Laguna Beach’s Oak Streakers welcome summer with a wacky ocean race – Orange County Register

LAGUNA BEACH — Lynn Kubasek attached a large inflatable stingray to her swimsuit and marched into the surf line at Oak Street Beach.

On Saturday, June 17,  the longtime open water swimmer who has crossed the Catalina and Anacapa channels, was ready for some wacky, summertime fun.

Kubasek, 58, of Laguna Beach, was one of 31 open water swimmers who towed large pool inflatables for the annual Summer Solstice Floatie Swim Animal Parade, a nearly two-mile ocean swim from Oak Street Beach to Main Beach.

The floatie swim, which began in 2012, is held annually on the last Saturday before the Summer Solstice. It is about welcoming summer in an artsy Laguna Beach style.

“It’s whimsical and a release from heavy training,” Kubasek said. “For open water swimmers, there’s a beauty and magic when you’re out there. You never know what you get. This created a spontaneous joyousness. It felt like a family reunion.”

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