Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Matías Ola is highly active, pouring his passion in creating and organizing open water swimming events.

His Swim Argentina was nominated for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year among the following publications, events, products and offerings:

1. 48 Braçades by Miquel Suñer (Spain)
2. Blue Journey Dangerous Waves Project with Bruckner Chase (USA)
3. Global Swim Series by Rob Kent & Dylan Kent (Canada)
4. LongSwimsDB by Evan Morrison (USA)
5. New York Open Water by David Barra, Rondi Davies & Alex Arévalo (USA)
6. Open Water Swim Academy by Dan Simonelli (USA)
7. Outdoor Swimmer by Simon Griffiths (Great Britain)
8. Sea Donkey with Adrian Sarchet (Guernsey)
9. Shark Bait by Dr. Seán O’Connell (Bermuda)
10. Swim Argentina by Matías Ola (Argentina)
11. The Channel of Bones with Toni Enderli (South Africa)
12. Travessia do Leme ao Pontal by Adherbal de Oliveira & Renato Ribeiro Barbosa (Brazil)

One of his events was a winter swimming event in December called the Winter Swimming Ski Portillo Chile, a high-altitude swim of 3,000 meters (9,842 feet) in altitude in the Andes Mountains.

Ola discussed his physical and nutritional preparations for cold water swims in Revista Open Water (see Fisiología y nutrición para nadadores de aguas frías here by nutritionist Jordi Sarola).

For more information, visit www.swimargentina.org. For more photos, visit here.

His nomination reads, “Swim Argentina is the brainchild and creation of Matías Ola, an accomplished ice swimmer and marathon swimmer, capable in all possible conditions from cold to warm. Almost singlehandedly in the most unlikely of seasons and the most unlikely of locations, he has brought winter swimmers from around the globe to incredibly scenic locations from Ushuaia, Mendoza and the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina to Laguna del Inca in Chile. Swim Argentina also organizes relay and solo crossings of the 42 km Río de la Plata and the 12 km Beagle Channel in Argentina and offers extreme swimming camps in Spain, Mount Everest and Antarctica.

For establishing brand new extreme swimming camps, competitions and crossings in Argentina, Chile, Tibet, Spain and the South Pole, for organizing extreme swims with safe oversight in ruggedly stark, brutally cold scenic locations, for giving swimmers myriad unique opportunities to realize their swimming dreams in off-the-beaten track venues, Swim Argentina is a worthy nominee for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

To register and vote on the WOWSA Awards and the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year, visit here.

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