Water Transformed David

For a regular guy from Cambria, California it was all about challenging our traditional understanding of ocean swimming and simply, our earth’s waterscape.

His personal and professional achievements are just part of the story. With his beloved wife Beth as his coach, manager and soul mate, they travelled to parts of the world where the deep seas welcomed them.

Live Your Dreams and Build Everything Else Around It

David Yudovin, Ocean Pioneer Extraordinaire, Passes Away March 28, 2015

Courtesy of WOWSAHuntington Beach, California.

Dale Petranech reported that International Swimming Hall of FameHonor Open Water Swimmer David Yudovin unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack.

As a major benefactor of the sport, a quiet inspirational icon among channel swimmers and the head and visionary of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, Yudovin will be missed by many around the world. “He is irreplaceable,” writes Petranech. “But as a tribute to David, the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Board of Directors will keep as many of his plans for the IMSHOF in place.”…

Read more tributes here - In Memorium

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ISHOF Honoree Award 2014

Click Here to read about David Yudovin.

The Marathon Swimmer’s Forum Call For Nominations – 2014 Yudovin Award

The Yudovin Award will recognize the spirit of adventure by awarding the most interesting swim or the most unusual swim. Click here for more information.

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 Honor Swimmer Class of 1999



Awards & Honors

Beth Yudovin with Bruce Wigo– David Yudovin recipient of the 2016 ISHOF Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award in San Pedro, CA. USA.

1999 – IMSHOF Honoree Open Water Swimmer

2014 – ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer

2014 – Marathon Swimmers’ Forum, The Yudovin Award for the most adventurous swim of the year

2016 – ISHOF Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award for contributors to the administration of open water swimming



David had an aura and energy that is truly magnified when surrounded and immersed by water. Rest in peace dear friend. 3.28.15.