Abby Bergman Becomes 4th Person to Successfully Swim Across Santa Monica Bay

by Nicole Miller 3

September 09th, 2020 News, Open Water, Race Videos, Video

On September 3, 24-year-old Abby Bergman successfully completed a 27-mile swim across Santa Monica Bay, becoming only the fourth person to ever complete the distance swim. 

Over the course of the 27-miles, Bergman swam from Point Dume in Malibu to Rocky Point in Palos Verdes, finishing in 16 hours 25 minutes and 53 seconds. 

Her success came in spite of a difficult course, including strong winds, low water temperatures, large waves, and a current. 

Before getting into the water, Bergman struggled with seasickness. She said, “I felt so bad I almost didn’t get into the water, but I made a promise to myself that I would at least try. As soon as I hit the water I felt better, and after about an hour of swimming, I was really having fun.”

Beginning just before midnight on September 2, Bergman entered  the water, which was only about 62-degrees Fahrenheit at the time. She then proceeded to swim alongside a guide boat and a kayak throughout her journey. 

Although the crew ran into issues keeping the kayak on course due to the strong winds, Bergman continued to swim until slightly after 4 pm on September 3 when she touched the cliff off of Lunada Bay, which successfully completed her journey. 

After the swim, Bergman shared “I am sore and really sunburned, but happy and proud that I pushed through.”



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9 months ago

Congratulations Abby!!!

9 months ago

Well done lady.
What’s the next challenge?

Zack Kundel
9 months ago

Congrats, Abby!!