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Monday, January 6, 2014

Ka’iwi Channel Swim 2.0, Insanely Outrageous

The inaugural Ka’iwi Channel Swim was arguably the most risky relay competitions in recent memory.

The 28-mile crossing in August 2013 between Molokai Island and Oahu was not only conducted safely, but the race between The Youngsters and The Veterans was neck-and-neck for nearly 10 hours with numerous lead changes.

So much could have gone wrong in the race, but everything went right under the leadership of race directors Jeff Kozlovich and Steve Haumschild.

The Molokai Channel is considered one of the most difficult channel crossings in all of open waterdom, located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean where massive currents, waves, winds and marine life can bar swimmers from success. It has been crossed successfully by 28 people including some of the most hardened swimmers in the world. But a cursory review of their Molokai Channel times compared with their English Channel crossing gives an indication how tough the mid-ocean crossing can be:

* Michael Miller - 16:37 Molokai vs. 16:09 English Channel
* Forrest Nelson - 16:36 and 15:55 Molokai vs. 12:41 English Channel
* Tina Neill - 17:17 Molokai vs. 11:21 (freestyle), 13:22 (backstroke) English Channel
* Darren Miller - 12:12 Molokai vs. 12:04 English Channel
* Michelle Macy - 14:12 Molokai vs. 10:02, 11:37, 10:35 English Channel
* Anna-Carin Nordin - 18:22 Molokai vs. 12:00 English Channel
* Penny Palfrey - 12:07 Molokai vs. 9:16, 9:07 English Channel
* Stephen Redmond - 22:30 Molokai vs. 20:01 English Channel
* Adam Walker - 17:01 Molokai vs. 11:35 English Channel
* Michael Ventre - 22:30 Molokai vs. 15:18 English Channel
* Kathleen Wilson - 20:49 Molokai vs. 13:10 English Channel
* Oliver Wilkinson - 13:05 Molokai vs. 11:06 English Channel
* Kim Chambers - 19:27 Molokai vs. 12:12 English Channel
* Beth French - 24:10 Molokai vs. 15:16 English Channel
* Katie Benoit - 18:00 Molokai vs. 13:13 English Channel

The 9 hour 53 minute crossing of The Veterans (Karen Schmidt, Amy Dantzler, Brent Blackman, Bill Ireland, Bruce Thomas and Dianne Gleason) and the 9 hour 56 minute crossing of The Youngsters (Terence Young, Brian King, Mitchell Degeus, Jamison Grove, Brittney Yim and Erin Yamamoto) was the first traverse by a relay in Ka'iwi Channel history. The 2014 Kaiwi Channel Swim Race, endorsed by Kaiwi Channel Association and World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA), will be the second organized relay crossing. The event just opened up for registration for the August 23rd 2014 race.

The Ka'iwi Channel Swim is a 28-mile, open ocean, island-to-island team race described as 'the most insane open water swim event on the planet.' We agree because the water between Oahu and Molokai can get REAL BIG, REAL FAST.

"This is ultimate proving ground," chimes in both Kozlovich and Haumschild. "Increased dangers of this event exist beyond typical ocean swim events including rapidly changing weather conditions, and absolute remoteness where assistance or rescue is NOT guaranteed and should not be depended on. Logistics are complex. Its best to think this is part-race and part-expedition.

The race is scheduled to begin at Kaluako'i on the western side of Moloka'i and end at Sandy Beach Park on East Oahu on the other side of the notorious 28-mile Ka'iwi Channel. We don't recommend this swim to anyone. BUT, if you understand the risks and still want to compete, I think we're all going to put meaning back in the term epic
."

Bill Ireland, part of the winning Veterans team, will be back for more in 2014. "It was a great experience and much of the organization will be simpler the second time."

Kozlovich and Haumschild, who have kayaked more swimmers across the channel than anyone else, cautiously remind interested swimmers, "Ka'iwi Channel is rightfully considered one of the most dangerous channels in the world and the ultimate decision to compete in this event should be heavily and carefully considered."

For more information and to register, visit here at www.kaiwichannelassociation.com.

A brief mid-channel view from 2013:



Photo of The Youngsters and The Veterans with Jeff Kozlovich and Steve Haumschild at the end of the 2013 competition is courtesy of Kaia Hedlund.

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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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