Bialla, the team's pilot. "Plus it was cold: 49°F (9.5°C), but the enthusiasm and passion of the women never wavered."
"I feel so incredibly lucky to have gotten to swim with such a fiercely strong group of women. I met Melissa King. She was the same here, steadfast and upbeat. I so admire her strength and steadfast cheerfulness," recalled Lynn. "Alas, my preparations against motion sickness (ginger and Dramamine lite) were for naught. I got sick very early in and barely kept a drop or morsel down the entire voyage. It was an interesting day - and I cannot say enough about each and every team member. Among my favorite memories of the swim was on my first round swimming, I thought that I missed the kelp (and grass and rocks) from Laguna Beach because it acts as a marker to let you know you are making forward progress. About 5 minutes later, Vito shouted "Kelp!" and I swam past and over part of a kelp pattie I felt at home. The thought of the commonality of the water made me feel completely at ease. Then I saw a couple of huge ominous purple bell jellies, but it was OK. Vito also said they saw the island during my 1st round (the 6th hour) as the sun started to come out which was so cool."
Lynn become blindingly ill from dry-heaving, but her smile is still plastered on her face. "What a GREAT thing to get to do. I was so sick and I really hit bottom but yanked it up. Would do it again in a heartbeat. That was FUN! What a great group and a great cause."
Kubasek was also a member of Team Tripod, a group of 3 separate teams of 6 swimmers each that completed a joint crossing of the Catalina Channel in 13 hours 16 minutes. The 3 relays swam the exact same pace across the Catalina Channel. The teams started near midnight on Cabrillo Beach and swam out to Catalina Island with Carol Sing as the team leader. The swimmers included Julian Rusinek, Lynn Kubasek, Carol Hayden, Karl Jacobs, Kenny Jacobs, Tanya MacLean, Patsee Ober, Marc Horwitz, Tom Cook, Dan Simonelli, Kelley Schall, Thomas Johnson, Steve Coopersmith, Natalie Kreitzinger, Marta Gaughen, Paula Selby, Yafa Minazad, and Kim Miller. The support crew included Grace van der Byl, Julie Flanagan, Kevin Eslinger, Forrest Nelson, and Neil van der Byl. The CCSF Observers included Carol Sing and John York.
On 16 September 2018, Kubasek completed a 74.7 km circumnavigation swim relay around Santa Catalina Island in the Pacific Ocean off of Southern California together with ATI Team 1 (including Gary Workman, Forrest Nelson, Tom Hecker, Kris Berglund, Lynn Kubasek, Sabrina Young), ATI Team 2 (including John York, John Blair, Ivanka Gavanski, Robin Hipolito, Mina Elnaccash, Amber Baker), and ATI Team 3 (Susanne Blair, Becky Jackman, Michella Thomas, Alice Ma, Krista Anderson, Carol Sing) in 31 hours 53 minutes 35 seconds, beginning and ending at Doctor’s Cove on a counterclockwise relay swim around the island despite winds up to 20 knots and unruly seas under the escort of Bottom Scratcher and Catalina Channel Swimming Federation observers Don Van Cleve, Jodi DiLascio and Roxanne Hipolito.
As Seen On TV
On 0 July 2016 around 10 pm, the "As Seen On The Internetz" relay team started at Cabrillo Beach, California. Relay order was Peter Hayden, Susanne Baab-Simpson, Dan Simonelli, Eileen Span, Russ Parker, and Lynn Kubasek. Kayakers were Audrey Viers, John Blair, and Nan Kappeler. The Catalina Channel Swimming Federation Observers were Theo Schmeeckle and Mallory Mead. The relay finished at Long Point, Catalina just after noon on 10 July after 14 hours 2 minutes and 25 seconds. There was lots of great phosphorescence at night, but no marine life sightings.
Farallon Islands Relay
Melissa King, Lynn Kubasek, Kim Chambers, Cathy Delneo, Laura Vartain Horn and Patti Bauernfeind swam from the Golden Gate Bridge to the South Farallons Island in 16 hours 29 minutes. The six hardy women went through three rotations on their relay through the Red Triangle (watch visual gallery here). "The seas, generally 15-20 feet, were larger than the escort boat," said Vito Bialla, the team's pilot. "Plus it was cold: 49°F (9.5°C), but the enthusiasm and passion of the women never wavered."
Ventura Deep Enders from San Nicholas Island to San Pedro
Courtesy of Lynn Kubasek of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association
The Deep Enders relay swam from San Nicolas Island to San Pedro, California on 12-13 October 2015 on an unprecedented 112.8 km crossing of 33 hours 37 minutes 26 seconds. Coached by Theo Schmeeckle, the team comprised of Zach Jirkovsky, Jim McConica, John Chung, Stacey Warmuth, Tom Ball and Tamie Stewart. Escort kayakers and support crew included Allen Ball, Jill Ball, Bob Howell, Patty Howell, Pam Jirkowsky and Carol Lacy. The Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association observers were Lynn Kubasek and Jax Cole. The swim was guided by Bottom Scratcher with captain Greg Elliot, Craig and Danny.
The Long Swim
Jamie Patrick's support crew on The Long Swim was Jim Patrick, his wife Teresa Patrick, Matt Richardson, Jen Schumacher, Janet Manning, Breanne Melconian, Lynn Kubasek, Asha Allen, Brian Patterson, Keith Metzger, and Morgan Christian. He lasted nearly 18 hours in the water before abandoning his swim at the request and recommendations of his support crew.
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- 2017 Marathon Swimmers Federation Calendar
- Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association
- Finishing Strongly In The Second Half Of Life
- Catalina Channel Swimming Federation website
- Live Bait And Aged Chum In Open Water
- Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association
- Facebook page for DRIVEN
- Are You DRIVEN?
- Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association website
- Catalina Channel Swimming Federation website
- Updating The Half Century Club
- Southern California Open Water Swimming Stars
- SPMS Open Water Series
- Daily News of Open Water Swimming
- Southern Pacific Masters Open Water Series Champions
- Lynn Kubasek on Open Water Source
- Lynn Kubasek on Facebook
- Lynn Kubasek on The Daily News of Open Water Swimming
- Lynn Kubasek on Swimming to the Farallons
- SPMS OW Series
- Orange County Swimmers Conquer Catalina
- OC Open Water Swims Google Group
- Catalina Channel Swimming Federation
- Half Century Club Update In Santa Barbara
- A Mindset To Swim Mega Miles
- Keep Your Head Up In The Open Water
- The Legend Of Wilson In The Water
- Coast To Coast Boast Returns To Orange County
- Chicken Little Of The Sea Tells Of Cold
- Peer-to-Peer Pressure From Pier-to-Pier
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- Marathon Swimming
- World Open Water Swimming Association
- Open Water Swimming
- Daily News of Open Water Swimming
- I Got Stung
- Survivors Fear No Pier Down The California Coast
- The Joy Of Research And Discovery In The Open Water
- Lynn Kubasek Sets Channel Swimming Record
- Lynn Kubasek Embodies The Spirit Of The Sport
- 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman Of The Year Nominees
- Fin...But Not Fini
- Beth Margalis Wins 2013 Southern Pacific Masters Open Water
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- Pleasure, Pain, Passion And Purpose Of Marathon Swimming
- Bits And Pieces From Farallon Islands History
- A Salt Water Marathon Swim In Utah
- Peter Hayden's Anacapa Circumnavigation + Crossing
- Why People Swim Alone No Matter What The Risks
- Lynn Kubasek's Snowmen Do Not Melt
- New Convenience Online Offered In Santa Barbara
- Patrick & Company
- What Are You Good At In The Open Water?
- Going Off With The Deep Enders
- Swim Camp Catalina
- Swim Camp Catalina III - Search for the Mystical Mermaid
- Channel Swimming In The Year 2050
- Lynne Cox Shares Her Passion At Swim Camp Catalina III
- Trio Tandem Completes Anacapa Circumnavigation
- An Ocean Marathoner's Melanoma
- Inheriting And Sharing A Beautiful Smile In The Open Water
- Swim Camp Catalina IV
- Swim Camp Catalina
- Steve Dalke, Mr. Natural From Shore To Shore
- Giving Back Ahead Of Time
- Communication In The Channel
- Freestyling Out Of The Wood Into The Ice
- Butterflying From Smuggler's Cove To Doctor's Cove
- Triple Bravo, Beer
- Marathon Swimmers Federation bio
- Michael Teys, Trevor Colman Achieve Their Triple Crowns
- Celebrating Swimmers Of The Santa Barbara Channel
- Lynn Kubasek Is Always At Our Side
- GoFundMe Campaign for Lynn Kubasek
- Piers Of The California Coast
- Swim For Lynn Ocean Plunge At Swim Camp Mexico
- Lynn Kubasek's Legacy Honored By The MSF
- 2019 Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival Results