Fear No Pier

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Fear No Pier]participants under the pier at Huntington Beach, including Lynn Kubasek, Julian Rusinek, Ray Meltvedt, Theo Schmeeckle, Natalie Merrow, Tanya MacLean, and Scott Zornig just after finishing their 19th stage swim. Photo by WOWSA
ear No Pier (or the Southern California Pier Adventure Swim) is a continuous stage swim around the 27 piers of the Southern California coast from Santa Barbara to San Diego. A group of California-based swimmers started the inaugural event on 17 August 2013. It is one of America's Top 100 Open Water Swims.



A cumulative total of 311 miles driving and 19,000 meters swimming. In the inaugural Fear No Pier event, the athletes took a total of 23 hours including 12 hours driving + 8 hours swimming + 3 hours for eating/resting.


A group of 14 experienced channel swimmers, marathon swimmers, and open water swimmers from the Oak Streakers started in the north (Santa Barbara) and finished in the south (San Diego). A number of them swam around each pier along the coast while driving in 2 large recreational vehicles between each pier; however, only Ray Meltvedt completed a swim around all 27 piers in the inaugural event.

Swimmers who completed one or more of the piers included Julie Flanagan, Lynn Kubasek, Julian Rusinek, Ray Meltvedt, Cherie Edborg, Theo Schmeeckle, Tim McFadden, Carol Hayden, Peter Hayden, Lisa Nordholm, Patsee Ober, Natalie Merrow, Tanya MacLean, and Scott Zornig. Ray Meltvedt was the only swimmer to complete a swim around all 27 piers on 17-18 August 2013.


Santa Barbara County

1. Gaviota Pier, 400m - Start 2. Elwood Pier, 1000m - 20-mile drive 3. Goleta Pier, Goleta, 1000m - 8-mile drive 4. Sterns Wharf, Santa Barbara, 1200m - 12-mile drive 5. Carpenteria Pier, 500m - 11-mile drive

Ventura County

6. Richfield Pier, 1200m - 6-mile drive 7. Ventura County, Ventura, 800m - 10-mile drive 8. Port Hueneme Fishing Pier, Port Hueneme, 600m 12-mile drive

Los Angeles County

9. Green Pleasure Pier, Avalon, 400m - Skip 9. Paradise Cove, Malibu, 150m - 30-mile drive 10. Malibu Surfrider, Malibu, 450m - 7-mile drive 11. Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, 400m - 12-mile drive 12. Venice Fishing Pier, Venice, 500m - 3-mile drive 13. Manhattan Beach, Manhattan Beach, 400m - 12-mile drive 14. Hermosa Pier, Hermosa Beach, 500m - 2-mile drive 15. Redondo Beach Pier, Redondo Beach, 500m - 1-mile drive 16. Cabrillo Pier, San Pedro, 800m - 13-mile drive 17. Belmont Veterans Pier, Long Beach, 800m - 11-mile drive

Orange County

18. Seal Beach Pier, Seal Beach, 800m - 4-mile drive 19. Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach, 800m - 9-mile drive 20. Newport Beach Pier, Newport Beach, 600m - 6-mile drive 21. Balboa Pier, Newport Beach, 400m - 2-mile drive 22. San Clemente Pier, San Clemente, 800m, 34-mile drive

San Diego County

23. Oceanside Pier, Oceanside, 1000m - 24-mile drive 24. Scripps Pier, La Jolla, 600m - 29-mile drive 25. Crystal Pier, Pacific Beach, 500m - 7-mile drive 26. Ocean Beach Pier, Ocean Beach, 1500m - 6-mile drive 27. Imperial Beach Pier, Imperial Beach, 800m - 20-mile drive

Distances represent the estimated meters to swim around pier. The distances may vary significantly due to tides.

Option 1

19 piers - Los Angeles County + Orange County + San Diego County = 202 miles driving and 12,300 meters swimming (8 hours driving, 5 hours swimming, 2 hours for eating/resting = 15 total hours)

Option 2

22 piers - Ventura County + Los Angeles County + Orange County + San Diego County = 254 miles driving and 14,900 meters swimming (10 hours driving, 6 hours swimming, 2.5 hours for eating/resting = 18.5 total hours)

Option 3

27 piers - Santa Barbara County + Ventura County + Los Angeles County + Orange County + San Diego County = 311 miles driving and 19,000 meters swimming (12 hours driving, 8 hours swimming, 3 hours for eating/resting = 23 total hours)

Option 4

54 piers along the coast of California + piers on the California Channel Islands

2013 Results

Ray Meltvedt - 27 piers
Theo Schmeeckle - 22 piers
Scott Zornig - 22 piers
Julian Rusinek - 21 piers
Lynn Kubasek - 21 piers
Natalie Merrow - 17 piers
Tanya MacLean - 15 piers
Peter Hayden - 10 piers
Lisa Nordholm - 10 piers
Patsee Ober - 9 piers
Carol Hayden - 6 piers
Cherie Edborg - 6 piers
Julie Flanagan - 5 piers

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