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2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering Of The Year Nominees

The WOWSA Awards, sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association, is an annual recognition of the world's best open water swimmers, coaches, crew members, pilots, writers, associations, services and products in four different categories. The WOWSA Awards are given at the annual Global Open Water Swimming Conference.

The nominees for the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year and the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year are always an heroic and amazing group of individuals with exceptionally inspirational exploits, histories and lifestyles.

The World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year includes a variety of products, services and concepts in the open water swimming world. The nominees include the following:

1. 21 Yaks and A Speedo, Storytelling Life Lessons by Lewis Pugh (U.K.)
2. Amphibia Sports Ring, Simple Silicone Solution For Swimmers (Ireland)
3. Bold & Beautiful, A Pod by the Shore (Australia)
4. Driven, Documenting Distance and Dedication (U.S.A.)
5. FINIS Agility Paddles, Training Tools of the Trade (U.S.A.)
6. Global Open Water Swimming Conference, Culminating In Cork (Ireland)
7. International Ice Swimming Association, Cooling To The Extreme (South Africa)
8. Ocean-navi, Navigating Throughout The Pacific (Japan)
9. Ocean Swimming & Prone Paddleboarding for Athletes with Spinal Cord Injuries (U.S.A.)
10. Open Water Swimming Manual: An Expert's Survival Guide by Lynne Cox (U.S.A.)
11. Oru Kayak, Origami of the Open Water (U.S.A.)
12. Ouma Academy, Swimming The Sea (Tunisia)
13. Plastic Disclosure Project by Ocean Recovery Alliance (Hong Kong)
14. Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association, Far Forward Thinking In The Ocean (U.S.A.)
15. Swim Smooth, Styling Streamlined Swimming (Australia/U.K.)

1. 21 Yaks and A Speedo, Storytelling Life Lessons by Lewis Pugh (U.K.)
It is a fantastic concept: connect Lewis Pugh’s extreme swims around the world with profound life lessons. Pugh’s 21 Yaks and A Speedo pulls it off extraordinarily well; it is insightful to both seasoned business executives and impressionable teenagers while striking a deep resonance with swimmers and aquatic Luddites. When it comes to pushing the limits of one’s body, mind, and creativity, few have succeeded like Pugh. Elaborate operations, difficult logistics, physiological challenges, and psychological barriers, Pugh meets each of these obstacles head-on and writes simply how he overcomes them. A masterful storyteller with a swim record that is anything but fictional, Pugh’s book can be read quickly and repeatedly. For its ability to inspire others to achieve the impossible, for its colorful language that quickly engages, for its unique format that distills valuable life lessons, Lewis Pugh’s 21 Yaks and A Speedo is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

2. Amphibia Sports Ring, Simple Silicone Solution For Swimmers (Ireland)
A ring is symbolic and represents many deep emotional feelings. When a ring is lost in the open water, it is frustrating, upsetting, agonizing. The ring itself and the memories its stirs up are lost forever. But Adrian McGreevy designed an inexpensive, elegant solution to avoid that heart-wrenching agony and emotional loss. With his Amphibia Sports Ring, the stretchy silicone covering can protect your rings during swimming, effectively eliminating worry. The Sports Ring is a genius solution to a problem that faced by millions and allows swimmers to keep their rings on rather than taking them off or potentially losing or damaging them in the water. For its simple elegance, for its innovative solution to a practical problem, for its inexpensive fix to avoid heartbreaking emotion, the Amphibia Sports Ring is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

3. Bold & Beautiful, A Pod by the Shore (Australia)
It is more than trendy; it is a movement. It is more than a workout; it is a community. It is more than an open water workout; it is a mindset. The popular pink-colored morning pod that gathers on the shores of Sydney is the vision of Julie Isbill and her like-minded ocean-going mates. With a colorful yearly calendar, friendly social events, a sticky online community with participants by the thousands, the Bold & Beautiful has created a model for open water swimming pods around the world. For its newly-born traditions, for its concurrent focus on safety and enjoyment, for its creative means to market a healthy lifestyle while enthusiastically promoting the sport of open water swimming, the Bold & Beautiful is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

4. Driven, Documenting Distance and Dedication (U.S.A.)
They bankrolled it; they starred in it; they live it. Driven is the documentary film that all marathon swimmers have been waiting for. Nothing captures their imagination more than the purity of swimming in the ocean against the elements. They relish the cold; they welcome the rough; they love the distance. These swimmers are absolutely Driven. Ben Pitterle and Brian Hall spent months filming, interviewing, and observing the lives of 3 marathon swimmers: Evan Morrison, Cherie Edborg, and Fiona Goh. The result is an in-depth, inside, intense view of the world few know, and even fewer live. For the imagery and accuracy of the film, for the effort and funding provided by marathon swimmers themselves, for the drama and inspiration that marathon swimmers create, Driven the documentary film is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

5. FINIS Agility Paddles, Training Tools of the Trade (U.S.A.)
Its form factor is unique. Its benefits are unmistakable. Its color is distinct. The FINIS Agility Paddles are oh-so-cool hand paddles that feel just right when you swim properly. Conversely, with sub-optimal hand movement through water, the paddles function as a fantastic self-teaching aid and a catalyst for stroke improvement. The bright yellow paddles enhance the swimmers’ tactile feedback and feel in the water, no matter what stroke they are swimming: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke or freestyle. By elevating an athlete’s kinetic awareness, the paddles enable swimmers to make minute changes and discover the most optimal hand position throughout their entire stroke cycle. For its unprecedented convex shape, for its simplicity of design, for its fit like a one-sided glove, the FINIS Agility Paddles are a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

6. Global Open Water Swimming Conference, Culminating In Cork (Ireland)
Oswald Schmidt and Paschal Horgan had an idea and a dream: to invite and host representatives around the open water world to Cork, Ireland. They sought sponsors and support; they aligned a number of experts; they gathered the crème-de-la-crème of the open swimming world in a grand celebration. The result was an outstanding 2013 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, WOWSA Awards and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame ceremonies that set the standard for the future. For the hard-working efforts of Schmidt, Horgan, Ciaran O'Connor, Captain Tom McCarthy, Finbarr Hedderman, and Ned Denison, for their humble and hospitable nature, for bringing the Global Conference, WOWSA Awards and Hall of Fame ceremonies outside the United States for the first time, the Global Open Water Swimming Conference is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

7. International Ice Swimming Association, Cool To The Extreme (South Africa)
Ice swimmers are extremists. These athletes come in all shapes and sizes with the unique ability to push themselves farther and colder than other humans and scientists think possible. But nothing is impossible for these hardened groups of extreme athletes. The International Ice Swimming Association, founded by Ram Barkai, promotes, advices, and ratifies individuals who attempt and achieve extreme open water swims in water temperatures under 5°C (41°F). Its standardization of rules, protocols, and procedures are helping to shape the sport of ice swimming. Its growth may someday lead to an inclusion of ice swimming in the Winter Olympics. For its emphasis on safety, for its interest in pushing the physical limits of where ice swimmers can go, for organizing the sport in a global unified manner, the International Ice Swimming Association is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

8. Ocean-navi, Navigating Throughout The Pacific (Japan)
The citizens of the island nation of Japan have always enjoyed and respected swimming. Its best swimmers have won Olympic gold. But Ocean-navi is elevating open water swimming to another level by introducing and guiding newcomers to the ocean, from Borneo to Hokkaido. Ocean-navi and Masayuki Moriya took 42 swimmers across the Tsugaru Channel and conducted numerous ocean swimming tours for masters and triathletes in 2013. Ocean-navi is making open water swimming fun and educational, not only for native Japanese but also for visiting foreigners interested in a land shrouded in mystery, cloaked in unknown customs with an indecipherable language. For its efforts to help swimmers tackle the Tsugaru Channel, for its efforts to conduct open water swimming tours, camps and clinics in a fun learning environment, Ocean-navi’s services are a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

9. Ocean Swimming & Prone Paddleboarding for Athletes with Spinal Cord Injuries (U.S.A.)
They create transformative ocean experiences to positively impact the quality of life for those unwilling to accept being an observer. Bruckner Chase and Michelle Evans-Chase with Becky McGill, the Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital, and the City of Upper Township enable the most unlikely athletes to discover a personal connection to the ocean. By helping those with spinal cord injuries learn how to move through the water and guiding open water prone paddleboarding and swimming sessions, disabled athletes are leaving their wheelchairs and physical limitations on the beach to explore opportunities on and in the water. For their vision to bring the open water to a previously land-locked group, for their innovation to make paddling safe for those with severe physical challenges, for the empowering feelings and opportunities, the Ocean City Swim Club / Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital Swimming and Paddling Unified Team Program is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

10. Open Water Swimming Manual: An Expert's Survival Guide For Triathletes And Open Water Swimmers by Lynne Cox (U.S.A.)
No one speaks with the authority and reach of Lynne Cox in the open water world. She speaks softly; we listen intently. She writes creatively, we read repeatedly. She swims; she sets extreme swimming standards. Her books are the centerpiece of any open water swimmer’s library. Her quotes become mantras; her swims become legend. Cox survived the harshest swims in the world with a physiology and psychology that astound the scientific community. Her latest publication sets the standards for two sports: triathlon and open water swimming, both for beginners and pros. For her words of wisdom, for her eloquence in explaining the open water, for her decades of excellence communicated simply in easy-to-understand language, Lynne Cox’s Open Water Swimming Manual: An Expert’s Survival Guide For Triathletes And Open Water Swimmers is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

11. Oru Kayak, Origami of the Open Water (U.S.A.)
Inspired by origami, the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, Oru Kayak is a brilliantly simple, foldable, watertight kayak that folds into a carrying case. The innovation created by Anton Willis and Ardy Sobhani solves a huge issue for open water swimmers who wish to swim with an escort in far-away places...or even in waters near their home. Stash it in a trunk. Check it on a plane. Stow it on an escort boat. The Oru Kayak can be taken to and used in remote bodies of water, enabling coaches to engage with their swimmers instead of standing on shore. For its portability and compactness, for its innovative form factor that makes escorting simple, easy, and accessible, for its myriad uses to provide safety and navigation in the open water swimming world, the Oru Kayak is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

12. Ouma Academy, Swimming the Sea (Tunisia)
The Ouma Academy has caused transformations of mindsets. Its creation has shifted the thoughts of the younger generation from news about economic hardships and internal political problems to the pleasures and challenges of the sea. The Ouma Academy, developed by Nejib Belhedi, is an innovative project that gives hope and brings the joy of swimming to the younger generations in the Middle East. The concept of Ouma – or swimming in the sea – has captured the imagination, attention and minds of children throughout Tunisia due to the relentless efforts of its founder Belhedi. For being a catalyst of inspiration, for teaching swimming and the importance of marine safety, for establishing new open water swimming events and a new mindset in Tunisia, The Ouma Academy sets a learn-to-swim standard and is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

13. Plastic Disclosure Project by Ocean Recovery Alliance (Hong Kong)
The increasing plasticity is acknowledged as one of the ocean's devastating problems. The Plastic Disclosure Project, created by the Ocean Recovery Alliance, is a means to help educate and encourage society about how everyone can play a vital role in reducing this problem. Through an easy-to-understand list of alternatives and an easy-to-implement list of solutions, the Plastic Disclosure Project encourages open water race directors and athletes to play a vital role in reducing the impact of plastic on our environment in order to keep the world's oceans healthy and plastic-free. For its attempts and recommendations on how to practically deal with the growing menace of ocean garbage, for offering practical solutions that can be reasonably implemented by individuals, corporations and governments, the Plastic Disclosure Project is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

14. Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association, Far Forward Thinking In The Ocean (U.S.A.)
Frequently visible from the mainland, the 8 Channel Islands of California are increasing looming large in the mindset of channel swimmers. Channel swim courses between the mainland and among the islands present possibilities that are capturing the attention of the open water community. While decades younger than other channel governing bodies, the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association is pushing the envelope of what and how channel swimming governance can be. In 2013, its board of directors has instituted a new rules and standards including the elimination of drafting off escort boats, the use of swim caps, and the discarding of disposable cups. For its far-forward vision of a responsible future of the sport, for its growing reach among the channel community, and for its passionate group of volunteers, the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

15. Swim Smooth, Styling Streamlined Swimming (Australia/U.K.)
Learning how to swim, learning how to swim better, and learning how to swim well is the mission of Swim Smooth. Paul Newsome and Adam Young of Swim Smooth and their global community of experienced swim coaches take the education and definition of efficient and effective swimming strokes very seriously and very professionally. Swim Smooth provides a comprehensive slew of online materials, clinics, and one-on-one opportunities to disseminate proper and cutting-edge information of optimal customized aquatic success for both triathletes and open water swimmers. For their year-round constant effort to help individuals of all ages and abilities, for their beautiful presentation of swimming styles, for their easy-to-understand videos, illustrations, and written communications, the collective assets of Swim Smooth is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

The previous World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year recipient was:

* 2012: World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year - SWIM Channel (shown above), produced by Patrick Winkler (Brazil)

Online voting takes place here.

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