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Monday, March 2, 2015

The Legacy Of Jim McDonnell

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Brian Evans, president of the Reston Masters Swim Team of Virginia, talks about the Jim McDonnell Lake Swim (JMLS). "Every couple of years, our Jim McDonnell Lake Swim Committee likes to make improvements to what is now the JMLS swim weekend here in Northern Virginia, including this year Fitter and Faster Swim Tour - Open Water Swim, our own Race Clinic and Practice Swim, followed by the 1- and 2-mile races the next day."

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Anything special happening at this year's Jim McDonnell Lake Swim?

Brian Evans: This year, the Reston Masters Swim Team will host the World Police & Fire Games Open Water Swim Competition - much like our JMLS course, the WPFG Triathlon - Swim Portion, and continue our support of the swim leg of the Reston Triathlon. It will be a busier-than-usual open water season here in suburban Washington D.C.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Who is Jim McDonnell, the namesake of the event?

Brian Evans: Jim McDonnell was a long-time Reston, Virginia resident and involved as a coach of Reston summer league swim teams, coaching several of the current Reston Masters Swim Team members when they were young swimmers. He was one of the founding members of Reston Masters Swim Team which started as a team in 1974. In those days, establishing swim teams was a matter of hard work by a small number of people. U.S. Masters Swimming was in its infancy and McDonnell was one of the first who thought the Reston Masters Swim Team should share with charitable organizations and expressed those thoughts shortly before he died.

McDonnell was member of the first Reston Masters Swim Team lake swim meet committee and the lake swim Safety Directory for many years. He swam in the inaugural lake swim in 1988, finishing third in his age group.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What is the history of charitable donations of the event?

Brian Evans: Jim died of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. That year, the Reston Masters Swim Team changed the name of its event to honor him and began our charitable giving to the Lymphoma research organizations.

That also gave impetus to expand its charitable giving to other organizations. The majority of the JMLS donations go to Lymphoma Research Foundation and the local Reston community through the CornerStones organization, formerly Reston Interfaith. In the past, smaller donations have been given to charities that have an association with current Reston Masters Swim Team members.

The Reston Masters Swim Team has donated over US$50,000 to charities over the past 5 years.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Wetsuits have always been allowed in the event, but it is also a competitive U.S. Masters Swimming event...

Brian Evans: We have always allowed wetsuits right from the first race in 1988. We have always allowed swimmers to switch their swimwear category at the starting line. Wetsuits are allowed because we have a wide variation in temperatures and we have always wanted to enable swimmers to participate in whatever way they need.

In addition, we want to accommodate athletes new to open water swimming. New Swimmers not sure of the distance or training can race in wetsuit, and possibly reducing fears.

In addition, our team was about 90% triathlete in the early days of the event and wetsuit/non-wetsuit was not an issue. It did take us a long time to equalize the prizes - sometime in the early 2000s.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What is the history of establishing permanent markers that are set in the course, making the course ideal for comparison over times over the decades?

Brian Evans: In 1988, we started with a 1/4-mile course as an imitation of the 2-mile cable swim in Charlottesville, currently the Chris Greene Cable Lake Swim). This was the event most of our members were familiar with and a good way to get started.

We also used the short length of course as a safety point to help sell the idea of the race to the Reston Association Board of Directors. The 1/4-mile distance gave us good line-of-site to the entire course and less distance to cover for safety. As it turned out, we would have gotten to run the event in any case since the Reston Triathlon was already in place.

We moved to the 1/2-mile course because it was more like the Reston Triathlon course and reduced the number of turns required. In 2003, when we finally changed to the current course, the selling points of swimming on a rope were irrelevant and had been for a long time. We thought it was more like a real open water course. Most of the swimmers liked the new course better than the rope.

1988–1996: 0.25 rope course, 2 mile race
1988-2001: Team Scoring tabulated, 3-person cumulative time team relays by gender ages, and mixed gender ages
1997: Race held at Lake Throreau (across street), Triangular 3 loop, 2 mile course – USMS 2 mile National Championship
1998–2001: 0.5 rope course, 2-mile race in Lake Audubon
2002: 0.5 mile rope course, 2-mile race in Lake Thoreau
2003-Present: 1- and 2-mile races on current course layout
2007: Lake Audubon USMS 1-mile National Championship course
2012: 25th Jim McDonnell Lake Swim Anniversary 1-mile, 2-mile and 5 km races

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Snowy Surf City, U.S.A.

Courtesy of Skyler Munatones, Huntington Beach, California.

We have been swimming and surfing in Huntington Beach, California since 1966, but we have never seen snow hit the shores of this Southern California surfing mecca.

This morning, a squall of hail hit the city nicknamed Surf City U.S.A. and covered the wide white sand beach in a blanket of white.

While surfing and swimming with snow on the shoreline may be the norm in wintery Ireland or Canada, it is a once-in-a-generation occurrence in the beach cities of Orange County, California.

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2015 Splash & Dash Aquathon Series In Northern California

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The Splash and Dash Aquathon Series is an aquathon consisting of a 1-mile swim and 3-mile run in and around the Stevens Creek Reservoir in Cupertino, California. The 3-part series is held on Thursday nights throughout June, July and August.

Threshold Racing organizes the events in Stevens Creek County Park on the following dates:

*Splash & Dash 1: Thursday, June 4th
*Splash & Dash 2: Thursday, July 2nd
*Splash & Dash 3: Thursday, August 6th

For more information, visit here.

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Hipsters In The Open Water Swimming World

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Many of the young athletes on the FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup and FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix are on the cutting edge of fashion, lifestyle, technology and training.

They travel and train year-round, competing around the world on 5 continents, always keeping up-to-date on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and Snapchat. They show their creativity on their websites and blogs while serving as eloquent ambassadors of the sport on television, radio and print media, and training twice a day up to 20,000 meters.

Yasunari Hirai, the leading Japanese swimmer, is a hip athlete from Tokyo who trains part-time in Australia and shares his views with a growing global fan base.

His impressive victory as the defending champion in the 2015 State Harbour Crossing in New Zealand is shown above. For more images and background of Yasunari Hirai (in Japanese), visit here.

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Team South Africa Ready For Murmansk, Russia

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

"Team South Africa is ready for International Ice Swimming Associations's first World Championships in Murmansk, Russia," says team leader Ram Barkai. "1 km in 0ºC only 2 weeks to go."

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No Podium At Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe-Coronda

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Unexpected weather conditions led to the mid-race cancellation of the 42nd annual Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe – Coronda in Argentina over the weekend. A safety decision by the prefectural naval command was prompted by oncoming storm conditions that could have put the athletes, escorts and spectators at risk.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Konrad Euler, A Man With An Iron Will

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Background information from the St. Petersburg Times on May 13th 2002.

Dr. Konrad Euler passed recently. The memory and legacy of the personable German native and Florida resident will be long remembered by his teammates and those who knew him and were touched by him.

"Konrad was a father figure and a friend to me, and many of my teammates at St. Pete Masters. We feel like we've all lost a family member," says Ron Collins.

Dr. Euler knew his stroke pattern. It was precise: he took 500 breaths to a mile. Over and over again in the open water.

He had to work hard, especially hard.

After spending 4 years in a hospital as a child with a cast from his chest to his feet and another 6 years with a leg cast and leg braces in a length rehabilitation, he had to work harder than most people, especially with his left leg 5 inches shorter than his right leg.

Imagine 4 years held captive by a body cast when he could only move his head. "All I could see was just outside my window, whether it was sunny, raining, snowing."

But his father taught him a valuable lesson: "You can do anything anybody else can do. It just takes you a little more energy, more exercise and an iron will." Dr. Euler showed that iron will throughout his life.

But his obstacles were not over, even after he was able to shed his cast and braces. As a young adult, he developed scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, "I thought the best thing to rearrange my bones was to be in water."

So he started to swim more and more. By the time he had retired and moved from his native Germany to Florida, he was swimming 5,000 yards daily. With one leg shorter than the other, his longer right leg starts to cramp when doing flip turns in the pool. "My left almost never reaches the wall." So the open water was a great alternative. "The longer I swim without turning, the better I am."

After completing the 12.5-mile Swim Around Key West, he set forth towards an even longer goal, the 24-mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim. But his journey to the finish would take years.

He first attempted the swim in 1999. Then again in 2000. Then again for the third time in 2001. He did not finish the first three times, but he was not about to quit.

Finally, in 2002, the tides, the water, his conditioning and his navigational course all came together and he was able to finish the marathon swim in 13 hours 9 minutes at the age of 66. Later in 2009, he also accomplished a crossing of the 4 hours 9 minute crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar in 4 hours 9 minutes at the age of 74.

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Searching For Swimming Stories

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Leslie Herman [shown below] is a creative producer, a writer, and a swimmer from Cardiff, UK.

She is currently creating a trilogy of fiction films about swimming. The adventure drama movies are oriented around swimming. "The principle story lines are established, but all good films are supported by layers of secondary and tertiary story lines."

After attending an open water swim last year, she realized the abundance of potential human interest stories that swimmers offer. And now she is searching for swim stories to share.

"I've come to the front line to explore whether stories [of swimmers] could be developed to become the secondary story lines to support the adventure. Stories of the swimmers could be developed as documentaries which are also being developed as part of the project."

Herman is looking to delve into a particular activity or event; an adventure or incident; a person or a group of people, either real or imagined. Interested swimmers can send a synopsis in 50 – 250 words directly to Herman at leslierobinhermanjones@yahoo.co.uk with the subject heading as SWIM STORY.

"Be sure to describe who the story is about (you, someone you know, someone you’ve heard or read about), what kind of story it is (factual, fiction, dream sequence), a brief description including where and when the story takes place, and why it should be included. Any supporting images or documents should be limited to 2 attachments. The deadline is March 15th."

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Athletes Do The Right Thing By Craig Lord

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Craig Lord's most recent hard-hitting article is a must-read here (Athletes Do The Right Thing: Boycott FINA, Say No To Money Soaked In Sorrow Of Fran).

Back in July 23rd 2011, I wrote this article on FINA's decisions and actions at the 2011 FINA World Championships: Commentary on the 25 km FINA World Championships that was published in Swimming World Magazine with the support of its publisher Brent Rutemiller.

At the time of writing the article, I was in Shanghai at the 2011 FINA World Championships serving as a FINA official.

On the shores of Shanghai before, during and after the 25 km marathon swim race, I strongly disagreed with the decisions of Cornel Marculescu of the FINA Bureau, FINA Medical Delegate Dr. David Gerrard and the FINA Safety Delegate Sam Greetham.

It was shocking and extremely disappointing to me as a member of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee (TOWSC) that the 25 km marathon race would be held in the horrifically hot and humid conditions in Shanghai - especially less than a year after the death of Fran Crippen.

I remember vividly pleading against the decisions of Dr. David Gerrard and TOWSC leading member Flavio Bomio to hold the event. We held these discussions in both the climate-controlled hotel and air-conditioned tent right next to the open water swimming venue - while the athletes were drenched in sweat outside preparing for their race.

It was unconscionable to me - and most of the athletes - that the race would go on. Defending world champions Alex Meyer, Linsy Heister and Thomas Lurz pulled out of the race before it started and many athletes pulled out throughout the race.

My complaints and pleas fell on deaf ears at the FINA level behind closed doors, at the open water venue, and during the race via radio that were only heard by FINA race officials. I recall vividly athletes and coaches asking me questions before and during the race: "How can the race go on?", "How can people compete in conditions like this?", "What are you going to do?", "Aren't we stopping the race when the water hits 31°C?"

But because the decisions of Marculescu of the FINA Bureau, FINA Medical Delegate Dr. Gerrard and the FINA Safety Delegate Greetham were final, the race went on and numerous athletes did not finish, a few were hospitalized, one collapsed in the water, and less than half the athletes finished.

After the race where the water temperature rose above 31°C and the air temperature was higher, Bomio and Dr. Gerrard pointed out that because some athletes finished, this was evidence that the race was held within the bounds of safety. In contrast, all the athletes and I instinctively knew the race was not and should have either been cancelled or called short.

I felt I had to raise my concerns via the written word.

Hence the Commentary on the 25 km FINA World Championships article was drafted and later published in July 2011 Swimming World Magazine with the strong support of Rutemiller.

As a result, the decision of FINA was swift and quiet. I was quickly removed from all FINA official’s lists and asked by FINA to resign.

My decision was equally as swift. I resigned.

I could not morally follow FINA’s decisions – not when athletes’ lives are at stake.

FINA quickly filled my position and later added to the insult to the sport by inviting Ayman Saad to join the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee - the same man who organized the FINA race where Fran Crippen tragically passed away.

Dial forward nearly 4 years and the uproar against FINA's decisions in the open water are gaining global momentum and attention. While ESPN's Bonnie Ford has frequently written commentary and observations of FINA's actions in the open water, now influential voices like Craig Lord and John Leonard are calling increasing attention to decisions made by FINA's Marculescu. Their public statements and articles mirror the support that ESPN's Ford and Swimming World Magazine's Rutemiller have long provided to the sport and athletes of the open water.

Lord's most recent hard-hitting article is here (Athletes Do The Right Thing: Boycott FINA, Say No To Money Soaked In Sorrow Of Fran).

Photo shows the back of Trent Grimsey at the 2011 FINA World Swimming Championships where the FINA Medical Delegate and the FINA Safety Delegate allowed the 25 km FINA race to continue as the water temperature exceeded 31°C. Other articles on this subject are posted below:

*FINA Taking It To The Edge - Part 1 is here
* FINA Taking It To The Edge - Part 2 is here
* FINA Taking It To The Edge - Part 3 is here
* Why 31°C FINA? - Part 4
* USA Triathlon Fatality Incidents Study is here
* New FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee Announced
* UAE Bid Draws Criticism In Wake Of Fran Crippen Tragedy
* The Importance Of Symbolism In The Open Water
* FINA Proposes Return Of World Cup To UAE
* Open Water Swimming Epicenter Shifts To Egypt
* The Race Goes On

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Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe - Coronda Start List

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Tomorrow's competitors in the 57 km (35-mile) Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe - Coronda event, a FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix race held in the Coronda River, include:

Aquiles Balaudo, Argentina

Cecilia Cordoba, Argentina

Claudio Tisera, Argentina

Daria Marin, Argentina

Damien Juarez, Argentina

Rita Vanesa Garcia, Argentina

David Daniel Panero, Argentina

Romina Inwinkelried, Argentina

Erwin Maldonado, Venezuela

Victoria Mori, Argentina

Gabriel Villagoiz, Argentina

Guillermo Bertola, Argentina

Jose Ignacio Ravagna, Argentina

Jose Larrosa

Luciano Nicolas Segurado, Argentina

Martin Grossi, Argentina

Mauricio Bovril-Entrerios, Argentina

Samir Barel, Brazil

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The Ultimate Trophy Swim In Lake Geneva

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

#LGSA is a 69 km (42.8 miles) crossing of Lake Geneva in 16-24°C, called the Ultimate Trophy Swim by Ben Barham, founder of the Lake Geneva Swimming Association.

"The LGSA is the only organisation set up to facilitate, officiate and regulate all attempts at the world's premier ultramarathon fresh water swim in one of the most stunning and glamorous places on earth, Lake Geneva (Lac Léman).

This is one for the top spot in your trophy cabinet. But be under no illusions, though it is sexy, it will not be easy.

As you submerge into the crystal clear glacial water at the start of your swim, at the most easterly point of the lake at Villeneuve and take a breath to your right, you'll see the world famous 11th century fortress, Switzerland's most visited historic monument and the setting of Lord Byron's romantic poem The Prisoner of Chillon (1816).

Another breath to your right, the magnificent Lavaux vineyards, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A few strokes further, the flow of the water increasingly helping you, on your left you'll see the house where Shelly conjured Frankenstein, and as you admire the abundance of marine wildlife underneath, discover the remnants of a sunken village, while all around the snow-capped Jura and Alps mountain ranges crown the lake.

As you turn the corner into the home straight, the mighty Jet D'eau in Geneva throws up thousands of gallons of water to wave and welcome you to the finish line of your truly epic and monumental feat of human and sporting endurance.

We are here to help you 'get there'. With nearly one and a half decades of experience in swimming, management and general 'being around' the humbling world of the English Channel, we know how hard these journeys can and should be and we have made the process as easy and the pricing of this as reasonable as we possibly can.

There are awards to be named, records to set & history to be written. Come on down, let's have some fun and do something really quite remarkable

For more information, visit here.

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Holliday At San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The 12th Annual San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival is underway this weekend, offering more than 40 films from filmmakers from 14 countries.

Ana Blanco, Executive Director, says, "We applaud their vision of creating an opportunity to raise awareness surrounding ocean conservation efforts through the art of film. The Festival and panel discussions will take place at the Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Center. The line-up of films will not only inspire us and educate us, they will remind us of our place in world when it comes to protecting our most vital natural resource – the ocean."

Of all the films, only one documentary centers on an open water swimmer: The Clean Cross by Damian Antochewicz, Oliver Deppert and Sam Lewis. The Clean Cross is a 19-minute film about Simon Holliday who "rose to the challenge of a 35-kilometer swim from Hong Kong to Macau, crossing shipping lanes, dodging ship traffic and negotiating the trash at the mouth of the Pearl River. Pushing his own limits while increasing awareness of ocean pollution, he finishes the swim in record time."

The 2015 Award Winners of the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival:

*Coastal Culture Award: Thule Tuvalu (Switzerland)
With breathtaking imagery from the high arctic and the tropical Pacific, this thoughtful and elegant film addresses the threat of climate change, exploring how communities in Northern Greenland and the South Pacific will have to adapt as sea levels rise and the ice retreats. The scenery is majestic and the cultural insights fascinating.

*Conservation Award: Dive With You (Taiwan)
Whale sharks are seen as the gentle polka-dotted giants of the ocean. Watch a community’s evolution from hunting them for food, to studying their life cycle, to advocating for shark conservation, and working to release captive whale sharks back to the ocean.

*Director's Award: México Pelágico (Mexico)
While chasing a sardine bait ball near Baja California, a film crew encounters a group of shark fishermen. The filmmakers change their focus to make a movie about the wealth of Mexico’s marine life and the need to ensure sustainable livelihoods for the shark fishermen while preserving the delicate ecosystem.

*Environmental Award: Acid Ocean (Australia)
Scientists are studying life forms of a coral reef off Papua, New Guinea, which has natural acidic discharges; in the Southern Ocean; and at an oyster hatchery in the Pacific Northwest to learn how a sudden rise in ocean acidity is affecting creatures whose hard structures cannot develop in highly acidic water.

*Golden Gate Award (Local Bay Area Filmmaker): Into the Mind of Greg Long (USA)
Watching surfers on huge waves, you have no idea what they did to get themselves to that point. Professional big wave surfer Greg Long reveals his thoughtful physical and mental preparation for riding those waves. Big wave surfing is not a reckless act, but a calculated endeavor.

*Innovation Award: Net Positiva (USA)
A trio of friends from Southern California head to the wild coastline of Chile on an aspiring quest to turn the negative—and inevitable—impact of discarded plastic fishing nets into something positive for the environment and the locals.

*Short Award: The Reef (USA)
On the remote atoll of Ulithi in Micronesia, the reefs are changing. Faced with a declining fish population and increasing levels of invasive cabbage coral, the community works to revitalize the reefs by collaborating and rediscovering traditional fishing management in an attempt to ward off having to relocate.

*Wildlife Award: Shark Girl (Australia)
Madison Stewart, a young Australian, grew up diving with sharks on the Great Barrier Reef. When she realized how rapidly the numbers of sharks were dwindling, she dropped out of school at the age of 14 to become a strong and persistent advocate for shark conservation and reef preservation.

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Unusually Crossing The English Channel

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Crossing the English Channel in a Sherman DD tank had to be an unusual experience.

Not many made of the tanks made it across the English Channel, but those that did participated in the Normandy landings in 1944.

The tanks had 36 rubber air tubes were inflated in 15 minutes and served as flotation around the tank.

A propeller powered by the tank's engine propelled the assault vehicle through the water. The air tubes were deflated when the tank reached a depth of 5 feet or less, enabling it to serve as a normal tank.

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When Waves Stop Pounding Onshore

Courtesy of Jonathan Nimerfroh in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

In a recent train trip from Boston to New York, the doors of the train were frozen shut because it was so cold. Passengers had to get out through the conductor's door.

Needless to say, the weather has been brutal in America's Northeast region.

Jonathan Nimerfroh captured unusual photographs of a frozen wave in Nantucket, Massachusetts that even ice swimmers could not have bodysurfed to shore.

The photographs were published by Stay Wild Magazine that called the rare phenomena “Slurpee waves", named after slushy ice drinks sold at 7-Eleven convenience stores in America.

The harbor to the main land is frozen solid,” Nimerfroh explained. “No boats running. But yeah, the day after I took these it actually froze up the shoreline for 200 yards out. Solid ice. I was totally tripping when I pulled up to the beach and saw this.”

To view more photos of slurpee waves by Jonathan Nimerfroh, visit here.

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What Is It Like To Swim In Open Water 7,500 Years Ago?

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

If you swim in near metropolitan areas along the coasts of North America or Europe, you will most likely find remnants of pollution. Even remote places may show the effects of mankind's effects on the environment.

But what would it feel like to swim in a body of water that has been sheltered from the effects of the last few thousands of years?

Blue Lake may offer a clue. The lake in Queensland, Australia is located 44 kilometers (27 miles) east of Brisbane and is fed by an aquifer and seeps into a swamp.

According to Dr. Cameron Barr, a researcher at the University of Adelaide, "Blue Lake is one of those rare, beautiful lakes in Australia. It's unusual because it's more than 10 metres deep but it's so clear you can see to the bottom. We didn't realise just how unique and unusual this lake is until we started looking at a wide range of environmental markers.

The region experienced a significant shift towards a drier climate around 4000 years ago. Blue Lake has demonstrated little variation over this period. This is in stark contrast to other changes in the region due to shifts in climate.

It appears that Blue Lake has been an important climate 'refuge' for the freshwater biota of the region, and is in the same condition now as it was 7,500 years ago. With appropriate management, the lake could continue relatively unchanged for hundreds, possibly thousands of years to come

Let's hope such stability in the chemistry of the lake can be sustained.

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Thar She Blows

Photos and video courtesy of the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The Japanese Coast Guard is documenting the growth of a small, but growing, volcanic island of Nishinoshima, 1000 km south of Tokyo.

Daily eruptions, now occurring 5-6 times per minute, on the volcano continues to add increasing size to the island located 1000 km south of Tokyo.

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Watch The Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe - Coronda Race Live

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Finishing a swim and winning a race, feels so good...especially after struggling with the waves and wind, chop and currents.

Watch the entire 42nd annual Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe - Coronda FINA Grand Prix Open Water Swimming Grand Prix race here live on Sunday, March 1st.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Bridge House Mile Promotes Swimming As Life Skill, Sport

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Celebrities and swimmers including Olympians Ryk Neethling and Terence Parkin, ocean swimmer Theodore Yach and former Miss South Africa Amy Kleinhans will compete in the third annual Bridge House Mile this weekend.

Backed by Princess Charlene of Monaco, the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa and Speedo South Africa, the event takes place in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley at the Berg River Dam on February 28th.

The dam boasts one of South Africa’s cleanest water systems where swimmers can participate in a range of swims from 200m to one mile.

The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation’s South Africa ambassador, Terence Parkin, will swim a mile in support of the World Wide Funf and to promote water safety and swimming as a life-skill and sport.

Parkin also held a pre-swim clinic today at the dam. The Foundation has sponsored medals for the 200m and 400m swim. The race categories and entry fees:

•200m Fun Swim & Beginners: R50
•200m Juniors (U10 to U12): R50
•400m Schools Solo Swim (U13 to U18): R75
•400m Schools Team Swim (U13 to U18): R75
•400m Beginners Swim (all ages): R75
•Mile Swim (all ages): R200
•WWF Swim for Nature (any distance): R500
•WWF Swim for Nature (any distance plus t-shirt): R700

For more information, visit www.energyevents.co.za.

The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation has given its patronage to WWF’s Swim for Nature campaign at the Bridge House Mile swim. The Foundation is committed to water safety and the promotion of swimming both as a life skill and a sport.

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Oceans Seven Is In Jeopardy

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Jeopardy! is a popular American television game show. First broadcast in 1964, Jeopardy! has been going strong for 6 decades.

The answers are given first and three contestants compete for cash prizes and supply the questions.

One of today's answers involved the Oceans Seven, a series of seven channel swims in the following waterways around the world:

• North Channel between Northern Ireland and Scotland
• Cook Strait between the North and South Islands of New Zealand
• Molokai Channel between Oahu and Molokai Islands in Hawaii
• English Channel between England and France
• Catalina Channel between Catalina Island and the Southern California mainland
• Tsugaru Channel between the islands of Honshu and Hokkaido in Japan
• Strait of Gibraltar between Europe and Africa

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Talking Swimming On TED

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

TED Talks are a global set of conferences run by the non-profit Sapling Foundation under the slogan "Ideas Worth Spreading".

A number of open water swimmers have spoken at TED conferences around the world: Lewis Pugh, Diana Nyad, Maarten van der Weijden, Ori Sela, Vicki Keith, Dr. Peter Attia, and others from marine biologists to environmentalists.

...Lewis Pugh, the pioneer swimmer and first person to swim up on Mt. Everest and across the North Pole:

...Maarten van der Weijden, a leukemia cancer survivor who won the 2008 Olympic gold in the 10 km marathon swim:

...Diana Nyad, the former professional marathon swimmer who attempted to swim from Cuba to Florida:

...Dr. Peter Attia, a Maui Channel and Catalina Channel swimmer [shown above]:

...Vicki Keith, one of the greatest marathon swimmers in the world:

...Ori Sela, a member of the 377 km Cyprus Israel Relay Swim:

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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.

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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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