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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Redemption On The Red River

Courtesy of Triathlon Taren, Winnipeg, Canada.

Jacques Marcoux finished an unprecedented 37 km swim along the Canadian portion of the Red River in Winnipeg in 8 hours 18 minutes. He started the swim with Taren Gesell who finished in 9 hours 4 minutes and Patrick Peacock, fellow triathletes.

Peacock pulled out of his first attempt after 6 hours 7 minutes, he was motivated to redeem himself.

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Slow-Motion Scenes In Swimming

Courtesy of Lago d'Orta Sports & Events, Lago d'Orta, Italy.

Scenes from the Oceanman Lago d'Orta, an open water swimming event on Lago d'Orta near Milan, Italy with 600 swimmers from 19 nations competing in the heart of the Piedmont region this year. Copyright © 2008-2017 by World Open Water Swimming Association

Who Will Ever Cross The Bering Strait Again?

Courtesy of Rich Roberts for Los Angeles Times, Huntington Beach, California.

In a Los Angeles Times article on August 9th 1987, Rich Roberts quoted Joseph Coplan after the Lynne Cox's unprecedented 2 hour 5 minute crossing of the Bering Strait from Little Diomede Island in the USA to Big Diomede Island in Russia [read here].

"Nobody else will ever do this [crossing]," said project director Coplan in 1987. "Not in a hundred years. She's the only one."

While Coplan's prediction was not eventually proven true, the impact of Cox's swim was like a 100-year occurrence. At the time, replicating her crossing was unthinkable. Her feat just could not be replicated - or so it seemed for most of humanity.

For most...but not all.

Swimmers like 17-year-old Russia Elena Guseva (in 1998) and fellow Russians Alexander Brylin and Grigorii Prokopchuk (in 2 hours 7 minutes in 2014) were inspired by the 30-year-old American and strove to replicate by her swim.

"Cox inspired more than just three Russians; the impact of her swim helped kick-start the entire ice swimming community and others who do extreme swims and people from all walks of life thinking about, attempting and completing their own dreams on dryland," said Steven Munatones. "Her achievement gave many the impetus for them to expand their own horizons and try extremely cold water swimming.

Her 1987 crossing also - eventually - planted the seed for the Bering Strait Swim, a six-day relay from Chukotka, Russia to Alaska.

The swimmers of the Bering Strait Swim included Vladimir Chegorin, Maria Chizhova, Elena Guseva, Ram Barkai, Jack Bright, Oksana Veklich, Aleksandr Jakovlevs, Matías Ola, Henri Kaarma, Toomas Haggi, Nuala Moore, Anne Marie Ward, Toks Viviers, Melissa O’Reilly, Ryan Stramrood, Cristian Vergara, Craig Lenning, Rafał Ziobro, Andrew Chin, Jackie Cobell, James Pittar, Paolo Chiarino, Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen, Ivan Papulshenko, Zdenek Tlamicha, Zhou Hanming, Oleg Adamov, Andrei Agarkov, Alekseev Semen, Tatiana Alexandrova, Roman Belan, Elena Semenova, Alexander Brylin, Afanasii Diackovskii, Vladimir Nefatov, Evgenii Dokuchaev, Oleg Docuckaev, Roman Efimov, Dmitrii Filitovich, Olga Filitovich, Victor Godlevskiy, Olga Golubeva, Alexei Golubkin, Alexander Golubkin, Alexsandr Iurkov, Oleg Ivanov, Pavel Kabakov, Eduard Khodakovskiy, Aleksandr Komarov, Aleksandr Kuliapin, Andrey Kuzmin, Irina Lamkina, Vladimir Litvinov, Andrey Mikhalev, Victor Moskvin, Nikolay Petshak, Sergey Popov, Vladimir Poshivailov, Grigorii Prokopchuk, Dmitrii Zalka, Natalia Seraya, Viacheslav Shaposhnikov, Olga Sokolova, Andrei Sychev, Alexei Tabakov, and Nataliia Usachaeva.

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Strive Swim Helps Coach More Efficiently And Effectively

Courtesy of Strive Swim, Santa Monica Beach, California.

Bridger Bell, a long-time competitive swimmer and age group coach at Team Santa Monica, has created Strive Swim, a simple, intelligent swim practice development tool that has 2+ million practices written on its online/mobile platform.

"Strive offers infinitely many personalized practices for individual swimmers who train on their own, created new on-the-spot by Strive’s artificial intelligence algorithm, acting as a virtual coach, and tracks your progress over time with detailed key metrics," explains coach Bell.

Strive Swim's key advantages include its ability to provide appropriate intervals for different swimmers in the same workout, offer auto speed group adjustment, automatically create sprint and middle-distance versions of fundamental sets, and automatically suggest practices if a coach is pressed for time at the beginner level, for masters swimmers, or among elite competitive swimmers.

If I'm stuck in a writer's block, Strive's software can suggest variations that inspire an idea, that's useful. It can automatically make three different versions of sets for lower levels, that's useful,” commented Olympic open water swimming coach Dave Kelsheimer.

Strive is a tool that saves coaches an unrenewable resource: time," said Doug Fonder, President of the International Swim Coaches Association.

For more information, visit here.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Movers Of The Manhattan Island Swimming Association

Photo of Julie Ridge, an Honor Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, by Ron Modra for Sports Illustrated Magazine, Manhattan Island, New York.

Julie Ridge currently served as a clinician, researcher and educator in New York City, but she was once one of the most famous marathon swimmers during the 1980's when she completed the first Manhattan Island Double, a 91.8 km two-time circumnavigation swim around Manhattan Island in July 1983 in 21 hours 2 minutes.

She later completed a multi-day swim in 1985 when she swam a circumnavigation swim around Manhattan Island each day for five consecutive days.

The plan was for six days, but the first day was cancelled due to weather conditions. Her time on Day Two was 8 hours 50 minutes; Day Three was 9 hours; Day Four was 9 hours; Day Five was about 9 hours; and Day Six was 8 hours 35 minutes.

Throughout the time, Ridge was doing Hawaiian Ironman Triathlons, a bicycle ride across continental America, an English Channel crossing, and additional Manhattan Island Marathon Swims, she was also volunteering with Manhattan Island Swimming Association, helping to organize the 28.5-mile swim between 1982 and 1991.

"I want to pay tribute to the real legends of our day and the people without whom no one would ever had made successful swims around Manhattan Island. They include of course Drury Gallagher, Tommy Hetzel, Joe Coplan, Jane Katz, Al Wallander, Ann Wallander, Sue Peterson and the Coast Guard cadets, Tim Johnson and the great swimmers of the day including Paul Asmuth, Shelley Taylor Smith, Kris Rutford, Jim Barber, and so many more.

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Snacks For Swimmers

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

SeaSnax Grab and Go Roasted Seaweed Snack seem highly appropriate snack for ocean and sea swimmers.

Tim Ferris, the famed American self-help expert and self-experimentation guru described the snack, "I buy these by the box. During ketogenic periods or moderate fasting, I’ll treat myself to 1-2 sheets at night, as they’re effectively non-caloric and the calories are derived from fat olive oil."

The sustainably-grown organic seaweed is roasted with organic extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of sea salt.

For more information about the line of products, visit here.

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Living A Great Life In, On And Under Water

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

World champion synchronized swimmer and marathon swimmer Bill May has quite an aquatic life.

When he is not performing at the FINA World Championships or training tough hypoxic workouts in a pool, he stars as Le Waiter in O, a Las Vegas show.

"Le Waiter is supposed to be old and past his prime, but he is still trying to steal attention with his quirky and eccentric movements," explains the 38-year-old.

O is a water-themed stage production by Cirque du Soleil that is featured at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. O takes place in, around and above a giant pool of water, featuring synchronized swimming and aerial and ground acts, grossing over US$1,000,000,000 since its opening in 1998.

O was inspired by the infinity and elegance of water's pure form that is brought to life by 85 acrobats, synchronized swimmers, and divers.

As the oldest medalist at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Hungary - an appropriate real-life embodiment of his character in O.

"Bill's performance in O was incredibly outstanding," said Lexie Kelly who recently saw the show. "I was completely blown away by the whole production.

I met Bill several years ago at 2013 U.S. Masters Swimming national 10 km open water swimming championships in Lake Mead that he won by over 6 minutes. I was impressed by his speed and ability. After I learned distance swimming was his secondary skill and synchronized swimming was his specialty, I have been dying to see him perform.

The show is extremely intricate on all levels - divers, synchro swimmers, dancers, acrobats, gymnasts, and contortionists. Bill had so many roles in the performance and it was so fun to spot him all throughout the show. It made it so special to see my friend in one the best Cirque de Soleil shows in Las Vegas

For more information, visit here.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Courtney Moates Paulk Describes 2-Way Catalina Crossing

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

47-year-old attorney Courtney Moates Paulk replicated the two-way crossings of the Catalina Channel by Greta Andersen (26 hours 53 minutes in 1958), Penny Lee Dean (20 hours 3 minutes in 1977), Cindy Cleveland (24 hours 30 minutes in 1977), Dan Slosberg (19 hours 32 minutes in 1978), John York (16 hours 42 minutes in 1978), Tina Neill (22 hours 2 minutes in 2008), Forrest Nelson (23 hours 1 minute in 2010) Jason Betley (28 hours 6 minutes in 2015). She completed a 64.6 km (40.4-mile) Catalina Channel two-way crossing from the Southern California mainland to Santa Catalina Island and back in 33 hours 13 minutes. Her first leg was completed in 12 hours 28 minutes; her second leg took an agonizing 20 hours 45 minutes.

"What an amazing swim. I just can’t even believe it," she admitted.

The Catalina Channel Swimming Federation described her two-way crossing that started on the Southern California mainland at the Terranea Resort near sundown on Tuesday, October 10th and ended at the same point in the early morning of October 12th. "Courtney endured a punishing wind chop and white caps though most of the day. She opted to swim on the windward side of Bottom Scratcher rather than the leeward side where she might inhale exhaust fumes. Courtney remained enthusiastic throughout and, in the middle of the night dolphins, treated her to an underwater bioluminescence show. Though late in the swim, Courtney saw other imaginary stuff due to hallucinations.

Her team kept her fed on cocktails of CarboPro, Tailwind, tea and chicken broth with helpings of peaches and applesauce

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Did the 40 Bridges - Double Manhattan Island Swim help prepare you for the two-way Catalina Channel?

Courtney Moates Paulk: 40 Bridges helped me prepare for this swim in so many ways. First, going into Catalina, I had the confidence of coming out of a 20+ hour swim just ten weeks earlier.

Second, I had to battle some significant current during parts of Catalina. In July, we spent four hours swimming against the strong current in the Harlem River in the wee hours of the morning in 40 Bridges. That certainly helped prepare me mentally to deal with the currents in Catalina. The primary difference is that, in 40 Bridges, it was incredibly apparent that I wasn’t making much progress against the current because I could judge my speed against the seawall. Of course, in Catalina, it was mostly the perception that I wasn’t making any progress at times.

Third, the training leading up to 40 Bridges carried me into the final push for Catalina.

Fourth, I paced myself really well in 40 Bridges and I applied that same discipline to Catalina. I started out with a measured pace and that paid off in the long run.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Did you have any idea it was going to take you over 33 hours?

Courtney Moates Paulk: I believed it would take me 25-30 hours, but I had prepared my team for up to 36 hours. I had a great swim over to Catalina Island in 12 hours and 28 minutes. Even though the conditions were rough through the night and the wind and sea never really settled, I felt great when I landed on Catalina.

The conditions on the way back to the mainland were also rough with wind, chop and whitecaps. I had a relatively favorable current for the first few hours of the return trip which allowed me to make some decent progress. However, then the current turned against me and that, combined with the rough conditions and building fatigue, really slowed my progress.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Can you describe the most difficult hours of the swim?

Courtney Moates Paulk: The most difficult hours of the swim began at sunset on the second night. I had seen the sunset the night before and, while I had anticipated seeing a second sunset, emotionally, it hit me pretty hard.

Also, around sunset I began having some hallucinations and they progressed until the conclusion of the swim and, to a lesser extent, into the next day. I had enough sense to realize that the hallucinations were, in fact, hallucinations (for example, I saw a walrus in Dan Simonelli’s kayak – but I KNEW that Dan did NOT actually have a walrus in his kayak).

I also kept my mouth shut about them because I didn’t want to worry my crew. Thankfully, the hallucinations went away once I got some sleep after the swim. Unlike the first night, the sea conditions calmed a bit during the second night and it was actually lovely.

But, because I was fighting a current and fatigue, I was making very slow progress. I typically do a good job of not looking at the shore to try to determine how much farther or longer I have to go – but, I became pretty frustrated and a little concerned from the hallucinations. I commented on several occasions that I wasn’t making any progress and Dan and my crew assured me that I was making progress – just slow progress.

We also changed course a bit and that caused some confusion on my part. The last mile of the swim was absolutely brutal. I was cold and the hallucinations had gotten worse. Without Dan in the kayak next to me, I’m not sure I would have finished. Kris Rutford helped Dan from the water at the end of the swim to ensure a safe finish.

The surge at Terranea was particularly bad and that, combined with the dark and my fatigue made the landing pretty cruel. I got banged up on some rocks below the surface before I even reached shore and climbing out seemed to take forever. When I finally heard the siren from the boat that I was finished, I collapsed down on the rock and started to cry – mostly from relief, but also from joy. Dan and Kris hugged me and congratulated me and I will never forget that moment with them sitting on a rock below Terranea.

Then, they told me I had to get back into the water to swim to the boat. Of course, I knew I would have to do this – but, the last thing I wanted to do was to get back into the water and risk getting beat up on the rocks like a pinball again. They finally convinced me I had no choice. Dan pulled me behind that kayak to the boat (not easy after kayaking for hours) and everyone helped me on board.

What an amazing feeling it was to step on the solid floor of the boat. After I got my suit off and layered up, I enjoyed an amazing bowl of mashed potatoes.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: At what point did you get sleepy?

Courtney Moates Paulk: I never really got sleepy. I was fatigued, but never sleepy.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Who was your pilot and who was on your crew?

Courtney Moates Paulk: I swam with the Bottom Scratcher. I had an amazing crew for my swim: Matt Paulk, Dan Simonelli, Kris Rutford, Amy Frick, Kristi Turner, Stephanie Hopson, Jaime Siler and Cheryl Siler.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Did you go to work the next day - or how soon after were you able to function or work normally?

Courtney Moates Paulk: We got back to the house where we were staying a little after 6:00 am I went straight to bed – without a shower. I was still hallucinating and I really felt I just needed to sleep. I woke up about four hours later and had a snack and a few large glasses of water. I rested in bed for a while and fell back to sleep for a bit. I was up around 3:30 pm and finally took a shower. We then headed with some of the crew down the street to dinner. I was in bed again by around 8:00 pm that night and slept really well. I had some pretty terrible chafing in my armpits – but, otherwise, my body felt pretty good. I was tired, but not too sore.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What time did you start your swim?

Courtney Moates Paulk: We started at roughly 6:45 pm at Terranea on Tuesday, October 10th and finished just before 4:00 am on Thursday morning, October 12th.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: You are the first person to have completed two of the Triple Crown swims as doubles, do you have any future plans?

Courtney Moates Paulk: I am headed to Dover next summer. I’ve had a swim booked with Eddie Spelling for a few years now.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Are you prepared to swim more than 24 hours in the English Channel?

Courtney Moates Paulk: Absolutely! I’ve got a new benchmark of 33 hours and 13 minutes. I still felt pretty good 24 hours into Catalina. Here’s hoping for many more 24+ hour swims - although I’m not sure my husband Matt agrees.

Her escort crew included kayakers Dan Simonelli, Jaime Siler, Kristi Turner and Amy Frick who rotated every three hours. Forrest Nelson, Roxanne Hipolito, and Ashley White observed the swim for the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation.

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Jason Snell On Achieving The Peak And Pond Challenge

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

51-year-old British mountaineer and open water swimmer Jason Snell became a latest person to achieve the Peak and Pond Challenge this September.

The Peak and Pond Challenge is an exclusive achievement by endurance athletes who have both climbed Mount Everest and swam across the English Channel.

Snell summited Mount Everest in May 2016 and within 16 months, crossed the English Channel in September 2017, finishing in 16 hours 30 minutes. He talked about his dual challenge:

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What motivated you to attempt and achieve the Peak and Pond Challenge?

Jason Snell: I was aware of the Peak and Pond Challenge before I summited Everest, but being fully aware of the many variables of climbing the world's highest mountain, I didn't think it possible until I returned home. Wanting to stretch myself in two such diverse disciplines was my motivation.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Do you see yourself as more of a mountaineer who swims or a swimmer who climbs?

Jason Snell: I see myself as a good all-rounder. I've met so many wonderful people from both camps during the past two years that have invested a lifetime honing their skills within their sporting fields. Humble and unassuming, with a catalogue of achievements, that have encouraged and inspired me to reach my goals.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What is your athletic or endurance sports background?

Jason Snell: I feel a large percentage of my ability to endure has come from 35 years in the construction industry. I have very rarely missed a training session before or after work. A physical job, a healthy lifestyle, and training sessions tailored towards my goals has always stood me in good stead.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Were you swimming at the time you were training for your Mt. Everest summit?

Jason Snell: I did use swimming as a training tool while preparing for Everest. I swam 1 km three times a week breathing every 7-9 strokes, trying to increase my lung capacity. I didn't start swimming until after I had major back surgery at the age of 40. My surgeon advised me to take up swimming as part of my recovery. He couldn't believe it when I presented him with my solo crossings jersey given for the Rottnest Channel Swim. I had a shoulder operation shortly after and vowed never to swim long distance again. That changed when I returned from Everest.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Did your preparation for and summit of Mt. Everest help you physically or mentally for the English Channel crossing?

Jason Snell: My preparation for Everest didn't help me physically with my swim of the English Channel. I returned from Nepal having lost 9 kg and exhausted. I booked my Channel crossing within two weeks of returning home in early June, but didn't start my swim training until the November 11th 2016, Remembrance Day. Did it help me mentally? Yes. Over the previous six years, my experiences in the Himalayas have taught me to tolerate discomfort and endure miserable situations for extending periods of time. This acquired mental strength definitely helped me through my 16 hours 30 minute crossing.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How can you describe the relative difficulty of each achievement (i.e., summiting and swimming)?

Jason Snell: I feel the two challenges are so different that it's very difficult to say which one is harder. I found the solitude of swim training very difficult. 2-4 hrs a day, longer at the weekend, locked in your own head space. For others, the ladders in the ice fall would be a deal breaker.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: How can you describe the final achievement of each (i.e., standing on top of Mt. Everest and taking the last stroke and standing on the shore of France)?

Jason Snell: There was no fist-pumping moment when I summited. I knew how far it was to get back down. Once I was with my family away from the dangers of the mountains, I allowed myself a smug grin. Swimming the Channel was my aim, Peak and Pond was my goal. Signing the ceiling at the White Horse Pub in Dover with my wife and crew was a very special moment.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Did you eat and drink similar things climbing up Mt. Everest and swimming across the English Channel?

Jason Snell: I didn't eat similar things during Everest and the Channel. However, I did have the same bad food choices before each. In a position most would envy, I was eating whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. Both challenges requiring extra body fat.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What do you do now (in the extreme/adventure/endurance sports world)?

Jason Snell: Marathon Des Sables in 2019. I need a year to save up.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Do you know well the biographies of Sir Edmund Hillary and Captain Matthew Webb? Do you see any similarities between these two icons of their respective sports?

Jason Snell: Shamefully, I have read neither. I'm not one to over-analyze things before taking them on. Having now I've been fortunate enough to be successful in both I will enjoy reading the story of these great men. We all stand on the shoulders of others. Webb and Hillary have very broad shoulders.

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The Water Shows You The Power Out There

Courtesy of Thomas Beug and Stephen Redmond, The Swimmer, Ireland.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

John Batchelder's Season To Remember

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach.

John Batchelder, a 36-year-old American mathematician is having a season to remember. The butterfly swimmer from Colorado is prepping for his second Catalina Channel crossing attempt, all butterfly, this week.

This season, he swam the 38.6 km Tampa Bay Marathon Swim, the 15.2 km crossing of Saguaro Lake, 14.8 km crossing of Canyon Lake, 10 km crossing of Roosevelt Lake at the SCAR Swim Challenge, 1.9 km and 5 km Mountain Swim Series in Boyd Lake, 3.8 km Mountain Swim Series Solstice Swim, 17.2 km Portland Bridge Swim, 4.8 km Carter Lake, 1.6 km and 3.2 km Chatfield Classic, 57.9 km Extreme North Dakota Watersports Endurance Test, 45.8 km 20 Bridges Manhattan Island Swim, 40.2 km In Search of Memphré, 30 km Three Rivers Marathon Swim, 19.3 km Swim Around Charleston for 309.79 km of butterfly.

He also has swum the following races freestyle: 11.2 km Swim Around Lido Key and 10 km The Castle for a 21.2 km of freestyle in addition to 22.5 km out of 27.3 km total of butterfly across Apache Lake in the SCAR Swim Challenge (DNF), the first 6.4 km of 32.5 km across the Catalina Channel (DNF).

But he still have another 32.3 km of butterfly across the Catalina Channel and 16 km of freestyle (most likely) in the Swim the Suck to close out his 2017 season.

"If I do Swim The Suck freestyle, it would be my longest open water swim of doing something other than butterfly [this year]," said Batchelder. "That's really crazy."

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Mann O' Mann

Courtesy of Dr. Lucky Meisenheimer, Lake Cane, Florida.

80-year-old George Mann celebrated becoming a swimming octogenarian by completing a 1 km all-butterfly non-stop swim across Lake Cane in Orlando, Florida.

"In honor of this event, we have established the ButterflyMann award bumper sticker," explained Dr. Lucky Meisenheimer. "It's easy, swim 1 km butterfly, legally, with no swimming aids and you will get the bumper sticker. Oh yeah, we need confirmation by a reliable observer."

Dr. Meisenheimer will also host the upcoming the 4th annual Lucky's Lake Black Ops Frogman Swim (2 km or 5 km) on November 11th in Lucky's Lake.

To register, visit here.

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Inventions In The Water

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Many inventions significantly changed the swimming world.

Ten inventions have played a significant role in getting many people to take up swimming, swim faster or swim further. Each influenced people of all ages to try or continue swimming, whether it is for the pool, the open water, or multi-sport events like triathlons:

1. Goggles
2. Swimming pools
3. Wetsuits
4. Fins
5. Lane lines
6. Kick boards
7. Pace clocks
8. Stop watches
9. Timing chips (transponders)
10. GPS

But things like Facebook, hand paddles, kayaks, swim caps, buoys have also helped to grow the sport of open water swimming in various ways.

Dr. Yoshiro Nakamatsu is a prolific inventor who comes up with ideas while in the water.

Specifically, Dr. Nakamatsu dives under the surface to create a self-imposed hypoxic condition as he jots down notes on his (patented) waterproof notepad. "One of my methods is to create [inventions] underwater. There's too much oxygen inside the brain. The brain cannot produce new inventions. In other words, the lack of oxygen makes better creation from the brain. Therefore, I dive under the water. Then, finally before death, I create suddenly in the brain. I always dive under the water to create higher level of inventions."

He balances death with inventiveness. "The brain reaches maximum activity 0.5 seconds before death, then I can suddenly create a breakthrough."

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Three Two Times For One [Crossing]

Courtesy of Pádraig Mallon, Infinity Channel Swimming and Piloting Services.

Pádraig Mallon of the Infinity Channel Swimming and Piloting Services uses three separate stopwatches and three separate water thermometers to measure the time and water temperature on solo and relay crossings of the North Channel and the Dál Riata Channel.

The average time is taken on the stopwatches and all the thermometers are calibrated, but they often give slightly different readings.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Jason Snell Achieves The Peak And Pond Challenge

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Jason Snell is a 51-year-old British mountaineer and open water swimmer who became a member of the Peak and Pond in September.

The Peak and Pond Challenge is an exclusive achievement by endurance athletes who have climbed Mount Everest and swam across the English Channel.

Snell summited Mount Everest in May 2016 and within 16 months, crossed the English Channel in September 2017, finishing in 16 hours 30 minutes under the auspices of the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation and escort pilot Eddie Spelling.

Channel 10 News - Sue Oldham And Jason Snell Are Firing Up For The Channel from Swim Smooth.

Members of the Peak and Pond
1. Hugo Rodríguez Barroso (Mexico) - accomplished twice: 1986 English Channel in 13 hours + 1993 English Channel in 13 hours 4 minutes + 1997 Mount Everest + 1999 Mount Everest + 2000 Mount Everest
2. Eric Blakeley MBE (Jersey) - 2003 English Channel in 20 hours 30 minutes + 1997, Mount Everest - note: also completed the Seven Summits
3. Georgios-Ioannis Tsianos (Greece) - 2009 English Channel in 9 hours 20 minutes + 2004 Mount Everest - note: also completed the Ice, Water, Fire Challenge
4. Bill Borger Jr. (Canada) - 2000 English Channel in 12 hours 11 minutes + 2011, Mount Everest
5. Boguslaw Ogrodnik (Poland) - 2014 English Channel in 20 hours 33 minutes + 2006, Mount Everest
6. Gabriel Viti (USA) - 2014 English Channel in 15 hours 50 minutes + 2010, Mount Everest - note: also completed the Seven Summits
7. Allan McLeland (USA) - 2008 English Channel in 16 hours 10 minutes + 2017 Mount Everest
8. Jason Snell (UK) - 2017 English Channel in 16 hours 30 minutes + 2016 Mount Everest

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Narración De Mi Travesía Del Canal Del Norte

Courtesy of Pablo Argüelles Cattori and Antonio Argüelles Díaz-González, North Channel.

At his 35th reunion at Stanford University, Antonio Argüelles had the opportunity to share with his classmates his journey to attempt and accomplish the Ocean Seven.

His discussion of his crossing of the North Channel is above.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Alberto Perez Diaz Wins Malaysia's Perhentain Swim

Courtesy of Mohammed Sofian Ismail, Pulau Perhentian Besar, Malaysia.

Mohammed Sofian Ismail from Malaysia summarized, "Open water swimming is a very new sport in Malaysia, but we are proud of a recent inaugural event that we believe will be much loved by the world's open water swimming community in the future."

His passion knows no bounds. The 59-year-old who recently completed the 15 km Clean Half Extreme Marathon Swim in Hong Kong has a heart attack during an earlier open water swim in Malaysia last year. “I had suffered a heart attack. If it wasn’t for their quick action, I don’t think I would have survived. They got me to shore and there was already an ambulance on standby. They rushed me to the Port Dickson hospital and the doctors saved my life. After inserting a stent in his heart, the doctors gave me the go-ahead to resume training. It’s what I love doing and I will continue to do it."

Co-event organizers Jose Luis Larossa and Amir Ishak established the 16 km Perhentian Island Marathon Swim in Malayasia and a shorter 4.5 km race. 11 of the 15 swimmers completed the round island swim which was won 37-year-old Spanish coach Alberto Perez Diaz in 4 hours 13 minutes followed by Serge Domenichini in 4 hours 57 minutes and Seah Ban Kiat in 5 hours 11 minutes. Claire Parsons from Britain won the women's division, placing seventh overall in 5 hours 46 minutes 27 seconds.

The 2018 event is planned for October 6th. For more information on the 2017 race, read here.

16 km Perhentian Island Marathon Swim Results:
1. Alberto Perez Diaz 4 hours 13 minutes [shown above]
2. Serge Domenichini 4 hours 57 minutes
3. Seah Ban Kiat 5 hours 11 minutes
4. Ghazali Musa in 5 hours 14 minutes
5. Mohammed Sofian Ismail 5 hours 40 minutes
6. Cheah Chong Yung 5 hours 46 minutes
7. Claire Parsons 5 hours 57 minutes
8. Muhammad Fauzi Othman 6 hours 26 minutes
9. Andreas Hvass 6 hours 44 minutes
10. Philip Tan 7 hours 1 minute
11. Ridzwan A. Rahim 7 hours 3 minutes

Photo shows the start at the Teluk Pauh jetty in Pulau Perhentian Besar.

Copyright © 2008-2017 by World Open Water Swimming Association

HITtheWall, Glory Comes From Daring To Begin

Courtesy of Pádraig Mallon, Infinity Channel Swimming and Piloting Services, Carlingford, Ireland.

Pádraig Mallon of Infinity Channel Swimming and Piloting Services announced the registration opening for the annual HITtheWALL, a 3-day open water swimming clinic between May 25th-28th 2018 that offers preparation for swimmers on their physical and mental limits, safety issues, hydration, nutrition, learning, psychological development, distance swimming, water temperature acclimatization and teamwork with like-minded people in seas and lakes.

The offerings include:

*Full Weekend including open water swim, dinner and race
*Full weekend including open water swim and race
*Friday Fire Walk
*Friday night swim only
*Friday all events
*Friday and Saturday open water swims
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*Saturday, 7.5 km Battle of Carlingford Lough
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Swim Out Of Pain With Karen Mason

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Karen Mason MISCP is an Irish open water swimmer, a physiotherapist, and the founder of Wild Atlantic Physiotherapist who runs Swim Out of Pain workshops.

Mason explains, "The Swim Out of Pain workshops focus on helping the injured swimmer, complete beginners, or swimmers undergoing an injury-preventive exercise program. Areas of weakness and stiffness are identified with a primary focus on strengthening the pelvis."

She started out in Kinsale and is planning workshops throughout Ireland.

Her most recent workshop on October 7th covered the following topics: pelvis (re)introduction, connection between pelvis and shoulders, learning to become your own clinician, lengthening of shortened/tight muscles, strength-specific exercises for the rotator cuff, re-calibrating new patterns of movement, and the mind-body connection.

For more information, contact karenwildphysio@gmail.com or visit her blog or wildphysio.ie.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

After Chorizo Four, Dani Lobo Does Iberian Peppery Pig Six

Courtesy of John Tierney and S. Wine, Serpentine Swimming Club.

Spanish open water swimmer Daniel Martinez Lobo from the Serpentine Swimming Club in London was the first person in the world to complete the Chorizo Four, a four-part marathon swim series, in 2015.

The four swims of the Chorizo Four includes the 22.3 km Neda el Món Illes Formigues - Illes Medes in Catalonia, Spain, the English Channel, the Strait of Gibraltar, and the Catalina Channel.

He also added the Iberian Peppery Pig Six challenge to his open water resume.

The Iberian Peppery Pig Six includes the Neda el Món Illes Formigues - Illes Medes, the English Channel, the Strait of Gibraltar, the Catalina Channel, the 26.4 km Sri Chinmoy Marathon Swim Rapperswil-Zurich across Lake Zurich in Switzerland, and the 45.8 km 20 Bridges Manhattan Island Swim around Manhattan Island.

"For some extra spice and congratulations, Dani also swam the English Channel for a second time this summer from England to France in 19 hours 38 minutes on August 13th," reported John Tierney.

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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
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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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