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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Riding The Current, Powered By Inspiration, Action And Solar

10-time Olympic medalist Gary Hall Jr. is a huge fan and a passionate proponent of Billy Dutton.

"Billy is accomplished in everything he does - and he does a lot. His recent jaunt is the Ride The Current project. Together with Mark Ward, it is an eco-friendly 354-mile (570km) surfing safari with a solar-powered Duffy that will generate awareness of the importance of keeping our open water and oceans free of pollutants and plastics. It’s about clean energy, clean oceans and clean fun. While this is a surfing safari, open water swimmers are also the front line of society’s contact with the ocean. Among open water swimmers, this might strike a chord."

Lexie Kelly interviews Dutton on the shores of Huntington Beach:

Kelly: Can you describe Ride The Current?
Dutton: The tour will include several stops along the California coast, starting in Santa Barbara and ending in Mexico. The trip is sponsored by Duffy, the electric boat company, a stand up paddle board and surfboard company, and Platinum Performance. Several high-profile conservationists will lecture in the port stops along the way. The trip will be documented for a film as well.

Kelly: What will you be looking for in the Pacific Ocean?
Dutton: Beside waves to surf and avoiding the kelp that the would wreak havoc on the prop on the Duffy, we will be looking for floating trash. That means plastic. We will be pulling a trawl that was provided to us by the Algalita Marine Research Institute that captures floating debris and then return the samples to their lab for cataloging. In addition, we will be collecting water samples for Heal the Bay at 16 locations they have been watching as well.

Kelly: How far out will you take the Duffy from shore?
Dutton: For the most part, we will be following the coast line anywhere from ¼ to a mile off, but on our second leg we hope, weather permitting, we hope to make it from Ventura Harbor to the Channel Islands and back to Oxnard.

Kelly: How will you compare the condition of the ocean, compared with before? That is, because this is your first expedition, will you establish a baseline during this trip?
Dutton: This is a first for this kind of expedition but Mark and I are very familiar with the southern California coastline. I moved to Newport Beach when I was 5 and have spent countless hours on the water in either a boat, a surfboard or just a swimming suit.

Kelly: What are your credentials as a researcher or scientist or enthusiast? Have you done research before for other marine environmental organizations either as a professional or volunteer?
Dutton: Mark and I were trained to take water samples from the Agalita Marine Research institute as well as water samples by Heal the Bay, but the truth is, we are just two regular guys on the street that want to know more about what’s going on in our ocean. The real basic science in understanding the issue can be done by anyone. Simply go to a beach, marina, or anywhere for that matter. Start picking up the trash on the ground or water and look at what you find. The plastic you find is not biodegradable but will break down over time into smaller pieces. Fish, birds and marine mammals mistake those particles for food and consume them.

Kelly: Are there any researchers, organizations or scientists who are assisting you in planning or implementation?
Dutton: Yes, Marcus Eriksen at the 5 Gyres has been both a mentor and an inspiration. He will be speaking at out event when we land port in Marina del Rey on October 10th. He and his wife Anna are amazing speakers on the subject of plastic pollution in the ocean.

Kelly: How will the surfing community help you?
Dutton: SurfRider Foundation is fully supporting us and this is officially RAPtober (Rise Against Plastics).

Kelly: How can the open water swimming community help you?
Dutton: Come to our event October 10th and bring your friends. It’s all about awareness and talking about changing our habits as individuals and as businesses.

Kelly: Do you need donors? How much are you looking to raise?
Dutton: No, we are not asking for money, just involvement.

Kelly: If you are promoting clean energy, why do you not try a carbon-neutral option like using an outrigger canoe or traveling the entire distance with a stand up paddle board?
Dutton: There are some wonderful people doing that right now and that is way cool. We are trying to focus on renewable energy and this seemed like a great way to do it.

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

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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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