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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Swimming The Rocky Coastlines Of The World

Swimmers know the dangers of swimming near the rocks while in the open water. Bruises, bumps and scraps are generally things for open water swimmers to avoid. But, swimming near these rocks noted below would seem to be very cool during calm conditions.

El Arco de Cabo San Lucas in Mexico is a distinctive rock formation at the tip of Cabo San Lucas at the southern end of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula.

The Giant's Causeway (Clochán na bhFómharach) is an area of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption, in County Antrim on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland.

A World Heritage Site and a National Nature Reserve, the Giant's Causeway is one of the greatest natural wonders in the United Kingdom.


The Externsteine is a distinctive rock formation located in the Teutoburger Wald region of northwestern Germany.

The formation consists of several tall, narrow columns of rock which rise abruptly from the surrounding wooded hills. The name probably means "stones of the Egge".



Preikestolen or Prekestolen, is also known as Preacher's Pulpit or Pulpit Rock, and by the old local name Hyvlatonnå.

Preikestolen is a massive cliff 604 metres (1,982 feet) above Lysefjorden, opposite the Kjerag plateau, in Forsand, Norway.

The top of the cliff, approximately 25 by 25 metres square is a famous tourist attraction in Norway.





The Twelve Apostles are located in Port Campbell National Park, nestled among Victoria, Australia's most spectacular coastline scenery. Here, the Port Campbell Twelve Apostles Plunge is held, part of the 3-race Shipwreck Coast Swim Series.


Nanya Rock are fantastic rock formations and sea-eroded coral shore in Taiwan. The coastline epitomizes the beauty of weathering and wave action on stone.

Nanya was created by the weathering of the sandstone that lines the shore. The oxidation of iron ore within the striations of the stone has given it a beautiful striped pattern.



Percé Rock is one of the largest natural arches in the world. It rises sheer from the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Quebec near the village of Percé, Canada.

It is a massive limestone stack 433 metres long, 90 meters wide and 88 meters at its highest point.


Koh Tapu is one of the most renowned islands in Thailand, located at Phang Nga Bay in Phuket.

Featured in the 1974 Bond film "The Man with the Golden Gun", Koh Tapu soon became known as known as James Bond Island and started to attract visitors from all over the world.




Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach on the Otago Coast on South Island in New Zealand have been eroded by wave action from the cliffs of soft, black mudstone.

They originally formed on the sea floor when the mudstone was accumulating during the early Tertiary period some 60 million years ago.


Pyramid Rock in Pyramid Lake, an artificial salt lake, in Nevada, USA.

It was formed by Pyramid Dam on Piru Creek, near Castaic, California.




Diddo Clark used to organize a swim starting at Point Bonita, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco.

Now solo swims and relays from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallon Islands pass by Point Bonita, riding strong currents out of San Francisco Bay.

Goa is on the western coast of India and the site of the India International Triathlon where the weather is especially pleasant and sunny from November to March.








Ponta da Piedade in Lagos is a jewel of the Portuguese southern coast.




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