Crazy Eight

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Santa Barbara Channel Islands

noun- Crazy Eight (also known as the Southern California Eight or Southland Eight) is a goal of marathon swimmers to swim between each of the Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California and the California mainland.


In order of distance, the swims include the 12.4-mile Anacapa Channel, the 19.0-mile Santa Cruz Channel, the 20.4-mile Catalina Channel, the 25.9-mile San Miguel Channel, the 27.5-mile Santa Rosa Channel, the 37.7-mile Santa Barbara Channel, the 54.4-mile San Clemente swim, and the 69.3-mile San Nicolas Island swim.


Scott Zornig of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association announced the Southern California Eight on 2 January 2012. The Southern California Eight becomes another destination goal for the marathon and channel swimming community in addition to the Ocean's Seven, Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming, Still Water 8, the Five Oceans and the Triple Crown of Prison Island Swims.


Traditional channel swimming rules apply: no wetsuit, no neoprene cap.

Southern California Eight Swimmers

3 Channel Swimmers

David Yudovin (Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Catalina) and Penny Palfrey (Santa Barbara, San Miguel, Catalina) are the only two swimmers to date who have completed three of the eight swims to do.

2 Channel Swimmers

Cindy Cleveland, Jim Neitz, Marc Lewis, Jim McConica, Lynn Kubasek, Forrest Nelson, Tina Neill, Peter Urrea, Claudia Rose, Stanley Leventhal, Paul Lewis, Marcia Cleveland, Rendy Lynn Opdycke, Kathleen Wilson, Kevin Murphy and Scott Zornig have completed two of the eight.

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