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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Double The Distance, Twice As Nice
For years, Jim Anderson organized the Waikiki Roughwater Swim. Back in the 1970’s, the open water swimming season in Hawaii stretched from April to September, but no further. "The season started with a few biathlon events in April and May," recalls Anderson who was recently inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. "These races were followed by some summer activities and ended with the Waikiki Roughwater Swim on Labor Day. There was no incentive to keep working out and people drifted off with other social activities until there was another event in April."
But Anderson created an incentive to extend the season…and then some.
He created the Possibly Annual Hawaiian Christmas Looong Distance Invitational Rough-H2O Swim. "The event help make open water swimming in Hawaii a year-round activity." First held in 1981 and locally known as the Double Roughwater, Anderson explains the title and distance. "The race has been held every year since 1981, but one (2007). Thus, living up to its name as Possibly Annual. At the time, the 7 km distance was considered a long distance event and it fit nicely within the boundaries of the Waikiki Bay. Had the Olympic 10K open water movement been active at that time, the distance most likely would have been longer. While this is listed as a 7K course that is only for the exceptional swimmer who swims in a straight line. Real world distance can be substantially greater than 7K depending upon conditions and navigational ability. Navigation is a skill that plays an important role in this race."
But what most participants find out about the out-and-back Double Roughwater course is that if one way is easy, the other way is not. Swimmers just don't know which way the currents will flow with half the course with the current and the other half against.
"We stress that when one swims in this event you are not close to shore and that you are truly communing with Mother Nature who can be very unforgiving. It is not for the casual swimmer. Safety is a major concern such that each swimmer is required to have an escort on a surfboard, kayak or other similar water craft. We do extend a courtesy to swimmers who come from out of state and will supply an escort, if needed."
Anderson has maintained the invitational aspect of the event - and explains why it remains an essential element of the 7 km rough water swim. "The Invitational nature of the event is not to limit it to superstars, but to gain an understanding of the swimmer's ability. This event is not for the weekend swimmer. Our objective is to have a good time, meet some new people and get in fun workout. Having to account for or rescue overextended swimmers or escorts is not what we consider a good time. Those who are not in good shape will wish that they were. There is a cutoff of four hours for one to be an official finisher."
For more information on the December 15th event in Honolulu, visit www.longdistanceswim.com.
Winners and their ages along with the average age and time of the participants over the last 30 years include:
1981: Kaili Chun (19) 1:38:36 [average age: 32.6, average time: 2:24:57]
1982: Kaili Chun (20) 1:40:15 [average age: 30.9, average time: 2:15:32]
1983: Richard Wells (22) 1:25:19 [average age: 34.5, average time: 2:09:14]
1984: Richard Wells (23) 1:29:14 [average age: 35.2, average time: 2:25:36]
1985: Rick Heltzel (28) 1:35:11 [average age: 36.4, average time: 2:14:27]
1986: Chris Moore (23) 1:29:45 [average age: 35.9, average time: 2:13:38]
1987: Rick Heltzel (30) 1:39:00 [average age: 34.6, average time: 2:26:28]
1988: Dean Walter (19) 1:43:40 [average age: 35.6, average time: 2:23:41]
1989: Rick Heltzel (32) 1:26:55 [average age: 35.8, average time: 2:01:49]
1990: Greg Streppel (22) 1:24:44 [average age: 36.4, average time: 2:11:01]
1991: Dale Shimato (25) 1:41:00 [average age: 37.2, average time: 2:20:35]
1991: Rick Heltzel (34) 2:07:44 (10 km USA Swimming National Championships)
1992: Davin Bray (20) 1:38:20 [average age: 37.3, average time: 2:19:09]
1992: Jeff Pearson (22) 2:05:50 (10 km USA Swimming National Championships)
1993: Sergio Chiarandini (25) 1:30:03 [average age: 35.3, average time: 2:16:54]
1994: Dan Veatch (29) 1:31:06 [average age: 37.9, average time: 2:07:11]
1995: Kari Lydersen (20) 1:37:25 [average age: 36.3, average time: 2:17:38]
1996: Paul Herbert (19) 1:52:15 [average age: 39.0, average time: 2:43:34]
1997: Rick Heltzel (40) 1:38:06 [average age: 43.5, average time: 2:11:52]
1998: John Flanagan (23) 1:41:12 [average age: 43.3, average time: 2:22:57]
1999: John Flanagan (24) 1:34:47 [average age: 38.5, average time: 2:10:58]
2000: John Flanagan (25) 1:32:49 [average age: 41.8, average time: 2:10:48]
2001: Bill Goding (48) 1:46:59 [average age: 40.1, average time: 2:22:15]
2002: Rick Heltzel (45) 1:37:36 [average age: 40.5, average time: 2:05:36]
2003: Rick Heltzel (46) 1:38:35 [average age: 43.7, average time: 2:13:06]
2004: Rick Heltzel (47) 1:37:42 [average age: 49.1, average time: 2:07:58]
2005: Rick Heltzel (48) 1:43:12 [average age: 42.4, average time: 2:30:38]
2006: Bill Goding (53) 1:44:13 [average age: 42.2, average time: 2:20:46]
2006: John Flanagan (32) 1:31:24 (USA Swimming 10 km Olympic Trials qualifying event)
2007: no event held
2008: Rick Heltzel (51) 1:36:58 [average age: 46.3, average time: 2:10:08]
2009: Rick Heltzel (52) 1:37:36 [average age: 48.0, average time: 2:00:40]
2010: Eric Nilsson (23) 1:34:54 [average age: 44.4, average time: 2:18:49]
2011: Rick Heltzel (54) 1:45:48 [average age: 45.5, average time: 2:30:38]
2012: Eric Nilsson (25) 1:32:54 [average age: 47.6, average time: 1:55:36]
2013: Ryan Saunders (21) 1:35:41 [average age: 44.05, average time: 2:09:57]
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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference
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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