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Open Water Swimming Making Their Marks With Tattoos

Open water swimmers can be expressive in a variety of ways: verbally or artistically. Some view their skin as part of that public expression.

Below are numerous examples of open water swimmers from Boston to Brazil, Germany to Geneva - many of whom have marine animal-themed or ocean-specific tattoos adorning various parts of their bodies.

Dolphins, whales, manta rays and sharks. Waves and sea shells and turtles.

Black and white and in full color.


Many swimmers have such a profound and intimate connection with the water that they want to visually share their connection with others. Crystal Kemp grew up in Long Beach, California and has never lived further than a half-mile from the Pacific Ocean. "I started with my brittle star which symbolizes guidance, vigilance and intuition. From there I added my underwater scene which reflects my love of snorkeling and swimming."

John Daprato celebrated the Boston Light Swim with a tattoo.

"The tattoo is the original Boston Light Swim logo with variation in the colors, shape and lettering -- also the swimmer has a more focused facial expression."





Glauco Rangel has a large swordfish covering his left shoulder and much of his back.

Chad Ho celebrates his Olympic 10K participation with the standard five Olympic rings.

Bruckner Chase (left) has a large jellyfish and whale tails colorfully inked on his torso.

Sebastian Fischer (right) said, "I have a mermaid tattooed on my left arm. I have always loved swimming and being in the water.

I have always loved women, so I decided to combine those two things for a tattoo on my arm.
"




Bruckner continues, "The tattoos on my back are of my wife Michelle and my past, present and future in the ocean."

Bruckner has faced swarms of jellyfish that have stung him unmercifully. "I swam through schools of jellyfish so thick it was like swimming in the exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

They were right in my face too
."



Multiple world 5K and 10K champion and Swimming World Magazine's Open Water Swimmer of the Year Thomas Lurz explains his tattoo, "I have the date from my father's birthday on my left arm. I got it after his death.

The tattoo [on the other arm] we did 12 years ago on our swim team for the German team championships and it means 'Together we can do it' or 'We are strong together'.

For example, my brother has the same tattoo on the same place because he also was on the team at this time as a swimmer. Now he is my coach, so it still fits good together.

We were a good young team then
." And now.

Some Manhattan Island Marathon Swim tattoos from its previous participants, Rob Kent and Mauro Giaconia of Italy.




Jen King says, "My tattoos have water in them because I've grown up near the water and it has made a huge impact on my life to be a swimmer, and it will always be a part of me."

King tells of her turtle tattoo, "Water and fire are in place of the turtle's shell. The turtle, or honu in Hawaiian, is a symbol of longevity."


Jen explains, "On my back is a lotus flower with water around it. The lotus symbolizes overcoming obstacles and growing. With the water around it means that I have the power to control the outcome of any obstacle and growth.

Lexie Kelly, the swim coordinator for the Flowers Sea Swim in the Cayman Islands, describes her tattoo, "I got this done on the north shore of Kauai [Hawaii].

To me, it signifies how important it is to focus on the small and simple and beautiful things in life. There is nothing more amazing than nature itself and the ocean - plumerias and seashells - happens to be something I am very passionate about since I have a strong love for swimming.

What better way to appreciate simplicity than spending time in the ocean
."

These photos are from the Chief Lifeguard at the King and Queen of the Sea (Rei e Rainha do Mar) on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro.





The Poseidon trident is celebrated by the tattoo of Olympian and 2010 world 25K champion Alex Meyer of the USA is simple, yet profound.

Dave Dunton, Managing General Partner of Try Cyclery, has two tattoos. "One is a seal lion that celebrates Seal Beach (California) and how much I enjoy living, working and swimming here.

The other tattoo is a dolphin that I had put on after a bull dolphin wouldn't let me swim into the Bay where I found out later there was a Great White Shark waiting
."



Mike Nie (left) from the island of Cayman Brac has a stingray with a barb fish.

Shannon Cutting (right), a triathlete and an open water swimmer, wanted a unique tattoo and her friend created it for her in his apartment.




The tattoo on left adorned a swimmer at the starting line of an open water race in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.








Todd Cameron of Orlando, Florida started off with one hammerhead shark.








And then Todd got a few more.






More tattoos here.

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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.

The conference's mission is to provide opportunities to listen and meet many of the world's most foremost experts in open water swimming, and to meet and discuss the sport among swimmers, coaches, administrators, event organizers, sponsors, vendors, officials, escort pilots, and volunteers from kayakers to safety personnel.

Dozens of presentations at the 2014 Conference at the Mount Stuart House cover numerous aspects of the vast and growing world of open water swimming where attendees can learn and share the latest trends, race tactics, training modalities, swimming techniques, equipment, race organization, logistics, operations, and safety practices for open water swimming as a solo swimmer, competitive athlete, fitness swimmer, masters swimmer, triathlete, multi-sport athlete, administrator, race promoter, sponsor or referee.

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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