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Emilio Casanueva

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Emilio Casanueva, Founder of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association
Emilio Casanueva, Founder of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association
The Big Swim, a charity swim by 55 open water swimmers to benefit the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and Heal the Ocean, organized by Emilio Casanueva

Emilio Casanueva (born in Zapallar, Chile and died 25 May 2018) was a Chilean open water swimmer who resided in Santa Barbara, California and established the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association in 2006.

History of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association[edit]

In 2006, his vision became a reality when he founded the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association with the help of Scott Zornig. Prior to the formation of the SBCSA, only 9 swims were recorded in the Channel Islands (excluding Catalina). During Casanueva's 4 years as President of the organization, 37 swims were successfully completed including several "first time" swims. He is a lifetime member of the organization.

The Association (1) promoted interest in swimming the various channels surrounding the California Channel Islands, (2) observed and documented all solo and relay swims which took place and, (3) preserved the swimming history.

Open Water Swimming Background[edit]

Santa Barbara Channel Half Century Club Members[edit]

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:

SBCSA Lifetime Members[edit]

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