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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Swimming In All Kinds Of Dimensions

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

When doing freestyle in the pool, your head goes from side-to-side, your arms rotate frontwards, and your feet go up and down (albeit sometimes diagonally).

Pool freestyle in three axes: side to side, in rotation and up and down.

But what happens in the open water, especially in turbulent conditions?

Certainly side-to-side breathing occurs...with a bit of perpendicular motion when sighting buoys, competitors or shorelines.

Certainly lateral motion occurs when pushed left and right with waves, currents and tidal flows.

Certainly vertical displacement occurs with waves and swells as the entire body rises and falls with the ocean swells.

Certainly diagonal oscillation occurs when frenzy takes off with winds and waves.

Gotta love it.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Bank On A Really Long Swim In Hernandarias – Paraná

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The 88 km (54.6 miles) Maratón Internacional Hernandarias – Paraná is held in Argentina.

Erica Rose, who completed the downstream swim in Paraná River in 9 hours 40 minutes in 2007 and 10 hours 5 minutes in 2005 recalls her experience, "The race itself is incredible. It is challenging, for sure.

There are some points when the river is narrow and you feel like you're moving quickly, but there are other points where you can't see either bank of the river at all and you have no idea where you are or if your rowers are taking you in the right direction

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Milk Does A Body Good

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Olympic hero Michael Klim and his former Australian teammate Geoff Huegill will join marathoner John van Wisse and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic hopeful Sam Sheppard in St Kilda Beach in Melbourne on December 13th for the inaugural Hotel Urban St Kilda Mile Ocean Swim presented by Milk & Co.

Victorians will rub shoulders with some genuine stars of the pool and open water next weekend,” said Klim [shown above]. “I’m excited to be swimming with Skippy [Geoff Huegill] again – he jumped at the opportunity to take part.”

The Aussies know how to throw an open water swimming party: the inaugural event will offer a range of ocean swimming events from a 3.8 km long course to a free 300m Kids course aimed at getting more kids involved in open water swimming.

Pre-race favorite Sheppard, a 4-time Lorne Pier to Pub champion, is going to Melbourne from his training base on the Gold Coast especially for the event. “This is a really well timed event for me ahead of the Lorne Pier to Pub,” said Sheppard who finished 7th in a recent FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup, only 5 seconds behind the winner. “It’s also a great hit out for Victorian’s looking to compete in other open water swims this summer.”

Event Ambassador Klim draws a crowd, as usual. “From corporate groups, life savers and triathlon clubs to some of Australia’s fastest open water swimmers, we’ll have a great mix of competitors on the start line.”

But it is not all about competition and racing. The Hotel Urban St Kilda Mile Ocean Swim also supports the John Maclean Foundation that works to change the lives of young Australians using wheelchairs.

Ricky Jeffs, COO of Erdigroup, the parent company of Urban Hotel Group, said, "As a passionate supporter of sport and an advocate of all that St Kilda has to offer, myself and the team at Urban Hotel Group are excited to be involved with an event that brings together both local and sporting communities in the very heart of this vibrant location."

For more information on the event, follow on Facebook.

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Stillwater Swim By Stillwater Sports

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

When Stillwater Sports gets into open water swimming, they do so in a big way with the in Eikenhof Dam in South Africa. Their experience and plans are showcased below.

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Surf City USA® Welcomes Visitors From Around The World

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

There are innumerable places around the globe that are magnificent to do open water swimming. From tropically warm places near the equator to frigidly cold lakes and seas in more northern climes.

But what about 13 km of wide white sand beaches with lifeguard stations positioned every few hundreds of meters apart with warm showers and plenty of parking onshore?

Throw in plenty of dolphins and regular surf where you can practice rough water swimming and bodysurfing and a water temperature range between 13-22°C (55-72°F) with air temperatures well north of that. Swim northwards with the prevailing current and southwards against it and you have Huntington Beach, California.

Known as Surf City USA® and location of the International Surfing Museum, it is within 30 minutes of Disneyland and 45 minutes to LAX. With four distinct but adjacent beaches - Huntington City Beach, Bolsa Chica State Beach, Dog Beach and Huntington State Beach, there is plenty of room to go for some hard in-and-outs perpendicular to shore through surf or long marathon swims parallel to the straight coastline.

In addition to casual or intense ocean workouts, barefoot strolls, walking with your dog, and the annual Huntington Beach Pier Swim, Huntington Beach is now offering free surfing lessons. Register yourself here as a #SurfCityVIP in order to receive a unique code. Use this code to book a surf lesson before February 1st 2015 through four sponsored surf schools.

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Selina Moreno Pasagali Join José Díaz, Alessi Pérez On Air

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Open water swimming programs can be heard on the radio from Brazil to Spain.

In Spain, José Díaz and Alessi Pérez share their passion and knowledge about swimming on their Nadandolibre Radio Show - Marcador Show.

In this week's show, Díaz and Pérez spoke about the WOWSA Awards and history together with former nominee Selina Moreno Pasagali.

After Selina fought back from chemotherapy and cancer, she went on the cross the Strait of Gibraltar in 2007 and then crossed 14 kilometers from Lanzarote to Fuerteventura. The next year, she organized a solidarity 1 km crossing to fight against cancer, "Swam With You", that was broadcast on Gent Gent x 9.

As she gained confidence and experience, she completed the Traverse Bay International Autonomous Cullera 10 km, the English Channel in 2009 in 16 hours 4 minutes, the 36 km Menorca Channel (Canal de Menorca) in 2010 in 18 hours 20 minutes, and the 28.5-mile Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in 8 hours 42 minutes in 2011. Later, she participated in the 100 nautical mile relay from the island of Ibiza to Cabo Nao that took 60 hours and completed the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming with a crossing of the Catalina Channel in 2012 in 11 hours 11 minutes.

In total, after recovering from breast cancer, Selina has participated in more than 80 national swimming competitions and is one very special person who has accomplished much in her post-chemotherapy career.

Selina is an example of the type of individuals who Díaz and Pérez have brought attention to with their Nadandolibre properties and radio program.

"We start on Thursdays at 20:00 on Radio Marca under the direction of Pablo Juanarena and Yanela Clavo on the program El Speaker Aula," describes Díaz. "We explain about those who venture out each day in the world beyond the shore. With this program and thanks to Radio Marca, over 100,000 people have the opportunity to listen every Thursday as we promote swimming in collaboration with Nadandolibre and professional information about events, open water swimming, swimming pools, new technical trends, product information, services, personalities, coaches, books, films, blogs, conferences, camps, clinics, feats and events in pools, oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, dams, and channels worldwide."

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tony Sibio And Crew Have Millions Of Reasons To Give

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Tony Sibio, Event Chair of the Swim Across America - Long Island Sound, is leading the pack. Year after year, Sibio and crew raise the most amount of money of any open water swimming event in the world.

With over US$16,000,000 raised over its 22-year history, the event raised another US$1,100,000+ from nearly 900 swimmers, hundreds of volunteer kayakers, boaters and land crew. "In addition to our emergency teams, land volunteers, boaters and kayakers, we would like to thank all of our host sites - Westchester Country Club, Germonds Clarkstown Pool, Chappaqua Swim and Tennis Club, Coveleigh Club, New York Athletic Club, Orienta Beach Club, Lakeside Pool, Lake Isle Country Club and our open water swim hosts - Larchmont Yacht Club and Larchmont Shore Club.

We fundraise all year long - corporate matching funds, high school swim teams and polar plunges. If you have a way to organize an event during the winter or spring seasons, please don't hesitate to reach out. We have very creative fundraisers. This past summer, we even had a few 'little people' raise money through lemonade stand sales and bracelet making. We love the passion

Swim Across America - Long Island Sound supports the Cancer Support Team in Westchester County, The Tommy Palazzo Fellowship for Pediatric Oncology Research at Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian, the United Hospice of Clarkstown and the Swim Across America Research and DeMatteo Research Laboratories of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

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Black Wednesday, A Day Before Thanksgiving

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

As Americans prepare for their Thanksgiving holidays, open water swimmers are preparing for long training sets over the holiday season.

While American shoppers are revving up for the holiday shopping season with Black Friday coming up this week, some swimmers around the New World are revving up for their Black Wednesday.

Black Wednesday, traditionally the day before America's Thanksgiving, is a day of distance for many. While many American swimmers gear up for their annual 100x100 distance set, some swimmers get a bit wet behind the ears with a preparatory swim of 50x100 on Black Wednesday.

SWIM Long Beach members typically gather at their local watering hole before sunrise to begin their 50x100 Black Wednesday set.

"Just like our ancestors did, it is a day we gather together at dawn (5:30 am), take a ceremonial dip in the waters of Lake Belmont (the pool formerly known as Belmont Plaza), and stare at the black line for 50x100s worth of swimming where each lane will be one long swim train, everyone merrily sucking off the energy of the person in front of them," explains stunt woman and team leader Katie Rowe.

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In Deep Appreciation For Helping A Sea Swimmer

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

In deep appreciation for his help in assisting Johnny Hayden to train for and complete the 1-mile Chappie's Swim Challenge, Ger Kennedy was presented with a beautiful jellyfish vase.

The story of Hayden and Chappie's Swim Challenge is here.

Photo above shows Johnny Hayden in middle of support team and Ger Kennedy with a TYR wetsuit on.

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Chappie's Swim Challenge And Success

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Ger Kennedy was contacted by friends of Johnny Hayden, a surfer and a fisherman out of Greystones Harbour who had a spinal injury about helping him swim a mile (Chappie's Swim Challenge).

It was a beautiful story of friends making it happen.

In October 2012, Johnny Hayden travelled to the Barcelona Spine Hospital to undergo a routine disc replacement surgery on the top of his spine. After the operation, two hematomas (bleeding) developed" one in his neck and the other on his spine.

Hayden was rushed to surgery in an effort to drain both hematomas and stabilize him.

Unfortunately after the surgery, he was left paralyzed from his bellybutton down.

After his family appeared on the Joe Duffy Liveline Show, Hayden was air-ambulanced to the Mater Spinal Unit where he currently is rehabilitating with a hope that he will walk again. But uncertainty reigns as he and his wife Maite Zuzaeta continue to raise 2 girls ages 2 and 4.

Moore describes the surfer and fishermen with a true love of the sea, "Johnny is 110% committed to his rehabilitation. He is determined, focused and dedicated to gaining more mobility. The fact that he is taking on this swim challenge proves that. The training required for it will massively help his muscle strength and benefit his rehabilitation."

Kennedy recalls how the Johnny Hayden 1-mile Swim came about. "Edel Mulholland contacted me in June 2014 for help with Johnny's training. I met with Johnny and his family to discuss his goal to swim a mile from South Beach Greystones into Greystones Harbour. The difficulty was that he has no temperature body control with hypothermia being a major risk. So a wetsuit and neoprene boots are a must."

Even with use of Johnny's old triathlon wetsuit, there was a problem because his legs are locked and because of severe spasticity, he could not get his wetsuit on. "So we had to think outside the box," says Kennedy. "After a lot of learning and support from the local tradesmen, we were able to professionally install 2 large zips on each side from the armpit down to ankle. We tried the wetsuit on Johnny. Even with new zips on, it was difficult to put on, but it fit perfectly.

His first swim was in Greystones Harbour where we were all very nervous. After his second training swim, we found Johnny found lifting his arms and head exhausted. His swim speed was extremely slow, but we introduced the FINIS Front Snorkel and hand paddles that worked really well and increased his distance and speed. After numerous training sessions, Johnny was ready for his challenge."

Hayden and team completed the 1-mile swim and unleashed another new group of sea swimmers who came together to support Hayden and his family. "It is just amazing to see Greystones Sea Swimming is back. In particular, with the help and inspiration of Edel Mulholland and Allan Evans."

For more information on Chappie's Swim Challenge, visit here.

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Swimming Upstream Purposefully

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Whether open water swimmers are in a lake, river, bay or ocean, sometimes they feel like they are swimming upstream against a current.

That feeling is due to oncoming winds or a tidal flow or waves that are hitting them from all kinds of directions.

But there are several swims around the world that truly are purposefully set against the tides or currents, from Mexico to Ireland.

These upstream river events are on every continent.

From the Fire Cracker 8K Swim in northern California to the Blackriver Swim in Ireland, upstream river swims present a unique challenge.

There are 2 km, 4 km and 6 km swims in the Blackwater River Swim held in Fermoy, County Cork in Ireland. The ubiquitous Ned Denison recalls the 2009 event, "The course was a struggle up the Blackwater River as the swimmers swam against the current on the left-hand side of the river in the first half of the course. But, once around a turn buoy, the swimmers flew back down the middle of the river.

It typically took three times as long to swim upstream against the current as it did to swim downstream with the current - a struggle and a joy for every open water swimmer

The participants in Joe Dowd's Fire Cracker 8K Swim take on an especially tough course Lake Natoma. "Water temperature will be in the mid to high 50's with the swim against a current in very clean calm waters," Dowd explains. "There is a rest and feeding stop at the 2-mile mark" as the water gets increasingly cold and stronger the longer you head upstream.

Jim Alabiso's Up the River Downtown Swim, like many other urban river swims can either be with or against the current depending on the time of day. But his video presents an aerial view of these magnificent river swims:

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St Kitts Yacht Club Kicks Off Inaugural Peninsula Swim

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The inaugural 1.9-mile St Kitts Yacht Club Peninsula Swim enticed 46 swimmers to swim from Salt Plage at Whitehouse Bay to ShipWreck Beach Bar at South Friars Bay in St Kitts in the Caribbean Sea.

After being transported to Salt Plage in buses donated by Ternion St Kitts, the swimmers were escorted by 12 kayakers, supported by the Ross University Swim Team, and overseen by a safety boat provided by Blue Water Safaris and an official escort by the St Kitts Coast Guard.

St. Kitts is where the northeastern Caribbean Sea meets the western Atlantic Ocean and where lush mountains serve as mile markers from every approach.

The first swimmer finished in under one hour with the last swimmer arriving 30 minutes later. The swim was followed by a breakfast and an awards ceremony hosted by Pete Dupre, Commodore of the St Kitts Yacht Club, where prizes ranging from kite boarding lessons by Beach Addiction St Kitts and dinners and vouchers to Marshall’s, Rock Lobster, Spice Mill, Salt Plage and Shak Shak at Ross University were handed out.

"Organizers seek to promote all water sports in St Kitts with the idea that good swimmers make good sailors," reports Bruno Gardien. "The organizers plan to hold several swims in the upcoming years. Proceeds from this swim will benefit the St Kitts youth sailing program."

Copyright © 2014 by World Open Water Swimming Association

Monday, November 24, 2014

Recollections Of Camlough Lake's Record Relay

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Over 5 years ago, Sean Mallon, Pádraig Mallon and Aoiffe Mc Court came up with the idea of a Guinness Book of World Record relay in Camlough Lake in Newry, Northern Ireland.

They initially wanted to swim 500 kilometers (310 miles), but they swam even further as the circumstances warranted.

The 220-person relay was made in a GPS'ed loop course of 750 meters when a swimmer and a support kayaker were in the water at one time. When one swimmer completed the loop, there was a relay exchange and the next person started in a continuous rotation until 685.5 km (426.5 miles) in Camlough Lake was reached over 232 hours 52 minutes in 9 nights and 10 days.

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Open Water Word of the Day: Carbon-Neutral Relay

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Carbon-neutral relay (noun): Open water relays that have a net zero carbon footprint. Carbon-neutral relays rely on human power like with outrigger canoes or kayaks, but not with motorized escort boats.

Origin: The term was created by Doug Woodring at the Clean Half Extreme Open Water Swim in Hong Kong, circa 2010.

The Clean Half marathon relay has an annual carbon-neutral relay where the swimmers rotate between swimming and paddling in an outrigger canoe for 15 km.

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Only 5 Spots Left For 24 Hour Swim Relay

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Spots at the 24 Hour Swim Relay San Francisco's Aquatic Park are going fast. With only 5 spots left for the second annual event on February 6-8th 2015, interested swimmers should immediately contact event organizer Suzie Dods.

Interested swimmers can contact her at suziedods@hotmail.com.

Dods' vision and work behind the scenes were the reasons why her inaugural event was nominated for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year and why there is so much anticipation for her second iteration.

The 24-hour event is based on the 24 Heures La Tuque in Canada. But instead of an elite cadre of professional marathon swimmers racing around a small circular lake in Québec, Dods brings hardy amateur swimmerss from around the world to slug it out in the cold, rainy, wavy San Francisco Bay.

Photo shows Suzie Dods with 2014 participants Greg Lendahl, John Chapman, and Bruckner Chase.

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Triathlons Harder Than Channel Swims...Or Just Different?

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Is a full Ironman Triathlon easier or harder than any of the major marathon swims around the world?

The Ironman Triathlon was initiated over a discussion about who is more fit: swimmers, cyclists or runners, but it did not answer which one of the three sports is more difficult.

Each group of athletes have their own biases and reasons why their sport may be more difficult, but the Ironman Triathlon (based on the Waikiki Roughwater Swim, Around-Oahu Bike Race and the Honolulu Marathon) did not answer which one of the three sports is more difficult.

One way to compare the difficulty of the sports is to look at the number of people who complete such a challenge. A vast majority of athletes complete a full Hawaiian Ironman somewhere between 8 to 15 hours. This puts a full Ironman, an extraordinarily difficult and challenging physical and mental endeavor, in roughly the same time range as a typical channel crossing or marathon swim, whether it is the English Channel between England and France, the Catalina Channel in Southern California, the Cook Strait between the North and South Islands of New Zealand, the Irish Channel between Ireland and Scotland, the Molokai Channel in Hawaii, the Strait of Gibraltar between Spain and Morocco or the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim around New York City.

Well over 50,000 triathletes every year compete in one of the official Ironman events around the world (2.4 miles or 3.86 km swimming + 112 miles or 180 km biking + 26 miles or 42 km running) around the world. At the current rate, it will take at least another century for the same number of channel swims to be completed as the number of full Ironman triathletes are typically done in any one year.

Obviously, Ironman triathlons are significantly more popular than marathon swims or channel swims. But does that mean triathlons are easier or marathon swims are more difficult? Certainly not or perhaps not.

Anthony Smith [shown above] is both an Ironman and English Channel swimmer. Smith can speak from experience as he successfully completed the English Channel in 2005 in 14 hours 8 minutes as well as the 1992 Ironman Canada in 11 hours 8 minutes, the 1994 Ironman Japan in 11 hours 45 minutes, the 2008 Ironman Western Australia in 11 hours 20 minutes, and the 2009 Ironman UK in 12 hours 32 minutes

Smith explains his perspective, "It is very difficult to compare the two challenges which are both fairly extreme, but here are a few observations:

1. In terms of pure physical fitness required, I'd say the Ironman was tougher.

2. In terms of pure mental toughness required, the English Channel is a great leveler.

3. There is usually a 17-hour cut-off for Ironman to cover the 140.6 miles of swimming, biking and running, whereas in the English Channel, you can be out there for say 22 or 24 hours for a solo crossing (i.e., there is no cut-off time).

4. The Ironman has a lot more distractions (i.e., you are doing 3 disciplines instead of only one, plus there are usually 2,000 or so fellow competitors which usually ends up with a race within a race with athletes of similar ability).

5. A solo English Channel swim doesn't have such distractions and is undertaken in relative solitude (apart from feeds, etc.).

6. Both events are sufficiently long enough to feel real pain: mental, physical, etc. Even if you are having a really bad day, it doesn't matter as there is plenty of time to recover and get back in the race. This way at least you always come away with some great learning and positives even if things don't go exactly to plan. I have never had the perfect race yet, but am getting closer and more confident.

7. One thing for sure is that both challenges require full respect and proper careful preparation and if you haven't put the work in they both have the capacity to bite you on the a$$ badly.

So what does that lot tell us? Not a lot other than both events are extremely tough and take anything from 12 months to 3 years to prepare for - and even then, there no cast-iron guarantees of success. I admire anybody who makes it to the start line.

Jenny Fitzgerald, the Secretary of the Jersey Long Distance Swimming Club and another cross-over athlete who has done both the English Channel and an Ironman Triathlon, says in response:

"I tend to agree with everything that Anthony has said, but personally I feel that Channel swimming is tougher. I have always said that I would do another Ironman, but probably not another solo crossing. Physically, in an Ironman there is always the chance to sit and rest if need be, but in swimming you still have to support yourself in the water and can't relax totally. There is the relief of changing sport in triathlon that you don't get with just swimming.

Swimming is quite technical compared to cycling and running, so fewer weak or non-swimmers would ever consider a channel swim unlike in cycling or running where complete novices will do a marathon or long bike ride. The 2.4-mile swim in an Ironman isn't off putting for a weak swimmer whose strengths lie elsewhere.

As Anthony mentioned, Channel swimming is done in relative solitude and that requires a mental toughness that you don't need for an Ironman. With the Ironman, there is a certain amount of relief and satisfaction knowing that people around you are suffering like you are which you don't get swimming the Channel.

Also it might be considered a minor point, but with a Channel swim, you might have to contend with the fact that the weather will be rubbish and so have to deal with the disappointment of not being able to swim and train again for another year to achieve your goal. Either way you have to be a bit potty to contemplate doing either of them, let alone doing both or swimming the channel more than once

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Frank Chalmers' Route Across Hell

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Meekrat Films produced Crossing Hell's Mouth, a 55-minute documentary about Frank Chalmers's attempt to cross the Pentland Firth, a treacherous 8-mile stretch of water between the northern Scottish mainland the the Orkney Islands.

The documentary was broadcast on BBC and the USA.

Crossing Hell's Mouth tells the story of Chalmer's 3 hour 50 minute attempt across some of the strongest tides in the world in a place known as Hell’s Mouth.

Despite its reputation of being a graveyard of ships due to its location where the Atlantic Ocean meets the North Sea, Chalmers, a 16 hour 48 minute English Channel swimmer in 2005 and a member of Ye Amphibious Ancients Bathing Association, tried to swim across monumental tidal currents and freezing water.

Chalmers admitted to Marc Deanie of the Scottish Sun that his attempt was really just a practice swim. "I was on a training swim for about half-an-hour, so I wasn't fully prepared. I hadn't done the things I would do on the proper swim, like preparing energy drinks and Vaseline for my skin. Once I was going for an hour, though, the support crew told me I was going all the way."

Besides the freezing water and tides, Chalmers also admitted that he saw things...dark, big things underwater beneath him. "I got a shock - I was swimming in the middle of the Pentland Firth and I saw this black shadow just under the water and thought, 'That's odd'. I saw it again two minutes later and I thought it was a killer whale. Then a whole load of them started swimming underneath - they were giant seals. That was a distraction. But it was a bit of a relief too because the fishermen in Orkney told me before that there were killer whales there."

Chalmer's attempt, cut short by about a mile when his escort boat had no lights and darkness was fast approaching, opens the door to others.

"I didn't land at the other side [so] now it opens it up for other younger swimmers to take on the challenge."

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Daniel Eulogio Carpio Massioti's Eventful Life

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer Daniel "Carpayo" Carpio of Peru lived a long, eventful life.

Carpayo as he was known was 99 years old at the time of his death. He became the first South American to cross the English Channel in 1947 with a time of 14 hours 46 minutes and competed in the famous Daily Mail race across the English Channel in 1961 when he finished in 13 hours 50 minutes.

He also attempted 5 crossings of the Strait of Gibraltar: two were unsuccessful at the ages of 77 and 83 years, but three were successful in 1948, 1977 and 1988 at the age of 78. He also crossed the River Plate in 1945 - and in 1977 and 1982 when he was 72 years old.

As a pool swimmer, he participated in the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, the 1936 Berlin Olympics and the 1948 London Olympics. He held national titles in Chile and Argentina while his legacy lives on at the National Swimming Pool in Lima, Peru which is named after him.

In 1947, he was awarded the Order of the Sun as a Great Master by the President of Peru and the Recognition Award by the Peruvian Institute of Sports.

His epitaph simply reads "Daniel Carpio died. A swimmer who crossed the English Channel."

Photo from the ANDINA archives.

Copyright © 2014 by World Open Water Swimming Association

Increasing A $1 Fish Into Something Priceless

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Won Park takes American dollar bills in his unique form of origami, the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, and makes marine life that open water swimmers can appreciate.

Park's origami creations are beautifully and uniquely done and are explained in his books, Dollar Origami: 10 Origami Projects Including the Amazing Koi Fish, Extreme Origami: Transforming Dollar Bills into Priceless Works of Art, and Dollar Battle-Gami (Origami Books)

Copyright © 2014 by World Open Water Swimming Association

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Brice Gvurisko Reaches Lake Cane Milestone

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Predators from ducks to alligators have not discouraged Brice Gvurisko from joining Lake Cane's 150K Club.

After completing his 100th roundtrip, he reached a major milestone and was inducted into the 100K Club. According to Lake Cane's tradition, his name was highlighted in yellow on the wall of fame, his bio was posted on the official website, and he received a baseball cap with the Lake Cane monster logo from Lucky Meisenheimer.

At 150 crossings, he received a yellow swim cap at the open water swimming oasis in central Florida. Gvurisko has much to look forward to as he continues his regular two-way crossings of Lake Cane.

At 200 crossings, he is eligible to join the 200K Club and will receive a T-shirt. At 500 crossings, he will join the 500K Club and receive a silver swim cap. At 1,000 crossings, he will join the 1000K Club and receive a golden swim cap.

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Open Water Swimming Magazine

The Open Water Swimming Magazine is the monthly magazine entirely focused on open water swimming heroes and heroines of every age, ability, and background. Published by the World Open Water Swimming Association, the Open Water Swimming Magazine is a free benefit to WOWSA members.

WOWSA Member Benefits include 12 issues of the Open Water Swimming Magazine, the annual 276-page Open Water Swimming Almanac, a free listing in Sponsor My Swim, outstanding product discounts from FINIS, an entry in Openwaterpedia and more...

The Other Shore

The Other Shore follows world record holder and legendary swimmer Diana Nyad as she comes out of a thirty-year retirement to re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. Her past and present collide in her obsession with a feat that nobody has ever accomplished. At the edge of The Devil’s Triangle, tropical storms, sharks, venomous jellyfish, and one of the strongest ocean currents in the world, all prove to be life-threatening realities. Timothy Wheeler’s documentary brings Diana Nyad’s extraordinary adventure to life as Diana sets out to prove that will and determination are all you need to make the unimaginable possible.

2014 Open Water Swimming Almanac

An Almanac for Open Water Swimming

An almanac is essentially a body of knowledge which is so complete that it enables people in different fields to make predictions about the future of their respective industries.

This, for example, was the purpose of the traditional farmers almanacs. It enabled farmers to determine as accurately as possible which crops to plant for the greatest harvests in a given year.

But the farmers almanac was just one example among many.
There are, of course, many different kinds of almanacs.

In fact, there is even one for open water swimming...

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The trends are very clear.
The tide is rising for open water swimming.


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