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Matty Mitchell

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Matty Mitchell, renowned waterman from Long Beach, California
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Matty Mitchell, Jon McMullen and Peter Joseph at end of the Big Richard, the world's longest and toughest ocean biathlon

Mitchell is an experienced waterman from Long Beach, California. He was a world-class swimmer for UCLA specializing in butterfly and the individual medley. He enjoys water athletics including water polo, swimming, paddle boarding, body surfing, surfing and lifeguarding, and has traveled the world to enjoy water sports.

Mitchell was part of the Long Beach Swim Focus Catalina Relay in October 2011 that set the overall Catalina Channel relay record of 6 hours 53 minutes 4 seconds, and completed the Big Richard in 7 hours 56 minutes.


Mitchell serves as an announcer at many marine events throughout California including the Swim Across America event and the USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships in Long Beach.

Event Organizer[edit]

He created the Big Richard, the world's longest and toughest ocean biathlon marathon (7 miles ocean swimming + 20 miles soft sand beach run), as well as a popular 3-part DVD series of swimming songs, chants, cheers and tunes including the hit singles Lactic Acid and Streamline.


The Big Richard[edit]

The brutal coastal biathlon is held in Southern California from the Wedge in Newport Beach to the Queen Mary in Long Beach in September. The Big Richard, named after legendary Coach "Big" Richard Ghettwood Youth Sports Foundation of Long Beach, California, consists of 20 miles (32 km) total of soft sand running along the beaches of Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Bolsa Chica, and Sunset Beach interspersed between a total of 7 miles (11.2 km) of roughwater ocean swimming through massive surf breaks and around 5 piers, 8 rock jetties, 3 rivers, 2 inlets and one big boat along the coasts of Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Bolsa Chica, Sunset Beach, Seal Beach and Long Beach.

The 22 September 2012 event was sponsored by the Big Red Bus and was inspired by The Mega and culminates at the Queen Mary during the 2012 Global Open Water Swimming Conference.

Mitchell completed the Big Richard together with Jon McMullen and Peter Joseph in 7 hours 56 minutes on 22 September 2012.

WOWSA Live Interview[edit]

with Hank Wise, Lyle Nalli, Ted Bramble and Benjamin Landis on WOWSA Live

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