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Hank Wise

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Team Poseidon and Team Neptune on 21 September 2019 before crossing the 32.3 km Catalina Channel, coached by Hank Wise
48-year-old Hank Wise from Huntington Beach, California with 3 Top 10 crossings and four career crossings in the Catalina Channel. Photo by Peter Knapp on 5 November 2016
Hank Wise, Head Coach of Swim Focus and Rocket Fish

Hank Wise (born December 1967) is an American waterman and reigning King of the Catalina Channel from Long Beach, California, U.S.A.

Wise is an accomplished open water swimmer, waterman, a talented surfer, and a renowned coach. He sails, dives, paddles, kayaks, rows, body surfs and teaches in and about the waterways of Naples Island. He is among the fastest five Catalina Channel swimmers of all time and has swam and surfed throughout California, Mexico, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Fiji, Italy, Greece, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Tahiti. He is married to celebrated artist Kristin Moro.


In 1998, the bilingual waterman suffered a detached retina that resulted in his losing the sight in his left eye, but the personable man with a political science degree from Stanford University is typically positive, "I've learned to live with one eye pretty quickly because I never saw that well in the other one anyway."

Coaching Career

Swimming Career Highlights

Fastest Catalina Channel Crossings in History

1. 7:15 by Penny Lee Dean, USA, MC in September 1976
2. 7:26 by Grace van der Byl, USA, CM in October 2012
4. 7:46 by Pete Huisveld, USA, MC in August 1992
4. 7:41 by John York, USA, MC in September 1978 (first leg of a 2-way)
5. 7:44 by Karen Burton, USA, CM in October 1994
6. 7:55 by Hank Wise, USA, CM in October 2018
6. 8:05 by Todd Robinson, USA, CM in August 2009
8. 8:06:04 by Hank Wise, USA, CM in October 2010
9. 8:06:46 by Hank Wise, USA, MC in June 2015
10. 8:14 by Chad Hundeby, USA, CM in September 1994
11. 8:20 by Gemma Jensen, Australia, CM in August 2006
12. 8:26 by Jim McConica, USA, CM in October 1984
14. 8:28 by Rendy Lynn Opdycke, USA, CM in August 2008
14. 8:41 by John York, USA, MC in October 1966
15. 8:42 by John York, USA, CM in October 2000

Hank Wise In Catalina

Team Poseidon and Team Neptune

Wise coached Team Poseidon and Team Neptune on 20-21 September 2019 on a successful crossing of the 32.3 km Catalina Channel in a time of 9 hours 54 minutes and 9 hours 55 minutes.

WOWSA Live Interview

with Hank Wise, Lyle Nalli, Ted Bramble and Benjamin Landis

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