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Sunday, July 6, 2014

SmackDab Unprecedented In The Middle Of Lake Michigan

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

It is unprecedented for the endurance athlete community and general public to witness exactly what happens during an ultra-marathon swim.

While news coverage, photos and bits and pieces of video of ultra-marathon swimmers have been shown over the past century, Jamie Patrick and Ridgeline Entertainment will bring a pioneering perspective of the 71-mile The Great Lake Swim in Lake Michigan.

The non-stop broadcast will roll from beginning to end, through the night and filming every feed, every navigational decision, every bright spot and dark alley throughout the 114 km solo swim.

The smiles and the stamina; the fears and the frowns; the uncertainty and unpredictability will be unveiled for all to observe.

As the drama of swimming for over 2 days unfolds, the cameras will continue to roll. As Patrick continues to swim mile after mile and hour after hour, Doug Stanley and his crew at Ridgeline Entertainment will break away for backstories, interviews, past training swims, and features with Patrick, his family and his crew.

Not only will the broadcast platform allow HD quality video to stream live throughout the swim, but SmackDab will also allow viewers to chat with other fans and crew to ask questions and learn more about open water swimming and its specialty niche of ultra-marathon swimming. SmackDab also offers individuals to be invited into a side 'friends-only' chat room and viewers can also chat directly with people on the escort boats and behind the scenes.

Commentary, opinions and observations can be provided in real-time as if the general public is right there sitting alongside the crew members and volunteers on this unprecedented adventure in interactive endurance sports. They will be able to see the glory and the guts necessary to deal with the discomfort and drama that Patrick will undoubtedly face for nearly 50 hours in Lake Michigan.

SmackDab is the new social viewing platform for Facebook which Patrick and Stanley will use to interact with online followers around the globe while are swimming stage-by-stage across the wide expanse of the Pacific Ocean.

If there is anyone up to the task, it is Stanley who has produced the most amount of television footage in difficult marine environments. With nearly a decade of hit cable television shows under his belt, from the Deadliest Catch to the Lobster Wars, Stanley and his team at Ridgeline Entertainment deliver not only unique 3D programming, but also produce innovative, next-generation social broadcasting from some of the wildest places on Planet Earth.

"Essentially, Jamie's swim will utilize Facebook as a television channel," explains Stanley who has produced unique programming from Alaska to Johannesburg South Africa where the footage went live to satellite and Direct TV as well as the first pay-for-view programming on Facebook. "We are on the bleeding age of broadcasting for tomorrow," the two-time Emmy Award winner explained from San Francisco. "We created a professional broadcast platform within Facebook that reaches throughout the online social world."

Stanley's experience and vision are seemingly the perfect match for Patrick, the charismatic California swimmer. Their energy and talents feed off of one another. "Jamie and the Great Lake Swim has what it takes to become a hit story with trackable elements. Marathon swimming is a rich world for stories that can draw reach through traditional media. As the traditional media draw visitors to the online world, we can also simultaneously promote interactivity in the online world. The nature of the 90-mile swim itself - and the time that it will take - allows for secondary and tertiary stories about Jamie, the sport and his crew. This kind of event has the potential to create good media and a great backbone for outstanding stories.

The swim, the crew, the dramatic environment with the weather and marine creatures of the Great Lakes Swim offers great media. Before, during and after the swim, we can draw as many stories as possible with its rich character set. Plus the trackable nature of the swim and the nature of the swim itself is capable of drawing huge national and international audiences over time. Because there is so much time, we can pre-produce elements. This really opens up the social environment where people can communicate on parts of the story and communicate with each other."

Producing The Great Lake Swim is data-driven social broadcasting in a highly addressable form. "We want to do the best for the entire open water swimming community. We will add different layers of the onion, creating individual events and an entire ecosystem of broadcasts that allows for separation of data. We have access to 400,000 people who are into open water swimming with a full-live data stream on Facebook."

But filming on the water is not easy by any means, whether it is the north Pacific Ocean with The Deadliest Catch or The Great Lake Swim on Lake Michigan. Which is why Stanley's experience and technology is so invaluable. "We will use a new technology for cell phone signal utilizing IP broadcasting techniques that gather to a live switcher and then to our broadcast partners. Essentially, we use a HD camera whose signal runs into a backpack with 8-13 cell phone modems inside. The technology divides the signal into packets, transmits it individually, and then re-assembles it back together for live broadcasting in our master control center. This kind of technology allows us to produce proper live broadcast with uninterrupted signal and programming. But what is important is that The Great Lake Swim will not be one-way broadcasting. We will be providing updates from the crew on Jamie's boat who will use their mobile hot spot to broadcast via Skype and FaceTime."

Patrick is excited about the opportunity to talk about his support team. "There is the untold story of my crew. They are all characters in themselves. Our live portal will get emails during the swim and they will respond, about the navigational side of things, what I am eating. I simply could not do this without these people around me."

The wireless broadcasting from Lake Michigan will use new types of GoPro-type cameras: an iON camera - one HD version and one mobile phone version. "So we will see people using iON camera that will show the broadcast on their cell phone if they call on a 1-800 number on our shot-and-share platform. One problem that we found with GoPro cameras in the marine environments where we film is that the GoPro cameras fog. But the iON camera is waterproof. And when the camera is on, it vibrates. We will also construct mobile underwater switchable unit with a live switch signal. For Jamie's swim, we will use the most advanced broadcast technologies available to show just what social broadcasting is and can be and do in the future."

During the swim, Stanley and his team will be telling stories about Patrick's training, his motivations, his life in San Francisco, and his family as they develop his character on a grand scale. For the estimated 50-hour swim will be a challenge like few others in 2014. Of the 116 solo swims that have taken longer than 24 hours, only 10 in history have taken 55 hours. But only two - by the renowned Vicki Keith in Lake Ontario - have been done in water as cold as Lake Michigan will be at around 67-69ºF (19.4-20.5ºC).

So much time, so many stories to tell.

For more information on his swim, visit The Great Lake Swim here at www.thegreatlakeswim.com.

The Great Lake Swim from Jamie Patrick on Vimeo.

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Agenda

Friday, 19 September



Welcome Reception at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

Documentary films shown throughout the reception:

Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa – Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way
(film by Bruckner Chase)

Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain
(film by Wayne Ewing about Matthew Moseley's Lake Pontchartrain crossing)

Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska
(film by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko about the relay between Russia and Alaska)

The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau
(film about Simon Holiday's Pearl River Delta crossing)

Saturday, 20 September



Registration and Coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland



Keynote Speech:
Colleen Blair (Scotland) on The History of Scottish Swimming



Christopher Guesdon (Australia) on Multidimensional Roles In The Sport



Colin Hill (England) on Recent Explosion in UK Open Water



Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) on The Feminine Code of Achievement - How a Lady from Down Under Revolutionized Professional Marathon Swimming



Simon Murie (England) on Open Water Swimming Holidays: How A New Sector Was Created Within The Travel Industry



Swimming The Oceans Seven
A round table discussion moderated by:
Kevin Murphy (England), with Stephen Redmond (Ireland), Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden),
Darren Miller (USA), Adam Walker (England), Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand)



Coffee and Break



World Open Water Swimming Awards Luncheon:
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA)

Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year

Olga Kozydub (Russia), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year

Bering Strait Swim, 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year

Honoring: Vladimir Chegorin, Maria Chizhova, Elena Guseva, Ram Barkai, Jack Bright, Oksana Veklich, Aleksandr Jakovlevs, Matías Ola, Henri Kaarma, Toomas Haggi, Nuala Moore, Anne Marie Ward, Toks Viviers, Melissa O’Reilly, Ryan Stramrood, Cristian Vergara, Craig Lenning, Rafal Ziobro, Andrew Chin, Jackie Cobell, James Pittar, Paolo Chiarino, Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen, Ivan Papulshenko, Zdenek Tlamicha, Zhou Hanming, Oleg Adamov, Andrei Agarkov, Alekseev Semen, Tatiana Alexandrova, Roman Belan, Elena Semenova, Alexander Brylin, Afanasii Diackovskii, Vladimir Nefatov, Evgenii Dokuchaev, Oleg Docuckaev, Roman Efimov, Dmitrii Filitovich, Olga Filitovich, Victor Godlevskiy, Olga Golubeva, Alexei Golubkin, Alexander Golubkin, Alexandr Iurkov, Oleg Ivanov, Pavel Kabakov, Eduard Khodakovskiy, Aleksandr Komarov, Aleksandr Kuliapin, Andrey Kuzmin, Irina Lamkina, Vladimir Litvinov, Andrey Mikhalev, Victor Moskvin, Nikolay Petshak, Sergey Popov, Vladimir Poshivailov, Grigorii Prokopchuk, Dmitrii Zalka, Natalia Seraya, Viacheslav Shaposhnikov, Olga Sokolova, Andrei Sychev, Alexei Tabakov, and Nataliia Usachaeva [represented by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko and Nuala Moore]



Alexey Salmin Pavlovich (Russia) and Dmitry Dragozhilov (Russia)
on the 2016 Winter Swimming World Championships [film]



Sally Minty-Gravett (Jersey) on Motivating Swimmers



Dmitry Blokhin (Russia) and Aleksei Veller (Russia)
on the First World Ice Swimming Championships [film]



Matthew Moseley (USA)’s Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain [film]



Simon Holliday (England) and Doug Woodring (Hong Kong)’s The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau 2014 [film]



International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF)

IMSHOF Induction Ceremonies and Dinner
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA).

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Elizabeth Fry (USA), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • James Anderson (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Dr. Jane Katz (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Indonesian Swimming Federation Open Water Committee (Indonesia), IMSHOF Honour Organisation

  • Melissa Cunningham (Australia), Irving Davids – Captain Roger Wheeler Award by the International Swimming Hall of Fame and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Sandra Bucha (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Jon Erikson (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer [represented by Sandra Bucha]



International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Introduction Video.
Welcome speech by host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)






International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
Induction Ceremonies and Dinner with host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Mercedes Gleitze (England)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by daughter Doloranda Pember]

  • Dale Petranech (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Contributer and IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Claudio Plit (Argentina)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Shelley Taylor-Smith]

  • Judith van Berkel-de Nijs (Netherlands)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Niek Kloots]

  • George Young (Canada)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation]

  • David Yudovin (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

Sunday, 21 September



Registration and coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland



Nuala Moore (Ireland) on The Mindset of 1000m at 0ºC



Admiral Konstantin Sidenko (Russia)’s Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska in 2013 [film]



Ned Denison (Ireland) on Swimming The World



Bruckner Chase (USA)’s Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa
Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way



Rok Kerin (Slovenia) on Lifestyle Benefits From Open Water Swimming



Survey distribution and group photo-taking



Swim at Stravvana Bay, Isle of Bute


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."

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