To educate, entertain, and enthuse those who venture beyond the shore. Over 15,303 articles on solo swims, pro races, relays, charity events, ice swims, eco-swims, stage swims, marathon swims, trends, products, services, personalities, coaches, governing bodies, rules, demographics, books, films, blogs, conferences, camps, clinics and happenings in oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, dams, canals, channels, fjords, estuaries, lochs, coves, firths, straits, bays, and harbors. Sponsored by WOWSA.org.
2016 WOWSA AWARDS
Vote in All Four CategoriesThe World Open Water Swimming Association is pleased to present the 2016 WOWSA Award Nominees.
The nominees are presented in the following four categories:
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Traversée du lac Memphrémagog Withdraws From FINA
Since its inception, the Traversée internationale du lac Memphrémagog has traditionally been a swim across the lake from its American shores in the south to its Canadian shores in Magog, Quebec.
For decades since the early 1990s, the 34 km Traversée has always been a FINA-sanctioned event.
But times are changing as the sport grows.
The members of the Traversée board of directors decided that the cost of being a FINA event was too much of a burden. Additionally, they refocused their mission and determined that their event is best suited to catering to amateur swimmers.
While the local organization is entirely responsible for all the logistical and operational burdens of conducting a marathon race, the FINA sanction also requires a number of other financial outlays and commitments from drug testing to hosting FINA officials.
As a result, the Traversée's 34 km race will be withdrawn from the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix and the Traversée's 10 km race will similarly be withdrawn from the FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup.
The organizing committee issued as press release that stated, "The many financial and budgetary constraints and the difficulty we experience in obtaining financing from various private and public sources leads us to make this decision. In fact the costs associated with the organization of an event of this nature and the FINA increasing requirements of lodging, meals, transportation, etc. led to this decision."
Over the years, the organizing committee has wisely added a number of events for the growing local and amateur swimming community. The professional marathon race (Le grand marathon) has now expanded to a 2 km pro-am race (Parcours 2 km Pro Am), a 3 km Challenge (Le grand défi 3 km), a 10 km FINA World Cup race, a 1 km trial (L’épreuve du 1 km) for athletes 11 years and older, a children's race (La course des Petits Memphrés) for kids 4 to 11 years, and an obstacle course (La super course à obstacles) where 50% of the course is on land and 50% of the competition is in the water with 12 stations and challenges scattered around lac Memphrémagog.
The board of directors explained, "[We] have decided to return to [our] primary mission to promote amateur swimming competitions that encourage athletes of all ages to adopt healthy life and to practice sports." As a result, the professional marathon swim will be sacrificed to focus amateur swimming competitions.
In a throwback to old times, the board of directors is considering its 2016 edition to include a traditional 42 km crossing from Newport, Vermont to Magog, Quebec which is "what many fans are demanding in recent years," said Cathy Bourgeois, president of the organizing committee.
"For many years, FINA held the European Championships at the same time as our competition, depriving us in many swimmers," explained Serge Laurendeau. "They had yet asked repeatedly to move this race so as not to harm us. In addition, you had to pay US$15,000 registration annually just to have the right to hold the 34 km."
Copyright © 2015 by World Open Water Swimming Association
A Thank You Gift from WOWSA
|WOWSA is celebrating the|
1-Year Anniversary of the monthly Open Water Swimming Magazine
by giving you a free copy of the anniversary issue.
Open Water Swimming Magazine Anniversary Issue
File Size: 13MB
Download the file to your computer, and then right-click to extract the magazine which is inside the zip folder. The magazine is in PDF format.
CLICK HERE to download your free copy now.
Open Water Swimming Magazine
Open Water Swimming MagazineThe Open Water Swimming Magazine is the monthly magazine entirely focused on open water swimming heroes and heroines of every age, ability, and background. Published by the World Open Water Swimming Association, the Open Water Swimming Magazine is a free benefit to WOWSA members.
WOWSA Member Benefits include 12 issues of the Open Water Swimming Magazine, the annual 276-page Open Water Swimming Almanac, a free listing in Sponsor My Swim, outstanding product discounts from FINIS, an entry in Openwaterpedia and more...
The Other Shore
The Other Shore follows world record holder and legendary swimmer Diana Nyad as she comes out of a thirty-year retirement to re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. Her past and present collide in her obsession with a feat that nobody has ever accomplished. At the edge of The Devil’s Triangle, tropical storms, sharks, venomous jellyfish, and one of the strongest ocean currents in the world, all prove to be life-threatening realities. Timothy Wheeler’s documentary brings Diana Nyad’s extraordinary adventure to life as Diana sets out to prove that will and determination are all you need to make the unimaginable possible.
2014 Open Water Swimming Almanac
An Almanac for Open Water SwimmingAn almanac is essentially a body of knowledge which is so complete that it enables people in different fields to make predictions about the future of their respective industries.
This, for example, was the purpose of the traditional farmers almanacs. It enabled farmers to determine as accurately as possible which crops to plant for the greatest harvests in a given year.
But the farmers almanac was just one example among many.
There are, of course, many different kinds of almanacs.
In fact, there is even one for open water swimming...
Preview the Open Water Swimming Almanac:
The trends are very clear.
The tide is rising for open water swimming.