Maiken Pardon - Redondo to LAX

Redondo Beach to Dockweiler Beach (LAX)

10.9 km (6.8 miles)

3 hours, 4 minutes on 19 August 2020

Observed and documented by Krista Anderson



  • Name: Maiken Pardon
  • Gender: female
  • Age on swim date: 16
  • Nationality: United States
  • Resides: Manhattan Beach, California

Support Personnel

Piloted by two kayaks (Linda and Krista).


Krista Anderson (certified CCSF observer).

Swim Parameters

  • Category: Solo, nonstop, unassisted.
  • Rules: MSF Rules of Marathon Swimming, without exception or modification.
  • Equipment used: Jolyn swimsuit, silicone cap, goggles

Route Definition

Chart House restaurant beach in Redondo Beach, passing west of Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach piers, finishing on beach north of Dockweiler Beach jetty.

  • Body of Water: Santa Monica Bay
  • Route Type: one-way
  • Start Location: Beach in front of Chart House restaurant, just north of Redondo Beach breakwater (33.851145, -118.3995670)
  • Finish Location: Beach just north of Dockweiler Beach jetty (LAX) (33.940740, -118.443880)
  • Minimum Route Distance: 10.9 km (6.8 miles) (map)


LongSwimsDB: Santa Monica Bay coastal.

Swim Data

  • Start: 19 August 2020, 06:22:54 (Pacific Daylight - America/Los_Angeles, UTC-7).
  • Finish: 19 August 2020, 09:27:08
  • Elapsed: 3 hours, 4 minutes, 14 seconds.

Summary of Conditions

Feature Min Max
Water Temp (F) 69 70
Air Temp (F) 72 76
Wind (mph) 0 3

GPS Track

Trackpoint frequency: 15 minutes. Download raw data (CSV).

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Speed Plot

Nutrition: Water every 30 minutes, GU once.

Observer Log

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Swimmer Statement

What inspired you to do this swim?

I was inspired to do this swim because as changes came with quarantine I was able to set goals for myself that I could accomplish to compensate for the lack of other competitions or opportunities. I felt that this swim was a good step for me to continue my marathon swimming journey as I continue check off different distances. I also was surrounded by people who encouraged me to keep going and work towards something that has given them great joy.

Please describe how you planned for the swim.

I planned for the swim by swimming everyday and continuously tried to reach certain plateaus. The course planning was done by my advisors as well as talking it over with me.

How did the swim go, generally? Did you face any unanticipated challenges?

The swim went well the whole time as I was fortunate enough to have coaches/advisors thoroughly plan it out. Though I was not expecting of the high levels of humidity.


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