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Forrest Nelson observing a channel swimmer in the Maui Channel in Hawaii
Penny Palfrey setting a world marathon swimming record in the Cayman Islands - Image by Spike

noun (slang) - A channelista is someone who is intimately involved in channel swimming such as a swimmer (soloist or relay member), governing body volunteer, escort crew member, pilot, escort paddler, kayaker, coach or fan.

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