The Catalina channel off the coast of Southern California is used mostly by commercial vessels en route to the port of Long Beach. It is also among the most dangerous waterways pursued by marathon open-water swimmers—the crossing is a gauntlet of gusty winds, dense fog, strong currents, rocks, reefs, jellyfish, and sharks. in July 2016, 20 - year old Abigail Bergman, from Culver City, California, Jumped into the Pacific ocean at midnight to swim nonstop for 21 miles, from doctors cove on Catalina Island to Terranea beach in rancho Palos Verdes. She stroked freestyle for 11 hours and 11 minutes.

words by Sarah Gearhart