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Thursday, July 2, 2015

2015 Cold Half

Courtesy of Open Water Asia, Hong Kong.

The 9th annual Clean Half Extreme Marathon Swim will be held on October 10th in Hong Kong.

The course offers 15 km of waves and wind. The event is primarily a 5-person relay event, but it is also open to soloists in for a challenge that must be accomplished within 6 hours.

For more information and registration, visit www.openwaterasia.com.

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2015 Jax Sheko Challenge

Courtesy of Open Water Asia, Hong Kong.

The 11th Jax Sheko Challenge and Trisolothon goes from Big Wave Bay to the Back Beach of Sheko in Hong Kong on July 11th. For more information, vist www.openwaterasia.com

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The Greatest Englishmen Is Here

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

James Salter of Marathon Films announced to the English Channel community that his film made together with Justin Hardy, and John Toba with Jack Fishburn and Muireann Price is finished.

"We finally made the film. There is a showing in Dover on July 24th, but otherwise this is running for a week at the Curzon Bloomsbury from August 14th until 21st twice a day and may run longer. It is also being run at the ICA cinema/gallery near Buckingham Palace.

Nick Adams and I have discussed the possibility of a small grant to fund the advancement of Channel Swimming in the wider community. Tickets are selling at £15, but it is a good night out. There will be quite a lot of press going on surrounding the 140th anniversary of his swim and there are also showings in Dawley.

For those who are about to do their first swims this is what it is all about and why we often come back for more

Marathon Films' purpose is to make films that tell the stories of unsung British heroes. For the open water swimming community, the filmmakers could have not picked a better protagonist for their first feature film The Greatest Englishman.

Similar to Sir Edmond Hillary for mountaineers and Neil Armstrong among astronauts, Captain Matthew Webb holds a special place in the hearts of open water swimmers. Everything about his crossing of the English Channel in 1875 is iconic and inspirational after swimming breaststroke across the Channel for 21 hours 45 minutes. He had a seemingly impossible dream that he saw to completion. He pioneered a mindset for future generations.

Starring as Captain Webb, British actor Warren Brown said, "Being a part of this project has been a fantastic experience. Captain Webb was a brave and courageous man who made the impossible happen through sheer determination and courage and it has been an honour to bring his story to life."

Salter who envisioned bringing his story to contemporary audiences is eminently positioned to bring Webb's story to life. With his pedigree as an English Channel swimmer who has also crossed the Strait of Gibraltar twice, Salter knows well what it takes to prepare and then face head-on the most famed waterway in the world.

For more information, visit www.marathonfilms.co.uk.

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How Rowdy, Yuko Matsuzaki Crosses Grace Bay

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Yuko Matsuzaki completed a 25 km swim in 7 hours 28 minutes across Grace Bay this week. During the last mile of her solo swim, Matsuzaki was joined by 3-time Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines.

This week, the pair from Orlando, Florida will jointly conduct a variety of sea swim clinics at the Alexandra Resort and Rickie's Flamingo Cafe leading up to the Turks & Caicos Race for the Conch Eco-SeaSwim.

The Race For The Conch Eco-SeaSwim offers both a 1-mile and 2.4-mile sea swim held at the Grace Bay Beach in front of Flamingo Cafe, next to Club Med in Providenciales - and some of the most beautiful open water swimming trophies in the world [made by famed local artist Stanford Handfield from local conch shells).

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Craig Lenning Faces Down Second Lake Monster

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Phil White reported that Craig Lenning completed his mission in 15 hours 5 minutes to swim the length of Lake Memphremagog between Vermont (USA) and Quebec (Canada) as part of the Triple Crown of Lake Monster Swims.

"We added a fifth consecutive blue light at The Clubhous to commemorate his swim," explains White. "The first blue light stands for his Triple Crown achievement of his English Channel crossing, Catalina Channel crossing and swim around Manhattan Island. The second blue light commemorates his participation in the Bering Strait International Relay. The third blue light is for his Farallon Islands Swim and the fourth blue light is for his swim at the International Ice Swimming Championships at Murmansk, Russia.

Craig will next join Sarah Thomas and Elaine Kormbau Howley during the week of August 22nd to attempt a crossing of Loch Ness to search for Nessie

Lenning and Thomas will attempt In Search of Nessie in order become the first people in history to complete the Triple Crown of Lake Monster Swims, swims across Loch Ness (with its Nessie), Lake Tahoe (with its Tahoe Tessie) and Lake Memphremagog (with its Memphré). Ryan Tozer of iPowerboat will escort them across Loch Ness.

1. Sarah Thomas has completed a crossing of Lake Tahoe (two-way) and Lake Memphremagog (two-way) while Elaine Howley has crossed Lake Memphremagog.
2. Lenning was escorted by kayaker Don Houghton Jr. of Craftsbury and was supported by his wife and crew May Spengler.

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Whimsically Nautical Jewelry

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Even before she started to get into open water swimming and train with the Nahant Knuckleheads of Massachusetts with an eye to do longer and colder ocean swims, Martha Wood was dabbling into the open water.

Sort of.

Her home restoration and jewelry design business includes a touch of the nautical and marine. One of her jewelry lines includes a seaweed theme [example shown on left].

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

20-Hour Swim Pulling A Car On A Barge Is Delayed

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Michigan endurance athlete Jim Dreyer postponed an event due to injury. Dubbed The Human Tugboat, Dreyer pulled a 27-ton ferry 800 yards across Newport Beach Harbor for a television special last year. But the feat initially hurt his shoulder.

Then he was clearing trees to build more parking space for a clinic he is hosting at Shark's Haven, his beach in Lake Michigan. He hurt his shoulder again, this time leading to an unavoidable delay in his planned 3.58-mile swim where he will pull 16.5 tons including a Pfeiffer Lincoln MKC vehicle on a barge to Mackinac Island in Lake Huron.

Originally scheduled for July 4th, Dreyer's swim is now pushed back until August 15th.

Dreyer estimates, "The swim could take up to 20 hours to complete, depending on the conditions. The swim will take place between just outside the swimming area of the American Legion Memorial Beach in St. Ignace and the docks at British Landing on Mackinac Island. The direction of the swim will depend on the conditions.

The reason why a Pfeiffer Lincoln MKC will be towed is because it will be raffled off at the Mighty Mac Swim finish line party on Labor Day, to help revitalize Michigan neighborhoods through Habitat for Humanity

Mighty Mac swimmers who are attempting to cross the Straits of Mackinac are selling raffle tickets for a 2-year lease on the Lincoln MKC, and have raised over US$220,000 to date. For more information, visit here.

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Caitlin Poulson, Tom Robinson Win Windermere Cross Lake Swim

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Chillswim hosted more than 200 swimmers at the 1.2 km Windermere Cross Lake Swim from Wray Castle Boat House on the western shore of Windermere to Brockhole, the National Park Visitor Centre in England's Lake District.

The event was previously organised by Troutbeck Swimming Club, but it was formally closed in 2012. This was the second year that Chillswim organized the historic cross lake swim, which has been going in some form for over 100 years.

The traditional event was a non-wetsuit race with many of the swimmers in heavy woollen suits common in the 1920s. In a nod to the contemporary swimming community, Chillswim welcomed both wetsuit and non wetsuit swimmers with the old Troutbeck Club trophies handed to traditional swimmers without wetsuits. "The original trophies are now on display in the Windermere Steam Boat Museum," said Colin Hill of Chillswim.

"All swimmers wore a high visibility Swim Secure® tow-float, supporting the Lake District National Park’s swimsafe campaign.

At just under a mile, the event was an achievable distance for most open water swimmers, so we were delighted with the range of swimmers – our youngest swimmer was 12 and our oldest was 80

The event is unique among short distance swims in two ways. Firstly being a linear swim, everyone takes the specially commissioned ferries to the start point, which adds to a great sense of occasion. The second is that, in the spirit of the historic nature of the race, we encouraged young swimmers over the age of 12 to participate as long as they have the support of their swim coach.”

The top teenagers out-swam their seniors with the fastest two overall times for male and female being recorded by swimmers under the age of 16. 15-year-old Tom Robinson of Ulverston Otters finished the race in 14 minutes and 9 seconds – beating his winning time from the previous year by more than a minute. Fastest female was 15-year-old Caitlin Poulson from Penrith Swimming Club in a time of 15 minutes 45 seconds.

There are some fantastic under 16 swimmers in the UK who deserve the chance to shine in open water given the opportunity,” commented Hill whose events can be seen at www.chillswim.com.

Top Wetsuit Junior Results:
1. Caitlin Poulson 15:45.10
2. Amy Mcarragher 17:11.05
3. Molly Hale 18:15.40 13

1. Tom Robinson 14:09.60
2. Jack Duff 15:45.80
3. Matty Brown 17:59.35

Top Non-Wetsuit Senior Results:
1. Becky Royall 22:11.20
2. Christine Allum 23:05.10
3. Petra Blahova 23:51.25

1. Geoffrey Armstrong 20:00.35
2. Callum Seton 20:03.60
3. Gary Walker 20:37.85 23

Top Wetsuit Senior Results:
1. Nicola Nunns 16:46.20
2. Helen Richardson 18:08.95
3. Sharon Binfield-Hill 18:12.05

1. David Faulkner 15:44.80
2. Ethan Thornton 18:11.05
3. Rick Binfield-Hill 18:12.70

Copyright © 2015 by World Open Water Swimming Association

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Celebrating The Memory Of Jim Doty

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Martha Wood, Joshua Miller, Eric Nilsson and Katie O'Dair show their awards after the Jim Doty Memorial Mile in Massachusetts on June 13th.

"The rubber duckies were given out at the race finish to indicate the male and female winners of skins and wetsuit entrants," explains Wood. Race director Greg O'Connor provided the following results:

Female Non-Wetsuit Division
1. Martha Wood 22:50
2. Katharine Owen 23:19
3. Jane Cheney 24:14
4. Helen Lin 24:55
5. Frauke Hoss 26:09
6. Miye Jacques 28:54
7. Jane Staunton 31:37
8. Roberta Allison 32:52
9. Marie Garcia 33:27
10. Wendy McDanolds 35:36
11. Cathy Kittredge 36:50
12. Meghan O’Loughlin 41:17

Female Wetsuit Division
1. Katie O’Dair 23:03
2. Roxanne Olmsted 6:32
3. Carrie Koch 27:17
4. Theresa Ferreira 27:30
5. Violet Chang 29:00
6. Jeri Schroeder 30:52
7. Jean Strickland 31:15
8. Anita Dixon 34:16
9. Jeannette Strickland 34:38
10. Rita Hansen 36:04
11. Molly Delong 38:11
12. Caitlin Gilbert 38:28
13. Patricia Bruni 46:44
14. Krista Allen 47:40
15. Gayle Henderson 50:24

Male Non-Wetsuit Division
1. Eric Nilsson 18:26
2. Joseph Chance 20:20
3. Nathaniel Dean 21:01
4. Fred Schlicher 22:41
5. Bob Burrow 23:33
6. Richard Born 26:02
7. Jonathan Gladstone 29:37
8. James Haynes 29:41
9. Donald Sorterup 30:46
10. Maura Twomey 31:33
11. Brian Franco 33:34
12. Rick Sweeney 34:47
13. Fran O’Loughlin 34:47
14. Eugene Gallagher 36:34
15. Louis Murray 37:33
16. Scott “Scotty” Dalrymple 41:44
17. Robert McCormack 52:08

Male Wetsuit Division
1. Joshua Mueller 20:28
2. John Minigiello 22:35
3. David Bentley 23:24
4. Pablo Fernandez 27:59
5. Anton Wintner 29:11
6. Zachary Taylor 29:26
7. Eduardo Delsolar 30:42
8. Gabor Korodi 33:58
9. Aaron Deporter 34:02
10. Tom Hyde 38:17
11. Sean Loftus 43:06
12. Michael Walsh 46:56
13. Martin Connelly 49:00

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Madswimmers Have High Goals In Ojos Swim

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

High up on the slopes in Mount Kenya in water at 6.5°C, South African Madswimmers Jean Craven, Juandre Human, Hardi Wilkins and Megan Harrington-Johnson crossed the highest water body in Africa, Lewis Tarn at 4700 m above sea level.

An achievement in itself, their crossing was a training swim for their main swim in December on Mount Ojos del Salado in Chile, the highest lake in the world at nearly 6400m above sea level. To put their Ojos swim in perspective, there have been a handful of lake swims at extremely high altitudes:

* Lynne Cox became the first person to swim across Lake Titicaca from Bolivia to Peru at 3,812 meters (12,507 feet) when she swam 10 miles from the resort village of Copacabana in Bolivia to the village of Chimbo in Peru in 3 hours 48 minutes in 13-14°C (56-58°F) water in 1992.
* Cristian Vergara did a 7 km swim from the Isla de la Luna to the Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca in May 2015.
* Lewis Pugh swam 1 km in 22 minutes 51 seconds in 2°C water at 5,200 meters (17,060 feet) across Lake Pumori, a glacial lake on the Khumbu Glacier on Mount Everest in 2010.

Dr, Sean Gottschalk, a specialist in altitude acclimatization and hypothermia treatment who accompanied Pugh on his swimming expedition in Tibet, will also accompany Madswimmer to Mount Ojos. "Swimming of the Lewis Tarn on Mount Kenya was a deal breaker test to determine how we would cope with the altitude and cold that we can expect on Mount Ojos swim," writes Craven.

Madswimmer is a South African non-profit company that was founded by Craven in 2009 after he won a R100,000 wager to swim accros the Strait of Gibraltar. Jean completed that swim with friend, Tim Ziehl. "Feeling sorry for taking betting monies from our friends, we decided to donate the money to charity and Madswimmer was born."

Since that first swim, Madswimmer has successfully completed 6 intercontinental swims. Craven has seen donations grow as the number of swims has increased. "A total of more than $300,000 for various charitable causes, all intended to inspire hope and enable opportunity in children’s lives. The initiative has evolved to become bigger than any individual, bigger even than the sum of its parts. Yet we still value the individual: each swimmer, each sponsor and every beneficiary.

With each swim, Madswimmer invests its time and money for charity. We put ourselves at risk. We conduct endless research and investigate meticulously. We sacrifice a lot for these swims, for charity. We’re normal everyday people out to prove what normal everyday people can do when they put their minds to helping others."

In transforming ourselves in the process, we like to think we’re transforming our country from the inside out.

These swims are dangerous. But the danger is a drawcard. The more dangerous the swim, the more we as individuals need to invest. In a life-threatening swim, we invest everything. If we don’t, how can we expect donors to invest in us?

For more information on their Ojos Swim, Madswimmers, visit here.

Copyright © 2015 by World Open Water Swimming Association

Monday, June 29, 2015

How Far Are You Willing To Push Yourself?

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Over the years, we have observed and witnessed all kinds of achievements in the open water. These swims are not always record-setting achievements, but simply solo successes by people of various ages, abilities and backgrounds.

Some of these people have shared what they think about to help motivate them through the dark and difficult times as they swim in a race or solo swim or on a relay.

I imagine that I am on an uninhabited island and I have to get to the other side to save my family,” says a Channel swimmer.

I think about my children. I say their names over and over again, knowing that I have to be successful and return home for them,” says a marathon swimmer.

My stomach hurts so much towards the end of the race. The pain is nearly unbearable and I want to quit as much as I want to win,” says an Olympic swimmer.

I remember what it felt like when I was sick. It was a terrible time. Swimming is a joy. It is a privilege and I enjoy every moment of it, good or bad, says a relay swimmer.

I know I will face those dark times during the swim. I know I will feel bad. I don’t look forward to those times, but I know that I will rebound and come out of it. But even if the depths of depression eventually lead to the end of the swim, I know that I have pushed myself as far as I can go,” says an ocean swimmer.

I try not to think. I just pull one arm one right after the other. Again and again. Over and over,” says a Channel swimmer.

I think I have no choice but to finish. I am either going to go under or finish. And I want to do this again and again, so I am going to finish,” says a marathon swimmer.

During the swim itself, I ask myself again and again why I am doing this. I do not enjoy the swim itself, but the completion of the swim,” says a Channel swimmer.

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Living Adventurously In The Open Water

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Photo courtesy of Phil White in Lake Mempremagog.

Air-conditioned cars and WiFi-enabled busses take us places. Call uber for a short ride, make an airplane reservation on your mobile device, catch a high-speed train; enjoy the sumptuous meals on a mega cruise ship. The modern-day transportation industry has devices so many ways to make our travel easy, temperate-controlled, and comfortable.

Go to the second floor on an escalator or take an elevator. Move through an airport via a moving walkway. Luggage has rollers and single-passenger electronic carts are available in large retail locations. Self-driving cars will soon populate the streets. Even ambulatory means to travel short distances have been made easy by mankind.

Go to the supermarket and purchase ready-made food. Heat up water in a microwave or get quick energy with a gel pack or with a heavy-caffein drink bought at a convenience store. Order online for a pizza to be delivered within minutes. The modern-day food industry has made consumption easier and more convenient than any time in history.

Communicate with friends and family around the world at any time via messages, videos, links, photos or emotcons with email, text, line, Whatsapp or SMS by touching buttons. Wristwatches can now accomplish the functions of phones and computers and storage devices. The contemporary communications industry has eliminated the need to ever again handwrite a letter, dial a phone, go to the post office or purchase stamps.

Watch a movie, see a drama or documentary on television, experience virtual reality with glasses, or play games – by yourself or with others – on all kinds of electronic devices while traveling, in school, at work, or in bed. Enjoy films, videos, concerts, apps, games or music produced by professionals or by yourself at the push of a button. The modern-day entertainment industry has completely transformed the ability of mankind to laugh, smile, cry, dream or learn.

Translate foreign words, articles or books online in any language to your mother tongue. Look up quotes, references, background information, people, events, and any kind of data online within milliseconds. Crunch numbers of impossible size, make calculations without even knowing formulas, research historical data through the convenience of your computer, iPad, mobile device, phone or watch. The software industry has put mankind’s collective knowledge and history in the hands of anyone with access to the Internet.

Hot and humid? Turn on the air conditioner. Snowing and cold? Turn on the heat. Hungry? Go to the refrigerator or use the microwave. Lost? Check online. Frustrated or bored? Grab your phone or mobile device. Stumped, confused or curious? Turn on your computer. Modern technology has innumerable means to resolve myriad human conditions, situations and issues.

So with all these technologies and conveniences of modern times, where does the sense of adventure and risk exist? Can it or should adventure and risk be eliminated?

We think not.

It is inherently good to test yourself, push yourself, or question yourself. It is fundamentally human to fail at something or fear something. The innate self-satisfaction to improve and achieve something is a great internal drive.

That sense of self-satisfaction can come by running far, cycling farther or climbing higher on land. It can come by studying and learning concepts at school or making discoveries or inventions in the lab or workplace. It can come by trying and ultimately accomplishing things that no one else ever done. Mankind’s history is shaped by those with the vision, courage and curiosity to push boundaries and conventions.

Open water swimming is one brilliantly simple option to seek adventure in our modern world. By leaving the shoreline and swimming out to the open water, we can face inherent risk with a reasonable amount of safety. We can face all kinds of marine life and conditions that can change dynamically – for the better or worse.

Forget conveniences and comforts of the terra firma. Face your fears. Challenge yourself. Live adventurously in the open water.

Copyright © 2015 by World Open Water Swimming Association

The Comeback Of Roy Burch

Courtesy of the July issue of the monthly Open Water Swimming Magazine, Huntington Beach, California.

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Adam Walker, Beached At Breakfast

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

BBC Breakfasts Mike Bushell interviewed Adam Walker about open water swimming in Lake Windermere for an upcoming BBC show sometime to be aired in June or July.

Whether it is Colin Hill or Adam Walker or Keri-Anne Payne, open water swimming is well-represented on the airways, quite possibly greater than anywhere else on Earth.

Copyright © 2015 by World Open Water Swimming Association

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Petar Stoychev Takes A Major First Step In The Cold

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Petar Stoychev of Bulgaria and Christof Wandratsch were rivals in professional marathon swims and across the English Channel.

The mighty duo are among the fastest channel swimmers in history, holding two of the three fastest times in history: 6 hours 57 minutes by Stoychev in 2007 and 7 hours 3 minutes by Wandratsch in 2005. Since their rivalry in the open waters around the world, Stoychev became the Minister of Sport in Bulgaria and a coach. Wandratsch went on to dominate the ice swimming world in terms of speed, setting standards that were unheard of.

But the two men, friendly and respectful of each other's talents, met in Murmansk at the 2015 International Ice Swimming Championships. While Wandratsch set records, Stoychev took a quick dip of 25m in a celebrity relay (see here) as his first ice swimming experience.

He must have enjoyed it because Stoychev just completed his first cold water competition in Kola bay, Russia. The 1250m competition in Murmansk was held in 6ºC and 9ºC air that Stoychev won in 16:41.

Could the rivalry be renewed? If so, how fast and how far can these world-class swimmers take the emerging sport in the ice?

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Misery Challenge Is Pure Fun

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The Misery Challenge is a new 3-mile open water swim in Tuck's Point Park in Manchester by-the-sea, Massachusetts.

The charity swim is part of a multi-sport event around Misery Island and back held on August 1st with proceeds going to Humans for Oceans.

Race director Josh Crosby explains the different courses, "The swim course is a 3-mile out-and-back course from Tuck’s Point to Misery Island cove and back. For those who choose to SUP, kayak or row, there is a 4-mile course will be from Tuck’s point, around Big Misery Island (between Little and Big Misery) and back to Tuck’s Point. Courses will be marked with safety marshals on motorboats, kayaks and SUPs along the way."

For more information, visit here.

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Out Of The Wood, Into The Open Water

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Martha Wood, after spending years in pools as a NCAA Division I athlete, took time (a few decades) to develop her business in her native Massachusetts.

But like many former swimmers and water polo players, the open water swimming bug bit her in her second half of life. "When the idea of open water swimming was introduced to me years ago, I thought it was nuts. Now, I often train in the Atlantic Ocean as well as the pool."

Wood has accepted the challenge of participating in Save The Bay, the 39th Swim for Narragansett Bay on July 11th.

"I wanted to help support a great cause and was able to exceed my fund-raising goal. I know we’ll make a real difference. The Save the Bay swim is a personal favorite. It is a joy to be training in a warmer ocean after a long hard winter."

With the Jim Doty Memorial Mile Swim under her cap this season, she is heading off to do the Save the Bay, 6-mile Kingdom Swim, 3-mile Misery Challenge, and the 8-mile Boston Light Swim through the Harbor Islands. For more information on Save the Bay, visit here.

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Antonio Argüelles, Adding Aquatic Achievements

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Antonio Argüelles is one of those uniquely motivated and inspirational individuals in the world.

Not only is he a business and educational leader in his native Mexico, but he is one of the only two individuals to have twice completed the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming.

Recently inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honour Swimmer, the 56-year-old Argüelles is not ready to stop and retire.

En route to a climb up Mount Everest, he broke his femur. "I decided it was best to leave that quest for another life and am getting back in the water. After five years of trying to climb mountains and run marathons, the water has welcomed me with open arms."

Next week, he flies to Spain with Nora Toledano and Mariel Hawley to start of his quest of the Oceans Seven. "Having a multi-year goal is exciting. I have plans for the channel swims until early 2017." In order to add to his English Channel and Catalina Channel crossings, he plans to cross the Strait of Gibraltar this month and the Tsugaru Channel in September. Next year, he will attempt crossings of the Molokai Channel and the North Channel, and hopes to culminate the Oceans Seven with a crossing of the Cook Strait in 2017.

For more information and updates on Argüelles' Siete Mares quest, visit www.antonioarguelles.com.

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Peaks And Ponds - Dryland And Open Water Endurance

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

All types of open water swimmers are also accomplished endurance athletes on land.

Pádraig Mallon, an Irish Ice Ironman, has done everything from an Ice Mile to a full Ironman triathlon. James Tout has completed the Triple Crown of Endurance Sports with his Hawaiian Ironman in 1981, Boston Marathon run in 1982, and English Channel crossing in 1987. Dr. Georgios-Ioannis Tsianos of Greece conceived and completed the Ice, Water, Fire Challenge, a solo challenge to climb Mount Everest, swim across the English Channel and run 250 km Marathon des Sables through the Sahara Desert.

Hugo Rodriguez Barroso of Mexico, Boguslaw Ogrodnik of Poland, and Bill Borger Jr. of Canada have all achieved the Peak and Pond that requires a conquest to the top of Mount Everest and across the English Channel.

Antonio Argüelles is not only one of the only two people in history to twice achieve the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming, but he has also down 5 full Ironmans and 8 marathon runs among other endurance events.

Others like Khoo Swee Chiow of Singapore has climbed Mount Everest [twice], skied to the South Pole, skied to the North Pole, and attempted a crossing of the English Channel. Neal Mueller of the USA who has climbed Mount Everest and done a 2-man relay across the English Channel, Milo Mc Court who has done Ironman triathlons and participated in the Pokos Stag English Channel relay are also serial adventurers of the highest order.

But both genders are represented among those with an inkling for adventure both on land and the open water.

Three women come to mind: Vasanti Niemz of Germany, Jacqueline McClelland of Ireland, and Colleen Mallon of Ireland, but there are many others.

Niemz [shown above] from Heidelberg, Germany is a member of the International Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team. She has swum the English Channel twice within 25 years and twice in a relay as well as completed a Strait of Gibraltar crossing and several International Self-Transcendence Marathon Swims in Switzerland's Lake Zurich.

She was also part of a multi-day Channel-triathlon from Dover via Calais and Brussels to Aachen. Since 1982, Niemz has completed over 20 marathons, including 7 New York City Marathons (with a personal best of 3:53 in 1989), many ultra-marathon running races including those of 6 hours, 12 hours and 24 hours (with a personal best of 148 km in 1999) and Self-Transcendence 6 Day Race in New York where she ran 342 km. She also finished the Zurich Ironman in 1996, a 10x Olympic distance ultra-triathlon at the Sri Chinmoy Triathlon Festival in Canberra (15 km swim, 400 km bike, 100 km run as the first and only woman to finish), two Triple Ultra Ironmen competitions (including a third-place finish at the 2003 World Championships in 54 hours 44 minutes) as well as an attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and an organizer of the Oneness-Home Peace Run in Germany, Switzerland, Great Britain, Italy, Croatia, Japan, Vietnam, Tanzania, Indonesia, USA.

McClelland [shown above in Murmansk, Russia] is similarly non-stop whether on land as an athlete or organizer or in the open water. an Irish open water swimmer. triathlete, endurance athlete, and a member of the Camlough Lake Water Festival team.

She was awarded the best all rounder as she competed at Sprint, Olympic, Ironman 70.3 and Ironman triathlons in 2014 and was a member of Eleven Feet, a North Channel relay team between Northern Ireland and Scotland in 12 hours 52 minutes. She also completed a full and half Ironman that same year. In 2015, she added ice swimming to her resume: an ice kilometer at the 2015 Ireland Ice Swimming Championships as well as competed at the Pirita Open Winter Swimming Championships in Estonia and Russian Ice Swimming Championships in Murmansk.

Similar to McClellan and Niemz, Mallon demonstrates a lot of diversity as an open water swimmer and triathlete from Camlough Village in Northern Ireland. She swam the North Channel with a 9 hour 56 minute crossing and competed in the 17 km Irish long distance National Championship and 17 km British Championships in Lake Windermere, as well as a number of 10 km swims and a crossing of the 19.7 km Rottnest Channel. She has also completed a number of half Ironman triathlons, the Canberra 70.3 Half Ironman, Husky Long Course, Husky Olympic Triathlons, and the ITU Sydney Olympic Triathlon races.

The abilities of these endurance athletes to acclimate to vastly different temperatures and climes - even within the same year - are shining examples of really what is physically and mentally possible.

Copyright © 2015 by World Open Water Swimming Association

Five To Loch, Lake, Llyn

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Sam Plum, Jason Betley, Helen Gibbs, Helen Liddle, and Debbie Taylor will take off on a challenging swim on July 3rd and 4th as an unprecedented first.

Their 5-person relay will swim the longest lakes in Scotland, England and Wales. "We are aiming to do it in under 48 hours including travel. The total distance for all three lakes is just under 40 miles. We are pretty sure that this was the first time this had been attempted and much excitement ensued about the prospect," explains Plum.

"On the 3rd of July, we will start in Loch Awe in Bonny, Scotland. It is the longest freshwater loch in Scotland, measuring 41 kilometres (25 miles) from end to end. Loch Awe is not the deepest or the largest surface area of Scotland’s lochs, nor does it contain the most water, but it is the longest, beating Lochs Lomond and Ness.

We will then drive to Lake Windermere, 16.9 kilometres (10.5 miles). Finally, the third lake will be Llyn Tegid in Wales, or Bala as its better known. It is 4 miles (6.4 km) long. And there you have it: The 3 Lakes Challenge or Loch, Lake, Llyn

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