David Yudovin

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David Yudovin swimming between Maio and Santiago in Cape Verde escorted by Altino Goulart
David Yudovin is one of the most prolific open water marathon swimmers in history, known for pioneering channel swimming firsts that span the globe. Yudovin is an Honour Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, an Honor Open Water Swimmer in the International Swimming Hall of Fame (2014 enshrinement), a lifetime member of the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation, a lifetime member of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association, and a member of the Half Century Club.

Yudovin began channel swimming in 1976 and is still very active in the sport. Yudovin has completed over 35 solo marathon channel swims that include over 15 firsts. He and his wife, Beth, are also currently very active volunteers in their community, after retiring in 2005 from three seafood related companies they founded and ran for over 25 years. Yudovin is now involved in public speaking to raise money for causes he believes in, such as: City of Hope Cancer Center, Senior Nutrition, Cambria Community Bus, and North Coast Ocean Rescue, Cambria Fire Department.

Solo Marathon Channel Swims

- 4 Catalina Channel crossings - 1976, 1986, 1993, 1995
- Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island - 1983 - FIRST
- Strait of Gibraltar - 1985
- Tsugaru Strait, Japan - 1990 - FIRST
- English Channel - 1996
- Sunda Strait, Indonesia - Java to Sumatra - 2000 - FIRST
- Cook Strait, New Zealand - 2004
- Cape Verde, Africa - Maio to Santiago Islands - 2013 - FIRST

Other Open Water Swims

- Azores Islands, Portugal
- Madiera Islands, Portugal
- Cape Verde Islands, Africa
- Indonesian Islands
- Hawaiian Islands
- New Zealand Islands
- Channel Islands, California/Mexico
- São Tomé and Príncipe, Central Africa

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