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.”
Mike Mitchell of Laguna Niguel tries to hold onto his giant rubber ducky as a wave crashes over him during the Orange County Open Water Swimmers’ annual inflatables ocean swim in Laguna Beach on Saturday, June 17, 2017. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
Lynn Kubasek, who organizes the annual inflatables ocean swim for the Orange County Open Water Swimmers, rides a wave on an inflatable sting ray as she makes her way back to shore following a swim from Oak Street to Main Beach and back in Laguna Beach on Saturday, June 17, 2017. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
Ray Kilz of Balboa Island drags an inflatable orca as he and other members of the Orange County Open Water Swimmers wade into the water at Oak Street in Laguna Beach for their annual summer celebration swim with a variety of inflatable pool toys on Saturday, June 17, 2017. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
Laguna Beach residents Stephanie Havelka, left, and Laura Moriarty congratulate each other after completing an ocean swim from Oak Street…