Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The World’s 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men is an annual list of audacious men who have performed courageously well in open bodies of water as published by World Open Water Swimming Association.

The 2019 list only includes contemporary aquatic adventurers and focuses on men who do extreme swims or pioneer unprecedented open water swims of note.

They have swum in risk-inherent channels, lakes, seas, oceans, or done winter swims, ice swims, stage swims or marathon swims, men who have proven themselves in both high-level competitions and solo swims, and men who have safely guided many channel or marathon swimmers of all abilities in rough or cold waters or in extreme conditions.

The 2019 World’s 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men list (alphabetized by last name) is as follows:

1. Evgenij Pop Acev, professional marathon swimmer from Macedonia
2. Khitindra Chandra Baishya, marathon swimmer from Bangladesh [shown above]
3. Hamza Bakircioglu, ice/marathon swimmer from Turkey
4. Ram Barkai, administrator, event organizer and ice swimmer from South Africa
5. David Barra, marathon/channel swimmer and event organizer from the USA
6. John Batchelder, butterflying marathon/channel swimmer from USA
7. Nejib Belhedi, marathon/stage/boat pull swimmer from Tunisia
8. Cameron Bellamy, marathon/channel swimmer from South Africa
9. Alexander Brylin, channel ice swimmer from Russia
10. Salvatore Cimmino, amputee advocate and marathon/extreme swimmer from Italy
11. Jean Craven, extreme swimmer and event organizer from South Africa [shown above at 5915 meters in the Andes]
12. Ned Denison, IMSHOF administrator and marathon/channel/ice swimmer from Ireland
13. Craig Dietz, disabled open water swimmer from USA
14. Ross Edgley, stage/marathon swimmer from Great Britain
15. Sven Elfferich, ice swimmer from the Netherlands
16. Fergil Hesterman, ice swimmer and event organizer from the Netherlands
17. Simon Holliday, marathon swimmer from Hong Kong
18. Hudson Brothers, 3 wild swimmers from Great Britain
19. Avram Iancu, extreme stage swimmer from Romania
20. Howard James, channel/marathon swimmer from Great Britain
21. Stephen Junk, channel/marathon swimmer from Australia
22. Henri Kaarma, event organizer and ice swimmer from Estonia
23. Ger Kennedy, ice/underwater/extreme swimmer from Ireland
24. Josef Köberl, winter/ice swimmer and event organizer from Austria
25. Ion Lazarenco Tiron, marathon/channel/extreme stage swimmer from Republic of Moldava
26. Benoît Lecomte, extreme stage swimmer from France/USA
27. Diego López Dominguez, marathon/channel/extreme/ice swimmer from Spain
28. Pádraig Mallon, escort pilot, event organizer and marathon/channel/ice swimmer from Ireland
29. Ingemar Patiño Macarine, channel/marathon swimmer from the Philippines
30. Andrew Malinak, administrator and cold water/marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
31. Ken Mignosa, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
32. Rohan More, marathon/channel swimmer from India
33. Lynton Mortensen, marathon/channel swimmer from Australia
34. Greg O’Connor, marathon/channel/ice swimmer and event organizer from the USA
35. Matías Ola, event organizer and ice/extreme swimmer from Argentina
36. Thomas Pembroke, channel swimmer from Australia
37. Lewis Pugh OIG, ocean advocate and ice/extreme/channel/marathon/stage swimmer from Great Britain/South Africa
38. Stephen Rouch, marathon swimmer from USA
39. Adrian Sarchet, marathon/channel swimmer from Guernsey
40. Dan Simonelli, coach/guide/observer and marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
41. Albert Sobirov, ice swimmer from Russia
42. Petar Stoychev, marathon/channel/ice/Olympic swimmer from Bulgaria
43. Adherbal Treidler de Oliveira, marathon swimmer and event organizer from Brazil
44. Andy Truscott, marathon/channel swimmer from Jersey
45. Jacques Tuset, prison island/channel/marathon swimmer from France
46. Maarten van der Weijden, Olympic champion, extreme/marathon swimmer from the Netherlands
47. Cristian Vergara, extreme/marathon/channel/ice swimmer and event organizer from Chile
48. Christof Wandratsch, marathon/channel/ice swimmer and event organizer from Germany
49. Martyn Webster, marathon/channel swimmer from Great Britain
50. Bill Welzien, marathon swimmer and event organizer from the USA

For the 2019 list of the World’s 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women, visit here.

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