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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association Heroes In The Seaweed

The Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association awards banquet was held last night, honoring its 7 successful channel swimmers of 2011.br>
The honorees include Jim Neitz, Forrest Nelson, Tina Neill, Marcia Cleveland, Chris Layton, Lynn Kubasek and Alan Morrison.

Recollections, memories, comments and stories from each of the swims were shared over a Mexican dinner in San Pedro, California.

During Alan's swim from Anacapa to the California mainland in 6 hours 59 minutes, a sea lion literally jumped over him as he was swimming. But he was not scared but the sea lion kept jumping over him thru out the swim.

During Tina's 19-mile swim from Santa Cruz to the mainland in 10 hours 33 minutes, "it was messy." She did a bit "of body surfing and my kayakers caught some nice waves.."

Lynn Kubasek was "nervous up until the day of [her 7 hour 8 minute] swim. I had trained in all kinds of conditions, but was 66°F (19°C) and glassy. The jellyfish were everywhere. I was stung a lot for three and a half hours, but I heard and saw the dolphins...a perfect day."

Jim Neitz did two Anacapa Islands swims (10:23 in May and 10:43 in September) along with his successful English Channel and Catalina Channel crossings. "[Kayaker] Tom Ball never left my side on my three swims [in the Pacific Ocean] this year and motivated me with his 'YOU KILLED IT!' cheer, just at the right moment." His second swim was like a "Sponge Bob's petri dish - absolutely filled with jellyfish - and he was headed in the wrong direction. "It was a great swim, I loved it. I had a Plan A and a Plan B, but we had to resort to Plan C in the 55°F (13°C) water."

Forrest Nelson was introduced by Scott Zornig as one of the greatest marathon swimmers in the world today. Forrest was recognized for his 48-mile 25 hour 35 minute circumnavigation around Catalina Island. "I was nervous at the start and estimated the swim might be 35 hours, plus or minus 5 hours. Dropping below 10% of my natural 55 stroke-per-minute pace was a sign of trouble. But I dropped to 42 strokes per minute during the swim. No wonder it felt long and smooth. I hallucinated for the last part of the swim and 24 hours after the swim was over."

A mind-boggling swim, literally and figuratively.

Marcia, as were the others, were grateful to the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Federation volunteers. "We could not do what we do without the volunteers and organization. [After all the work], it is always terribly satisfying to get through the swim and put your feet back on terra firma."

Her swimming partner, Chris Layton said that he thought of jellyfish stings helped him generate heat, a clever mind game to help get through the 6-hour swim that was strewn with the stinging creatures of the Pacific. "I was literally counting my strokes to see how far I could get without being stung. At one point, I swam for 87 strokes in a row without getting stung. But every other time, it was constant stinging in the 60°F (15°C) jellyfish pond where we got stung constantly every 5-10 seconds."

Observer Dave Van Mouwerik said Chris and Marcia were joined at the hip throughout their 6-hour swim. Dave, who can eloquently and colorfully describe channel swimmers with the best of them, called the swimmers "heroes in the seaweed."

No truer words were spoken.

Footnote: The Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association has grown from 300 people to over 900 individuals during the past year. The mission of the Association is to govern swims to, from, around and between seven Channel islands. Between some of the Channel islands, local refer to the Shark Alley due to the number of sharks. The longest non-double solo swim from a Channel island was Penny Palfrey's 37.5-mile swim from Santa Barbara Island to the California mainland. There are still many swims that have never been attempted or achieved n the Santa Barbara Channel - 35 possible swims to be exact.

Board members (shown above in photo by Cynthia Walsh) include Scott Zornig, Dave Van Mouwerik, Dean White, Jane Cairns, Evan Morrison, Ned Dennison, Jim Fitzpatrick, Lynn Kubasek and Dale Mercker.

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The Global Open Water Swimming Conference is a conference on the sport of open water swimming, marathon swimming and swimming during triathlons and multi-sport endurance events.

The conference which has been attended by enthusiasts and luminaries from 6 continents, is devoted to providing information about the latest trends, race tactics, training techniques, equipment, psychological preparation, race organization and safety practices used in the sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons.

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The conference was first held in Long Beach, California as part of the 2010 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships. It has since been held on the Queen Mary in California, at Columbia University and the United Nations in New York City, and in Cork, Ireland. This year in September, it comes to another iconic location, the Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.

"The Global Open Water Swimming Conference was started due to the desire and need for athletes, coaches, referees, administrators, race directors, promoters and sponsors from around the world to share, collect and learn information about the growing sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons," said founder Steven Munatones. "Other swimming conferences usually offering nothing on open water swimming or perhaps a speech or two, but we thought open water swimming deserves its own global conference. It is great that the community shares its information via the online social network, but there is nothing like meeting other open water swimming enthusiasts face-to-face and talking about the sport from morning to night."

Speakers at the conference include English Channel swimmers, ice swimmers, record holders, renowned coaches, world champions, professional marathon swimmers, renowned race directors, officials and administrators from the Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

"Because the audience is passionate and educated about the sport and its finest practitioners, the Global Open Water Swimming Conference is also the location of the induction ceremonies for the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the annual WOWSA Awards that recognize the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, and the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year. Special Lifetime Achievement Awards are also occasionally presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport over their career."

The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Programme

Wednesday, September 17th
Leave Glasgow to commence 2-day tour of Scotland [closest international airport is Glasgow]

Thursday, September 18th
Stay Mainland, North of Scotland

Friday, September 19th
14:00 - Swim Loch Lomond
17:00 - Head to Isle of Bute
19:30 - Scottish Banquet
21:30 - Dinner Dance

Saturday, September 20th
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
12:20 - Lunch and WOWSA Awards
13:40 – Speeches
15:40 - Round Table
19:00 - International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony

Sunday, September 21st
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
14:30 - Swim in St Ninian's Bay on the Isle of Bute

The luminaries of the open water swimming world who will be honored in Scotland will include:

* Sandra Bucha (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Jon Erikson (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Claudio Plit (Argentina), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Judith van Berkel-de Njis (Netherlands), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* David Yudovin (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Mercedes Gleitze (Great Britain), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* George Young (Canada), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Dale Petranech (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Contributor
* Melissa Cunningham (Australia), 2013 Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award winner
* Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* James Anderson (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Dr. Jane Katz (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Indonesian Swimming Federation, , International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Organisation
* Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
* Olga Kozydub (Russia), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
* Bering Strait Swim (international team), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
* International Ice Swimming Association (Ram Barkai, founder, South Africa), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year

For additional articles on the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, visit:

* Olga Kozydub To Be Honored In Scotland
* Pádraig Mallon To Be Honored In Mount Stuart Castle
* Mount Stuart House, Splendid Setting For Swimming
* Colleen Blair To Kick-off Global Open Water Swimming Conference
* The Man Who Swims Better Than He Walks
* Joining In The Sea Goddess At The Hall Of Fame
* Mercedes Gleitze To Be Honored In Scotland
* The Incredible Career Of Merceded Gleitze
* Jon Erikson To Be Honoured In Florida
* The Incredible Career Of Mercedes Gleitze
* St Ninian's Bay To Host International Swim Conference

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