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Dwight Crum

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Dwight Crum, namesake for the Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier Swim from Hermosa Beach pier to Manhattan Beach pier in Southern California
Dwight Crum, famed California lifeguard with his son Gary Crum

Dwight Crum (19 October 1922 – 27 February 2000) was the Lifeguard Captain in the South Bay in Southern California and the first coordinator when the International Surf Festival began in 1962. He held this position until his retirement in 1972.

He was also a lobster and abalone diver and a swimming and water polo referee as well as one of the founders of the United States Lifesaving Association.

When he retired, the Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier Swim was renamed in his honor. Crum swam the Pier-to-Pier Swim every year until the age of 72.

Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier Swim[edit]

The Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier Swim (also known as the Manhattan Beach Swim) is a memorial swim that is part of Manhattan Beach's annual International Surf Festival. It is one of America's Top 100 Open Water Swims and is a point-to-point ocean swim in Los Angeles, California. It is the most popular open water swim in the Southern California area and among the most popular race in America. The 2-mile race starts on the south side of Hermosa Beach Pier and finishes on the north side of the Manhattan Beach Pier.

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