To educate, entertain, and enthuse all those who venture beyond the shoreline. Over 10,300 articles on solo swims, pro races, relays, charity events, eco-swims, stage swims, marathon swims, trends, products, services, personalities, coaches, governing bodies, rules, demographics, books, films, blogs, conferences, camps, clinics, exploits and happenings in oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, dams, canals, channels, fjords, estuaries, lochs, coves, firths, straits, bays, and harbors.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Waxing Philosophical About Stephen Redmond In Japan
So despite Stephen Redmond's many successes in the North Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait, Fastnet Rock, Strait of Gibraltar, Molokai Channel and English Channel, his track record is not perfect.
But that is the nature of open water swimming and the inherent risk that the most audacious marathon swimmers accept.
There is no defeat in Redmond; his warm-up swim of 4 hours in the Tsugaru Channel 2 days ago was merely part of the Oceans Seven drama. In the most foreign waterway imaginable for the Irish swimmer, his ability to remain positive and try again is the foundation for his success.
But the sooner he begins, the better as the wind is forecasted to increase again. His window of opportunity is tight and time is ticking until the winds whip up another fury in northern Japan. Experienced fishermen and swimmers in the Tsugaru Channel know that it is not the conditions of the water at the start that matter; rather, it is the conditions in the middle of the rip (at the heart in mid-channel) that can make or break a swim.
But his Japanese team, the volunteers on both shores, and the local media are waxing philosophical about Redmond's tackling the toughest channel in the Japanese archipelago. 七転び八起き the Japanese say (stumbling seven times but recovering eight) falls right in line with Redmond's Oceans Seven attempt today.
Follow him here where like the hawk that hides its talons (能ある鷹爪隠す), Redmond will showcase his talents tonight.
Copyright © 2012 by Open Water Source
Open Water Swimming Magazine
Open Water Swimming MagazineThe 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 SwimmingAn 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.