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Monday, October 15, 2012

Greek Star Shines On The FINA 10K World Cup Circuit

The fabulously fit Spyridon Gianniotis of Greece put an exclamation mark on his 2012 season with a win in the final race in Shantou, China.

Traveling to all 6 out of the 8 races on the professional circuit - only taking time off to compete in the 2012 London Olympic Games where he finished fourth in the 10K event - Gianniotis proved his abilities in all kinds of conditions and venues.

Along the way, he comfortably won the 2012 FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup series over Christian Reichert of Germany, Allan Do Carmo of Brazil and 168 total professional marathon swimmers from around the world.

Below are the season-ending rankings of the fastest marathon swimmers in the world.

1. Spyridon Gianniotis (GRE) 134 points
2. Christian Reichert (GER) 92 points
3. Allan Do Carmo (BRA) 72 points
4. Evgeny Drattsev (RUS) 68 points
5. Andreas Waschburger (GER) 59 points
6. Thomas Lurz (GER) 56 points
7. Richard Weinberger (CAN) 54 points
8. Rhys Mainstone-Hodson (AUS) 50 points
9. Ferry Weertman (NED) 38 points
10. Zu Li Jun (CHN) 36 points
11. Nicola Bolzonello (ITA) 34 points
12. Igno Snitko (UKR) 26 points
13. Davy Billiau (BEL) 24 points
14. Igor Chervynskiy (UKR) 22 points
15. Xavier Desharnais (CAN) 21 points
16. Julien Sauvage (FRA) 20 points
16. Romain Beraud (FRA) 20 points
16. Simon Huitenga (AUS) 20 points
16. Valerio Cleri (ITA)  20 points
20. Erwin Maldonado (VEN) 19 points
21. Arthur Frayler (USA) 18 points
21. Samuel De Bona (BRA) 18 points
21. Zhang Zibin (CHN) 18 points
24. Diogo Andrade Villarinho (BRA) 17 points
25. Aimeson Sparkes-King (CAN) 16 points
25. Charles Peterson (USA) 16 points
25. Lin Yang (CHN) 16 points
28. Brian Ryckeman (BEL) 15 points
29. Alex Meyer (USA) 14 points
29. Trent Grimsey (AUS) 14 points
31. Evgenij Pop Acev (MKD) 11 points
32. Alexander Studzinski (GER) 10 points
32. Chad Ho (RSA) 10 points
32. Matheus Evangelista (BRA) 10 points
32. Vladimir Dyatchin (RUS) 10 points
36. Victor Hugo Ribeiro Colonese (BRA) 8 points
37. Hui Chun Hin (HKG) 6 points
37. Johndry Segovia (VEN) 6 points
37. Joshua Richardson (AUS) 6 points
37. Lee Yeung Darwin (HKG) 6 points
37. Li Jian Shu (CHN) 6 points
37. Marcel Schouten (NED) 6 points
37. Michael Demetriev (ISR) 6 points
37. Poon Ching Leung Sunny (HKG) 6 points
37. Rodrigo Silveirinha Correa Filho (BRA) 6 points
37. Sergy Fesenko (AZE) 6 points
37. Shahar Resman (ISR) 6 points
37. Victor Simoes (BRA) 6 points
37. Xu Wenchao (CHN) 6 points
37. Yao Zhi Hao (CHN) 6 points
37. Yuriy Kudinov (KAZ) 6 points
37. Yuval Safra (ISR) 6 points
37. Zhang Jia Ming (CHN) 6 points
54. Petar Stoychev (BUL) 5 points
55. Arseniy Lavrentyev (POR) 4 points
55. Brandon Johnson (USA) 4 points
55. Chen Xinwei (CHN) 4 points
55. Dong Jinliang (CHN) 4 points
55. Francisco Jose Hervas (ESP) 4 points
55. Gao Xuelei (CHN) 4 points
55. Guillermo Bertola (ARG) 4 points
55. Han Lidu (CHN) 4 points
55. Hu Seng (CHN) 4 points
55. Huang Jiayi (CHN) 4 points
55. Ivan de Jesus Lopez Ramos (MEX) 4 points
55. Jan Posmourny (CZE) 4 points
55. Ji Xinjie (CHN) 4 points
55. Joseph Kleindl (GER) 4 points
55. Kirill Abrosimov (RUS) 4 points
55. Lang Yuanpeng (CHN) 4 points
55. Lav Ka Chun (HKG) 4 points
55. Leung Tsz For (HKG) 4 points
55. Linecker Denardi (BRA) 4 points
55. Liu Di (CHN) 4 points
55. Liu Ziqian (CHN) 4 points
55. Luis Escobar (MEX) 4 points
55. Phillip Ryan (NZL) 4 points
55. Phillipe Guertin (CAN) 4 points
55. Rostislav Vitek (CZE) 4 points
55. Santiago Enderica (ECU) 4 points
55. Shen Xiaojie (CHN) 4 points
55. Shi Guiyang (CHN) 4 points
55. Sun Li (CHN) 4 points
55. Wang Ruoyu (CHN) 4 points
55. Wang Yeuxiang (CHN) 4 points
55. Yao Han (CHN) 4 points
55. Yuto Kobayashi (JPN) 4 points
55. Zhang Yanrong (CHN) 4 points
55. Zhang Yunxiang (CHN) 4 points
55. Zhang Zhifeng (CHN) 4 points
55. Zheng Kaimin (CHN) 4 points
94. Adel Raga El-Behary (EGY) 2 points
94. Ahmed Gad (EGY) 2 points
94. Alan Rojas (MEX) 2 points
94. Artem Podyakov (RUS) 2 points
94. Charlie Guignet (FRA) 2 points
94. Chris Bryan (IRE) 2 points
94. Csaba Gercsak (HUN) 2 points
94. Damien Cattin-Vidal (FRA) 2 points
94. Daniel Ronen (ISR) 2 points
94. Danil Serebrennikov (RUS) 2 points
94. Federico Vanelli (ITA) 2 points
94. Felipe Goncalves (BRA) 2 points
94. Fernando Ponte (BRA) 2 points
94. Fernando Prochnov (BRA) 2 points
94. Fillipo Pupulin (ITA) 2 points
94. Gabriel Pouliot (CAN) 2 points
94. Iacovos Hadjiconstantinou (CYP) 2 points
94. Idan Friedberg (ISR) 2 points
94. Joanes Hedel (FRA) 2 points
94. Joey Pedraza (USA) 2 points
94. Jonathan Bar-Eli (ISR) 2 points
94. Juan Martin Pereyra (ARG) 2 points
94. Kevin Vasquez (GUA) 2 points
94. Kirill Feofilak (RUS) 2 points
94. Kittiphat Pipimnun (THA) 2 points
94. Lau Ka Chun (HKG) 2 points
94. Lau Wang Chi (HKG) 2 points
94. Lee Ho Yat Winson (HKG) 2 points
94. Li Chun Hong (HKG) 2 points
94. Libor Smolka (CZE) 2 points
94. Luca Ferretti (ITA) 2 points
94. Lucas Kanieski (BRA) 2 points
94. Lucas Oliveira (BRA) 2 points
94. Luciano Martin Sales Rubio (ARG) 2 points
94. Luis Bolanos (VEN) 2 points
94. Luiz Gustavo F.G. Barros (BRA) 2 points
94. Marcos Ferrari (BRA) 2 points
94. Martin Carrizo Yunges (ARG) 2 points
94. Matheus Isidro (BRA) 2 points
94. Matthias Schweinzer (AUT) 2 points
94. Mazen Aziz (EGY) 2 points
94. Mohamed Serour (EGY) 2 points
94. Nicolas Matte-Savard (CAN) 2 points
94. Oussama Mellouli (TUN) 2 points
94. Rob Muffels (GER) 2 points
94. Rodrigo Elorza (MEX) 2 points
94. Samuel Matte (CAN) 2 points
94. Seree Phansomboon (THA) 2 points
94. Sergey Bolshakov (RUS) 2 points
94. Shoham Lerer (ISR) 2 points
94. Simone Ercoli (ITA) 2 points
94. Simone Ruffini (ITA) 2 points
94. Stefan Sigrist (SUI) 2 points
94. Thomas Snelson (ESP) 2 points
94. Vasily Boykov (RUS) 2 points
94. Ventsislav Aydarski (BUL) 2 points
94. Yasunari Hirai (JPN) 2 points
94. Yeun Marcus Yat Ho (HKG) 2 points
94. Yiu Sin Chun (HKG) 2 points
Cao Qiwen (CHN) 0 points
Daniel Fogg (GBR) 0 points
Giovanny Lima (BRA) 0 points
Hector Ruiz (ESP) 0 points
Ian Van Der Hulst (NED) 0 points
Idan Mordel (ISR) 0 points
Juan Cordonnier (ARG) 0 points
Kaue Dietz Monteiro (BRA) 0 points
Ky Hurst (AUS) 0 points
Lau Chak Lam Nicholas (HKG) 0 points
Lior Grubert (ISR) 0 points
Manuel Chiu (MEX) 0 points
Mitchell Peters (CAN) 0 points
Rene Concepcion (PHI) 0 points
Rotem Toth (ISR) 0 points
Shay Toledano (ISR) 0 points

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Agenda

Friday, 19 September



Welcome Reception at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

Documentary films shown throughout the reception:

Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa – Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way
(film by Bruckner Chase)

Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain
(film by Wayne Ewing about Matthew Moseley's Lake Pontchartrain crossing)

Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska
(film by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko about the relay between Russia and Alaska)

The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau
(film about Simon Holiday's Pearl River Delta crossing)

Saturday, 20 September



Registration and Coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland



Keynote Speech:
Colleen Blair (Scotland) on The History of Scottish Swimming



Christopher Guesdon (Australia) on Multidimensional Roles In The Sport



Colin Hill (England) on Recent Explosion in UK Open Water



Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) on The Feminine Code of Achievement - How a Lady from Down Under Revolutionized Professional Marathon Swimming



Simon Murie (England) on Open Water Swimming Holidays: How A New Sector Was Created Within The Travel Industry



Swimming The Oceans Seven
A round table discussion moderated by:
Kevin Murphy (England), with Stephen Redmond (Ireland), Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden),
Darren Miller (USA), Adam Walker (England), Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand)



Coffee and Break



World Open Water Swimming Awards Luncheon:
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA)

Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year

Olga Kozydub (Russia), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year

Bering Strait Swim, 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year

Honoring: Vladimir Chegorin, Maria Chizhova, Elena Guseva, Ram Barkai, Jack Bright, Oksana Veklich, Aleksandr Jakovlevs, Matías Ola, Henri Kaarma, Toomas Haggi, Nuala Moore, Anne Marie Ward, Toks Viviers, Melissa O’Reilly, Ryan Stramrood, Cristian Vergara, Craig Lenning, Rafal Ziobro, Andrew Chin, Jackie Cobell, James Pittar, Paolo Chiarino, Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen, Ivan Papulshenko, Zdenek Tlamicha, Zhou Hanming, Oleg Adamov, Andrei Agarkov, Alekseev Semen, Tatiana Alexandrova, Roman Belan, Elena Semenova, Alexander Brylin, Afanasii Diackovskii, Vladimir Nefatov, Evgenii Dokuchaev, Oleg Docuckaev, Roman Efimov, Dmitrii Filitovich, Olga Filitovich, Victor Godlevskiy, Olga Golubeva, Alexei Golubkin, Alexander Golubkin, Alexandr Iurkov, Oleg Ivanov, Pavel Kabakov, Eduard Khodakovskiy, Aleksandr Komarov, Aleksandr Kuliapin, Andrey Kuzmin, Irina Lamkina, Vladimir Litvinov, Andrey Mikhalev, Victor Moskvin, Nikolay Petshak, Sergey Popov, Vladimir Poshivailov, Grigorii Prokopchuk, Dmitrii Zalka, Natalia Seraya, Viacheslav Shaposhnikov, Olga Sokolova, Andrei Sychev, Alexei Tabakov, and Nataliia Usachaeva [represented by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko and Nuala Moore]



Alexey Salmin Pavlovich (Russia) and Dmitry Dragozhilov (Russia)
on the 2016 Winter Swimming World Championships [film]



Sally Minty-Gravett (Jersey) on Motivating Swimmers



Dmitry Blokhin (Russia) and Aleksei Veller (Russia)
on the First World Ice Swimming Championships [film]



Matthew Moseley (USA)’s Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain [film]



Simon Holliday (England) and Doug Woodring (Hong Kong)’s The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau 2014 [film]



International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF)

IMSHOF Induction Ceremonies and Dinner
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA).

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Elizabeth Fry (USA), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • James Anderson (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Dr. Jane Katz (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Indonesian Swimming Federation Open Water Committee (Indonesia), IMSHOF Honour Organisation

  • Melissa Cunningham (Australia), Irving Davids – Captain Roger Wheeler Award by the International Swimming Hall of Fame and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Sandra Bucha (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Jon Erikson (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer [represented by Sandra Bucha]



International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Introduction Video.
Welcome speech by host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)






International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
Induction Ceremonies and Dinner with host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Mercedes Gleitze (England)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by daughter Doloranda Pember]

  • Dale Petranech (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Contributer and IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Claudio Plit (Argentina)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Shelley Taylor-Smith]

  • Judith van Berkel-de Nijs (Netherlands)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Niek Kloots]

  • George Young (Canada)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation]

  • David Yudovin (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

Sunday, 21 September



Registration and coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland



Nuala Moore (Ireland) on The Mindset of 1000m at 0ºC



Admiral Konstantin Sidenko (Russia)’s Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska in 2013 [film]



Ned Denison (Ireland) on Swimming The World



Bruckner Chase (USA)’s Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa
Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way



Rok Kerin (Slovenia) on Lifestyle Benefits From Open Water Swimming



Survey distribution and group photo-taking



Swim at Stravvana Bay, Isle of Bute


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."

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Open Water Swimming Magazine

Open Water Swimming Magazine

The 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 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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