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Friday, August 30, 2013

The Joy Of Research And Discovery In The Open Water

When Scott Zornig of Laguna Beach, California created the stage swim concept of Fear No Pier, he had a specific purpose in mind. He wanted to challenge himself and others in the open water with something new.

He had done his share of channel swims, marathon swims, and coastal mass participation ocean swims. He wanted something unique and enjoyable; something unprecedented and memorable. With dozens of piers punctuating the Southern California coastline from north to south, Zornig figured that there are ample opportunities to round-the-pier.

In the inaugural Fear No Pier event in August 2013, Zornig designed a course where swimmers would swim around 27 piers with a cumulative total of 19 km of swimming in ocean water spread out over 311 miles of driving between piers. It was a huge undertaking and took the pioneers more than 24 hours, but their success only got them to switch over to additional planning for next year.

Zornig and his 14 colleagues got about to think of even greater challenges than swimming around the 27 piers of Southern California.

They wanted more. So they scoured Google Maps for more piers. Instead of only 27 piers, they wanted the whole enchilada. They looked for piers from the border with Mexico in the south to Oregon to the north. Their desire to find places to swim is one of the most enjoyable parts of the open water swimming world: research and discovery.

"I started researching piers in Northern California and while doing so, discovered that we had missed four four piers in Southern California - Dana Point, Coronado, Shelter island and Embarcadero. As a result, Ray Meldvedt, Lynn Kubasek, Julian Rusinek, and I are going to do these four piers, then head over to the channel islands and knock out whatever we can there. Then we will go to Northern California and do the 19 piers which are on the Pacific Ocean. There are another 32+ piers which are in San Francisco Bay."

With the planet 70% covered in water and the search tools available online, research and discovery are relatively easy. For an open water swimmer, locating an island to circumnavigate, identifying a bay to cross, stumbling across a virgin lake, or finding a remote beach in the tropics are acts of discovery that inspire action. "Has it been done before?" "Is it possible to cross?" "What is necessary to swim it?" These are questions that are both inviting and exciting. Open water swimmers love that feeling of crossing a body of water for the first time when they find a new place to swim, either on the map or in real life, even if someone has swum it before the, but especially so if no one has ever swum it before.

In the open water world for many, being the first is even more exciting - and certainly realistically possible - than being the fastest.

Zornig used the Internet to find piers in out-of-the-way places and added them to the Fear No Pier list. "We are going to do the piers that were build on the channel island piers too. There appears to be only four: two on Catalina Island, one on Santa Rosa Island, and one on Santa Cruz Island. So in total, we have 54 total piers possible to swim around in California and have 25 more to go."

Like explorers of yesterday, the age of discovery is in its infancy when it comes to the open water world. From this summer's relay swimmers in the Bering Strait Swim and their Night Train Swimmers 228-mile relay counterparts along the California coast to Owen O'Keefe's frequent exploratory forays throughout Ireland and Claudia Rose's unprecedented adventures throughout Alaska, swimmers are discovering new places to swim all the time.

The global community has, literally, millions of new places to research, discover, and swim. Bon voyage.

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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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