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World's Top 100 Beaches

Soft white sand, fluorescent blue waters, warm temperatures, perfect sunsets, beautiful sunrises, marine life, cool breezes...these are some of the sights and sounds of the world's top beaches as proposed by CNN.

Many of these swims are locations of established open water swimming events. Like Race For The Conch Eco-SeaSwim that is held in Grace Bay in Turks & Caicos, and the Body Science Great Australian Swim Series in Whitehaven Beach in Queensland.

1. Grande Anse Beach, La Digue Island, Seychelles
2. Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa, Italy
3. Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
4. Anse Source d'Argent, La Digue, Seychelles
5. Anse de Grande Saline, St. Barths
6. Cabbage Beach, Paradise Island, Bahamas
7. Wineglass Bay, Tasmania
8. Matira Beach, Bora Bora, Tahiti
9. Champagne Beach, Vanuatu
10. Palaui Island, Cagayan Valley, Philippines
11. Whitehaven Beach, Queensland, Australia
12. Tulum, Mexico
13. Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia
14. El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
15. The Baths, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
16. Luskentyre Beach, Scotland
17. Nihiwatu Beach, Sumba, Indonesia
18. Gardner Bay, Espanola Island, Ecuador
19. Maya Bay, Ko Phi Phi, Thailand
20. Rarotonga, Cook Islands
21. Juara Beach, Tioman Island, Malaysia
22. Boulders Beach, Cape Town, South Africa
23. Crane Beach, Barbados
24. Egremni Beach, Greece
25. Sun Island Beach, Maldives
26. Long Bay, Saint-Martin
27. Hanalei Bay, Hawaii, United States
28. Sunrise Beach, Koh Lipe, Thailand
29. Warwick Long Bay, Bermuda
30. Grand Anse, Grenada
31. Playa Paraiso, Cayo Largo, Cuba
32. Navagio Beach, Greece
33. Margaret River Beach, Australia
34. Cayo Paraiso, Dominican Republic
35. Balos Beach, Greece
36. Bahia Solano, Colombia
37. West Bay Beach, Roatan, Honduras
38. Karekare, West Auckland, New Zealand
39. Canggu Beach, Bali, Indonesia
40. Dominical Beach, Costa Rica
41. Negril Beach, Jamaica
42. D-Day beaches, Normandy, France
43. Nungwi, Zanzibar, Tanzania
44. Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia
45. Patnem Beach, Goa, India
46. Natadola Beach, Fiji
47. Placenia Beach, Belize
48. Trunk Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
49. Tanjung Rhu, Langkawi, Malaysia
50. Porto da Barra, Salvador, Brazil
51. Panama City Beach, Florida, United States
52. Southwestern Beach, Koh Rong, Cambodia
53. Little Corn beaches, Nicaragua
54. Cavendish Beach, Prince Edward Island, Canada
55. Phra Nang Beach, Railay, Thailand
56. Diani Beach, Kenya
57. Abaka Bay, Haiti
58. Akajima, Okinawa, Japan
59. Na'ama Bay, Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt
60. Beidaihe, China
61. Essaouira, Morocco
62. Haad Rin, Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
63. Pulau Derawan, Indonesia
64. Radhanagar Beach, Andaman Islands, India
65. Isshiki Beach, Hayama, Japan
66. Skagen Beach, Denmark
67. Belle Mare, Mauritius
68. Kaiteriteri Beach, Nelson, New Zealand
69. Los Roques, Venezuela
70. Punalu'u, Hawaii, United States
71. Laughing Bird Caye, Belize
72. Plage de Piémanson, France
73. Venice Beach, California, United States
74. Capo Sant'Andrea, Elba, Italy
75. Oludeniz Beach, Turkey
76. Flamenco Beach, Puerto Rico
77. Vilanculos Beach, Mozambique
78. Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
79. Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
80. Cape Maclear, Malawi
81. Las Salinas, Ibiza, Spain
82. La Concha, Spain
83. Ffryes Beach, Antigua
84. Puka Beach, Boracay, Philippines
85. Bandon, Oregon, United States
86. An Bang Beach, Hoi An, Vietnam
87. Arashi Beach, Aruba
88. Byron Bay, Australia
89. Lover's Beach, Baja California Sur, Mexico
90. Paradise Beach, Rab, Croatia
91. Bottom Bay, Barbados
92. Meads Bay, Anguilla
93. Long Beach, Phu Quoc, Vietnam
94. Hot Water Beach, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
95. Praia do Sancho, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
96. Ifaty Beach, Madagascar
97. Coffee Bay, Wild Coast, South Africa
98. Pigeon Point, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago
99. Portstewart Strand, Northern Ireland
100. Falassarna Beach, Crete, Greece

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

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Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE

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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