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Mar 14, 2014 7:22 PM by Jeanette Trompeter

Cambria swimmer inducted into International Swimming Hall of Fame

A local swimmer is about to be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Cambrian David Yudovin was notified of the honor last month and will be official enshrined in Scotland in September.

Yudovin is a well-known open-water swimmer and has done a lot of channel swimming firsts around the world. Yudovin has completed over 35 marathon and channel swims that have included 15 firsts. He began channel swimming in 1976 and has remained active for the last 38 years as an athlete, pilot, support crew and mentor.

His swims have spanned New Zealand, Indonesia, Japan, California, Mexico, Azores Islands and Madiera Islands in Portugal, Cape Verde in Africa, and include:

* 4 Catalina Channel crossings - 1976, 1986, 1993, 1995
* Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island - 1983
* Strait of Gibraltar - 1985
* Tsugaru Strait, Japan - 1990
* English Channel - 1996
* Sunda Strait, Indonesia - Java to Sumatra - 2000
* Cook Strait, New Zealand - 2004
* Cape Verde, Africa - Maio to Santiago Islands - 2013

He is an Honour Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, a lifetime member of the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation, a lifetime member of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association, and a member of the Half Century Club.

Yudovin and his wife, Beth retired in 2005 from three seafood related companies they founded and ran for more than 25 years. Yudovin is now involved in public speaking to raise money for the City of Hope Cancer Center, Senior Nutrition, Cambria Community Bus, and North Coast Ocean Rescue, and the Cambria Fire Department.

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