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2018 World Open Water Swimming Man Of The Year Nominees

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The WOWSA Awards are an annual selection of outstanding individuals and offerings in the following categories:

* World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
* World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
* World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
* World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

The WOWSA Awards winners are selected by the public in an online poll where one vote is allowed by one computer/one person.

In 2017, Antonio Argüelles of Mexico was the Man of the Year, Jaimie Monahan of the USA was the Woman of the Year, Margarita 'Tita] Llorens Bagur of Spain won the Performance of the Year, and Sea Donkey, a film by James Harrison about Adrian Sarchet won the Offering of the Year. The four WOWSA Award winners will be honored at the Open Water Summit and WOWSA Awards at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, California on November 10th.

The nominees for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year are an heroic and impressive group of individuals with exceptional exploits, histories and lifestyles who come from all over the world.

The WOWSA Awards are not necessarily for the best athletes, but are meant to honor the men who:

* best embody the spirit of open water swimming,
* possess the sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance that open water swimmers are known for, and
* have most positively influenced the world of open water swimming in calendar year 2018.

To vote for the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year via a global online poll, visit the WOWSA Awards here. You must register first to vote online.

These nominees for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, listed alphabetically, include the following inspirational individuals:

1. Benoît Lecomte (France/USA)
2. Cameron Bellamy (South Africa)
3. Diego López Dominguez (Canary Islands)
4. Ferry Weertman (Netherlands)
5. Igor Lukin (Russia)
6. Ion Lazarenco Tiron (Republic of Moldava)
7. John Batchelder (USA)
8. José Luis Larrosa Chorro (Spain)
9. Kristóf Rasovszky (Hungary)
10. Lewis Pugh (Great Britain/South Africa)
11. Maarten van der Weijden (Netherlands)
12. Ned Denison (Ireland/USA)
13. Rohan More (India)
14. Vladimir Mravec (Slovakia/Australia)
15. Yaroslav Pronin (Belarus)

Their nominations are as follows:

1. Benoît Lecomte (France/USA)
Benoît Lecomte finally started The Swim, his long-held dream to complete an 8,721 km transoceanic stage swim across the Pacific Ocean from Japan to San Francisco, California in June. After 146 days on the Pacific Ocean, far far far away from land or immediate help, Lecomte has swum 2,747 km as he has dealt with tropical storms and dangerous conditions while seeing sharks, whales, dolphins, turtles, jellyfish and facing plastic pollution on nearly every day. Challenges occur every day including an oncoming typhoon with winds of 120 knots and 12-meter waves as the escort boat and crew must sail out of its path. But the 50-year-old returns to his point of exit on every stage in order to traverse literally across every kilometer of the Pacific Ocean. For conducting 27 different experiments and research projects in collaboration with researchers and scientists around the world, for working tirelessly for 7 years in order to plan and finance history's longest stage swim and recruit the most hardened and experienced mariners to become members of his escort crew, and for his audacious dream to swim across the Pacific Ocean, Benoît Lecomte of France/USA is a worthy nominee for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

2. Cameron Bellamy (South Africa)
Cameron Bellamy has cycled and rowed long distances over the course of his athletic career, setting two Guinness World Records. He only recently caught the open water swimming bug. But once Bellamy became immersed in the open water world, he was all-in and went all-out as is his innate modus operandi. He started from scratch and subsequently crossed the English Channel (16 hours 29 minutes), Strait of Gibraltar (4 hours 1 minute), Catalina Channel (11 hours 53 minutes), North Channel (12 hours 22 minutes), Molokai Channel (17 hours 1 minute), Cook Strait (12 hours 44 minutes) and Tsugaru Channel (11 hours 7 minutes) to become the first South African to achieve the Oceans Seven. But the 36-year-old did not rest on his laurels and later attempted a 96 km circumnavigation swim around Barbados, swimming for over 27 hours and 66 km before he aborted the swim. For creating a successful charitable organization called the Ubunye Challenge that raises funds for sustainable development in the poorest areas of Africa through sports challenges, for returning to Japan to tackle the Tsugaru Channel in order to achieve the Oceans Seven after an initial DNF, and for planning a second 96 km circumnavigation swim around Barbados while helping the local Caribbean swimming community and working in Silicon Valley, Cameron Bellamy of South Africa is a worthy nominee for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

3. Diego López Dominguez (Canary Islands)
Diego López Dominguez of the Canary Islands is a global thinker. He made a plan to participate in competitive races and across channels in Haiti, USA, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Bolivia, England, France, Turkey, Hong Kong and Antarctica throughout the year - and successfully completed 17 swims totalling 256 km on 7 continents. He called his unprecedented feat, the Continents Seven. The 11-month tour of the globe required tenacity, logistical planning, significant financial resources, stamina and a huge appetite for travel and doing swims in severe jet lag. He crossed the English Channel and Catalina Channel; he swam in Lake Titicaca in the Andes, and won races in Hong Kong, Haiti, New York, Arizona and culminated in an ice kilometer in Antarctica. For being a friendly, personable, accessible ambassador on literally every continent in the world, for making friends with and serving as a mentor for swimmers of all ages, and for envisioning and completing the first Continents Seven, Diego López Dominguez of the Canary Islands is a worthy nominee for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

4. Ferry Weertman (Netherlands)
Ferry Weertman defended his 2016 Olympic 10K Marathon Swimming gold medal with a dramatic, close victory at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Hungary. His success continued in 2018 and is powered by an intensity and laid-back passion that is unmistakable in the 26-year-old Dutchman. He has both speed and stamina in abundance based on a massive amount of fast training mileage in the pool and open water. He not only has the drive to realize his athletic dreams, but he also has the personality to represent the sport in a responsible manner befitting modern-day heroes. With a giant target on his back, Weertman won a wide variety of races from the RCP Tiburon Mile in San Francisco to the FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series race in Qatar. He was in the lead pack in races in Seychelles, Portugal, Hungary, and China and is ranked first in the 2018 FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series. For his competitive spirit and composure under pressure in the highest levels of competition, for winning the 10 km marathon swim and the 5 km mixed team relay at the LEN European Championships in Scotland's Loch Lomond, for his genuinely engaging personality in casually addressing questions from the media and fans, Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands is a worthy nominee for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

5. Igor Lukin (Russia)
Igor Lukin continues his mastery of the International Winter Swimming World Cup series that has taken him to pools carved out of the ice in Latvia, Russia, United Kingdom, China, Sweden, and Estonia. The 61-year-old overwhelmingly won the overall International Winter Swimming Association World Cup title for the second consecutive season in the row with an impressive 708 points. He also set age-group world records in the 25m breaststroke (16.87), 50m breaststroke (37.63), 100m breaststroke (1:32.34), 200m breaststroke (3:36.87), 25m freestyle (13.90), 50m freestyle (31.31), and 25m butterfly (15.44). For his dominating performance on the International Winter Swimming World Cup circuit, for his versatility in swimming fast in cold water, and for representing Club Viktoriya, his region of Petrozavodsk and Russia very well in a fast-growing sport, Igor Lukin of Russia is a worthy nominee for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

6. Ion Lazarenco Tiron (Republic of Moldava/Ireland/)
Ion Lazarenco Tiron did his first major open water swim with a 235 km Swimming Marathon Nistru – Unites Moldova stage swim that took 8 days – and raised lots of money for charity. He forged on and ultimately developed a massively hardened veneer and a tough mental attitude in his adopted Ireland. This year, he culminated his four-year Oceans Seven journey with a successful crossing of the Cook Strait. Along the way in the midst of receiving a slew of awards in Ireland and completing an Ice Mile, he has completed the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming as well as crossings of the Strait of Gibraltar (4 hours 41 minutes), English Channel (13 hours 34 minutes), North Channel (16 hours 23 minutes), Catalina Channel (12 hours 1 minute), Molokai Channel (18 hours 11 minutes), Tsugaru Channel (11 hours 20 minutes) and Cook Strait (11 hours 5 minutes). For becoming the first person from the Republic of Moldova to achieve the Oceans Seven, for serving as an ambassador of the sport and adapting to the Irish community of accomplished swimmers, and for showing that one's origins present no barrier to swimming across the world's most iconic channels while raising significant funds for charities in Moldova, Ion Lazarenco Tiron of the Republic of Moldova/Ireland is a worthy nominee for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

7. John Batchelder (USA)
John Batchelder is marathon swimming butterflyer extraordinaire. Every year, he continues to push himself beyond the reasonable. This year, he set off across the English Channel, swimming only butterfly. He swam non-stop fly for 14 hours 36 minutes before an upset stomach in the Channel got the better of him. Within weeks, he set off to attempt an unprecedented 64.6 km two-way crossing of the Catalina Channel butterfly the next month. A record swim was not realized, but the 37-year-old did complete a successful one-way Catalina Channel crossing in California in 17 hours 14 minutes. He had little time for recovery before finishing the 25 km Border Buster in Vermont's Lake Memphremagog in 10 hours 22 minutes. His goal to match Vicki Keith's legendary 50-mile butterfly swim was then set for Lake Powell in Utah. That valiant butterfly swim ended after 53.9 km and about 28 hours during his second night when hallucinations got the better of him. For swimming for all the right reasons - keep in shape, to push himself, for fun and friendships, for becoming the world's most prolific marathon swimming butterflyer, and for continuing to strive for success even with DNF's along the way in swims that very few would attempt, John Batchelder of the USA is a worthy nominee for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

8. José Luis Larrosa Chorro (Spain)
José Luis Larrosa Chorro has established a foothold in Malaysia as a top swimmer, influential and popular coach who organizes short children swims and marathon swimmers for a growing field of international marathon swimmers. The 37-year-old also serves as the Global Manager for the Oceanman where his responsibilities include managing races in Malaysia, Spain, Russia, Italy, Greece, Mexico, Switzerland, Ukraine, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates. He created a novel online open water coaching platform to popularize open water swimming in Southeast Asia. For his passion and knowledge of the sport as he travels globally including a new races from Brunei to Malaysia, for his ubiquitous presence at events in Singapore, Malaysia, Bangladesh, and India as a competitor, and for his podium finishes at the 81 km India National Open Water Swimming Competition in 11 hours 2 minutes and at the 16 km Perhentian Island Marathon Swim in 4 hours 7 minutes as he grows the Oceanman circuit to 24 countries, José Luis Larrosa Chorro of Spain is nominated for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

9. Kristóf Rasovszky (Hungary)
Kristóf Rasovszky is a threat to win every race he enters from 5 km to 25 km. He pushed world and Olympic champion in the 10 km race at the 2018 LEN European Championships in Loch Lomond, Scotland, finishing in an identical time. He also won the shortest (5 km) and longest (25 km) races at the European Championships in dramatic fashion with a powerful finishing kick. The 21-year-old also won the FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series race in Setúbal Bay in Portugal. For his competitive spirit and composure during the highest levels of competition against the world's fastest veterans, for winning the 5 km race and 25 km race, finishing 10 km race and participating in the 5 km mixed team relay at the LEN European Championships in Scotland's Loch Lomond, for transitioning from a fast 1500m swimmer to a leading world-class open water swimmer in a short period of time, Kristóf Rasovszky of Hungary is a worthy nominee for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

10. Lewis Pugh (Great Britain/South Africa)
After a series of swims in Antarctica as part of his campaign to create a series of Marine Protection Areas in the Southern Ocean, United Nations Patron of the Oceans Lewis Pugh negotiated with key government officials to help create the largest protected area in the world in the Ross Sea. Although his previous ice swims attracted much global media attention, he decided to swim closer to influential decision-makers who can make major environmental differences. So he set off on a 528 km stage swim - called The Long Swim - along the south coast of England from Land's End in Cornwall to Dover in Kent. He finished after 49 days fighting currents, relentless turbulence and strong tidal flows while engaging with local citizens, national media channels, and key politicians along the way. For dreaming up, widely promoting, and successfully completing an unprecedented swim along - not across - the English Channel, for being an authentic, powerful and constant voice for marine environmental protection and winning the Service to the Planet Award, and for encouraging and convincing the British government to commit to protecting 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030 that sets an impressive and important benchmark for other governments to follow, Lewis Pugh of Great Britain/South Africa is a worthy nominee for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

11. Maarten van der Weijden (Netherlands)
Maarten van der Weijden shocked the world - making Olympic history - when he became the first cancer survivor to win an Olympic gold medal in the most dramatic fashion possible. Rounding the last turn buoy in ninth position, van der Weijden won the 2008 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim...and then retired to the life of motivational speaking and corporate work. One of the most recognizable and personable ambassadors of open water swimming, he authored a book and continued to raise money for cancer research. Last year, he swam 99.5 km in 24 hours and raised €8500. In March, he tried a 24-hour swim again and broke the world record swimming 102.8 km. But he outdid himself in August when he attempted to swim the Elfstedentocht in the Netherlands. The dramatic swim was live streamed and, although his swim was cut short, he swam 163 km in 55 hours. For raising over €5 million for cancer charities, the greatest amount of donations from a solo charity swim in history, for representing himself, his country and the sport so well for so long as a amiable, seriously-minded ambassador, for living an inspirational life for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, Maarten van der Weijden of the Netherlands is a worthy nominee for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

12. Ned Denison (Ireland/USA)
Ned Denison is an accomplished swimmer with Ice Miles and 47 marathons including the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming, False Bay and the record holder in The Cold Half and S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge. But his influence is much greater and global as an administrator, visionary, motivator, coach and personable facilitator. His Cork Distance Week celebrated 10 years including nearly 100 attendees at The Triple Crown Dinner to celebrate 16 swimmers. He recognizes and honors swimmers around the world as the Chair of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. Growing internationally, he organized the last two induction dinners in London - with the first individuals honored from Sweden and South Africa and the second from China – leading to the first in Asia Pacific (Melbourne) in 2019. He communicates, he researches, he calls out safety issues, he recognizes heroes and heroines of the sport. For directing the limelight to both popular and relatively unknown luminaries in the ice swimming and marathon swimming communities, for bringing the open water swimming world together via news reports on social media augmented by a constant stream of communications, and for making everyone feel a part of a growing and more global network of like-minded swimmers, Ned Denison of Ireland/USA is a worthy nominee for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

13. Rohan More (India)
Living in Abu Dhabi and India during his Oceans Seven journey, Rohan Dattatrey More became the first person from India training in warm-water environs to complete the Oceans Seven. Since the age of 11, More has done marathon swims, first in his native lands and then across the English Channel (13 hours 13 minutes), Catalina Channel (10 hours 17 minutes), Molokai Channel (17 hours 28 minutes), North Channel (12 hours 46 minutes), Tsugaru Channel (10 hours 37 minutes), Strait of Gibraltar (3 hours 56 minutes), and Cook Strait (8 hours 37 minutes) between the ages of 28 and 32 while working as a software engineer. The 32-year-old was inducted as an Honor Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame this year and won India’s prestigious Tenzing Norgay Award for his swimming exploits. For becoming the first person from south Asia to achieve the Oceans Seven, for serving as an ambassador of the sport and his native India throughout the world with a bright, genuine smile, and for showing that one's whereabouts and origins present no barrier to swimming across the world's most iconic channels, Rohan More of India is a worthy nominee for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

14. Vladimir Mravec (Slovakia/Australia)
Vladimir Mravec offers specialized training programs augmented by mental preparation and logistical advice, to swimmers in order so they enjoy their open water swimming journeys. His renowned program Vladswim has resulted in several dozens of swimmers from Australia completing channel swims and marathon swims, and competing in triathlons and masters events around the world. Mravec offers cold water camps, technique correction, and intense training sessions that instill self-confidence, develop character, and increase tenacity in order to achieve success including swims across the English Channel, North Channel, Catalina Channel, Molokai Channel, Rottnest Channel, around Manhattan Island, and across Lake Zurich, and many others. Over the last 10 years, he coached 47 English Channel swimmers from Australia, UK, USA, Germany and Ireland, 9 Triple Crowners and a number of long distance swimmers from his native Slovakia including the first Slovakian female English Channel swimmer and the first Slovakian Triple Crowner. For shaping the athletic goals and enabling the success of adult swimmers in open bodies of water around the world, for providing a comprehensive training program that prepares swimmers for all types of conditions and courses, and for sharing his expertise and experience via the Vladswim program, coach and motivator Vladimir Mravec born in Slovakia is a worthy nominee for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

15. Yaroslav Pronin (Belarus)
Yaroslav Pronin is just plain fast - especially in a pool, preferably very cold. The 26-year-old Belarus native set a world record in the 25m butterfly at the Jelgava, Latvias Roni Cup in 12.23, in the 100m freestyle at the 2018 Winter Swimming World Championships in Tallinn, Estonia in 54:38, and in the 200m freestyle at the Russian Pacific Open Cup in Vladivostok, Russia in 2:02:59. These are all mind-boggling speedy in cold water considering there are no flip turns or dive starts in these races. Pronin demonstrated his speed by handily winning the 25m, 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle races and the 25m butterfly, and finished 2nd in the 25m and 50m breaststroke, and 6th in the 100m breaststroke at the 11th Winter Swimming World Championships on March 6th-11th in Tallinn, Estonia. For his raw speed in the cold, for winning 674 total points on the International Winter Swimming World Cup circuit, and for setting age group records in the 25m freestyle (11.26), 50m freestyle (24.87), 100m freestyle (54.38), 200m freestyle (2:02.59), and 25m butterfly (12.23) while representing Belarus and the Winter Swimming Club Belgart well in Latvia, Russia, United Kingdom, China, Sweden, and Estonia, Yaroslav Pronin of Belarus is a worthy nominee for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

To vote for the WOWSA Awards and the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, visit here.

With a life worthy of a Hollywood movie, Antonio Argüelles was voted as the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year for the second time in his illustrious career, in a year that he became the oldest individual to complete the Oceans Seven.

Steven Munatones describes the active aquapreneur who has long devoted his life to inspiring and educating others in his native Mexico. "Antonio achieved the Oceans Seven at the age of 58, 20 years older than the average age of the other swimmers who have accomplished the same feat. His final two swims, celebrated throughout his native Mexico and respected in the channel swimming world, were tough: a 11 hour 20 minute 23 km crossing of the Cook Strait in New Zealand and a 13 hour 32 minute 35 km crossing of the North Channel between Ireland and Scotland.

He trained very hard for both, traveling frequently to San Francisco from his home in Mexico City to train in Aquatic Park while balancing all kinds of corporate, governmental and philanthropic activities. He is a non-stop machine.
"

While the first half of the year, he spent largely acclimating to cold water and focused on completing the last two difficult channels for the Oceans Seven, he spent much of the second half of 2017 speaking, taking media interviews, appearing on television, mentoring school children and inspiring people of all ages throughout Mexico.

Everywhere he goes, he is always willing to share his indomitable spirit with a broad smile and a deep empathy.

His speeches are given in eloquent Spanish or fluent English - a result of his drive to train among fast American swimmers as a teenager. He moved to California as a teenager in 1976 and later shined academically as he graduated from Stanford University. Along the way, he wrote several books on education in addition to writing A cada brazada: el azul interminable (At Each Stroke: The Endless Blue) in which he retells his experience of crossing the English Channel. He also worked for the Mexican government as the Undersecretary for both the Ministry of Trade (Secretaría de Comercio y Fomento Industrial) and Ministry of Finance (Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público) and founded Nueva Escuela Tecnológica in 2004.

"With his year-long performance as he balanced responsibilities both in and out of the water, Antonio exemplifies exactly what a World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year does. He not only embodies the spirit of open water swimming and possesses the sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance that open water swimmers are known for, but he also very positively influenced the world of open water swimming and everyone he touched with his swims and personality."

Argüelles joins the previous World Open Water Swimming Men of the Year:

* 2008: Randy Nutt, U.S.A.
* 2009: Petar Stoychev, Bulgaria
* 2010: Marcos Díaz, Dominican Republic
* 2011: Jamie Patrick, U.S.A.
* 2012: Stephen Redmond, Ireland
* 2013: Pádraig Mallon, Ireland
* 2014: Henri Kaarma, Estonia
* 2015: Antonio Argüelles Díaz-González, Mexico
* 2016: Nejib Belhedi, Tunisia
* 2017: Antonio Argüelles Díaz-González, Mexico

The 2018 WOWSA Awards nominees in the other categories include the following heroes and heroines of the open water swimming community:

2018 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nominees:
1. Catalina Channel Crossing (USA) by Hank Wise
2. Century Swim around Key West (USA) by Bill Welzien
3. Great British Swim (UK) by Ross Edgley
4. HK360Swim Around Hong Kong Island (Hong Kong) by Simon Holliday
5. Ice Kilometer (Netherlands) by Sven Elfferich
6. Double Ice Mile (Germany) by Hamza Bakircioglu
7. Kangsha River Swim (Bangladesh) by Kshitindra Chandra Baisya
8. Lake Zürich Two-Way Crossing (Switzerland) by Katrin Walter
9. Santa Barbara Channel Crossing (USA) by Jim McConica
10. Sfax to Djerba Marathon Swim (Tunisia) by Nejib Belhedi
11. Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean (Canada) by Edoardo Stochino
12. Travessia do Leme ao Pontal (Brazil) by Glauco Luise de Oliveira Rangel
13. Triple Country Swim (Italy-Monaco-France) by Carina Bruwer
14. Tsugaru Channel Tandem Crossing (Japan) by Nora Toledano Cadena and Mariel Hawley Dávila
15. Two-way Santa Cruz Island Crossing (USA) by Ken Mignosa

For more information on the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year nominees, see here.

2018 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Nominees:

1. Aleksandra Bednarek (Poland)
2. Abhejali Bernardová (Czech Republic)
3. Ana Marcela Cunha (Brazil)
4. Barbara Pozzobon (Italy)
5. Caroline Block, Ph.D. (USA)
6. Eilís Burns (Ireland)
7. Hania Bakuniak (Poland)
8. Jaimie Monahan (USA)
9. Nadezhda Dudina (Russia)
10. Oksana Beletskaya (Russia)
11. Paula Selby (USA)
12. Pat Gallant-Charette (USA)
13. Rondi Davies, Ph.D. (USA)
14. Sharon van Rouwendaal (Netherlands)
15. Teruko Onuki (Japan)

For more information on the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year nominees, see here.

2018 World Open Water Offering of the Year Nominees:
1. A History of Marathon Swimming (USA) by Joe Grossman & Steve Walker
2. AKUA Kelp Jerky (USA) by Courtney Boyd Myers
3. Asociación de Cruce a Nado del Río de la Plata (Argentina) by Lucas Rivet
4. ENERGYbits® (USA) by Catharine Arnston
5. Icebears Hintertux (Austria) by Josef Köberl
6. International Ice Swimming Association World Cup Series by Ram Barkai
7. Marathon Swimming: The Sport of the Soul (USA) by Paul Asmuth
8. Maelstrom Seven by Wild Swimming Brothers
9. Ontberingen van een marathonzwemster / Hardships Of A Marathonswimmer (Netherlands) by Monique Blok-Wildschut
10. Patagonia Swim (Chile) by Cristian Vergara and Julieta Núñez Gundlach
11. St. Lucia Channel Swim (St. Lucia & Martinique) by Sue Dyson & Nathaniel Waring
12. Tahiti Swimming Experience (Tahiti) by Stéphane Debaere & Tahitian Swimming Federation
13. Take Your Dream (Australia) by Eric, Hunter and Tuck Helmick
14. TOWER 26 (USA) by Gerry Rodrigues
15. Waikiki Roughwater Swim DIY Swim Certificate (Hawaii) by Michael Rök & Jim Cotton

For more information on the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year nominees, see here.

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