Seeing as the open water season is done for most reasonable people by this time of year it’s become incumbent upon me to make my own fun, and as is my nature I like to over do things a little bit. Normally when someone goes Polar Bearing on New Years Day it’s a quick jog into the water and a much faster sprint back out, well I’ve decided to stretch my Polar Bear swim out a little bit… I’m going for a 10k marathon swim from Avila Beach to the Pismo Beach Pier! I’m expecting about 3 hours in 53-55 degree water, I think that will be sufficient for my 2011 Polar Bearing experience :)

This past year I’ve gotten the chance to swim all over the country including all 5 United States Masters Swimming Open Water National Championships, a lap around Alcatraz in San Francisco, a 12.6 mile swim from Manhattan Beach to Santa Monica, a 5k swim in downtown Chicago, a 4.4 mile crossing of the Chesapeake Bay, and a cold water 5k in Coney Island in November! I’m really excited to take all that experience and channel it into a big swim here at home.

I’ve been wanting to do this Avila to Pismo Pier to Pier swim for years! It’s not really so easy as just hopping in the ocean and going. For starters you need to be mentally and physically ready for cold water, chop, currents, the potential for ill tempered sea life and lots of swimming. Then you need a good team of helpers to keep you safe and on track. I’ll have my friend and ocean training partner Niel leading the way in a kayak and helping me out with my feedings during the swim. In the rear I’ll have a Zodiac Boat from the Seaweed Express there on shark watch and as a safety back up. If I go hypothermic or need to exit the water in a hurry they’re my way out!

Pismo Polar Bear Route, 10 kilometers of frosty goodness!

As an added bonus we’re going to take this swim and turn it into some good in my local community. We’re going to raise some money for the SLO Food Bank to feed hungry folks here in San Luis Obispo County. They manage to turn every dollar donated into about 10 pounds of food. To put that in perspective, I’m a fair sized gentleman and for just $22 you can donate my entire weight in food!
To get things rolling my company, Systems & Marketing Solutions, is matching up to $500 in donations so your $22 could all of a sudden turn into $44… not bad right?
I’m going to pay my own way on this one so everything donated is going to the SLO Food Bank!┬áTo make a donation click on the PayPal button below, the donate ad in the top right hand corner of the site, or you can send a check made out to “Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County” to Rob Dumouchel, 191 S. Oak Park Blvd, Suite 4, Grover Beach, CA.

6 Responses to “Pismo Beach Pier to Pier Polar Bear Swim!”

  1. joanne says:

    wishing you a safe and fun swim! I am putting in my bid now to be on your support team when you do Catalina. :)

  2. Rob D says:

    thanks Joanne! I appreciate the support!

  3. craig (oneswellfoop) says:

    You are Batfink Insane (as I like to say with my profanity filters on), but a GOOD kind of Insane (look up Batfink; he was a Batman parody but a good guy). I’d like to contribute MY weight in food (which is more than yours), but I’m scouring the couch cushions for funds; whatever, I’ll find some appropriate theme for the contribution. (Since we only know each other from the internet, maybe I could do a Peer-to-Peer for the Pier-to-Pier).

  4. Rob D says:

    Craig – Peer-to-Peer for the Pier-to-Pier, I like it :) Whatever theme you decide to apply I appreciate the help!

  5. evan says:

    Awesome that you’re doing this. In the meantime, go away, rain!

  6. Rob D says:

    Thanks Evan, I’m super stoked to go out and do it! Also… yes this rain can go elsewhere now… I’d like my ocean back!

    Hopefully by the time you get this far up the coast it will be clean enough to venture out either up here or down in SB!