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International Ice Swimming Association’s 2019 Murmansk World Championship Event Recap

vr, 22/03/2019 - 22:46

The third annual World Championships for the International Ice Swimming Association took place Thursday, March 14 through Sunday, March 17. This year, the event took place in Murmansk, Russia, in a 10-lane, 25-short course meter lake with air and water temperatures hovering at negative three degrees Celsius and zero degrees Celsius respectively.

Moscow native Natalia Seraya says: “It is important for me, and in general, that we swim not to set records but to be healthy and to show people that cold water hardening is best for improving health from the inside.”

Read the article @swimmingworldmagazine

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The world's most beautiful open water swim races

zo, 17/03/2019 - 11:06

Whether it's incredible scenery, lagoon waters or balmy temperatures you're after, these race events are paradise for fans of open water swimming.
Open water swimming competitions might conjure up images of thrashing about in grey, rolling seas but there are a raft of events that combine aquatic prowess with incredible scenery and often balmy temperatures.

That’s not to say our bucket list of beautiful open water races are easy – there are still jellyfish, currents and the odd shark to keep watch for – but at least you get a drop dead gorgeous view while you’re pushing yourself to your limits.

Come on in, the water’s lovely…

Read about the beautiful open water swim races @Redbull

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Alisa Fatum Wins Ice Kilometer At World Championship

za, 16/03/2019 - 23:03

Alisa Fatum already won the 500m freestyle on the first day of competition at the International Ice Swimming Association 3rd World Championship and 1st Ice Swimming Arctic Cup in Murmansk, Russia.

Today, the 24-year-old German took it out fast in the Ice Kilometer and never looked back throughout the 1000m race as she absolutely dominated the experienced field to win her second world championship title in the 0.2°C water.

See the pictures and the full results @dailynews.openwaterswimming

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Petar Stoychev Wins Ice Kilometer At World Championship

za, 16/03/2019 - 23:00

I have covered Petar Stoychev for nearly 20 years and this was his most dominating performance in my opinion," observed Steven Munatones.

He has done many incredible swims in his life - from setting the English Channel world record to winning the Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean 11 consecutive times. He is master of all from winning the 25 km FINA World Championships in 32°C+ water in Shanghai to absolutely dominating the Ice Kilometer over a world-class field of ice swimmers today."

Stoychev let the younger swimmers including 26-year-old Fergil Hesterman take out the pace very fast. After the 400m mark when he was 15 meters behind the leader, the four-time Bulgarian Olympian really started to pick up his pace and quickly passed his rivals.

Read the article and see the pictures @dailynews.openwaterswimming

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France Adds 10 Incredible Races to the GSS… Start Packing!

za, 16/03/2019 - 14:27

The French Swimming Federation (FFN), the governing body for swimming in France, has added all 10 open water races in the EDF Aqua Challenge to the Global Swim Series.

Pick a date, a spectacular place you’ve always wanted to visit in France, and start packing!  Or better yet… hit them all!

By adding these 10 races to the 2 other French GSS races (Open Swim Stars – Paris and La Posidonienne), there are now 12.  It also brings the total number of races in the Global Swim Series to an incredible 175 races… and still growing!  The GSS really is the hub for open water swimming the world.

Read the full article @globalswimseries

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Open Water World Tour 2019 gets underway

za, 16/03/2019 - 14:24

The second edition of the Open Water World Tour (OWWT) is rolling out; and for the 2019 series, a number of new events have joined.

The OWWT is a global tour with a ranking system. Participating swimmers obtain points in every event they take part in, but also through doing ‘solo swims in regulated crossings’.

Read the article @endurancebusiness

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2019 World International Ice Swimming Championships: What it takes to prepare for a sub-zero swim

do, 14/03/2019 - 17:52

"Sometimes I get in and I think 'gosh, this feels horrible'," says champion ice swimmer Jade Perry.

This isn't just your average test of physical endurance.

Taking a dip in sub-zero temperatures is already unappealing, without the prospect of doing it in a makeshift pool carved out of a frozen lake at the height of Russian winter.

This week, 400 swimmers from 34 countries will travel to Murmansk, Russia, for the 2019 World International Ice Swimming Championships.


Read the full article @BBC

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Moroccan, Chilean and South African swimmers to come to ice swimming competition in Murmansk

di, 12/03/2019 - 22:40

About 400 athletes from over 30 countries, including Morocco, Chile and South Africa, will take part in the 3rd World Championship and the 1st Arctic Cup devoted to ice swimming that will take place in Murmansk this weekend, the organizers said at a news conference on Monday.

Murmansk hosted the 1st Ice Swimming Championship back in 2015 when there were only 40 participants, but this time 117 swimmers will test their strength in Murmansk, with over 270 people taking part in the 1st Arctic Cup.

Read the article @arctic

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I went swimming in water so cold the ice is broken with a propeller, and it was utterly addictive

zo, 10/03/2019 - 22:32

When the temperature's well below freezing, the Finns come out to swim 

A woman stands at the top of a ladder leading into a black hole in the ice at the edge of the Baltic Sea. Her bare flesh shines in the streetlight, a contrast to the night sky. Clad in nothing more than a bikini and a woolly hat, she makes no sound as she lowers herself into the freezing water. I watch from a nearby footpath, transfixed and envious, despite Helsinki’s sub-zero evening temperatures – even in the daytime, this week, it’s rarely climbed above two degrees, with below-freezing temperatures predicted for next week.

I count to 10 before she climbs out and pads across the snow to a wooden building from which smoke is curling gently out of a chimney.

Read the full article @inews


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Austria Adds Natural Beauty With 2 Amazing Races!

za, 09/03/2019 - 16:21

Calling all swimmers with a sense of adventure!  Here are a couple of great races in central Europe:

1) The Backwaterman Waldviertel , held on July 6, gives swimmers a rugged adventure in an off-the-beaten path area in Austria. Situated in the north of the country, this race offers a classic long distance open water race of 7k, but there are also a 750m and 1500m races too.

2) The other great Austrian race, which is held on June 21-22, is the “Schwimm Festival Neusideler See” (Lake Neusiedler Swimming Festival), which is set in UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lake Neusidl, one of the larges lakes in central Europe.  The lake straddles the border between Austria and Hungary. The festival has 9 competitions and 11 distances, so there is something for everyone.

Read the full article for more details @globalswimseries

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Testing the Waters

do, 07/03/2019 - 22:34

Marcia Cleveland has always been a swimmer. Growing up, throughout high school and all four years of college, you could find her in the water.

In her early twenties, she took to open water swimming, plunging into oceans, lakes, and rivers, seeking their challenges. After moving to New York and joining a Masters Swimming program there, she did her first solo swim in 1991, around the island of Manhattan at a distance of over 28 miles.

It was that inaugural swim that gave her the confidence to tackle the English Channel, the pinnacle for marathon swimmers. With that goal in mind, Cleveland trained hard for three years, deciding to go for it in 1994.


Read the article @jwcdaily

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Ice Swimming may be the reason why Scandinavian people are happy

do, 07/03/2019 - 22:30

People are looking for different ways to keep themselves happy. They may go to any extent to achieve their required purpose of happiness. For certainly, being satisfied with your life is one essential goal that everyone should be aiming for.

There are a number of ways you can possibly do that. Exercising is one, socializing is another. The list is a never ending one.

But are you aware that ice swimming can also be one potential way of increasing happiness?

Read the article @tophealthjournal

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Winter 'wild swimming' is a hot new trend

zo, 03/03/2019 - 13:43

Swimmers plunge into frigid lakes and rivers year-round, just for the thrill of it.

I thought my husband's icy cold morning showers were extreme, until I learned about the 'wild swimming' trend. Apparently this is a big thing ago to do year-round, particularly in the United Kingdom, where you don't have to chop a hole in the ice to get at the water, but it's still chilly enough to take your breath away.

The Guardian has called wild swimming the "new natural high" and "the new yoga." Over the past decade, membership in outdoor swimming groups has grown exponentially, with the UK's Outdoor Swimming Society membership growing from a couple hundred people ten years ago to more than 70,000 in 2017.

Read the article @treehugger

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Pat Gallant-Charette Won't Stop Breaking Records

zo, 03/03/2019 - 13:39

The oldest woman to swim the English Channel wants to continue knocking off marathon swims into her 80s

Pat Gallant-Charette is tougher than your average grandma. She’s probably tougher than you. The 68-year-old Maine native has completed the majority of the Oceans Seven, a marathon swimming challenge that has athletes tackling seven of the toughest open-water swims in the world. She has systematically subjected herself to near-freezing water temperatures, strong currents, shark attacks, and blooms of jellyfish during swims that have her in the water for up to 24 hours.

But the really crazy part? Gallant-Charette didn’t get serious about swimming until she was 58. And she was terrified of the ocean for years, after she had what she thought was a close encounter with a shark (it was really a curious seal) when she was 13. “I wouldn’t get in the water above my knees for years,” says Gallant-Charette in her strong New England accent.

Read the full article @outsideonline


Croatia’s record-breaking long-distance swimmer announces new challenges

ma, 25/02/2019 - 22:51

Croatia’s long-distance swimmer Dina Levacic has recently announced her plans for this summer which include her second attempt to swim the length of  54 kilometres from the Adriatic island of Vis to her city of Split and the 30-kilometre Tsugaru Strait between the Japanese islands of Honshu and Hokkaido.

The 23-year-old Levacic, who is the first Croatian female swimmer to conquer the English Channel, is going to swim in July from the island of Vis to Split. Last July, she almost accomplished this feat but had to give up three kilometres before the finish line.
In August she is going to accomplish the Tsugaru swim, one of the Oceans Seven challenges.


Read the article @croatiaweek

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zo, 24/02/2019 - 23:19

There are now 50+ wild swim groups around the UK. To mark the launch of a new OSS listing guide of them around the country, Rowan Clarke, a member of Wiltshire Wild Swim, reports on their joys and problems.

When Wiltshire Wild Swimmers began in May 2018, it was just a group of ten friends arranging swims on WhatsApp. As people began finding them on Instagram, the group grew to 30, prompting its founders to move the group from WhatsApp to Facebook. It then grew to 150 members in just four weeks.

This is not an isolated case – outdoor swimming groups from Brighton to Portobello are growing in size and number. Some are expanding so quickly they are having to close to new members; and as they do, new ones sprout up to cater for the demand. While many swimmers relish the solitude of swimming in the open, the attraction of clubs for those who prefer a more social approach is clear.


Read the article @outdoorswimmingsociety

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The Truth Is Cold

zo, 24/02/2019 - 23:13

Though I had been pool swimming, I hadn’t swam in the sea in four weeks, and if I didn’t get in at the weekend I would go a month without an open water swim for possibly the first time in a decade.

On Saturday the bay was lousy and blown out in howling onshores, breakers stretching out over a mile from the coast, unswimmable even using the alternative option of swimming out through the pier entrance.

But as evening drew on the temperature dropped as the weather swung anti-cyclonic. The isobars narrowed and funneled a wind down out of the Arctic circle (though no Polar Vortex), blowing southerly over Ireland, and by Sunday morning the webcam showed the bay was flat under the offshore sweeping out to sea. The residual swell was compressed by it and only escaped the oppressive dominance of the offshore breeze right as it broke onto the beach, like soap escaping from between your hands as you press tighter, enticing bewetsuited surfers into the water.


Read the full story @loneswimmer

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Taking on the ultimate challenge

vr, 22/02/2019 - 01:05

The whole of the Netherlands rallied around one man and his ultimate challenge in late August: TV and radio, newspapers and the social media turned the spotlight on Olympic swimming champion Maarten van der Weijden. To raise money for cancer research, he had set himself the extreme goal of swimming the Elfstedentocht route – a 200-kilometer-long speed skating race considered by many to be the ultimate Dutch sports event. His heroic efforts raised a record amount of over 5 million euros.

read the full article @ Boskalis

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Ice swimming: the perfect Ctrl-Alt-Delete reboot

do, 21/02/2019 - 18:15

Swimming in ice requires a certain determination, but also chain-saws to cut the ice and form racing lanes. A sauna is also needed and apparently hot chocolate helps a lot.

Tiffiny Quinn is one of 12 hardy Irish swimmers travelling to the Artic Circle for a St Patrick’s Day dip at the ice swimming world championships.

The rules say the water temperature must be less than five degrees for racing. But Quinn says at Russian events it can dip as low as zero. Pumps keep the water moving so it doesn’t re-freeze mid-race. Staff use hammers to knock icicles off the starting area.

Despite competing around Europe and training in cold Irish waters, she admits the first time she swam in Siberia was daunting. That’s a 450-metre race through Siberian ice in an ordinary swimsuit.


Read the full article @irishtimes

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Teenager Caitlin O'Reilly swims the length of Lake Taupo

di, 19/02/2019 - 23:09

A girl who swam the length of Lake Taupō in 13 hours says swimming pools' lane ropes bother her.

"I feel more free in the open water than I do in the pool," Caitlin​ O'Reilly​ said.

"In Lake Taupō, there are no limits."

The 14-year-old Aucklander is the youngest female to swim the lake's 40.2 km length - a distance longer than the English Channel [33.8 km].

Caitlin left the lake's southern end at Waihi at 4am on Thursday.

"Leaving the shore was the hardest part.  But I figured out why I was doing it in my head.


Read the article and see the video

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