Julian Rusinek is a 61-year-old American open water swimmer from Southern California.
Open Water Swimming Highlights
- He became the first swimmer to swim from San Miguel Island to Santa Rosa Island in the California Channel Islands on 21 September 2013 in 2 hours 25 minutes and is the current record holder under the auspices of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association.
- He has been swimming since the age of six and was a competitive swimmer through-out college; at 18 he became a Seal Beach lifeguard. He is a life-long open water marathon swimmer and is dedicated to helping other athletes obtain their marathon swimming goals.
- He participated and was only a hand full of swimmers that finished the 2013 Fear No Pier challenge.
- He is the namesake to the Julian Rusinek Scholarship and a lifetime member of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association.
- He became the 48th person to complete a solo 20 km, 12 mile Anacapa Channel crossing in 7 hours 36 minutes in 2014.
- He participates yearly in the California Surf Life Saving Championships in Huntington Beach, CA.
- He lives and trains throughout the year in Newport Beach, CA.
Julian Rusinek Scholarship
The Julian Rusinek Scholarship is a scholarship funded by Rusinek that provides financial assistance to American marathon swimmers who have difficulty meeting the financial requirements of channel swimming or are doing a fundraiser for a worthy charitable organization. Each scholarship can range up to US$500 towards Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association sanctioning fees and may be awarded to American swimmers who demonstrate both a financial need and commitment to completing a swim across one of the Santa Barbara channels. Recipients must also be a good steward of the sport and respect the traditional rules of marathon swimming.
- Team Tripod: He was 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 in August 2012. 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.
- Live Bait: He was the captain of Live Bait that included Julian Rusinek, Theo Schmeeckle, Peter Hayden, Natalie Merrow, Kelley Schall, and Carol Hayden that swam from Santa Cruz Island to Silverstrand Beach on the California mainland in 12 hours 13 minutes in 2013.
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.
Team Augie, a 6-person relay team that completed a crossing of the Anacapa Channel on 14 October 2012 in 7 hours 15 minutes. They swam together with 2 other relay teams: Team Coto consisting of Michael Trudeau, Tanya MacLean, Jeff Conrad, Ben Putman, Lynn Kubasek, Cherie Edborg and Team Jessie consisting of Howard Burns, Charlie Christensen, Marc Horwitz, Mike Kendall, Alan Baumgardner and Corey Tabor.
All 3 teams were escorted by the boat New Blue Fin.
Anacapa Island is a small volcanic island located about 11 miles (18 km) off the coast of Port Hueneme, California, in the United States. Anacapa Island is composed of a series of narrow islets 6 miles (10 km) miles long, running in a mostly east-west orientation, 5 miles (8 km) east of Santa Cruz Island. Anacapa is part of the Channel Islands archipelago and is part of the Channel Islands National Park. It is the smallest of the northern islands.
Catalina Channel Relay
Rusinek was a member and captain of the 82nd successful relay across the Catalina Channel. The Commotion on the Ocean completed a 14 hour 11 minute 26 second crossing from the California mainland to Catalina Island on 7 August 2012, consisting of Rusinek, Peter Hayden, Ben Barham, Vanessa Mesia, Tim Davies and Karl Jacobs.
He was also a member of the world record setting As Seen On TV that set the Catalina Channel - Fastest Mixed (3 man and 3 women) 50-59 Catalina-to-Mainland Relay record in 9 hours 38 minutes together with Barbara Held, Marc Horwitz, Ray Meltvedt, Lynn Kubasek, and Roni Hibben on 1 July 2013.
As Seen On TV
San Miguel to Santa Rosa
Anacapa Island to California
Rusinek swam from Anacapa Island to Silverstrand Beach on the California mainland in 7 hours 36 minutes in 2014.
SBCSA Lifetime Members
The following individuals are lifetime members of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association:
- Rami Aramis (2007)
- Vic Anderson (2013)
- Herb Barthels (2012)
- Howard Burns (2014)
- John Chung (2012)
- Nick Caine (2011)
- Jane Cairns (2013)
- Emilio Casanueva (2006)
- Ned Denison (2006)
- Cherie Edborg (2012)
- Sylvia Glenn (2014)
- Carol Hayden (2014)
- Peter Hayden (2014)
- Ken Hintz (2014)
- Monica Jones (2014)
- Lynn Kubasek (2010)
- Paul Lewis (2008)
- Michelle Macy (2013)
- Anthony McCarley (2014)
- Jim McConica (2007)
- Michelle Premeaux McConica (2013)
- Dean McNeil (2011)
- Darren Miller (2012)
- Bob Needham (2013)
- Tina Neill (2011)
- Jim Neitz (2011)
- Forrest Nelson (2011)
- Michelle Poole (2014)
- Kelley Prebil (2014)
- Julian Rusinek (2013)
- Theo Schmeeckle (2013)
- Ingrid Schmitz (2014)
- Walter Bean Scott (2012)
- Ellen Shockro (2012)
- Seth Streeter (2006)
- Scott Tapley (2013)
- Dave Van Mouwerik (2013)
- David Yudovin (2012)
- Scott Zornig (2009)
- Around The Piers Across California: Fear No Pier 2.0
- Successful Catalina Channel Relays
- Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association
- Anacapa Relays Swim With A Fin In The Water
- Orange County Swimmers Conquer Catalina
- Catalina Channel Swimming Federation
- Commotion On The Ocean Ends Harmoniously
- As Seen On TV, Another Record Falls In Catalina
- Peer-to-Peer Pressure From Pier-to-Pier
- Marathon Swimming
- World Open Water Swimming Association
- Open Water Swimming
- Daily News of Open Water Swimming
- I Got Stung
- Survivors Fear No Pier Down The California Coast
- The Night Before And The Wind Is Howling
- The First Attempt From San Miguel To Santa Rosa
- Julian Rusinek Finishes 2-Year Journey Between 2 Islands
- Live Bait And Aged Chum In Open Water
- Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association
- High Fives All Around For DRIVEN
- Quartet Share Their Experiences With General Public
- Live Bait And Aged Chum In The Open Water
- Why People Swim Alone No Matter What The Risks
- New Convenience Online Offered In Santa Barbara
- Driven Featured In Montana
- Inheriting And Sharing A Beautiful Smile In The Open Water
- Piers Of The California Coast