Beth Barnes, Surfrider Long Beach brings new meaning to ‘beach cleanups’ at the United States Pan Pacific Open Water 10K Swim races at Marine Stadium.  The race featured open water swimmers from Australia, USA, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Brazil’s National Teams.  Beth, who was stationed on the feeding pontoon in the water with  the coaches received accolades for her efforts to skim empty plastic bottles and cups out of the water after the thirsty long-distance elite athletes took only seconds to drink, then discard.  Beth said that it was not only her job as a volunteer but her job as a member of Surfrider to keep the oceans free of debris and what better place than in her own backyard.

Beth Barnes Cleaning Up Pan Pacific Race clean up