Todd Robinson of the La Jolla Swim Club set the men’s Catalina-to-California-mainland swim record on August 25, with a time of 8 hours, 5 minutes, and 44 seconds.
Beginning from Catalina Twin Harbors at around 12 a.m., Robinson swam in the dark with a few of his closest friends to keep pace. From the start, he left his pace person in his wake. The water temperature was 68 to 70 degrees F. The latter part of the swim was much tougher, as the water temp dropped to around 60 degrees. Also, a 2-to-3 foot south swell was running about then and made the final dash across boulders that much harder.
Some of Todd's training workouts included six laps from the La Jolla Cove to La Jolla shores, a distance of about 12 miles. The female record is 7 hours, 15 minutes, 55 seconds.