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:
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
French Swims Oversees
Beth French is a 39-year-old British swimmer, motivational speaker, and coach. The 24-hour Club member plans to become the first person to complete a Calendar Year Oceans Seven.
Her schedule for the Calendar Year Oceans Seven is as follows:
1. North Channel scheduled for 6 September 2016
2. Catalina Channel scheduled for 13 October 2016
3. Molokai Channel scheduled for late November 2016
4. Cook Strait scheduled for spring 2017
5. Strait of Gibraltar scheduled for May 2017
6. Tsugaru Channel scheduled for June 2017
7. English Channel scheduled for 22 August 2017
These are her thoughts in planning this feat:
"There comes a time in planning a challenge when it feel Sisyphean.
The endless, thankless mental battering of continually pushing oneself towards a goal...and little knock backs, doubts, daily life getting in the way of your destined path. When all of a sudden, you are a hair's breadth from a precipice - not event day but 'D' day - do or die day. Deposit day. Once you pay your nonrefundable wedge, it's downhill - things move easier, but gain a momentum of their own: careening out of (your) control towards the inevitable crisis that is your chosen event. It's not the paying of the deposit that is scary, it's the dedication of all that is to follow.
I have tipped the scale on my biggest plan to date. It is now taking shape, although far from fully formed. Not one channel, but seven - the equivalent of the Seven Summits climbing challenge and I'm attempting them in a single year. The organisational skills are a trickier current to navigate than whatever the water might throw at me. Across the globe, swirling bits of water await with their currents and tides and fickle weather and wildlife, and yet it is the Herculean task of logistics that daunts me more.
The swims I'm taking on are no mean feat - the English Channel considered the Mount Everest of swims is known for fickle weather, strong tides, shipping and not particularly warm waters; the North or Irish Channel with its sub-14ºC waters with a tendency to rough waters and strong currents; the Strait of Gibraltar, a 10-mile sprint against a relentless side current trying to shove you into the Mediterranean with all manner of legal and illegal shipping whizzing past; the Cook Strait of New Zealand with its rough, cold water with a chance of shark sightings; the Tsugaru Channel in Japan with its language barriers and logistics even before you reach the swift current and wildlife-filled channel; the Molokai Channel in Hawaii, 28 miles of relentless Pacific swells and whirling currents; the Catalina channel that starts on Catalina Island, a protected site for the fact that it has the highest concentration of the most kinds of shark anywhere.
It is a curious thing that drives one to boldly go where people think you're mad. No one has yet attempted what I seek to achieve, but in my addled brain, I think it's just a matter of time. So I have chosen my time. I have staked my claim. Now I need to eat for Britain, train for my life, and learn how to raise capital for my dreams. In my spare time.
Go big or go home, they say."
Details of how to follow French's adventure and how to get involved are on her website bethfrench.co.uk and her crowdfunding campaign.
For additional articles on Beth French, read here (How Beth French Will Attack The Oceans Seven) and here (Beth French Goes For The Calendar Year Oceans Seven).
Copyright © 2016 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.