Swimmers Attempt Open Water Feat

Oak Streakers expect to kick through the surf at Main Beach this Saturday to set a swimming record.

The Oak Street Open Water Swimmers, or as they prefer to be known, the “Oak Streakers,” will tackle the 100 hundreds challenge Saturday, Dec. 22 at 7 a.m. at Main Beach. The group, who have individually accomplished such feats as swimming the Catalina and English Channel, are re-appropriating the annual challenge that pool swimmers attempt by swimming 100 yards 100 times (10,000 yards).

“Being open water swimmers, we hate chlorine so of course we chose to do this in the ocean,” says local Patsee Ober.

The group measured the distance on Google Earth and found that their course could be set between the lifeguard tower on Main Beach and the buoy directly seaward of it. By making 50 roundtrips of the length, the group will swim just about 5.5 miles.

The entire swim should take between two and a half to three hours to complete.

The surf forecast predicts one and a half to two feet waves with glassy, light wind conditions.

The current water temperature ranges are chilly, 56 and 61 degrees Fahrenheit. Most Streakers do not wear wet suits.

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