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Will You Still Be Swimming In The Year 2050?

di, 20/03/2018 - 11:39

Photo shows (in original article) International Swimming Hall of Fame and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame dual inductee Michael Read at the 16 km Faros Maratón professional marathon swim in Croatia in 2015.

In 1950, when Hassan Abdel Rehim from Egypt won the Daily Mail race across the English Channel in a record time of 10 hours 50 minutes, there were 205 million people who were 60 years or over around the world.

In 2014, when Dr. Otto Thaning became the oldest individual in history to cross the English Channel in 12 hours 52 minutes at the age of 73, the number of people over the age of 60 had increased nearly fourfold to 810 million.

Please read the complete article and see the picture of Michael Read @ The Daily News of Open Water Swimming

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Meet the Irish Ice Swimmer Taking on Cape Horn in Togs

zo, 18/03/2018 - 11:59

Selling bed linens in her little shop in Dingle by day and Ireland’s most accomplished ice and extreme swimmer by night, Nuala Moore is a force to be reckoned with.

Dingle’s Nuala Moore is a veteran ice swimmer. To mention just a few of her accomplishments: She is one of only six people to swim around the coast of Ireland in a 1,330km relay over 56 days. She then did a double-crossing Relay of the English Channel and swam the Bering Strait from Russia to the USA in some of the most dangerous waters in the world in a relay. She was the first Irish swimmer and the sixth woman in the world to complete a 1000 metre swim at 0 degrees in the Arctic Circle. Her latest challenge will see her head to the ‘end of the world‘ to swim in the waters where the Pacific Ocean meets the Atlantic Ocean. She will (if all goes to plan) follow this up with a solo double crossing of the Beagle Channel!

read the full article @ Outsider

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Swimming The Strait Of Gibraltar: From Europe To Africa

do, 15/03/2018 - 23:42

As I waited for my first Social Security check, I decided to push the envelope with swimming, a sport I had practiced for six decades. I read about the Gibraltar Crossing and realized that the idea of swimming from Spain to Morocco allayed my worries about turning 70. For me, when I am in the sea, all is well with the world.

It all started inauspiciously at the Bowman Gray pool, an ancient structure at the University of North Carolina. I was four and my swim teacher was squeezing my chest too tightly. Later that day, my mother yelled, “You bit his wrist like a damned dog. What a mean boy you are!”

Read the full article @ EurasiaView


The article ends with an excelent remark and salute: As I look back, I see that swimming to Morocco is a shared adventure, dependent on training and luck. And it helps to have a team of pros like Rafael, Antonio, Anne Cleveland and IvaHawk. In the weeks that followed, both Anne Cleveland and Rafael Gutierrez, ACNEG’s founder, died of cancer. Their lives remind me that none of us knows how much time is left, but we can take advantage of every hour we have.

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International Swimming Hall of Fame Announces Induction Class of 2018 and Annual Awards

do, 15/02/2018 - 21:21

This year’s International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees include Open Water Swimmer: Petar Stoychev (BUL).

Read the full article @ SwimmingWorldMagazine

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First escape by water from Alcatraz?

zo, 11/02/2018 - 20:50

Escape from Alcatraz: Does letter finally solve mystery of prison's most infamous escapees?

A letter has emerged allegedly revealing the fate of three criminals who pulled off a historic escape from Alcatraz and disappeared without a trace more than 40 years ago.

On the night of 11 June 1962, brothers John and Clarence Anglin and fellow inmate Frank Morris pulled off a prison break so daring it went on to inspire Hollywood thriller Escape from Alcatraz, starring Clint Eastwood.

read the complete article and view the pictures about the "swimming" prison escape @ SkyNews


Joe Grossman Brings Alive Marathon Swimming's Past

zo, 11/02/2018 - 19:54

In order to preserve marathon swimming history, Dale Petranech has kept alive his dream of publishing the personal files of World Professional Marathon Swimming Association administrator, Joe Grossman.

"Joe passed away in 1974, but Dale faithfully maintained a huge stack of type-written pages from Joe for several decades.

The public information officer traveled around the world with a passion and a unique perspective of the individuals involved in the sport of channel swimming and professional marathon swimming and single-handedly and comprehensively compiled hundreds of pages of notes, observations, recollections and data from solo swims and competitions in numerous bodies of water around the globe," says Steven Munatones.

read the rest of the article @ The Daily News of Open Water Swimming

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Eiskalt zugelangt

zo, 11/02/2018 - 19:44

Veitsbronn ist das neue Eisschwimm-Mekka. Rund 200 Sportler aus vielen Ecken der Welt traten in dem fränkischen Ort bei den 4. Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere German Open. Meister wurden entthront, Ersttäter gefeiert.

Wer sind hier eigentlich die Stars? Darüber kann man trefflich streiten. Sind es die Meisterschwimmer, die im knapp vier Grad kalten Wasser im Veitsbad im fränkischen Veitsbronn bei Nürnberg 1.000 Meter in 12:38 Minuten kraulen - wie Fergil Hesterman aus den Niederlanden und Hanna Bakuniak aus Polen, die 13:05 Minuten benötigt? Die beiden haben bei den 4. Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere German Open am ersten Januarwochenende die Langstrecke gewonnen.

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Channel Swimmming database updated

zo, 11/02/2018 - 18:04

Julian Chricklow has updated the English Channel Swimming database.

You can find it @ CSPF

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Pune man becomes first Asian to complete Ocean Seven Challenge

zo, 11/02/2018 - 17:54

32-year-old finished the marathon by swimming across Cook Strait between the North and South Islands of New Zealand in 8 hours 37 minutes

The sea is as perilous as it is calm. And, no one knows that better than Rohan More who became the first Asian to swim across seven of the world's toughest ocean channels this month. On February 9, the 32-year-old resident of Senapati Bapat Road in Pune, swam across the Cook Strait between the North and South Island of New Zealand in 8 hours and 37 minutes. The Ocean Seven, a marathon-swimming challenge consisting of seven channel swims, is considered equivalent to the Seven Summits mountaineering challenge, that involves scaling the highest mountains on each of the seven continents. He is only the ninth person to complete it.

read the complete article and see the picture @ Mid-Day

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Wild swimmers win heated battle against proposed open water regulator

zo, 11/02/2018 - 17:48

THE foul-mouthed businessman behind controversial plans to make Scotland’s wild swimmers a little less wild has admitted defeat.

Robert Hamilton’s dream of an open water regulator was torpedoed by near unanimous opposition from swimmers and swimming organisations, who said they were unwanted, unnecessary and overly commercial.

Unlike in England and Wales, where laws about open swimming are unclear, in Scotland, swimmers have a right to swim freely in open spaces.

read the complete article @ The National

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Argentina’s Biagioli and Bertola earn home wins in debut FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series race

zo, 11/02/2018 - 17:22

Home fans at Coronda watching the first event of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) UltraMarathon Swim Series had everything to cheer for as Argentinians won both the men’s and women’s events.

But it was women’s winner Cecilia Biagioli who produced the performance of the day during this 57km - 35.4 miles - endurance race in the El Rio river as she finished second overall behind the men’s champion Guillermo Bertola.

read the articvle and view the pictures @ insidethegames

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Wetsuit vs. Non-Wetsuit Swimming

zo, 11/02/2018 - 17:11

While wetsuits are not essential, the majority of swimmers do use them as they do provide a huge benefit by providing buoyancy in the water. Swimming specific wetsuits are quite different to surf wetsuits so if you are going to use one, but don’t own one, I would sooner hire a swimming wetsuit than purchase a surf wetsuit.

Make sure you try the suit for sizing first and remember there are multiple levels of wetsuits to suit swimmers abilities and budget.

If you choose to do the event without a wetsuit and have had little open water experience, or haven’t familiarised yourself with the water temperature for your expected duration of time to complete the swim, then I would recommend doing this before you take on the swim.

There are many areas of the stroke that you may need to adjust, and I am just going to touch on a few key ones when comparing Wetsuit vs Non Wetsuit Swimming.

  • Kick
  • Buoyancy – Body Position
  • Core – Body Position
  • Arm Recovery

Read the full article with explanations @ NZ Oceanswims Series

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Humanitarian Who Swam For Indonesia

zo, 11/02/2018 - 16:54

Few foreign athletes have devoted themselves to humanitarian and environmental causes in Indonesia as much as Montgomery Monfore, an American world record ocean swimmer, who spent much of the past 20 years in Bali.

Monte, as he was known, made numerous record-breaking charity swims to raise awareness and funds for environmental and social campaigns in Indonesia. His untimely passing in October 2017 on Rota Island in the North Pacific Ocean was ruled accidental, though the autopsy report has led family and friends to question its veracity.

Read the extensive portrait and see the pictures @ Inonesia Expat

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Crocodile of Nile Abdel Latif Abu Heif: A Forgotten legend

zo, 11/02/2018 - 16:50

CAIRO – 30 January 2018: You might have heard about Farida Osman or Rania Elwani as the most famous Egyptians who wrote the history of swimming, but you may not know about the “Crocodile of the Nile.” A man who managed to dominate international open water swimming competitions in the 1950s and 1960s, winning around 20 major world competitions. His name is Abdel Latif Abu Heif.

Egypt Today celebrates Abu Heif’s birthday. Born on January 30, 1929 in Alexandria, Egypt to an athletic family; he was drawn to swimming even though the rest of them played table tennis. Abu Heif began a habit of winning trophies at a young age.

read the full portraqit and see the pictures @ Egypt Today

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Junior doctor swimming Channel to help spine injury victims

zo, 11/02/2018 - 15:59

WHAT’S it like to swim the English Channel? A Poole doctor who only started open water swimming last year will find out this summer.

Dr Annie Maggs, of Sherwood Avenue, will join a team of six raising money for the Aspire charity, which helps those with spinal cord injuries. She decided to take up the challenge during a year off following her foundation training.

“I wanted to do a personal challenge during this year and I got the idea after joining East Dorset Open Water Swimming Club,” she said. “Every week it seemed that someone had done a big event like swimming the channel so I thought I’d try that first of all as part of a relay.”

read the full article and see the pictures @ Daily Echo

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Diego Lopez Attempting ‘Continents Seven’ Open Water Swims in 2018

zo, 11/02/2018 - 15:30

While most of us couldn’t dream of doing them all in even a lifetime, Diego Lopez is attempting a major swim in each of the seven continents in 2018.

Lopez, 36, was once a moderately successful pool swimmer growing up in the Canary Islands. He competed for London University while completing his masters degree from 2005-2006, but took the plunge into open water swimming when he moved to Hong Kong for work.

There, he joined the Open Water Swimmers of Hong Kong, a group which meets for weekly swims and offers instruction in open water strategy.

read the article, see the picture and view the video @ SwimSwam

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Rebecca Soni Explains How to Beat Pre-Race Anxiety

ma, 15/01/2018 - 17:37

Have you ever experienced pre-race anxiety?

Have your nerves gotten the best of you?

Do you perform well in practice, but don’t swim up to your expectations at competition?

If so you are not alone. One of the biggest challenges that many athletes face is pre-race anxiety. It is a foe that athletes at any level face.

Pre-race anxiety is one of the most common challenges that Olympic gold medalist and former world record holder Rebecca Soni sees when working with athletes through RISE Athletes. RISE Athletes is a program that Soni and fellow American Olympian Caroline Burckle have developed to connect Olympians with athletes through individualized mentoring.

What are the Causes of Pre-Race Anxiety?

read the interesting article @ SwimSwam

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Freestyle Swimming Technique - Efficient Breathing

ma, 15/01/2018 - 17:35

Breathing I think we would all agree is a necessity. On land when we breathe, it doesn’t take much thought, we just do it. However, add water to the equation and you have whole different kettle of fish.

Well why is that? This is often due to the fear of not clearing the water to get the necessary oxygen required.

read the rest of the article by "Ocean Walker" with 5 common mistakes @ RealBuzz

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Extreme British swimmer reveals it was her autistic son begging 'Don't leave me, Mummy' that ended her epic 7 Oceans challenge and not a circling shark, toxic jellyfish or 20ft swells

ma, 15/01/2018 - 17:30
  • Beth French aimed to complete the Ocean's 7 challenge in less than a year
  • It involves swimming across seven open-water crossings across the world
  • A film will be released this year to tell the story of 40-year-old Beth's challenge
  • British Beth is a self-employed massage therapist and mother to autistic Dylan

The warm waters of Hawaii’s Molokai Strait shone like silk in the moonlight. The 28-mile stretch between Oahu and Molokai islands, in the North Pacific, is notorious for its 20ft swells, strong currents and deadly marine life, but British swimmer Beth French deftly sliced a path through the swell.

Several hours into the 17-hour swim, one of the world’s most gruelling challenges for extreme swimmers, Beth did not immediately notice the dorsal fin surging upwards from the starlit sea.

Read the complete article and see the pictures and video @ Daily Mail

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5 rules to beat the tricksters of the open water competitions

ma, 15/01/2018 - 17:27

Things don’t always go as planned. Competitions are often full of unpredicted moments, risks and unexpected episodes that disrupt the otherwise perfect competition that we’d planned so perfectly.

Usually one can manage to be tolerant (but not too much) with the variables like the rough water, the wobbly starting block or that pain that keeps bothering us during the swim, but it’s harder to be tolerant towards the rough, unsportsmanlike, “tricksters” of the open waters.

If you want to know how to avoid these irritating athletes you can read these 5 simple but essential tips!

#1 Look around

Read the full article @ ZwemZa

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