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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tita Tackles Turbulence

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

48-year-old Tita Llorens attempted the first bioprene 90 km swim from Ibiza to Jávea (Xàbia) on mainland Spain.

But, unfortunately, Llorens had to abort the crossing after 17 hours and 45 km due to strong Force 4 and Force 5 winds and large swells.

Her escort team decided that the crossing was impossible to swim through the night and called the swim. "[Under such turbulent conditions] I would have lost at sea and [my team] would not have found me," explained Llorens in Spanish.* Crew chief Siscu Pons had to pull the kayakers who were escorting her.

* “No sé si todavía lo tengo asumido, pero lo que tengo claro es que cuando se ha puesto el sol tenía que salir sí o sí, ya que sino me hubiera perdido en medio del mar y no me hubieran encontrado.

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Carlos Costa Crosses Catalina To Cabrillo

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Carlos Costa is a double-leg amputee and open water swimmer from Canada.

The member of the 24-hour Club (45 km swim across Lake Ontario in 1993 in 32 hours 43 minutes) also completed a crossing of the Catalina Channel in November 1993 in 15 hours 3 minutes and previously attempted a Lake Ontario crossing in 1992.

For a clip about Costa, see here.

Forrest Nelson of the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation talks about Costa's ground-breaking channel crossing. "I believe Carlos Costa was the first amputee to swim the Catalina Channel. He chose to swim the extra distance to Cabrillo Beach for the advantage of reaching beyond the high water mark according to CCSF rules on sand, rather than a rocky shore."

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Javier Mérida Prieto Completes A Disabled Triple Crown

Courtesy of Catalina Channel Swimming Federation, San Pedro Channel, Southern California.

Catalina Channel Swimming Federation announced the successful solo crossing on July 14th by Javier Mérida Prieto of Marbella, Spain.

Mérida completed his Catalina Channel crossing in 11 hours 40 minutes. "Javier’s swim marks a significant milestone for Spain and the international marathon swimming community as he became the second disabled person* in the world to achieve a Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming. Javier completed his English Channel swim in 2013 and swam around Manhattan Island in 2014. He also completed a swim across the Strait of Gibraltar in 2011. Javier also actively participates in paratriathlons.

Robin Hipolito and Linda Bamford were on board as Catalina Channel Swimming Federation observers and Jax Cole opted to switch roles from observer to support paddler this round. Javier was accompanied by his wife, Esther, and Rosa Sánchez, his trainer, doctor and nutritionist.

* Using the specifically defined categories of physical impairment of the International Paralympic Committee - that also includes vision impairment - James Pittar of Australia, who is blind, was the first disabled person to complete the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming.

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Professor Patrick McKnight Thinks Big And Fast

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Professor Patrick McKnight thinks big.

He made two attempts at climbing Mount Everest in 2014 and 2015, and then turned his focus on completing the fastest Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming in history.

At the age of 24, Rendy Lynn Opdycke completed her Triple Crown within 35 days in 2008. She first completed the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in 7 hours 46 minutes on July 5th, then the English Channel in 10 hours 54 minutes on July 27th, and the wrapped her Triple Crown up with a crossing of the Catalina Channel in 8 hours 28 minutes on August 9th.

The professor from Fairfax, Virginia wants to do the same - only one day shorter.

So far, he is on track with a 11 hour 4 minute crossing of the Catalina Channel on July 12th and a 12 hour 54 minute crossing of the English Channel on July 21st. He can claim the fastest Triple Crown in history if he completes a circumnavigation of Manhattan Island on the 20 Bridges Circumnavigation of Manhattan on August 15th.

For more information about 50-year-old Professor McKnight, read his blog here (Climbing On Purpose).

Professor McKnight is shown above with his support crew at the La Jolla Cove (Robin Hipolito and Linda Bamford).

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Christof Wandratsch, King Of The Bodensee

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The Bodensee is a lake on the Rhine whose shores straddle the northern foot of the Alps and touch Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

There are three recognized crossings of the lake:

1. 64 km lengthwise crossing (Bodensee-Längsquerungen) between Bodmann, Germany and Bregenz, Austria distance 64 km
2. 12 km widthwise crossing (Bodensee-Breitenquerungen) between Friedrichshafen, Germany and Romanshorn, Switzerland
3. 38 km triangular crossing (Bodensee-Dreiländerquerungen) between Germany, Switzerland and Austria

There have been three individuals in history who have crossed Bodensee in the lengthwise direction:

1. Christof Wandratsch (Germany), 20 hours 41 minutes on 22 July 2013 in 23°C water
2. Bruno Baumgartner (Switzerland), 24 hours 20 minutes on 30 August 2013 in 19°C water
3. Hamza Bakircioglu (Turkey), 30 hours 45 minutes on 17 July 2016 in 21°C

Wandratsch, who has proven himself across the English Channel, in professional marathon swims, in FINA competitions, in ice swimming competitions, as a race director, as an open water swimming ambassador, and in solo swims, is now officially and unofficially the King of the Bodensee.

Not only does he hold the 64 km Bodensee-Längsquerungen crossing record (20 hours 41 minutes), but he now holds the 38 km Bodensee-Dreiländerquerungen crossing record (8 hours 43 minutes) and the 12 km Bodensee-Breitenquerungen crossing record (2 hours 28 minutes).

It is the first time in recent history since American Penny Dean set both the single- and double-crossings of the Catalina Channel that one individual has held all the major records in one body of water.

38 km Bodensee-Dreiländerquerungen Crossings
1. Christof Wandratsch (Germany) 8 hours 43 minutes on 24 July 2016 in 22°C (32.07 km distance swum)
2. Nathalie Pohl (Germany) 9 hours 19 minutes on 1 July 2016 in 21°C (33.40 km)
3. Sabine Croci (Germany) 12 hours 48 minutes on 31 July 2014 in 20°C (34.95 km)
4. Ulrich Vormbrock (Germany) in 14 hours 16 minutes on 13 August 2015 in 26°C (34.52 km )
5. Mirjam Sound (Germany) in 14 hours 37 minutes on 28 July 2014 in 19°C (34.82 km)
6. Michael Schumann (Germany) in 15 hours 32 minutes on 7 August 2015 in 24°C (35.25 km)

36 km Bodensee Triple-Breitenquerung Crossing
1. Katie Benoit (U.S.A.), 11 hours 40 minutes on 30 August 2014 in 19°C water (34.43 km distance swum)

12 km Bodensee-Breitenquerungen Crossings
1. Christof Wandratsch (Germany) 2 hours 28 minutes on 21 June 2015 in 19°C (direction: Romanshorn-FN)
2. Axel Ehrhardt (Germany) in 2 hours 48 minutes on 4 July 2015 in 26°C (FN-Romanshorn)
3. Nathalie Pohl (Germany) in 2 hours 50 minutes on 26 June 2014 in 21°C (FN-Romanshorn)
4. Anna DeLozier (U.S.A.) in 3 hours 5 minutes on 23 June 2016 in 21° C (FN-Romanshorn)
5. Mäx Beer (Austria) in 3 hours 20 minutes on 30 August 2014 in 17°C (FN-Romanshorn)
6. Katie Benoit (U.S.A.) in 3 hours 23 minutes on 30 August 2014 in 19°C (FN-Romanshorn)
7. Jürgen Rechberger (Germany) in 3 hours 35 minutes on 22 August 2015 in 22°C (FN-Romanshorn)
8. Hamza Bakircioglu (Turkey) in 3 hours 37 minutes on 10 June 2016 in 18°C (FN-Romanshorn)
9. Katie Benoit (U.S.A.) in 3 hours 52 minutes on 30 August 2014 in 19°C (Romanshorn-FN)
10. Stefan Jung (Germany) in 4 hours 14 minutes on 19 July 2014 in 23°C (FN-Romanshorn)
11. Katie Benoit (U.S.A.) in 4 hours 22 minutes on 30 August 2014 in 19°C (FN-Romanshorn)
12. Mirjam Sound (Germany in 4 hours 30 minutes on 4 July 2015 in 27°C (Romanshorn-FN)
13. Stefan Jung (Germany) in 4 hours 31 minutes on 28 June 2015 in 21°C (FN-Romanshorn)
14. Jacqueline Kempfer (Germany) in 4 hours 32 minutes on 25 August 2014 in 19°C (Romanshorn-FN)
15. Meik Kotwitz (Germany) in 4 hours 35 minutes on 17 July 2014 in 22°C (FN-Romanshorn)
16. Patrick Raguse (Germany) in 4 hours 36 minutes on 12 August 2014 in 23°C (Romanshorn-FN)
17. Patrick Hotz (Germany) in 4 hours 48 minutes on 6 September 2015 in 20°C (Romanshorn-FN)
18. Peggy Henning (Germany) in 4 hours 52 minutes on 12 September 2015 in 20°C (FN-Romanshorn)
19. Bruno "ORCA" Dobelmann (Germany) in 4 hours 58 minutes on 24 May 2012 in 16°C (FN-Romanshorn)
20. Wigald Boning (Germany) in 7 hours 24 minutes on 16 July 2014 in 21°C (FN-Romanshorn)

For more information on Bodensee crossings, visit here.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Anna Olasz Has All The Reason To Smile To Rio

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

With the ongoing controversy over Russian usage of banned substances, Russian athletes have been unsure of their participation in the Rio Olympics.

This weekend, the IOC announced that Russian athletes could not compete in the Olympics if they had ever been sanctioned for doping, even if the athlete had already served the sanction.

This decision led to today's announcement that Russia's Anastasiia Krapivina is dropped from the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim and is replaced by Anna Olasz.

Krapivina previously tested positive for a banned substance in 2013.

Olasz, who studies at Arizona State University and , has come ever so close to qualifying for the Olympics in both 2012 and 2016 when she missed both times by only a few seconds in the Olympic 10 km marathon swimming qualification races.

Now she can join Hungary teammates Éva Risztov and Mark Papp in the waters off Copacabana Beach.

Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Finalists (women):
From the first qualification race:
1. Aurélie Muller, FRA
2. Sharon Van Rouwendaal, NED
3. Ana Marcela Cunha, BRA
4. Rachele Bruni, ITA
5. Anastasiia Krapivina, RUS replaced by Anna Olasz (HUN)
6. Poliana Okimoto Cintra, BRA
7. Isabelle Härle, GER
8. Kaliopi Araouzou, GRE
9. Haley Anderson, USA
10. Éva Risztov, HUN

From second qualification race:
11. Xin Xin, CHN [shown above]
12. Keri-Anne Payne, GBR [shown above]
13. Samantha Arevalo, ECU [shown above]
14. Chelsea Gubecka, AUS
15. Yumi Kida, JPN
16. Michelle Weber, RSA
17. Joanna Zachoszcz, POL
18. Paola Perez, VEN
19. Spela Perse, SLO
20. Jana Pechanova, CZE

From the second qualification race (continental representatives):
21. Erika Villaecija, ESP (Europe)
22. Stephanie Horner, CAN (America)
23. Heidi Gan, MAS (Asia)
24. Charlotte Webby, NZL (Oceania) replaced by Vânia Neves
25. Reem Mohamed Husein Elsayed Kaseem, EGY (Africa)

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Bodensee-Längsquerung Von Hamza Bakircioglu

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

On July 17th, Hamza Bakircioglu finally achieved his goal in successfully completing a 64 km lengthwise crossing of the Bodensee between Germany and Austria.

His fourth attempt took him 30 hours 45 minutes in the 21°C water.

It was a long time coming as his previous three attempts were as follows:

*2015 DNF in 2015 after 26.5 hours and 51 km due to shoulder pain
*2014 DNF in 2014 after 27 hours and 60 km due to oncoming flow and a storm
*2013 DNF in 2013 after 26.5 hours and 56 km due to a thunderstorm

"It was for me the most difficult swimming event I have ever experienced," the 44-year-old Turkish open water swimmer. "I am very happy that it has taken a good end. I'm doing as far very good."

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Sally Minty-Gravett Does 66 km x 2 Within 72 Hours

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

In 1992 as a 35-year-old, Sally Minty-Gravett, M.B.E. first swam around Jersey Island in 10 hours 47, becoming the eleventh individual to complete the 66 km circumnavigation.

"Her swim wasn't actually initially planned as a Round Jersey Solo, but as a 10-hour training swim. As her pilot, I spoke to her at the 10-hour mark and jokingly said, 'You're well past Corbiere, shall we carry on to the end?'" recalled her husband/escort pilot Charlie' Gravett.

"That was intended as training for her third Channel solo later that year which she [later] completed in 12 hours 8 minutes."

The indomitable woman is in hard training again; this time for a two-way English Channel crossing at the age of 59. Fellow Jerseywoman, Wendy Treihou, completed a two-way feat in 2013 in 39 hours 8 minutes, but it has only been completed by 41 individuals in history.

But she doubled her 1992 feat with another massive training swim.

"Sally planned on two Round Jersey swims within three days in preparation for her 2-way Channel attempt," reports Gravett. "Initially she'd hoped to make the two [circumnavigation] swims back-to-back; however, crew logistics decided on a 3-day schedule. On Friday, she completed her first of the two circumnavigations in 10 hours 36 minutes, piloted by Mick Le Guilcher and ably assisted by Adrian Follain and Bianca Kempster.

Sunday was a little more gentle with Mick on again as her gallant pilot and Bianca as crew which includes Martin Powell on kayak and at the helm and Graham Lowe as general aid and to assist in feeding our heroine. The weather forecast was a little poorer than two days ago with fog patches; however, the wind remained forecast at a welcome 9 knots F2. But there is a little more swell than the previous outing with improving sunny periods to cheer them along.

However, almost straight from the start after passing through the 'reclamation passage', the chop began and was to last, increasing to a decent F4 around the top of the Island through until they rounded Grosnez. Visibility was proving a bit difficult with the sea mist and the increase in wind speed around the top of the Island which made forward progress slower than expected. However, Sally and crew survived to enjoy a much more pleasant run down the west coast.

They rounded Corbiere for the run in with wind and an increasing tide behind them, and to crown a superb two days of swimming, they were joined by a pod of dolphins accompanying them into St Aubin's Bay. Sally's time of 11 hours 10 minutes cemented her position as Jersey's premier female swimmer. Altogether, it was a very long, but memorable, weekend.

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Sirena De Hielo Does Ice Swim Calving

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Bárbara Hernández Huerta, a winter swimmer from Chile who won two gold medals at the 2016 Winter World Swimming Championships in Tyumen (Russia), was swimming along the O'Higgins Glacier in Chile when it started calving.

Hernández, whose nickname is Sirena De Hielo, swam while the glacier was calving. As she swam in Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, her escort crew captured the ice swim calving and posted the unique open water adventure on her Facebook page here.

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Charlotte's Crossing Complete

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Aquatic adventurer Charlotte Brynn completed another border crossing swim: a 16.5-mile circumnavigation of Île Ronde in Québec, Canada.

The out-and-back course on Lake Memphremagog that started and finished on the American side of the border in Newport, Vermont took her 7 hours 59 minutes. She swam north across the border into Canada, circumnavigated Île Ronde, then headed south back across the border into U.S. waters and returned to Newport. "We're grinning ear to ear."

Photo shows Brynn with Phil White and Cynthia Needham of the Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swim Association.

Background of the swim is explained here.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Nilay Erkal Wins Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Today, Nilay Erkal of Turkey handily won the Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim (Samsung Bosphorus Cross Continental Swimming Race or Samsung Boğazıçi Kitalararasi Yarislari or Samsung Boğaziçi Kıtalararası Yüzme Yarışı) in Turkey.

The race saw people from all walks of life complete the swim, including 71-year-old Fatma İnci Okutan of Turkey who finished 341st among the women in 1:45:01.

Top 25 Women's Results:
1 Nilay Erkal 52:38
2 Deniz Gungoroglu 53:33
3 Ekinsu Tezel 53:34
4 Melda Idrisoglu 53:43
5 Duygu Özdemir 54:10
6 Bengisu Avci 55:48
7 Marına Vitko 57:03
8 Zeynep Taylar 57:05
9 Buse Nur Turkoglu 57:28
10 Deniz Kayadelen 58:43
11 Sera Sayar 59:23
12 Merve Melek Şendil 59:33
13 Tuğçe Tasar 59:52
14 Simone Fittler 59:52
15 Alına Mikryukova 1:00:30
16 İmren Uyar 1:00:35
17 Megan Kerry Mummery 1:00:40
18 Franziska Schreiber 1:01:10
19 Sümeyra Üstundag 1:01:18
20 Pınar İdel 1:01:58
21 Mıgle Banyte 1:02:08
22 Brenda Bayhan 1:02:18
23 Dicle Şahin 1:02:20
24 Inna Nikitina 1:02:22
25 Aysu Özdogan 1:02:32

Final Gallant Finishers
347 Fatma Tas (born 1986) 1:46:09
348 Kadriye Fulay Alpsoy (1953) 1:47:06
349 Aleksandra Tiagunova (1991) 1:48:35
350 Ülker Sayin (1964) 1:48:46
351 Yana Dziubenko (1977) 1:55:01
352 Nilgün Bozbogu (1961) 1:57:08
353 Nilüfer Mete (1955) 1:59:01
354 Cındy Roberts (1958) 1:59:33
355 Heng Yuan (1960) 2:01:31
356 Elmıra Askerova (1976) 2:03:44

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Ömer Tara Wins Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Today, Ömer Tara handily won the Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim (Samsung Bosphorus Cross Continental Swimming Race or Samsung Boğazıçi Kitalararasi Yarislari or Samsung Boğaziçi Kıtalararası Yüzme Yarışı) in Turkey.

The race saw people from all walks of life complete the swim, including Levent Aksut, an 86-year-old open water swimmer from Turkey who finished the international crossing between Asia and Europe in 2 hours 17 minutes.

Top 25 Men's Results:
1 Ömer Tara 47:39
2 Dimitar Videnov 49:57
3 Arda Kip 50:10
4 İbrahim Berkan Çevis 50:17
5 Barış Ahmet Yosmauglu 50:19
6 Dogukan Ulac 50:26
7 Mehmet Kaan Nesiray 50:36
8 Thomas Willdridge 51:27
9 Efe Erduran 51:41
10 Konstantın Ukradyga 51:48
11 Atrur Artamonov 52:00
12 Kadir Alperen Demirbas 52:36
13 Andrey Volkov 52:44
14 Berkhan Sakal 53:13
15 Kerem Ali Giray 53:14
16 Nazmi Yağız Efe 53:33
17 Ümit Kemal Cengiz 53:56
18 Emre Özturk 54:04
19 Ahmet Nakkas 54:05
20 Anton Kramarenko 54:11
21 Celal Altunbas 54:23
22 Ozan Bayram 54:43
23 Umut Salar 54:50
24 Mustafa Deniz Ayvaz 54:53
25 Turgut Alporal 55:09

Final Gallant Finishers
1140 Aliaksandr Yarashevich (born 1979) 1:56:08
1141 Pavel Radchenko (1984) 1:56:34
1142 Valentin Kholodkov (1953) 1:57:27
1143 Turgay Bengisu (1953) 1:58:01
1144 Tayfun Culcuoglu (1946) 2:04:36
1145 Hüseyin Çelik (1966) 2:08:39
1146 Gürcan Tunel 2:09:10
1147 Birol Aydin (1964) 2:09:46
1148 Levent Aksut (1930) 2:17:19
1149 Ahmet Mustafa Asikoglu (1951) 2:19:31

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Yasunari Hirai Gets A Kick Out Of Training

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Throughout sports history, great athletes have created great athletic moves:

* track-and-field: Fosbury Flop
* gymnastics: Thomas Flare
* gymnastics: Omelianchik
* boxing: Rope-a-dope
* wrestling: Karelin Lift
* marathon swimming: The Illchenko

Sports fans have associated certain great moves with great athletes.

In the open water, balanced kicking and leg strength have long been seen as an important tool of competitive open water swimmers - and elite professional coaches are increasingly incorporating more and more kicking sets in their daily workouts.

Like an engine in overdrive, the 6-beat kick of the fastest swimmers is a pleasure to observe. The lower-limb booster slightly lifts the body and propels it forward in synchronization with the faster arm tempo. Strong legs helps streamline and balance the body for enhanced efficiency and speed when it most counts.

The greatest swimmers of the past, from Greta Anderson to Larisa Illchenko, have the strongest legs in the sport.

Jordan Wilimovsky, the reigning world 10 km champion, is typical of the contemporary athletes with a tremendously strong 6-beat kick that is developed with years of practice.

With the 25 men and 25 women qualified for the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim, the importance of a strong kick has never so evident in the open water. "Those who can sustain a strong kick are not only able to make important tactical surges within the race, but they can also most importantly shift gears at the end. Every medalist in the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim will have this ability," predicts Steven Munatones.

Japanese 2-time Olympian Yasunari Hirai was training at high altitude (2,100m) in Flagstaff, Arizona under Olympic coach Bill Rose of the Mission Viejo Nadadores and Tunisia's 3-time Olympic medalist Ous Mellouli. Hirai described the importance of kicking.

"We trained 80,000 meters at high altitude and realized that training the thighs is critical as well as having flexibility in the ankles and feet to maximum propulsion.

We did kicking sets in the 50m pool with a kickboard, holding pace under 35 seconds in intervals less than 60 seconds. I had to keep up and am getting faster each workout. Training with Ous Mellouli is inspirational. I know that I have to significantly increase my kick to be able to make a rapid change of pace and utilize in the final sprint [at the Olympics]."

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Shelley Smiles, Swims To Europe

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Shelley Taylor-Smith, former 7-time world champion, participated in the Samsung Bosphorus Cross Continental Swimming Race (Samsung Boğaziçi Kıtalararası Yüzme Yarışı) today.

"It was an amazing day for 28th edition ‪‎Samsung‬ ‪Bosphorous Cross Continental Swim‬. [I had] overwhelming feelings of gratitude, happiness and joy. The best part was bonding with the swimmers, creating friendships and, of course, swimming from Asia to Europe in the Bosphorous.

I am still buzzing from the swim. The water was so blue, the clarity outstanding, and my friends - the little jellies - came out to play with me today.

I personally believe this is the best open water swimming mass participation event in the world

Results of the men's race are here.

Results of the women's race are here.

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Alex Meyer Guided By A Hero Of The Past

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

When American Alex Meyer lines up against local favorite and two-time defending champion Xavier Desharnais in the 62nd annual Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean in Lac Saint-Jean, he will have a non-so-secret advantage.

Paul Asmuth, a 7-time professional marathon swimming champion, 3-time Traversée winner, and a 2-time Olympic coach, will be at his helm, escorting him along the 32 km race in Quebec, Canada.

Coach Asmuth competed in 11 total crossings of Lac St-Jean: six 32 km races (1980-1984 and 2004), two 64 km races (in 1985 and 1989), and three 40 km races (1990, 1991 and 1992). He won the event 3 times in 1980, 1983 and 1989, the last where he set the two-way 64 km record in 17 hours 6 minutes.

Even at the age of 46 in the 2004 Traversée, Asmuth swam an excellent time of 7 hours 41 minutes over the 32 km course.

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Alex Meyer Returns To Lac St-Jean, Trying The Traversée

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The last time Alex Meyer competed in Lac Saint-Jean, it was at the 2010 World Open Water Swimming Championships.

His gold medal victory was one of the most curious and exciting races in history when he and Italy's Valerio Cleri, the reigning 25 km world champion, went literally stroke-for-stroke over the final 1 km. The men were swimming alongside each other for 24 km - surging and leading, drafting and positioning for nearly 5 hours. Then the pair went into full sprint mode, shoulder-to-shoulder.

Around the final turn buoy, Cleri attempted to veer Meyer off the straight-line tangent to the finish - at a 45° angle to the right. Cleri had the clear advantage as he pushed Meyer off towards the stands, not straight to the finish pontoon. No yellow card or red card was called as the duo went mano-a-mano down the final 500 meters.

But then Meyer took a 90° turn to the left, swimming across the back of the legs of Cleri. The move caught the Italian off-guard with less than 200 meters to go. Meyer wanted clear water and fought for a beeline path to the finish. But Cleri was not to be juked so easily. Cleri immediately went into counter-attack mode and made his own 90° turn, trying to stay ahead of Meyer and steer the American in the other direction.

With less than 100 meters to go, Cleri again had the upper hand as both men were angling off the straight path to the finish. With a half-stroke advantage over Meyer, the race was Cleri's to lose as the referees choose to allow maximum physicality without calling any impeding calls.

But Meyer made one more quick angle turn - again to the right at 90°. He obtained a quarter-stroke advantage over Cleri and kicked it into a single-stroke victory.

This week, world 25 km champion Meyer has returned to Lac Saint-Jean and will compete in his first 32 km Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean, a FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix event.

The 2016 schedule for the week-long 62nd annual Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean is as follows:

July 23rd: Uniprix 1-2-5 km Masters and Age groups competition
July 26th: Défi Plouf Initiation à l’eau libre pour les 5 à 15 ans
July 28th: FINA/HOSA 10 km Marathon Swimming World Cup
July 29th: Rio Tinto Youth Marathon
July 30th: FINA 32 km 62nd Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean

But Meyer is going to face Canadian home favorite and two-time defending champion Xavier Desharnais [shown above]. In 2015, Desharnais won outright. In 2014, he shared the victory podium with Tomi Stefanovski to win the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuit.

It should be quite a battle in the conditions that usually can be counted upon to be cold and rough.

Last year, the turbulence was so great that the number of non-finishers (11) nearly equaled the number of finishers (12). Pilar Geijo of Argentina (5th overall in 2015) and Spain's Esther Nuñez Morera (7th overall in 2015) will also expect to be in the mix among their male colleagues.

The results of yesterday's opening event of the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean (1 km Uniprix) are here.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

First For Inchydoney And Cork Surf Lifesaving

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The Cork Surf Lifesaving community hosts children's summer camps as well as offer pool and ocean training in lifesaving skills. In addition to promoting water safety throughout the year, Inchydoney Beach will be site of an inaugural sea swim.

The Ichydoney Summer Swim is a 500m, 1 km, and 2 km swim for the Cork Surf Lifesaving Club, held on August 7th. The charity event will support Cork Surf Lifesaving to provide lifesaving training to all ages.

For more information or to get involved, visit Cork Surflifesaving.

The Inchydoney Summer Swim is an opportunity to enjoy the pleasures of wild swimming with trusted safety support in one of West Cork’s most beautiful locations.

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Further Research And Study In The Ice

Courtesy of Nuala Moore, Vladivostok, East Russia.

Two weeks ago, there was a conference on Physiological and Psychological Responses of the Human Body in Extreme Crisis and Hypothermia in Vladivostok, East Russia.

Event organizers from winter swimming and ice swimming competitions around the world, including Nuala Moore of Ireland, were invited.

"It was a good group including event organisers from the eastern regions and medical groups interested in in the psychology and the mind as well as how the body responds in stress. The organisers of Tyumen, the Far East and Bering Strait swims were all present."

This global sharing of information is an excellent opportunity to collectively develop reasonable safety standards and detailed procedures for winter swimming and ice swimming that has now exponentially grown in terms of participants, volunteers and events. "It's so important to use our experiences and the swimmers' responses. From there, we can use the research and unite information in groundbreaking fashion."

Moore contributed on post-Rescue Collapse or the management of the swimmer post-swim. "For me, it is all about looking at how we can manage the swim events and how we can learn from the information we have through experience. Mostly, the value to help assist team who help with recovery [so] we can continue to learn."

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You Gotta Eat This, You Gotta Drink That

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

We often hear many swimmers give advice on what foods or drinks to use in training or during a swim. Their recommendations are as numerous as swimmers in the water.

But we also see so many swimmers at international competitions eating their favorite foods or national dishes. The foods are as varied as the swimmers themselves. Veterans know what works best for them pre-race and in-race.

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It Is Going To Be Hot In Rio

USC Trojan and 2-time Olympic 10 km marathon swimmer Haley Anderson courtesy of @poloralphlauren.

A Thank You Gift from WOWSA

WOWSA is celebrating the
1-Year Anniversary of the monthly Open Water Swimming Magazine
by giving you a free copy of the anniversary issue.

Open Water Swimming Magazine Anniversary Issue
File Size: 13MB


Download the file to your computer, and then right-click to extract the magazine which is inside the zip folder. The magazine is in PDF format.

CLICK HERE to download your free copy now.

Open Water Swimming Magazine

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...

Preview the Open Water Swimming Almanac:

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


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