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Darren Turned It On In The Ocean

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The 1993 Waikiki Roughwater Swim was an event filled with studly ocean swimmers including Olympians and national champions. It was so fast that the 1993 race was one of the few times since 1972 that no women placed in the top 20 (Lisa Hazen was the first woman in 22nd place).

1993 Waikiki Roughwater Swim Top 10 Results:
1. Darren Turner (27, Australia) 42:38
2. Alex Kostich (23, California) 42:59
3. Daniel Veatch (28, California) 43:02
4. Chris Moore (29, Hawaii) 44:55
5. Glenn Wachtel (25, Hawaii) 44:57
6. Rick Heltzel (36, Hawaii) 45:07
7. Paul Davis (20, Australia) 45:14
8. Gerry Rodrigues (30, California) 45:18
9. David Lyall (20, Australia) 45:20
10. Brett Imonen (24, Hawaii) 45:36

Australian Darren Turner, one of the most physically imposing ocean swimmers from Wollongong, won that 1993 race.

Between the late 1980s to the early 1990s, Turner was on a tear, competing and winning everywhere he swam:

* second in the 1986 and 1988 Magnetic Island to Townsville Swim in North Queensland, Australia
* first at the 1987 and 1988 5 km Sri Chinmoy Swim in Lake Burley Griffin, Australia
* first in the 1988 Turner won the 18 km International Long Distance Swim in South Australia
* second at the 1988 Australian Marathon Swimming Championships
* second at the 1988 Wategos Beach to Byron Bay, Australia Day Ocean Swim
* participated in a Guinness Book of World Records 1988 40 km Ocean Relay Swim from Largs Bay to Port Noralunga, South Australia
* completed the 1989 25 km Ocean Swim in Gunnamatta Bay, Australia
* swam 20 km in Engadine Pool, Australia in 1989 in 4 hours 12 minutes
* first at the 1989 USA National 25 km Championships in Long Beach, California
* first at the 1989 Australian Marathon Swimming Championships
* named the 1989 World Long Distance Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World Magazine
* first at the 1989 5 km Yarra Super Swim in Melbourne, Australia
* first at the 1989 Waikiki Roughwater Swim in Hawaii
* first at the 1989 Santa Monica Pier to Pier Swim
* first at the 1989 Melbourne Australia Day Yarra River Super Swim
* first at the 1989 Wollongong Ocean Swim, Basin to Beach
* first at the 1989 Macquarie River Swim in Dubbo,Australia
* first at the 1992 Melbourne Australia Day Yarra River Super Swim
* first in the World Rescue Tube Race at the 1992 World Lifesaving Titles in Shimoda, Japan
* won 7 Australian individual and Team Surf Lifesaving titles
* first at the 1993 Waikiki Roughwater Swim in Hawaii with a course record in 42.21 minutes
* participated in the winning team at the 1993 Maui Channel Swim between Lanai and Maui in Hawaii
* first at the 1997 Nepean River Bridge to Bridge Swim in Australia
* participated in the winning team at the 1998 Maui Channel Swim between Lanai and Maui in Hawaii
* participated in the winning team at the 1999 Maui Channel Swim between Lanai and Maui in Hawaii
* completed the 9.6-mile Maui Channel Swim 7 times between 1989 and 1999
* participated on the winning team in the 2005 Cottesloe to Rottnest Island Swim in Western Australia
* first at the 2011 Bondi Beach Rough Water Swim

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