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Friday, October 21, 2016

Mike Pugh Gains An Aquatic Edge

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

"It was amazing," said triathlete Mike Pugh about his lesson on the Big Island of Hawaii with Karlyn Pipes, the greatest masters swimmer in history.

"If anyone can do this at any cost, it's worth it. I wasted so much time trying to do what needs to be done alone."

Pugh had a swim lesson in an Endless Pool in Kona, Hawaii. "I offer private swimming lessons to people of all ages."

Whether the athletes are taught in her Endless Pool or on an adventure swim on the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon swim course in Kailua Bay, Pipes is passionate about what she offers. "I love teaching in an Endless pool because I see my students making huge improvements in a very short period of time.

With my guidance and the use of contrast drills, I will teach you the difference between faster and slower, efficient and inefficient swimming. The Endless Pool also has two large mirrors on the bottom providing you with instant feedback

Pipes explains her contrast drills that are video-taped and then analyzed. "Throughout your session, I will ask you to compare and contrast a variety of techniques to see what works best for you. This is where swimmers really begin to feel the differences. At the end of the session, we will do a drill called amnesia and revisit your old stroke. While your old stroke may feel comfortable and familiar, you are going to be surprised at how much harder you have to work to go the new speed.

Many students actually lose ground and get pushed back towards the end of the pool. Switch to the new stroke and its no problem to maintain the speed. With the help of the Endless Pool and contrast drills, it becomes obvious that your new stroke allows you to swim faster with less effort

The cost of her Aquatic Edge initial 90-minute session is US$250 and includes a 30-minute mini-clinic followed by about 60 minutes of water time with video analysis and real-time feedback. Additional sessions are US$160 per hour.

Aquatic Edge lessons by Karlyn Pipes are described here.

Copyright © 2016 by World Open Water Swimming Association

Swimming Under An Airshow

< Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

With summer-like temperatures and no wind with Catalina Channel clearly in the horizon, the Pacific Ocean was calling. So we went down to the shoreline and started to swim parallel to the shoreline.

Suddenly, we heard a massive sound, scaring us.

It turned out that 6 United States Air Force Thunderbirds, F-16 Fighting Falcons, were overhead. The Air Force's fighter jets created a tremendous sound that they flew overhead in practicing for the Huntington Beach Airshow.

Our workout was over. It seemed much more fun watching the airplanes swooping above.

It turns out that the Breitling Huntington Beach Airshow will be held over the weekend and today was an afternoon practice in Surf City USA.

The event will showcase the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, the Breitling Jet Team and a variety of historical planes flying dramatically close to each other and perilously close to the ocean surface in front of hundreds of thousands along the 8 miles of wide sand along Pacific Coast Highway.

Tomorrow should be a great day to be out on the beach and, perhaps, even in the water.

The airplanes featured will be 7 Czech L-39C jets of the Breitling team, 6 F-16 Fighting Falcons from the United States Air Force, EXTRA 330SC monoplane, Zivko Edge 540 aircraft flown by Kirby Chambliss, a 2-time Red Bull Air Race world champion, Navy's VFA-122 Flying Eagles, Screamin' Sasquatch, C-47 Dakota, CAP 232, 1944 War Dog, Pitts S-11 biplane, and Lucas Oil Skydivers.

For more information on the Airshow, visit here.

Copyright © 2016 by World Open Water Swimming Association

Oceana Helps Protect Whales

Courtesy of Alex Gray, Oceana.

Last month, the California drift gillnet fishery for swordfish resumed without desperately needed protections for at-risk animals.

These drift gillnets are indiscriminate killers of animals like sperm whales – swimming along the coast of California, they get caught in the nets. Unable to wrestle free, they slowly drown.

Peak fishing season is happening now – and that doesn’t just mean catching more swordfish.

It means even more non-targeted whales, sea turtles and other animals become increasingly vulnerable to capture, injury and death by drift gillnets.

Oceana is fighting to get drift gillnets out of the water. With the support of Oceana members, we won numerous protections for whales and other protected species from drift gillnets off the U.S. West Coast. Just last year, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) voted to adopt hard caps to protect nine marine mammal and sea turtle species caught as bycatch in drift gillnets, and to increase observer coverage in the fishery to 100% by 2018.

While the PFMC intended those safeguards to go into effect this year, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) only just released proposed regulations to implement hard caps. The delay means rare and endangered marine animals will go without these critically important protections this fishing season – and even worse, observer coverage is at its lowest in a decade.

Oceana tries to convince decision-makers to adopt and enforce policies that protect - not further endanger - animals like sea turtles, whales and dolphins. By transitioning to proven clean methods to catch swordfish, drift gillnets can become a thing of the past.

Rare, threatened and endangered species like sperm whales could be caught in mile-long walls of death this fishing season.

People can become a member for US$10 and help reach the Oceana goal of 1,140 new members so Oceana has the resources to end this deadly practice. See www.oceana.org.

Ho, Marie, McGlen Favorites In South African Swims

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The XII CANA African Swimming Championships will conclude on Sunday, October 23rd with the African Open Water Swim Challenge at the Maselspoort Resort in South Africa.

Swimming South Africa, in partnership with the Free State Provincial Government and Mangaung Municipality, is hosting the Confederation Africaine de Natation Amateur (CANA) 12th African Swimming Championships this year.

South Africans Danie Marie and Michael McGlen are considered the favorites to stand on top of the awards podium.

At the same time of the championships, the Dis-Chem Sun City Swim will be held in the North West Province in Gauteng. It is one of Africa's Top 100 Open Water Swims, organized by In Motion Africa.

Two-time Olympian Chad Ho (2008 and 2016) traveled to Sun City in a special seat on a domestic flight [shown above] in order to participate in the swim in support of the Sabrina Love Foundation. "I will be swimming for those who can't at the Dischem Sun City Swim & raising funds for the foundation in the process."

Copyright © 2016 by World Open Water Swimming Association

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Swimming In Earth's Lowest Elevation On Land

Courtesy of Madswimmer, Dead Sea with Jordan to the east and Israel to the west.

Latest video of the Dead Sea Swim on November 15th, a 16 km swim across the Dead Sea between Jordan to the east and Israel to the west by the Madswimmers. Led by Oded Rahav of the Cyprus Israel Relay and Evan Feldman of the Madswimmers, the 16 km swim will be performed with protective masks at more than 400 meters below sea level.

For more information about this event, visit here.

The participating swimmers include Udi Erell, Adina Faur, Kimberley Chambers, Abigail Thomson, Avishag Turek, Ori Sela, Oded Rahav, Juandre Human, Jean Craven, Evan Feldman, Ben Enosh, Doron Amosi, Munqeth Mehyar, Brooke Penney, Dov Litvinoff, Nick Papageorge, Samuel Moran, Luc Chetboun, Karon Marx, Neil Macaskill, Herman van der Westhuizen, Hylton Lokitch, Gita Osrin, Ram Barkai, Erez Amir, Yussuf Muhammad Ahmad Matari, Olfat Haider, Rachel Sharon Lane, Qusai Abdullah khalaf Al-louzi, and Ahmed khalil ahmad murad.

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Rio Reflections With Catherine Vogt

Courtesy of Kim Vandenberg, Excelle Sports.

Every Olympic year is emotional. The visions, the goals and the sacrifices—day in and day out—together accumulate to one moment in time. A pivotal and life-changing moment that is the absolute epitome of athlete excellence: the Olympic Games. The Rio Olympics were filled with stories of athletic triumphs, drug scandals and security mishaps. Yet, behind the scenes were the deeper personal journeys of athletes in the midst of the pressure-filled competition.

Olympic medalist and Excelle Sports columnist Kim Vandenberg reflects back on the 2016 Rio Olympics with Olympic open water head coach Catherine Vogt here.

Cristian Vergara's Easter Island Circumnavigation

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

In one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world, Cristian Vergara will attempt an unprecedented 38-mile circumnavigation swim around Easter Island.

The nearest inhabited land to Easter Island is Pitcairn Island, 2,075 km (1,289 miles) away; the nearest town with a population over 500 is Rikitea 2,606 km (1,619 miles) away; the nearest continental point lies just in central Chile, 3,512 km (2,182 miles) away.

"I have been planning this swim for many years and it's finally going to happen, subject to weather," says Vergara about his lengthy window between November 21st and December 5th.

Vergara, a long-time winter swimmer and veteran channel swimmer, has done a number of swims around the globe including a crossing of the Beagle Channel between Argentina and Chile, the Strait of Gibraltar, English Channel, Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (in 2003 and 2004) and the Strait of Magellan in Chile. He participated in the Russian Winter Swimming Championships in Tyumen and the Winter Swimming Championship in Lake Memphremagog, completed a 7 km high-altitude swim in Lago Titicaca in Chile, and participated in the 6-day Bering Strait Swim and 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim.

But the circumnavigation around Easter Island has been the longest in planning over his long career.

"The idea of the swim came in 2009 while I was in Chile swimming the Strait of Magellan," he explained. "I made all initial contact with the people in Easter Island in May 2013 when I did an [investigative] circumnavigation by kayak. I wanted to see for myself if the swim was possible and under what conditions it could be swum. From this trip, with the help of the Chilean Armada, I was able to determine the weather conditions and the best time of year to do the swim. I proposed the idea of the swim to them, but because of the expense involved, I had to wait and was not able to schedule an attempt until now.

I returned to Easter Island this past May to request support from the Municipality and the Chilean Armada. I also hired boat support and reserved housing for myself and my crew. I was amazed at the great support that was offered from everyone in Easter Island

His swim will start in Caleta Hanga Roa [shown below] where he has done some previous advance logistical investigations for his swim that may take around 24 hours.

"The one thing that opened doors for me was the fact that I had previously circumnavigated the island by kayak. I did it for the sole purpose of scouting the swim, but apparently not many have done a circumnavigation. When I mentioned this, the response was always, 'That was you?' Apparently everyone in the island know about it, but they did not know [it was me]. I really had rough seas that day."

His primary observer for this pioneering swim will be a fellow ice swimmer from New York, Capri Djatiasmoro. But the water temperature is expected to be warm, around 22°C (71.6°F). His swim will have a tracker so his program can be followed.

He has received the support of the Chilean Armada and the Municipality of Easter Island. Boat support will be done by the founders of Orca Diving; two French brothers, one of whom was a former crew member with Jacques Cousteau. The boat support and crew members will work in 8-hour shifts until the swim ends. "I will have a kayak support the entire swim. The Municipality of Easter Island is going to use this swim to celebrate the 50 years that Chilean citizenship was granted to the people of Easter Island. Because the swim is subject to weather the window for the swim will be from November 21st to December 5th."

Copyright © 2016 by World Open Water Swimming Association

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Swimming Sane, Merle's Motivation

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

FINIS Ambassador and Estonian open water swimmer Merle Liivand will take part in the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM) World Championships is taking place in Sarasota, Florida this weekend.

At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Liivand learned about UIPM. This weekend, she will compete on Saturday's race that will involve an 800m run followed by a 50m swim, and 4 rounds of shooting, and Sunday's biathlon race will be a 1600m run + 200m swim + 1600m run.

I am honored to be here and compete. One of my family was diagnosed with breast cancer after two other family members are battling with serious health issues and pain at the same time. I can't say it has been easy to train.

I have been dragging myself to practice with a painful feeling. Somehow, everything has happened all the same time and it has been hard to deal with. But if my two grandmothers and Mum are battling something big and face the challenges, then I think I can carry on their strength.

Honestly, without sports, I could not keep going on with life in the toughest of times. I have responsibilities outside the water, but I am more than ready to race and fight like my family female squad is doing. I am honored to be a swimmer so many ways. October is the breast cancer month and I support that fight in many ways. I swim and compete for the cure

Copyright © 2016 by World Open Water Swimming Association

Karlyn Pipes' One-Minute Tip

Courtesy of Karlyn Pipes, Aquatic Edge, Hawaii.

Karlyn Pipes of Aquatic Edge gives her monthly one-minute tip:

Use your core to help you swim faster. Imagine a zipper running through the middle of your body from your lower abs up to your chest. Swim at a moderate pace and think "lazy gut." Then as a contrast drill...think "Zip it up!" Take notice of the difference in time and effort.

Pipes is widely considered to be the greatest masters pool swimmer in history and has won dozens of open water swims over her lengthy career.

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Communications Between Swimmer And Coach And Crew

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Out in the ocean, during a lake swim or sitting on an escort boat, the world's open water swimming coaches and crew members - either knowingly or unknowingly - employ a Japanese concept of communication - ishin-denshin (or 以心伝心).

Because the traditional dryland means of communication is significantly limited in marathon swims, information between coach and athlete must be conveyed in unspoken or unwritten ways. This nonverbal, mutual understanding between a good coach and an open water swimmer is something special and must be developed over time.

When open water swimmers and their coaches and escort crew communicate through a nod, a smile, a thumbs up, a wink, a wave or a "look" (seen through a pair of goggles) while in the open water, this ishin denshin just feels right. Both coach and athlete feel the communication and internalize the messages being relayed from coach-to-athlete and from athlete-to-coach.

These implied communication skills, that may be unfathomable by others onshore or on the escort boat, are one reason why many people in the open water world understand the concept of 'what the mind thinks the heart transmits.'

Copyright © 2016 by World Open Water Swimming Association

Diana Nyad, Bonnie Stoll To Start EverWalk On Sunday

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Diana Nyad and Bonnie Stoll publicly did a number of endurance events since 2010, but they are now starting their latest endurance feats on dryland: EverWalk.

"We are so excited for the launch of EverWalk and EverWalk Nation," wrote the pair. "Join us at the Opening Rally this Sunday from 7:00 - 8:30 am on Sunday, October 23rd at the Santa Monica Civic Center to cheer on and send off the Walkers as they begin their epic journey from Los Angeles to San Diego.

If you aren't going to be in Southern California this Sunday, you can still be a part of the excitement by making the pledge to join EverWalk Nation. All you need to do is click the button below to join the growing list of members and make the EverWalk Nation pledge

EverWalk Nation Pledge:
*I pledge to walk at least 3 times a week.
*I will be an example to my family, friends and neighbors about the importance of walking and leading an active lifestyle.
*I commit to be an ambassador for EverWalk‘s mission and want to get America walking.

For more information about the "biggest walking initiative in American history" as it is described, visit EverWalk. Nyad briefly explains the EverWalk initiative towards the end of one of her TED Talks listed below.

Copyright © 2016 by World Open Water Swimming Association

Re-usable Restube Reassures

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

"Restube came about because I nearly drowned kite-surfing," says Chris the inventor. "I designed it years ago and now [sales] are growing."

Restube is a re-usable yellow inflatable float that is strapped around the waist in open bodies of water for safety. The tube is rolled up inside a pouch and connected to a CO2 canister. Once the tag is pulled, the pouch opens and the float immediately inflates. It can be used again and again.

Restube was used during the Swim The Island event in Italy [shown below]:

For more information, visit www.restube.com.

Copyright © 2016 by World Open Water Swimming Association

Walker Bay Xtreme Open Water Swim In South Africa

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The Walker Bay Xtreme Open Water Swim is a 2.5 km ocean swim from the New Harbour to the historic Old Harbour in the Western Cape province of South Africa. A panoramic cliff path offers a great bird’s-eye view to witness the perseverance of the participants against the turbulent conditions.

Next race is on April 30th 2017 [register here].

The event is located in Walker Bay Nature Reserve, a nature reserve made up of five areas located on the coast between Hermanus and Cape Agulhas.

Top 10 Results:
1 Julen Rojo-Roos 34:34
2 Jean Burger 34:39
3 Shannon Austin 34:41 (first woman)
4 Emma Alsop 35:07 (second woman)
5 Nick Mortley 35:40
6 Bryan Allot 35:48
7 Tamsin Labuschagne 36:30 (third woman)
8 Ryan Stramrood 37:34
9 Daniel Erasmus 37:37
10 Kieron Palframar 37:57 (fourth woman)

Copyright © 2016 by World Open Water Swimming Association

Trump versus Clinton, Part 3 Of 3

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

With American presidential debate #3 pitting Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton scheduled tonight in Las Vegas, many Americans will be riveted to their television sets, smart phones and computers being entertained, intrigued, upset and/or disappointed.

Monica Akhtar from The Washington Post created this de-stress video [shown above] showcasing a jellyfish.

At the voting booth and mail-in ballots, American citizens have either an easy or difficult choice regarding who to vote for as their next President: Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.*

Who do the American people want as their next president, a billionaire business outsider or a long-time political insider?

Like every other demographic group in America, open water swimmers have a choice.

Disregarding all their policies and plans, assertions and assumptions, which candidate - Trump for the Republicans or Clinton for the Democrats - appeal to open water swimmers? Exclusively deciding on the candidates based exclusively on their open water swimming ties, it is a difficult choice.

On one side, Trump has supported environmental swims by Skip Storch and professional marathon races in Atlantic City in the 1980s.

New Jersey's Trump Marina was [start and finish] site of the 1989 Around The Island Swim.

The Trump Marina and other casinos in Atlantic City donated funds for the swimmers' prize money in the Around The Island professional marathon races of the 1980s. During the 1989 race won by David Alleva in 8 hours 5 minutes over fellow Americans Paul Asmuth and Robert Schmidt, the 24 athletes swam past the Trump Princess [shown below]. Trump came down to shake the hands of the winners and hand out the prize money.

"I don't remember a lot of what happened at the race finish," recalls International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Swimmer Paul Asmuth. "However, race director Jack Geraghty wanted me to meet him. It was very nice of Mr. Trump to take the time to greet the swimmers."

Asmuth then later crossed paths with Trump again at the 2012 Golden Goggles, an annual USA Swimming event where America's top swimmers are honored. "I asked Mr. Trump if we could have our picture taken together again after many years and he said 'Why not?' We were on the red carpet after he gave out an award that night. He was cordial in both of my brief encounters with him."

While Trump sponsored races and solo swimmers, Clinton helped Diana Nyad achieve her lifelong dream. In her position of Secretary of State, Clinton approved Nyad's visit to Cuba at a time when Americans required U.S. governmental approvals to visit Cuba that enable Nyad to attempt her swims from Cuba to Florida.

Nyad's swims later left an impact on the former First Lady. "When you're facing big challenges in your life, you can think about Diana Nyad getting attacked by the lethal sting of box jellyfishes. And nearly anything else seems doable in comparison."

Senator Clinton also recommended Nyad's memoir, Find a Way, in a recent interview with the New York Times. And amid the 7,000 pages of her personal emails released by the State Department, Clinton and Nyad's exchange of communications were uncovered. Nyad asked for Clinton's help to get her expedition cleared by the U.S. State Department so that she could begin the swim in Cuba.

The U.S. Treasury Department needed to give its formal approval to Nyad for her to enter Cuba - and that required either the permission of Secretary Clinton or President Obama, another individual comfortable in the open water due to his upbringing in Hawaii [see below].

In the emails, Nyad wrote, “I...was told the Cubans would eagerly welcome my event. But they said I would definitely need to first have approval from the State Department. I was told there that it is a sensitive time politically, that both Obama and Hilary (sic) Clinton are very much pro-embargo and it would take perhaps a year to procure State Department clearance."

Clinton ultimately approved Nyad’s expedition into Cuba and permissions were granted by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Treasury Department, and the Department of Commerce in 2010...and 2011, 2012 and finally in 2013 when she finally completed her swim.

Clinton sent Nyad a hand-written note of congratulations after the swim in which she used Nyad's favored phrase “Onward!

In an interesting juxtaposition of the three personalities, a reporter asked Clinton if Trump would be her 'box jellyfish' during the campaign.

It is up to the American voters if Trump puts a sting into Clinton - or Clinton is able to endure.

* This article does not address the official and potential third party and independent candidates associated with the 2016 United States presidential election (including the Green Party, Libertarian Party, American Independent Party, Peace and Freedom Party, Reform Party of the United States of America, American Party (South Carolina), American Delta Party, America's Party, American Freedom Party, Constitution Party (Idaho), Independent American Party, Nutrition Party, Socialist Workers Party, Party for Socialism and Liberation, Prohibition Party, and the Veterans Party of America) because their interest in and relationships with open water swimmers are unknown to this publication.

Governor Gary Johnson [shown above], the former two-term governor of New Mexico, is this year's Libertarian party presidential candidate. Governor Johnson has climbed the Seven Summits and completed 3 Hawaii Ironmans with his fastest time being a very respectable 10 hours 39 minutes. "That's fast. He's also a skier and mountain bike rider. At 63, he'd clearly be the fittest, most athletic presidential candidate in American history," says Matt Judge.

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1937 Cartoon About Winning A Marathon Swim

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Jim Pritchard*, grandson of Francis 'Frank' Pritchard, an American open water swimmer who was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 2009 as an Honour Swimmer, provided the cartoon above, published in 1937 entitled, Winning A Marathon Swim.

Pritchard was active in marathon swimming between 1927 through 1938. During his early career, Pritchard finished second in the 1927 National A.A.U. 4.5-mile championships and fourth in the 1928 USA Olympic Trials in the 1500-meter freestyle.

Between 1930 and 1937, Pritchard participated in the most prestigious marathon swimming event of the time, the Canadian National Exhibition marathon swims in Toronto, Canada. In 1931, he finished fourth. In 1933, he finished third. In 1934, he finished second. In 1935, he finished second again. He also won the 1934 Hearst 15-mile Swim in Lake Michigan in Chicago, the 1934 and 1935 Blue Water Carnival 12-mile Swims from Sarnia, Ontario, Canada to St. Clair, Michigan.

In 1936, he finally won the Canadian National Exhibition marathon swim in Toronto. In 1937, he defended his title and his race record that lasted more than 10 years. His victory was promoted by Camel Cigarettes and the subject of this 1937 cartoon, 'Winning A Marathon Swim Takes Championship Endurance - And Strategy Too!', shown above.

Panel 1 (upper row):
Announcer: "Last call for the marathon!"
Swimmer (Frank Pritchard): "You know my plan now, and I figure it will win. Check me each mile."
Coach: "Okay, Frank. You've set yourself a tough time schedule, but I hope it works."
Caption: Just before the start of the Big Toronto 10-mile Marathon Swim, champion Frank Pritchard of Buffalo gives last instructions to his assistants.

Panel 2 (upper row):
Banner: 1937 Toronto Swim Marathon
Caption: 65 to 1! A whole field of expert swimmers out to beat the champion. What is Pritchard's plan?

Panel 3 (upper row):
Caption: Each of the 10 grueling miles planned to the second to save energy for a strong finish.

Panel 4 (upper row):
Coach: "Right on time at the 5-mile buoy, Frank. But the leaders are way ahead!"
Swimmer (Frank Pritchard): "I'll stick to my plan."

Panel 5 (upper row):
Caption: Champions all: Marshall Wayne, Welker Cochran, Wilbur Shaw - and Camel is their cigarette.

Panel 6 (middle row):
Coach: "Pritchard will never win at this rate."
Assistant: "Just wait. He swims a planned race. That's how he won the 3 and 5-mile championships."

Panel 7 (middle row):
Description: A sudden wind whips up the water!
Male fan #1: "Too bad for Pritchard. He can't spurt in that choppy water."
Female fan #2: "He's not licked yet!"

Panel 8 (middle row):
Coach: "On time, Frank...you're in position now."
Swimmer (Frank Pritchard): "Now we give 'em the works!"

Panel 9 (middle row):
Fan #3: "Who's that fellow spurting over there?"
Coach: "It's Pritchard. What a finish this will be!"

Panel 10 (middle row):
Female fan #4: "Which one is ahead?"
Female fan #5: "Can't tell them apart."
Caption: The home stretch! Pritchard has passed all but one. Here's where strength and endurance count!

Panel 11 (middle row):
Description: Pritchard wins!
Coach: "Swell timing, Frank. It's a record!"

Panel 12 (bottom row):
Female fan #6 (with cigarette in hand): "It's easy to see you don't think all cigarettes are alike, Frank."
Swimmer (Frank Pritchard): "Not on your life. There's a world of difference in Camels. I ought to know..."

Panel 13 (bottom row):
Swimmer (Frank Pritchard): "Distance swimming is a strain on nerves and endurance. Camels never get my nerves ragged or jumpy, and when I'm tired, a Camel gives me a 'lift' in energy. Swimming is a strain on the stomach, too, so during meals and after, I smoke Camels 'for digestion's sake!' Camels agree with me on every count!"

Panel 14 (bottom row):
Tobacco Planters: "We know tobacco because we grow it. We smoke Camels because we know tobacco."
B. F. Bivins, experienced tobacco grower, knows what cigarette pays more for choice tobacco. "Camel sure does get the best grades," he says. "Camel bought the best lots of my crop last year. You bet, I smoke Camels."
"At the warehouse they told me they'd never seen finer tobacco than my last crop," says J. E. Jenkins, veteran grower. "Camel bought all the top grades. The Camel people sure get the choice tobacco. I prefer Camels every time."
Henderson Carroll has been growing tobacco 18 years. He says: "I like Camels. I know Camel purchased about every top grade lot of tobacco at the sales I went to last year. As usual, Camel got the best of my own crop."

Panel 15 (bottom row):
People do appreciate the costlier tobaccos in Camels. They are the largest-selling cigarette in America.
Caption: Camels are a matchless blend of finer, more expensive tobaccos - Turkish & domestic. R.J. Reynolds Co., Winston - Salem N.C.

Panel 16 (bottom):
"One smoker tells another..."Camels agree with me!"

* According to Jim Pritchard's father, 79-year-old Tom Pritchard, son of Frank, says, "Grandpa didn't smoke, but they paid him to do this cartoon ad. But it was very interesting that in those days, they not only didn't know how bad smoking was, but actually thought it could help marathon swimming."

Copyright © 2016 by World Open Water Swimming Association

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Croatia Open Water Swim Cruise

Courtesy of Janez Maroević, Faros Maratón, Croatia.

Croatia Open Water Swim Cruise is organized by Ivan Vranjes and Mateo Juric. The water polo players started a successful Water Polo Cruise program in Croatia.

Swim Cruise is a 9-day, 8-night cruise that starts from the city of Split and goes around central Dalmatian islands and towns. It also includes participation in the 16 km Faros Challenge, a non-competitive event for amateur open water swimmers and master swimmers that includes a solo and a relay swim across Stari Grad Bay.

The cruise is on the Adriatic Sea, along the beautiful Croatian coast and islands with every day spent in a different port: Split, Omis, Makarska, Brac Island, Korcula Island, Dubrovnik, Stari Grad - Hvar Island, ending with the Faros Challenge.

Breakfast and lunch is included, with two daily open water swims, full-time swim guides, swim analyses, safety lessons, medal, t-shirt, and complimentary dinner.

The Faros Challenge is a 16 km non-competitive swim across the Stari Grad Bay at Hvar Island which is one of the ten world’s best vacation islands and the most beautiful islands for open water swimming. Amateur swimmers participate in this marathon swim along the same route of the unique Faros Maratón - one of the world's most prestigious open water swimming events.

For more information about Swim Cruise, visit here.

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Carlos Peña, The Ultranadador Backstroker

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

51-year-old Spanish 'ultranadador' Carlos Peña has completed 56 different backstroke extreme swims around the world, totaling more than 5,000 km over his three-decade career.

His latest 36-hour charity swim across a dam in western Spain, the Gran Embalse de Alcántara in Cáceres, was performed to benefit the Confederación Española de Asociaciones de Familiares de Personas con Alzheimer y otras Demencias (Spanish Confederation of Associations of Families of People with Alzheimer's and other dementias).

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Marine Swimming Buddies

Courtesy of Joe Noonan, DolphinWhisperer.org.

So Much To See In The Middle Of The Night

Courtesy of Beth French, Catalina Channel, Southern California.

"...The phosphorescence was incredible- impossible to describe the fireworks that spiral off your fingertips as they move through pitch black water, even the rim of your goggles creating a mesmerising display that was dazzling and overwhelming, cascades of luminous effervescence..." writes Beth French about her 19 hour 7 minute crossing of the Catalina Channel in Southern California.

The rest of her account is here.

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FINIS, By Scott

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

One of the most influential individuals in history who motivated many to enter the open water is Dave Scott, the six-time Hawaii Ironman champion.

Literally, millions of athletes of all ages have turned to the sport of triathlon and, therefore, the open water to compete in part because of the athleticism and magnetism of Scott.

A former water polo player and a two-time winner of the Waikiki Roughwater Swim (in 1978 and 1979), Scott’s remarkable run at the Hawaii Ironman World Championships through the 1980s earned him international fame. Known as 'The Man' for his intense training regimens, his approach to the Ironman changed the swim-bike-run endurance event into a competitive race.

FINIS announced a new partnership with Scott.

After a long career competing in the Ironman World Championships from 1980 until 2001, when he culminated his career at the age of 47, Scott works as a triathlon coach and consultant, training everyone from beginner to elite-level triathletes all over the world. One of his strengths is building up his swimming experience and helping triathletes refine their swimming technique so that they can unlock their potential for the entire race.

I personally love FINIS products because they consistently create tools that truly help swimmers, “ says Scott. “I believe that the swimming leg of the race is key in a successful performance. Using FINIS training products, athletes are able to improve technique and build strength for a faster swim.”

FINIS and Scott plan to educate triathletes on how to improve their technique and maximize their swim by utilizing FINIS equipment.

Dave Scott is the man when it comes to triathlon and we are so excited to be working together to help triathletes find their breakthrough moment in the water,” said FINIS co-founder John Mix.

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