Tom Ball

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World record setting relay Ventura Deep Six with Tom Ball, Kurtis Baron, John Chung, Jim McConica, Jim Neitz and Mike Shaffer
Tom Ball, a former lifeguard who had swum in high school and college, is an open water swimming member of the Ventura Deep Six that was awarded the 2010 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year. He completed a tandem swim with John Chung across the Anacapa Channel in 7 hours 39 minutes under the auspices of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association in 2012.

He also paddled for Jim Neitz on his Manhattan Island Marathon Swim and Catalina Channel solo swims.

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Ventura Deep Six

Ventura Deep Six are six men from the Ventura County Masters Swim Club including Tom Ball, Kurtis Baron, John Chung, Jim McConica, Jim Neitz and Mike Shaffer set the longest non-stop ocean relay record when they swam 202 miles from Ventura to San Diego along the California coast in 2010. The effort took 4 days 5 hours 39.53 minutes and was a logistical extravaganza and open water swimming operational milestone.

Ventura Deep Six Documentary Teaser

Santa Barbara Channel Half Century Club Members

Of the 53 official solo swims governed by the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association, 24.5% of the swims have been accomplished by these swimmers of the Half Century Club:

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