Sunday, August 8, 2010


The wind foiled us. As messy as the visitors to Pyoseon Beach, who apparently - along with thousands of other revelers on the island - do not know what a garbage can is.

This is the aftermath of Saturday's events, photographed Sunday morning at the beach. And this is actually after cleaners had been through several times, taking care of the trash on the sand. They just did not have enough time to complete their work of picking up after others.

We marched 3.5 kilometers, starting at 8:45 a.m., and called it a day at 11:30 a.m., for Day 9 (8th of movement) of The Jeju Big Swim on Sunday, August 8, 2010.

Big swells greeted us out of Pyoseon Beach after reaching the corner at the harbor. We went out straight, avoiding all the whitewater. Heart palpitations were on the increase. Turned. We tried to advance. The problem was whitewater was everywhere. MUST go around whitewater.

The Coast Guard was a bit nervous calling our translator Ji-su, because of the deep swells, the CG could see me, but not Sherrin, who was on my right (The CG was on my left.).

We locked in and set our goal for a red rooftop resembling a steeple. Closed in. We had to fight to stay outside of the whitewater. The sea calmed a bit. The whitewater offshore disappeared, but the swells did not. I took a close look at Sherrin's stroke. Ten strokes, 10 more, and no movement. I called her off. She came to the kayak, hung on. Getting hit from the left side and the back, unfortunately we were moving backwards. In to shore we went riding a hard surf. We managed to find a protected pool.

Thanks to Eugene and family for helping us out at the beginning and the end of the day. They were instrumental for logistics, and also, I believe, had an instrument in the back of their trunk.


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