Lynn Kubasek 1958-2019
Forum charter member @Lynnkub swam her last lap this morning, in the presence of family and a small group of fellow swimmers who have been caring for her.
Lynn was born, raised, and made her life in Orange County, California, where she developed an early and lifelong love of the ocean - swimming in it, and sharing the joy of doing so with others. In the mid-1980s, Lynn co-founded (with @ScottZornig and Mike Trudeau) the Laguna Beach Open Water Swimmers (LBOWS), now one of the largest and most active "pods" in the world.
In 2010, Lynn joined the board of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association and subsequently became the most prolific observer and support person in our organization's history. She lovingly documented many of these swims on her YouTube channel:
Lynn swam Catalina solo in 2009, Anacapa Island to the mainland in 2011, and became the first person to swim from Anacapa to Santa Cruz Island in 2013. In 2011, she participated in an all-women's relay swim from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallon Islands. This past September Lynn swam around Manhattan (20 Bridges), even as the cancer grew unnoticed in her pancreas, which would take her life just a few months later.
Lynn brought infectious joy to open water swimming and life, which made her a sought-after crew member, cherished colleague, and unforgettable friend.
I'll miss you, Lynn.