- Los Angeles, CA US
The author of numerous publications on a wide variety of medical topics, Dr. Edward Tobinick has been practicing medicine for more than 35 years, and has become especially renowned for his work on neuroinflammation. In 2010, he founded the Institute of Neurological Recovery, which employs off-label therapies to achieve high rates of success in treating disorders such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and stroke, among others. When he is not attending to his professional obligations, Dr. Edward Tobinick enjoys a broad range of recreational activities, including rough water swimming. Rough water swimming, also called open ocean swimming, is a challenging and often dangerous pastime. Perhaps the best-known example is swimming across the English Channel, which was first done successfully in 1895. Testament to the difficulty of the feat is the fact that the second successful crossing wasn’t recorded until 1911. Five years later, an open ocean swim competition was organized in the San Diego suburb of La Jolla, California. Known officially as the La Jolla Rough Water Race, and unofficially as the Biological Pier Swim for its starting point, the swim covered about 1.7 miles of open ocean, ending at La Jolla cove. Plans to make the swim an annual event were interrupted by World War I, and the race didn’t resume until 1923. It then continued in fits and starts until 1931, when it became a truly annual event. Another famous open ocean swim is the Waikiki Roughwater Swim Competition, which was first held in 1970. The course today covers about 2.4 miles in the open ocean near Sans Souci Beach.