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Friday, February 15, 2019

Starts And Turns In Ice Swimming Competitions

Courtesy of International Ice Swimming Association, Murmansk, Russia.

In the competitive ice swimming world, there are specific rules that dictate the starts and turns in order to ensure fairness and uniform procedures in the sport.

The illustration on the left shows the acceptable and unacceptable ways to start a race with one hand on the wall at the water's edge. Jumping in or diving into the water is not done.

Similarly, flip turns and long streamlining underwater on the turns are not allowed; only hand-touch open turns.

Onwards to Murmansk, Russia where the International Ice Swimming World Championships were held in 2013 and 2015.



Henri Kaarma shows his open turns during the 100m freestyle finals held inside the Arctic Circle at the Winter Swimming Championships in Murmansk.



For more information on the 2019 International Ice Swimming Association World Championships in Murmansk, visit www.internationaliceswimming.com with the race schedule posted here.

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Drug Testing In The English Channel

Courtesy of CSA, English Channel.

The Channel Swimming Association has governed solo and relay crossings between the 33.8 km channel between England and France since 1927 and has implemented a drug testing policy since 2015.

Michael Read MBE, president of the Channel Swimming Association, explains, "We believe that it is terribly important that our swimmers, especially the younger ones, who have a lifetime of swimming ahead of them, understand that they must be clean, there is no place for drugs in our sport, and that drugs are totally unnecessary for the fulfillment of our sport.

Consequently, we make no secret of the fact that if you swim with the Channel Swimming Association (CSA), you stand a fair chance of being drug tested
."

Currently, there is about a one in six chance that swimmers are tested.

Read, who has swum across the English Channel 33 times himself over the course of his career, answered questions about the CSA drug policy:

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Under the new CSA policy, English Channel swimmers may be requested to submit themselves to a drug test within 24 hours of their swim. How specifically are these athletes selected? Are they selected randomly or must everyone comply?

Michael Read MBE: In theory, the testing is completely at random. But high profile swimmers such a swimmer looking for a record are more likely and probably have a greater chance to be invited to produce a sample.

By accepting to swim under Channel Swimming Association rules, swimmers agree to accept to be tested.


Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Are there any medical exemptions? So, for example, if a physician writes that an athlete is asthmatic, then the athlete can take asthma medicine. But athletes must have a written medical exemptions for a licensed physician.

Michael Read MBE: Yes, absolutely.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What is the form and protocols of the test? A urine test overseen by a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) official and tested in an accredited testing laboratory?

Michael Read MBE: A urine or saliva test, usually on arrival back in port. Testing saliva is less personal, less invasive and is easy for both the officer and the swimmer.

We have our own drug testing officer who welcomes swimmers ashore on their arrival to seek their compliance. We did look into the possibility of going down the WADA route, but who was going to meet a boat at Folkestone Harbour at 3 am in the morning? They want athletes to give samples when it is convenient to them; we wanted a test straight after a swim. We also wanted something quick, simple and transparent. There was also the question of cost of a sample going down the WADA route, which we estimated at a very considerable sum. Our system is convenient, affordable, effective, quick, easy, and enables us to test a reasonable proportion of swimmers without impacting on registration fees.


Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Will their swims be unrecognized or disqualified as a result of a positive drug test? Or is there an appeal and retesting process in place?

Michael Read MBE: Yes, unless we can be shown to be at fault. Basically, they will not be ratified and the swimmer is warned that that will be the case. A failure would result in an immediate retest; the drug testing kits that we use give an instant result.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Are there any review or protest procedures if the athlete does not accept or agree with a positive drug test?

Michael Read MBE: When registering their swim, swimmers agree to comply with our rules. If a problem should arise, we would go back to the swimmer's doctor and to the drug testing kit supplier for initial guidance. It is up to the swimmer to declare any drugs which are likely to result in a positive drug test on their CSA medical form.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Is all this information dealt with confidentially with the athlete?

Michael Read MBE: It is dealt with confidentially with the swimmer, but 12-15% of all swims completed since 2015 have had a drug test, so I doubt if it is much of a secret. I am sure that many of the swimmers see it as a positive step and openly talk about it; not only did I swim the Channel, but I was also drug tested and everything was in order. This is especially the case where a record could be at stake. For instance, I can reveal that the oldest team to ever swim the Channel (the Septuagenarians) had at least one member drug tested and he was clean.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: Will positive test results be made public as a deterrent to other drug takers?

Michael Read MBE: I am pleased to say that no one has failed the test, but if they did, whilst we might not make it public, it would get mentioned in the annual report and the swimmer would be left explaining why his or her apparently successful swim had not been ratified.

For more information, visit the Channel Swimming Association website here.

The Channel Swimming Association organization is as follows:

* President: Michael Read MBE
* Vice Presidents: Dr. Harry Huffaker, Dr. Stanley Paris, Ray Cossum, Ghislaine Van Vooren, Tom Watch and Joan Metcalfe
* Executive Board Members: Chairman Peter Van Vooren, Vice Chairman Clive Burbage, Administrative Secretary Susan Ractliffe
* Administrative Secretary: Susan Ractliffe
* Board of Director Members: Fiona Southwell, Marc Newman, Peter May, Enrique Flores

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Swimmin'Palmaria Around Italian Riviera


Courtesy of Benini Matteo, Liguria, Italy.

Since 1896, La Rari Nantes Spezia has experience in open water swimming in northwest Italy along the Italian Riviera.

Swimmin'Palmaria is a 3 km circumnavigation swim around Palmaria Island (Isola Palmaria) in Italy.

Palmaria Island is the only inhabited island of Liguria, is located in front of the village of Portovenere and forms a small archipelago that includes the islet of Tino and Tinetto.

For more information, visit here.

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Dr. Caroline Block Wins MSF Monahan Award

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Dr. Caroline Block won the inaugural MSF Monahan Award that recognizes an outstanding and original series of marathon swims achieved over the past four years.

The four years have been a whirlwind of activity for the anthropologist from New York.

She participated in the 2016 Memphremagog Winter Swimming Festival, 2016 and 2017 U.S. Winter Swimming Association National Championships, and the 2016 20 Bridges Manhattan Swim in 8 hours 48 minutes, completed a 35 km crossing of the North Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 14 hours 31 minutes, completed a 33.8 km crossing of the English Channel in 11 hours 52 minutes, completed a 16 km Verrazano Bridge to Marine Parkway in 3 hours 40 minutes as a test swim for Coney Island Brighton Beach Open Water Swimmers, attempted an unprecedented two-way crossing of the North Channel between Northern Ireland and Scotland where her first leg from Northern Ireland to Scotland was 15 hours 32 minutes, completed a 51.8 km crossing of Lake George in 19 hours 21 minutes to set a women's record, finished the 2017 7.5 km Battle of Carlingford Lough in 1 hour 54 minutes, completed a 56 km crossing of Lake Cayuga in New York in 21 hours 36 minutes, attempted history's second two-way attempt of the North Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland to Northern Ireland that was aborted after 25 hours 58 minutes and 61.2 km where she completed her third career one-way crossing from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 16 hours 45 minutes, became the first woman and second individual overall to swim 44.3 km from Santa Rosa Island to the California mainland in 20 hours 36 minutes, and completed a 30.5 km crossing from the California mainland to Santa Rosa Island in 14 hours 56 minutes in 2018.

Dr. Block is shown on left swimming across the North Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 14 hours 31 minutes.

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2019 EDF Aqua Challenge Series

Courtesy of Loïc Branda, Swim the Riviera, France.

Traversée de Nice à la Nage (Prom'Swim) is an open water swim in the Baies de Anges of Nice, France and is part of the 2019 EDF Aqua Challenge series. The series is officially organized by the Fédération Française Natation.

The Prom'Swim - part of the Swim the Riviera - is held in September.

It offers one of the largest 10 km marathon swimming competitions in the world with more than 300 swimmers expected to compete.

The races are growing; the minimum number of participants are noted below:

L’EDF Aqua Challenge 2019
June 8th - 9th: La Drakkar à Rouen in La Seine, Rouen, 1.5 km, 3 km with 500 swimmers in Base de Loisirs de Bédanne
June 15th: BoccaCabana Cup - EDF Aqua Challenge Cannes in Cannes, 2.5 km, 5 km, and 3x500m relay with 500 swimmers
June 21st - 23rd: Le Défi Monte-Cristo in Marseille, 1 km, 2.5 km, 3.5 km, and 5 km with 5,500 swimmers
June 23rd: La Traversée de Bordeaux à la Nage in Garonne, Bordeaux, 1.7 km with 600 swimmers
June 30th: EDF Aqua Challenge Toulouse in Garonne, Bordeaux]], 500m, 1.5 km, 3 km, and 5 km with 400 swimmers
July 27th - 28th: Les Défis Quiberonnais in Quiberon, 500m, 1.5 km, 3 km, 7.5 km with 1,000 swimmers
August 15th: La Traversée du Lac (Traversée du Lac d'Annecy) in Annecy, 500m, 1 km, 2.4 km, and 5 km with 1,900 swimmers
1 September 1st: Le Trophée Martigues Etang de Berre in Martigues, 500m and 5 km with 400 swimmers
September 14th - 15th: EDF Aqua Challenge Paris in Paris, 1.25 km, 2.5 km and 5 km with 1,800 swimmers
September: 20th - 22nd: La PromSwim in Nice, 500m, 1 km, 2 km, 5 km and 10 km with 2,000 swimmers

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim Hits 31

Courtesy of WOWSA, Lake Tahoe, California.

The Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim is in its 31st year up in Lake Tahoe, California.

The 31st edition of cold water swimming is part of North Lake Tahoe SnowFest, the annual Mardi Gras in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

It is one of the world's longest running high-altitude swims that are defined as open water swims held at least 1,000 meters above sea level:

1,400 meters (4,593 feet): 1.6 km Speedo Ice Swim Africa in Nuwedam, Fraserburg, Northern Cape in South Africa

1,511 meters (4,957 feet): 1.93 km and 3.86 km Mountain Swim Series Solstice Sunset Swim in Union Reservoir (Calkins Lake) in Longmont, Colorado, USA

1,624 meters (5,328 feet): 1.6 km, 3.2 km and 4.8 km BAM Bare Bones Open Water Swim Series at the Boulder Reservoir in Boulder, Colorado, USA


1,624 meters (5,328 feet): 300m, 700m, 950m and 1 km BAM Bi-Weekly Open Water Swims near Dream Cove at the Boulder Reservoir in Boulder, Colorado, USA

1,654 meters (5,427 feet): 1.6 km and 3.2 km Mountain Swim Series Chatfield Classic in Hatfield Lake in Littleton, Colorado, USA

1,676 meters (5,500 feet): 6.43 km Sierra Nevada Open Water 4 MS by Richard Gardner across Shaver Lake in the Sierra National Forest of Fresno County, California, USA

1,756 meters (5,760 feet): 4.82 km Mountain Swim Series Carter Lake Crossing in Carter Lake Reservoir in Loveland, Colorado, USA

1,897 meters (6,224 feet): 250m Gar Woods Polar Bear Swim in Lake Tahoe, California, USA

1,897 meters (6,224 feet): 16.1 km Olympic Club Trans Tahoe Relay in Lake Tahoe, California, USA

1,897 meters (6,224 feet): 16.9 km Vikingsholm Swim between Cave Rock in Nevada and Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe, California, USA

1,897 meters (6,224 feet): 19.3 km true widthwise swim across Lake Tahoe between California and Nevada, USA

1,897 meters (6,224 feet): 34.3 km Lake Tahoe lengthwise swim across Lake Tahoe, California, USA

1,676 meters (5,500 feet): 6.43 km Sierra Nevada Open Water 4 MS by Richard Gardner across Shaver Lake in the Sierra National Forest of Fresno County, California, USA

2,323 meters (7,621 feet): 2.25 km Sierra Nevada Open Water 4 MS by Richard Gardner across June Lake in Inyo National Forest, Mono County, California, USA

2,425 meters (7,957 feet): 1.5 km loops (repeated until failure) Mountain Swim Series Cliff Backyard Ultra Swim in Wellington Lake in Bailey, Colorado, USA

2,425 meters (7,957 feet): 5 km and 10 km Mountain Swim Series Castle 5K/10K in Wellington Lake in Bailey, Colorado, USA

3,000 meters (9,842 feet): 1 km Winter Swimming Ski Portillo Chile (Festival Internacional de Natación de Invierno en Argentina) in the Andes Mountains, Argentina

3,048 meters (10,000 feet): 1 km South African Ice Swimming Championships in Afriski, Lesotho

3,812 meters (12,507 feet): 7 km Torneo Internacional de Natación en Aguas Abiertas (Nadando Cerca del Cielo) in Lago Titicaca from the Isla de la Luna to the Isla del Sol in Bolivia

3,812 meters (12,507 feet): 16 km by Lynne Cox in Lago Titicaca from Copacabana, Bolivia to Chimbo, Peru

5,200 meters (17,060 feet): 1 km in Lake Pumori on Mount Everest in the Nepal - Tibet border

5,909 meters (19,386 feet): Ojos Swim by Madswimmers Jean Craven, Juandre Human, Milton Brest, Evan Feldman, Chris Marthinusen, Herman van der Westhuizen and Robert Graaff across Ojos del Salado in Mount Tres Cruces on the border of Chile and Argentina in the Andes Mountains

There most probably will be an increasingly number of high-altitude swims around the world.

National Geographic reported, "Lakes across the globe that once froze solid all winter are melting faster than ever before and, in some cases, are not freezing at all" after visiting 513 lakes throughout the Northern Hemisphere to assess how their patterns of freezing and thawing had changed since 1970."

Researchers estimated that 15,000 lakes around the world already freeze less than they used to and lake ice could become scarce within the next generation, permanently canceling winter activities such as ice skating and ice fishing - and increasing the number of ice swimming and high-altitude swimming events, wild swims and challenges.

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From 14 To 43 In Doha

Courtesy of FINA, Doha, Qatar.

A pair of 14-year-olds - Mira Szimcsak of Hungary and Hsin-Yi Fang of Taiwan - are going to mix it up with 43-year-old Olympian Angela Maurer of Germany and the world's fastest open water swimmers in Doha Bay, Qatar.

The 2019 FINA Marathon Swim World Series kicks off this Saturday, February 16th in Doha Bay, Qatar.

The event is live streamed on FINAtv with the women's race at 9:00am (GMT+3) and the men's race at starting at 1:00pm (GMT+3) along Doha’s stunning Corniche, a 7 km-long waterfront promenade.

The water temperature in the bay is 20.5°C with the air temperature hovering around 23°C.

Khaleel Al-Jabir, President Qatar Swimming Association and host of the event, said, “This year is an important race as it is good preparation for the FINA World Championships. We are very pleased with the growth in the numbers for this elite race on the Corniche and we are looking forward for the race to start and we wish all the athletes good luck.

This is a good step for us as Qatar will host the FINA World Championships in 2023 so this helps us prepare towards 2023 and work closely with FINA. We have a lot of local Qatar swimmers, although they are still relatively young at 16 and 17 to be competing against world-class athletes such as Sharon Van Rouwendaal and Simone Ruffini, but it is great experience for them and we are expecting a lot for the future
.“

25-year-old defending champion and Olympic gold medalist Sharon van Rouwendaal said, “Conditions are looking really good, I like the water temperature, the course is excellent like last year and it's good to be back in Doha. Last year I won this race and I think that I’m feeling really strong, but the other girls will be strong as well. As it’s a qualifying event for some teams, the teams will be strong. It depends on how I feel on the day what my tactics will be, with large numbers you will have to watch what others do and watch out for any breaks in the pack.”

Simone Ruffini, shown on left, said, “I’m really happy to be here in Doha. I’m feeling strong for this race and as this is a qualifying event for the Italian team for the World Champs, this is very important to me. I’m also happy that there are lots of swimmers in this race."

Competitors:
1 Haley Anderson, USA
2 Angelica Andre, Portugal
3 Kalliopi Araouzou, Greece
4 Samantha Arevalo, Ecuador
5 Leonie Beck, Germany
6 Sarah Bosslet, Germany
7 Lea Boy, Germany
8 Mackenzie Brazier, Australia
9 Arianna Bridi, Italy
10 Rachele Bruni, Italy
11 Katy Campbell, USA
12 Ana Marcela Cunha, Brazil
13 Martina de Memme, Italy
14 Maria de Valdes Alvarez, Spain
15 Alice Dearing, Great Britain
16 Mariah Denigan, USA
17 Fuwei Dong, China
18 Hsin-Yi Fang, Taiwan
19 Alice Franco, Italy
20 Giulia Gabbrielleschi, Italy
21 Carla Goyanes Garcia, Spain
22 Chelsea Gubecka, Australia
23 Chloe Gubecka, Australia
24 Polly Isabella Holden, Great Britain
25 Yawen Hou, China
26 Danielle Huskisson, Great Britain
27 Viviane Jungblut, Brazil
28 Kareena Lee, Australia
29 Becca Mann, USA
30 Angela Maurer, Germany
31 Hannah Moore, USA
32 Yukimi Moriyama, Japan
33 Minami Niikura, Japan
34 Anna Olasz, Hungary
35 Krystyna Panchishko, Ukraine
36 Reka Rohacs, Hungary
37 Paula Ruiz, Spain
38 Onon Katalin Somenek, Hungary
39 Jeannette Spiwoks, Germany
40 Erica Sullivan, USA
41 Aleyna Nur Sungur, Turkey
42 Mira Szimcsak, Hungary
43 Muran Tian, China
44 Chase Travis, USA
45 Ashley Twichell, USA
46 Sharon van Rouwendaal, Netherlands
47 Luca Vas, Hungary
48 Esmee Vermeulen, Netherlands
49 Yi-Chen Wang, Taiwan
50 Jordan White, Australia
51 Finnia Wunram, Germany
52 Xin Xin, China

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The Men Will Race And Re-evaluate

Courtesy of FINA, Doha, Qatar.

Olympic 1500m freestyle champion Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy, world champion Jordan Wilimovsky of the USA and Jack Burnell of Great Britain are among the who's who at the opening stop of the 2019 FINA Marathon Swim World Series that kicks off this Saturday, February 16th in Doha Bay, Qatar.

2016 Olympic 10 km champion Ferry Weertman is one of the very few superstars who are not competing this weekend.

But everyone else who will be fighting for the top 10 Olympic qualification spots at the 2019 FINA World Championships will be there. The podium finishers will be satisfied that their training and preparations are going to plan - and everyone else will re-evaluate their swim and strategies.

The event is live streamed on FINAtv with the women's race at 9:00am (GMT+3) and the men's race at starting at 1:00pm (GMT+3) along Doha’s stunning Corniche, a 7 km-long waterfront promenade.

Olympic contender Simone Ruffini, shown above who finished sixth in the 2016 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, said, “I’m really happy to be here in Doha. I’m feeling strong for this race and as this is a qualifying event for the Italian team for the World Champs, this is very important to me. I’m also happy that there are lots of swimmers in this race."

Competitors:
1 Mahmoud Aldadah, Palestine
2 Jiabao An, China
3 Yosuke Aoki, Japan
4 Miguel Armijos, Ecuador
5 Bailey Armstrong, Australia
6 Galymzhan Balabek, Kazakhstan
7 Andrea Bianchi, Italy
8 David Brandl, Austria
9 Jack Burnell, Great Britain
10 Tiago Campos, Portugal
11 Brendan Casey, USA
12 David Castro, Ecuador
13 Lev Cherepanov, Kazakhstan
14 Igor Chervynskiy, Ukraine
15 Cheng-Chi Cho, Taiwan
16 Victor Colonese, Brazil
17 Matias Cordero, Ecuador
18 Hayden Paul Cotter, Australia
19 Allan do Carmo, Brazil
20 Kai Graeme Edwards, Australia
21 Ivan Enderica Ochoa, Ecuador
22 Esteban Enderica Salgado, Ecuardo
23 Hau-Li Fan, Canada
24 David Farinango, Ecuador
25 Niklas Frach, Germany
26 Matteo Furlan, Italy
27 Peter Galicz, Hungary
28 Pol Gil, Spain
29 Rafael Gil, Portugal
30 Brennan Gravley, USA
31 Eric Hedlin, Canada
32 David Heron, USA
33 Marcus Herwig, Germany
34 Christian Keber, Germany
35 Kenessary Kenenbayev, Kazakhstan
36 Vitaliy Khudyakov, Kazakhstan
37 Kristian Kron, Sweden
38 Riku Kuwazoe, Japan
39 Athanasios Cha Kynigakis, Greece
40 Tzu-Cheng Liao, Taiwan
41 Andrea Manzi, Italy
42 Alberto Martinez Murcia, Spain
43 Gordon John Mason, Great Britain
44 Nicolas Masse-Savard, Canada
45 Jon Thomas McKay, Canada
46 Soeren Meissner, Germany
47 Yohsuke Miyamoto, Japan
48 Abdelrahman Mohamed, Qatar
49 Rob Muffels, Germany
50 Taiki Nonaka, Japan
51 Alessio Occhipinti, Italy
52 Gregorio Paltrinieri, Italy
53 Mark Papp, Hungary
54 Jose Paula Carvalho, Portugal
55 Batuhan Ecrin Pinar, Turkey
56 Fernando Ponte, Brazil
57 Evgenij Pop Acev, Macedonia
58 Guillem Pujol, Spain
59 Zhongyi Qiao, China
60 Kristof Rasovszky, Hungary
61 Christian Riechert, Germany
62 Tobias Patrick Robinson, Great Britain
63 Simone Ruffini, Italy
64 Federic Salghetti-Drioli, Switzerland
65 Ahmad Samara, Qatar
66 Raul Santiago Betancor, Spain
67 Mario Sanzullo, Italy
68 Levente Selmeci, Hungary
69 Iyad Shama, Palestine
70 Nicholas Sloman, Australia
71 Elliot Sodemann, Sweden
72 Daniel Szekelysi, Hungary
73 Takeshi Toyoda, Japan
74 Kai-Wen Tseng, Taiwan
75 Logan Vanhuys, Belgium
76 Dario Verani, Italy
77 Diogo Villarinho, Brazil
78 Ruoyu Wang, China
79 Yunze Wang, China
80 Andreas Waschburger, Germany
81 Florian Wellbrock, Germany
82 Jordan Wilimovsky, USA
83 Bozhao Zhang, China
84 Lijun Zu, China

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Unprecedented Pitcairn - Alex Kostich's Circumnavigation

Courtesy of Alex Kostich, Pitcairn Island, Pacific Ocean.

Sometime between April 2nd and 9th, Alex Kostich will attempt to become the first person to circumnavigate Pitcairn Island in a non-stop unassisted solo swim.

Kostich explains his goal, "Pitcairn is the least populous and most remote national jurisdiction in the world. The Pitcairn Islanders are a biracial ethnic group descended mostly from nine Bounty mutineers and the handful of Tahitians who accompanied them, an event that has been retold in many books and films. This history is still apparent in the surnames of many of the islanders. Today there are approximately 50 permanent inhabitants, originating from four main families.

My swim attempt will be dependent on conditions to be assessed during my three days on-island. I will be accompanied by two kayaks, one which will be operated by the island’s resident doctor who will monitor my safety and progress. The other kayak will be operated by two witnesses, Stephen Childers and James Finnerty of Lupine Travel who obtained the necessary clearances for the swim attempt with the island locals.

The total distance around the island will be determined by the route we take and the currents; but the distance appears to be 9.8 km [see above]. However, due to the safety of swimming near the rock-strewn shorebreak and strong currents, the actual swimming distance could be considerably longer. There are also sharks to consider; while no attacks have been documented the island consists of only 49 permanent residents who fish for sustenance, but do not swim, in the surrounding waters
."

Kostich is supported by E-Shark Force, a Maui-based company that developed a shark-deterrent ankle device. He will wear one of their ankle bracelets designed to repel sharks for the duration of my swim.

Kostich talked about the genesis of the unprecedented swim and his preparations, "The idea for this attempt was hatched last year prior to my shoulder surgery on September 27th to address chronic rotator cuff inflammation, a separated bicep from the main shoulder, and a labral tear. As something to look forward to during my 3-month recovery out of the pool, I planned this swim as a way of staying motivated.

Now that I am back to training consistently, my goal is to build back up to 8 km daily by March, in order to comfortably and efficiently complete the swim in April. Since I cannot predict how my shoulder will respond to the increased intensity and yardage, I felt this goal is reasonable, though not guaranteed; exactly the type of challenge that will inspire me to be methodical and consistent in the weeks ahead without overdoing it with aggressive or premature pace or speedwork.

Hammer Nutrition will supply Kostich with nutritional packets to consume leading up to and during the swim. "I have previously relied on the Hammer products, most notably during my 18 km circumnavigation around Bora Bora in 2013 [read here]."

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Unique Awards In The Open Water Swimming World, Part 16

Courtesy of Irish Long Distance Swimming Association, Belfast, Ireland.

19-year-old Prabhat Koli became the youngest individual to cross the North Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland last year when he crossed in 10 hours 41 minutes in 12°C - 15°C water.

He was honored in at Belfast at the annual Irish Long Distance Swimming Association dinner where Debbie Gray and Cara Martin accepted his award [see on left]. "I felt like someone of my family received the award: the Chunky Dunkers family."

The Hall of Fame – Marathon Swimming Ireland also took the opportunity to honor its most recent inductees.

Anne Marie Ward, Gráinne Moss (née Gunn), Ion Lazarenco Tiron, Ned Denison, Sandycove Island Swimmers and Stephen Millar were inducted in the Hall of Fame – Marathon Swimming Ireland as members of its Class of 2019 in Belfast.

For more information on the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association activities, visit here.

Other open water swimming unique awards include the following:

* Belt buckles at the SCAR Swim Challenge in Arizona, USA: see here
* Conch tropies at the Race For The Conch Eco-SeaSwim in Turks & Caicos: see here
* Walking sticks and woodals at the Kingdom Swim in Vermont: see here
* Paper crown for Ice Kilometers swimmers at the International Ice Swimmiing Association Ireland National Championships: see here
* For Triple Crowners (English Channel + Catalina Channel + Around Manhattan Island): see here
* MSF Spork + MSF Navigator Award from the Marathon Swimmers Federation: see here
* Cherrywood plaque for South End Rowing Club members for their North Channel crossing: see here
* For H20PLAY Swim Series winners: see here
* For 2-way North Channel relay from Northern Ireland to Scotland and back to Northern Ireland: see here
* For Hawaiian Christmas Looong Distance Invitational Rough-H2O Swim finishers on Oahu: see here
* For finishers of the Nevis to St. Kitts Cross-Channel Swim: see here
* English Channel award for Shubham Vanmali: see here
* Unique fish awards at the Los Cabos Open Water Challenge: see here.
* Rhinoceros trophy for the 8 Mile Charity Club at the Midmar Mile: see here.
* North Channel crossing by the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association: see here.
* Gaston Memorial Swim awards: see here.

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Travesia Claromecó Aguas Abiertas Clínica de Mar

Courtesy of Claromecó, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

A two-day open water swim clinic will be held between March 16th - 17th in Claromecó, Buenos Aires, Argentina, organized by coach Ramiro Saltapé (contact: clinicademar@yahoo.com).

Saltapé describes the Travesia Claromecó Aguas Abiertas Clínica de Mar sea swimming clinic, "It is a unique experience for those who love swimming in open water, where they will understand the sport on a theoretical and practical basis about tides, channels, currents, with a focus on safety. We will discuss issues including tides, coastal landscapes, winds to increase your basic knowledge and safety to swim in the sea. We will swim parallel to the coast in a course outlined with buoys from 500 meters to 2 km, both with and against currents. We will also swim out to sea between 500 and 1500 meters."

For more information, visit here.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Two Teams Circumnavigate Ilha Grande

Courtesy of André Castelucio, Ilha Grande, Brazil.

On January 27th, a group of Brazilian open water swimmers attempted and completed an unprecedented circumnavigation relay around Ilha Grande, an island located 2 km to the Brazilian mainland that was formerly used as a penal colony between 1900 and 1990.

Ilha Grande is the largest island in the state of Rio de Janeiro and the sixth largest sea island in Brazil, with an area of 193 km² having rugged and mountainous landscape and officially designated as a prison island swim.

Four years ago, Renato Ribeiro, the head coach of the Navegantes Team in the coastal city in Santa Catarina in southern Brazil, had an idea of swimming around the island. At the time, the idea was grandiose and unprecedented.

But after a year of intense logistical and operational planning, and with the support of friends Fabio Righetti and Filipe Almeida, and the unique contribution of the sailor Luciano Guerra, he decided to put the plan into action last month.

Shortly after the Caraguatatuba x Ilhabela team relay race in the last November, he formally invited the team swimmers who were more involved with this kind of challenge to focus on the execution of this adventurous, audacious plan.

The swimmers were separated into two four-person relay teams with each swimmer swimming in pairs for an hour as they circumnavigated the island.

They started to swim at Palmas Beach on January 26th at 7:00 am with the two first swimmers: Liana Lemos and Márcia Pinheiro. They were followed by André Castelucio and Lucas França, then Fabio Righetti and Ivan Nogueira Jr., then André Teixeira and Raphael Maia.

Renato recalled, "Everyone accepted promptly the challenge, including Carlos Rosa, who for reasons of health couldn't participate, but was present in each stroke of each athlete. The swimmers faced adverse conditions to complete the challenge including a strong sun, wind, rain, changes in tide, waves, night swimming, and staying awake throughout the time of the challenge.

After 24 hours 31 minutes, they completed a 85 km loop around Ilha Grande. It was a great feat that was enabled due to the support of a strategic partnership with Swim Explorer that provided three vessels: the Almar catamarans that were guided by me with the support of Roberta Righetti, Teimosia 1 that was guided by commander Filipe Almeida with the support of Vilma Baptista, and a speedboat that escorted the main boats, strategically positioning themselves at key points for immediate displacement in the event of an emergency
."

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High On The Hogg

Courtesy of Lexie Kelly, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Ashley Hogg, a British pool and open water swimmer who is studying chemistry at the University of Manchester, finished 5th in the aQuellé Midmar Mile in South Africa last week.

But he always did not have the confidence in the water as he does now.

He found himself at a pool party at the age of 10. Everyone was outside of the water opening birthday presents and enjoying themselves when he decided to go jump in the pool on his own.

He quickly went under and did not come back up. He couldn’t swim. "I was underwater unable to rise to the top for what may have been more than 20 seconds."

He was drowning until one of the parents saw him, jumped in and rescued him. It was a distressful experience. "I was scared, but my parents were not going to let this experience continue to traumatize me. They put me in swimming lessons after realizing how important it was to swim," he recalled.

When he was 11, he joined a swim team. "I didn’t necessarily like it. I did some pool meets and did well, but I never really was into it. My parents basically made me do it."

Only later when he discovered swimming in the open water did he find his true passion - and he has plenty of upside.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Open Letter To Cool, Cold, Ice Members

An open letter from Ram Barkai, chairman of the International Ice Swimming Association, to those interested in supporting, volunteering for, attempting and doing ice swimming, participating in ice swimming competitions, and completing safe and officially recognized Ice Miles.

Dear all frozen ones,

International Ice Swimming Association has been growing rapidly over the past few years. It is attracting a lot of attention from media, swimmers and many others who are fascinated by our mad sport. It is getting more mature and commercialised in some aspects as it creates business opportunities and allows those who have gained vast experience to share it with others and bring in their own ideas.

A lot has been invested in our IISA brand, in countries, web site, record keeping and in safety. To those who have been in ICE for a while, they have seen the growth and its costs, to newcomers, naturally, they assume we are resourceful, wealthy and it was all a smooth cruise in the ICE.

Recently, we have encountered increasing number of uses of IISA brand without adhering to our rules. Aside from hurting IISA it is also damaging our effort with FINA and Olympic committee as their requirements are very strict and unambiguous.

IISA has taken some steps to make sure the work done by many and the AMAZING achievements by hundreds in ICE Miles and thousands in ICE KM are protected, respected and swims integrity and safety are in place.

IISA board has met last week to discuss several issues and we would like to communicate the outcome:

1. IISA® and The International Ice Swimming Association ® are Trade Mark protected and by association IISA® Ice Mile, IISA® Ice Km are legally protected as well. We are not obligated to display the annoying ® every time. But we hope point has been made!
1.1. Anyone can swim anywhere, in the ICE under whatever rules, safety and distances they choose. However, claiming a swim under IISA without verification or participating in IISA events without paying – is legally wrong and EVEN MORE important – it is unethical and disrespectful to all the swimmers who swam and achieved, followed the rules and paid whatever was required.
1.2. Only IISA can approve an IISA Ice Mile – any other attempt to claim or approve an Ice Mile under IISA will be declined and place the swimmer and the event organisers in breach.
1.3. No certificates or any type of awards for an IISA Ice Mile are allowed until such time IISA has officially ratified the attempt. Any further awards require use of IISA logo and make it clear it was an IISA Ice Mile.
1.4. Anyone who breaches that, places him/her self in breach of trade mark and IISA Rules and may lose his/her IISA membership, records and be banned from IISA events, including World Champ or others.

2. IISA Ice Mile Events:
2.1. Following an unfortunate wind that altered IISA Morocco Ice Mile event course and made it shorter, the board has decided, unanimously, that it would not ratify the Ice Mile swam there. Since there was no deliberate action, IISA has decided to refund application fees and IISA Morocco has kindly offered a credit Ice Miler swim attempt to those who return next year.
2.2. IISA has also declined an Ice Mile attempt where the swimmer applied and refused to pay swim fees. IISA currently considering the swimmer membership and other records.
2.3. ISA board has decided, unanimously, that it no longer allow for Ice Mile eventsin open water course. The safety and issues regarding qualifying and ratifying those attempts led to this decision. We have also encountered increased discrepancies in swimmers information in an Ice Mile event.
2.4. Ice Mile Events will be only allowed in a Pool Course with maximum of four swimmers per heat, with sufficient medical and recovery team to oversee the event, a Pool Course is limited to minimum length of 25m and a maximum of 100m.
2.5. IISA is in a process of educating and qualifying Ice Swimming organisers. It will take us sometime, but the process has started.
2.6. Effective immediately, anyone who wishes to organise a Pool course, Ice Mile event, will have to notify IISA in advance and work together with its national IISA federation.
2.7. It was also agreed that Ice Mile Events participants will have to pay IISA Ice Mile application fees in advance, else, they will not be allowed to participate in the event.
2.8. Event organiser who allows participating in IISA Ice Mile event without checking that the swimmer has qualified and paid its fees to IISA will place him/her self in dispute with IISA.
2.9. IISA is open to subsidise the event entry fees from the Ice Mile application fees with the event organiser. Fees paid are not refundable.
2.10. IISA support Ice Mile attempts in open water course, if they run consecutively and each attempt is treated as an individual attempt with all safety resources allocated to the swimmer.

3. IISA Ice Mile fees
3.1. It was noted that some complaints have received to the cost of the application.
3.2. IISA feels that for majority of the swimmers, an Ice Mile is a once-in-a-lifetime extreme achievement and is considered very cheap in comparative to the costs of other sports similar achievements.

4. IISA is in the process of sourcing new Ice Mile and other IISA badges with the new IISA Logo.
4.1. IISA will provide a variety of badges that will state one’s achievement. (for example, the new Ice Mile badge will state IISA ICE MILE, to eliminate possible pirating or confusion)
4.2. The first batch of new badges will be available in Vermont Ice swimming event end of Feb. another batch will be available in Murmansk IISA World Championships.
4.3. Each qualified Ice Miler will be eligible for one free new IISA ICE MILE Badge (shipping at your own costs).

5. Last but not least – without too many details, yet. IISA is progressing its Olympic dream and we hope to have further news later of this year.


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Unique Awards In The Open Water Swimming World, Part 15

Courtesy of WOWSA, river Labe, Czech Republic.

The 25 km Gaston Memorial Swim is held in the river Labe in the Czech Republic every August.

Gaston was a seal who escaped from the Prague Zoo during the floods of 2002 and swam to Germany.

Jack Bright describes the marathon swim, "It is a 25 km downstream river swim from Ústí nad Labem to Děčín where the times are usually similar to a 10 km swim in still water in a lake. The very fast current makes it an adventure with the winner in around 3 hours for 25 km.

The organizer is Tomaš Česnek
."

Kate Steels-Fryatt swam in the 2017 event that was won by Renča Ený Nováková, "It was fantastic - I have never swum in such a fast river.

Part of the tactics was to sight well to avoid navigation buoys and seek out the fastest current in the river which was not always obvious. I got it wrong in lots of places, especially in the early parts of the race. I literally flew down the river averaging over 7 km per hour
."

The awards for the finishers are cute medals in commemoration of Gaston who is the namesake for one of the World's Top 100 River Swims.

Other open water swimming unique awards include the following:

* Belt buckles at the SCAR Swim Challenge in Arizona, USA: see here
* Conch tropies at the Race For The Conch Eco-SeaSwim in Turks & Caicos: see here
* Walking sticks and woodals at the Kingdom Swim in Vermont: see here
* Paper crown for Ice Kilometers swimmers at the International Ice Swimmiing Association Ireland National Championships: see here
* For Triple Crowners (English Channel + Catalina Channel + Around Manhattan Island): see here
* MSF Spork + MSF Navigator Award from the Marathon Swimmers Federation: see here
* Cherrywood plaque for South End Rowing Club members for their North Channel crossing: see here
* For H20PLAY Swim Series winners: see here
* For 2-way North Channel relay from Northern Ireland to Scotland and back to Northern Ireland: see here
* For Hawaiian Christmas Looong Distance Invitational Rough-H2O Swim finishers on Oahu: see here
* For finishers of the Nevis to St. Kitts Cross-Channel Swim: see here
* English Channel award for Shubham Vanmali: see here
* Unique fish awards at the Los Cabos Open Water Challenge: see here.
* Rhinoceros trophy for the 8 Mile Charity Club at the Midmar Mile: see here.
* North Channel crossing by the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association: see here.

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Unique Awards In The Open Water Swimming World, Part 14

Courtesy of Mervyn Bremner, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Over the weekend, Mervyn Bremner from Cape Town, South Africa completed miles #147, #148, #149, #150, #151, #152, #153 and #154 at the aQuellé Midmar Mile in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

Stanley Kozlowski presented Bremner with a special trophy in commemoration of completing 150 miles at the 8 Mile Club held concurrently at the aQuellé Midmar Mile. "Thank to all my supporters and donors to Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa and special thanks to my daughter Sam [Bremner] for being there on the day."

The open water swimming community offers a number of unique awards including the following:

* Belt buckles at the SCAR Swim Challenge in Arizona, USA: see here
* Conch tropies at the Race For The Conch Eco-SeaSwim in Turks & Caicos: see here
* Walking sticks and woodals at the Kingdom Swim in Vermont: see here
* Paper crown for Ice Kilometers swimmers at the International Ice Swimmiing Association Ireland National Championships: see here
* For Triple Crowners (English Channel + Catalina Channel + Around Manhattan Island): see here
* MSF Spork + MSF Navigator Award from the Marathon Swimmers Federation: see here
* Cherrywood plaque for South End Rowing Club members for their North Channel crossing: see here
* For H20PLAY Swim Series winners: see here
* For 2-way North Channel relay from Northern Ireland to Scotland and back to Northern Ireland: see here
* For Hawaiian Christmas Looong Distance Invitational Rough-H2O Swim finishers on Oahu: see here
* For finishers of the Nevis to St. Kitts Cross-Channel Swim: see here
* English Channel award for Shubham Vanmali: see here
* Unique fish awards at the Los Cabos Open Water Challenge: see here.

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Ivo Cassini, Cecilia Biagioli Win Maratón Acuática Ciudad de Rosario

Courtesy of WOWSA, Rosario, Argentina.

The 21st annual Maratón Acuática Internacional Ciudad de Rosario, the second stop on the 2019 FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series in Rosario, Argentina,

Cecilia Biagioli very comfortably won the 15 km race while Ivo Cassini just barely touched out Guillermo Bértola [see photos on left].

Men's Results:
1. Ivo Cassini (Argentina) 2:32:04
2. Guillermo Bértola(Argentina) 2:32:05
3. Joaquin Moreno (Argentina) 2:32:10
4. Simone Ercoli (Italy) 2:32:12
5. Francesco Ghettini (Italy) 2:32:29
6. Evgenij Pop Acev (Macedonia) 2:32:40
7. Edoardo Stochino (Italy) 2:33:04
8. Damián Blaum (Argentina) 2:33:06
9. Aquiles Balaudo (Argentina) 2:36:39
10. Aleksandar Ilievski (Macedonia) 2:36:41
11. Matheus Evangelista (Brazil) 2:38:45
12. Santiago Perucci (Argentina) 2:39:22
13. Matias Diaz (Argentina) 2:42:35
14. Franco Gamarra (Argentina) 2:56:10
DNF Santiago Enderica

Women's Results:
1. Cecilia Biagioli (Argentina) 2:33:10
2. Barbara Pozzobon (Italy) 2:36:47
3. Julia Arino (Argentina) 2:37:04
4. Pilar Geijo (Argentina) 2:38:39
5. Romina Imwinkelried (Argentina) 2:51:51
6. Vicenia Navarro (Venezuela) 3:00:10
7. Vanesa Garcia (Argentina) 3:00:12
8. Daira Marin (Argentina) 3:00:44

Biagioli from Córdoba, Argentina has now won 4 Maratón Acuática Internacional Ciudad de Rosario events in her career, tying David Meca Medina of Spain and Britta Kamrau of Germany with the most career victories.

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Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi, Sweep In Midmar

Courtesy of WOWSA, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

Two internationally race-savvy Australians are piling up the airline miles as well as awards. They swept the podium at the 46th aQuellé Midmar Mile in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

Both Nick Sloman and Kareena Lee, fresh off of victories in the 2019 Australian 10 km Open Water Championship in Adelaide and en route to the FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series in Doha, Qatar, very comfortably won the elite men's and women's races.

Sloman won in 17:01, narrowly missing the record of 17:00 set by Chad Ho while Kareena Lee beat the women's field by over a minute.

Women's Top 25 Results:
1 Kareena Lee 18:20
2 Michelle Weber 19:26
3 Samantha Randle 19:29
4 Robyn Kinghorn 19:33
5 Kristin Bellingan 19:34
6 Marne Frylinck 19:34
7 Carli Antonopoulous 19:36
8 Rebecca Meder 19:37
9 Abigail Meder 19:37
10 Victoria Earle 19:45
11 Leigh McMorran 19:53
12 Stephanie Houtman 20:01
13 Jessica Whelan 20:49
14 Tori Oliver 20:56
15 Therese Soukop 20:58
16 Chloe Le Roux 21:10
17 Tatum Axel Botha 21:19
18 Sulinke van den Berg 21:23
19 Jemma Tully 21:27
20 Luchelle Oosthuizen 21:28
21 Guilma Lausberg 21:30
22 Lize-Marie Davidson 21:30
23 Ashleigh Green 21:36
24 Olivia Tully 21:46
25 Emma Christianson 21:55

Men's Top 25 Results:
1 Nick Sloman 17:01
2 Michael McGlynn 17:28
3 Daniel Marais 17:29
4 Chad Michau 17:33
5 Ashley Hogg 17:34
6 Christopher McGlynn 17:40
7 Chad Ho 17:42
8 Danté Nortje 18:23
9 Bailey Hairsine 18:27
10 Luca Holtzhausen 18:39
11 Connor Robert Buck 18:42
12 Guy Brooks 18:44
13 Martin Binedell 18:45
14 Joshua Ashley 18:46
15 Connor Ed Botha 18:46
16 Cameron Pennell 18:51
17 Aiden Petersen 18:52
18 Matthew Randle 19:04
19 Connor Albertyn 19:06
20 Divan Bester 19:21
21 Neil Fair 19:48
22 Armand Nortje 19:52
23 Jacob Armon 20:06
24 Ian Nathanael Brijlal 20:27
25 Nicholas Malan 20:28

Note: Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi! Oi! Oi! is a common cheer often performed at Australian sport events.

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

5 Days Of Swimming, Biking And Running

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

For the most hardened marathon swimmers, doing 5 consecutive ocean swims of 3.86 km on 5 different islands on 5 different days in Hawaii is not that big a deal.

It is not even much of a training.

But that all radically changes when those five ocean swims of 2.4 miles are sandwiched between daily 112-mile (180 km) bicycle rides across scorching hot islands against oncoming winds and a marathon 26-mile (42 km) run along undulating courses sometimes through lava fields, then the event can be defined as epic.

The EPIC5 Challenge was founded in 2010 by Jason Lester when he and Rich Roll completed 5 full Ironman distance triathlons on 5 Hawaiian Islands in 5 days.

Day 1 is a 3.86 km ocean swim, 180 km ride and 42 km run held on the island of Kauai followed by an inter-island flight.

Day 2 is another 3.86 km ocean swim, 180 km ride and 42 km run held on the island of Oahu followed by an inter-island flight.

Day 3 is a 3.86 km ocean swim, 180 km ride and 42 km run held on the island of Molokai followed by an inter-island flight.

Day 4 is another 3.86 km ocean swim, 180 km ride and 42 km run held on the island of Maui followed by an inter-island flight.

Day 5 is a 3.86 km ocean swim, 180 km ride and 42 km run held on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Finishers & Participants
* Jason Lester, Hawaii, USA in 2010, 2011, 2012
* Rich Roll, California, USA in 2010
* Josef Ajram, Spain in 2011
* Christian Isakson, Oregon, USA in 2011
* Juan Craveri, Argentina in 2011, 2017
* Pep Sanchez, Spain in 2012
* Christopher Brennan, New York, USA in 2014 + participant in 2018
* Chris Solarz, New York, USA in 2014, 2017
* Enrique Galindo Romero, Mallorca, Spain in 2016
* Dani Grabol, Georgia, USA in 2016
* Oscar Martinez Franco, Puerto Rico in 2016
* Armando Armellini, Texas, USA in 2017
* Chad Esker, Wisconsin, USA in 2017
* Duncan Tebb, Australia in 2017
* Ignacio Garcia Vaquero, Spain in 2017
* Laurent Gambotti, France in 2017
* Melissa Urie, Australia in 2017
* Michal Subrt, Czech Republic in 2017
* Patricio Doucet, Spain in 2017
* Tim Sheeper, California USA in 2017
* Chris Calimano, New York, USA in 2017
* Anastas Panchenko, Russia in 2017
* Nacho Quiles, Spain in 2017
* José Massuça, Portugal in 2017
* Michele Santilhano, California, USA in 2017
* Chad Bentley, Canada in 2018
* Edwin Vargas, Colombia in 2018
* Joe Jaffe, New York, USA in 2018
* Renato Valler, Brazil in 2018
* Michael Flartey, Hawaii, USA participant in 2011, 2012
* Chet Blanton, Hawaii, USA participant in 2011
* Sebastian Niklitschek, Chile participant in 2012
* Carlos Llano, Spain participant in 2012
* Keith Rieger, Arizona, USA participant in 2014
* Carlos Guevara, Mexico participant in 2016
* Elisabeth Schwibs, Germany participant in 2017
* Toni Marsal Bonet, Spain participant in 2017
* Keith Bergh, Oregon, USA participant in 2017

Rich Roll talks with American Danielle Grabol and Australian Melissa Urie about their individual journeys of rejuvination on his podcast here. Roll describes the two women as "the queens of the EPIC5" and they talk about "girl power grit".

For more information or to register for the EPIC5 Challenge or the new EPICDECA, visit here.

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