Patsee Ober

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Patsee Ober at Sharkfest San Francisco
Halestorm with team members and support crew

Captain Patsee Ober (born 11 November), nicknamed Captain Bubbles, is an American waterwoman and photographer from Laguna Beach, California.

Open Water Swimming Highlights

Open Water Swimming Linguistic Creativity

Ober coined 2 different open water swimming terms: Speedo streaker in 2014 and Masterfeedermixer in October 2009 together with Roni Hibben.

Team Tripod

Ober was also a member of Team Tripod, a group of 3 separate teams of 6 swimmers each that completed a joint crossing of the Catalina Channel in 13 hours 16 minutes. The 3 relays swam the exact same pace across the Catalina Channel. The teams started near midnight on Cabrillo Beach and swam out to Catalina Island with Carol Sing as the team leader. The swimmers included Julian Rusinek, Lynn Kubasek, Carol Hayden, Karl Jacobs, Kenny Jacobs, Tanya MacLean, Patsee Ober, Marc Horwitz, Tom Cook, Dan Simonelli, Kelley Schall, Thomas Johnson, Steve Coopersmith, Natalie Kreitzinger, Marta Gaughen, Paula Selby, Yafa Minazad, and Kim Miller. The support crew included Grace van der Byl, Julie Flanagan, Kevin Eslinger, Forrest Nelson, and Neil van der Byl. The CCSF Observers included Carol Sing and John York.

OC Open Water Swims

Ober is part of the OC Open Water Swims Group of open water swimmers dedicated to publicizing open water swim practices and events in Orange County and surrounding areas. Interested swimmers can request an invitation to join via The group includes swimmers of various levels of speed and experience and a number of enthusiastic, passionate, knowledgeable ocean swimmers who train in Laguna Beach and elsewhere.

Members often participate in and report on open water swimming competitions, events and happenings around the world. They welcome other friends and open water swimmers to their training sessions where swimmers can swim traditionally (i.e., no wetsuits) or with wetsuits if the water is deemed too cold.


Education & Work

  • Patsee Ober Photography
  • Ober Reef Photography
  • University of Hawaii
  • Orange Coast College
  • University of Copenhagen
  • University of California, Irvine
  • Whittier College -English Literature · Bachelor of Arts
  • California State University, Long Beach - MPA

2014 Sawdust Festival


Halestorm is a channel swimming relay that swam an unorthodox 33.5-mile relay from Long Point on Santa Catalina Island to Laguna Beach on the Southern California mainland on 8 August 2015 in 19 hours 44 minutes. In order of appearance, the team members included Brett Rose, Tom Hale, Roddy Teeple, Faith Hale, Patsee Ober, and team captain Lynn Kubasek. The support crew included escort pilot John Pittman, Observers Catherine Coy and Dan Simonelli, and Kayakers: Jamie Glazer, Eric Zuziak, and Rich Selin.

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