Just like his British pool counterparts in Beijing, Paul Lewis of London is making headlines in the water. Paul completed the first authenticated double crossing of the Santa Barbara Channel for a man. Paul swam from Silverstrand Beach in Oxnard (on the California mainland) to Anacapa Island and back in 12 hours and 54 minutes. Paul waited for one week for the optimal conditions.
In 1978, Cindy Cleveland became the first person to swim a double crossing from the California mainland to Anacapa Island and back.
Photo of Paul Lewis in the Santa Barbara Channel by Emilio Casanueva, official observer of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association.