The Catalina Channel

33° 23′ 0″ N118° 25′ 0″ W

Catalina Channel is a 20.2 mile (32.5km) waterway just off the coast of Long Beach, CA.

The Catalina Channel  is well-known in the marathon swimming and channel swimming community for its challenging course between Catalina Island and the Southern California mainland. The course presents an extremely demanding swim in cold water, often with strong currents and potentially high waves and abundant marine life. 

Kimberley was the 2nd New Zealander to complete the swim. The 20.2 mile swim took her 11 hours 26 minutes. The first New Zealander was Sandy Blewett who completed the swim 36 years ago. 

More on Kimberley's journey across the Catalina Channel here.