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The nominees for the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year are always a unique and impressive group of products, services, events and organizations with an exceptional twist and exceptional value to open water swimmers around the world.

The World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year is an annual award that meant to identify products, services, events and organizations that

* best support and assist open water swimmers achieve their goals,
* are innovative, unique and beneficial to open water swimmers, race directors, coaches or administrators, and
* have made the most positive impact on the world of open water swimming during the calendar year.

The inspirational group of 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year nominees include:

1. 24 Hour Swim in San Francisco by Suzie Dods (U.S.A.)
2. BlueJourney-Amerika Samoa-Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way by Bruckner Chase (U.S.A./Amerika Samoa)
3. Step Out Of The Ordinary Blue Letter Campaign by Pádraig Mallon (Ireland)
4. Catalina Channel Swimming Federation (U.S.A.)
5. Dancing In The Water by Wayne Ewing and Matthew Moseley (U.S.A.)
6. L.O.S.T. Swimming (Lake Ontario Swim Team) by Rob Kent (Canada)
7. Morrison Report by Evan Morrison for Marathon Swimmers Federation (international)
8. Nadandolibre Radio Show – Marcador Show by José Díaz and Alessi Pérez (Spain)
9. Ola Vista Photography by Mike Lewis (U.S.A.)
10. Rei e Rainha do Mar (King and Queen of the Sea) by Pedro Rego Monteiro (Brazil)
11. S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge by Kent Nicholas (U.S.A.)
12. The Greatest Englishman by Marathon Films (Great Britain)
13. The Torture Swim by 60 Minutes Sports (U.S.A./Ireland)
14. The Vertical Swim Trainer by Genadijus Sokolovas (U.S.A./Lithuania)
15. Uaimh an tSolais & Uaimh na nÉan by Sam Krohn And Loneswimmer (Australia/Ireland)

1. 24 Hour Swim in San Francisco by Suzie Dods (U.S.A.)
Swimming all day and all night is profoundly mystical. Swimming in California’s Aquatic Park is wonderfully magical. The famous Canadian relay, the 24 Heures La Tuque in Québec, is simply iconic. Visionary Suzie Dods brings the otherworldliness, the magic, and the iconic history of a 24 Hour Swim to motivated swimmers of all abilities and speeds. Within the view of the San Francisco skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge, swimmers of various backgrounds come together in celebration of marathon swimming in a cool mid-winter swim. The camaraderie, the passion, and the courage of aquatic adventurers at the 24 Hour Swim are profoundly appreciated and thoroughly enjoyed by all its participants and volunteers. For her creative vision, for her organizational and decision-making skills, for her tenacity and grit to see the event through to completion, Suzie Dods’s 24 Hour Swim is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

2. BlueJourney-Amerika Samoa-Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way by Bruckner Chase (U.S.A./Amerika Samoa)
When a community and culture has entwined itself with the ocean environment for over 3,000 years, there is much for outsiders and the younger generations to learn and appreciate. Bruckner Chase, working with a U.S. government grant along with local authorities and community leaders in Amerika Samoa, captured the essence of how the locals in the South Pacific island nation interact with their surrounding ocean with a fascinating documentary film. Motivational and educational, humbling and introspective, BlueJourney-Amerika Samoa-Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way is a film that re-energizes the next generation to learn and carry on the great oceanic traditions of the Samoan people. For highlighting the ways of local watermen, for establishing a curriculum infused with the Samoan DNA with contemporary thought, for documenting a lifestyle and mindset oriented at oneness with the marine environment, Bruckner Chase’s BlueJourney-Amerika Samoa -Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

3. Step Out Of The Ordinary Blue Letter Campaign by Pádraig Mallon (Ireland)
Pádraig Mallon and the team at Camlough Lake push themselves to extraordinary distances and depths.
With channel swimmers, Ironman finishers, triathletes and ice swimmers on this team they know well what it is like to set personal challenges and realize their own dreams and the potential sporting abilities of others. The ‘Step out of the ordinary’ Blue Letter campaign is a means to encourage others to identify and welcome a new challenge, any challenge. In the ‘Step Out of the Ordinary’ event, the CLWF team share their joy for life and adventure with others, inspiring them to step out and step up to a challenge within their grasp, but yet somewhat out of their comfort zone. For this uniquely inspirational and personalized campaign, for its highly effective means to motivate people to achieve their own dreams, for its innovative creations in the open water world, the Camlough Lake Water Festival’s Blue Letter Campaign is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

4. Catalina Channel Swimming Federation (U.S.A.)
The Catalina Channel Swimming Federation is much more than a governing body for individuals and relays crossing the 20.2-mile stretch of water in Southern California formally known as the San Pedro Channel. The Catalina Channel Swimming Federation is a selfless community of passionate, like-minded individuals who love nothing more than doing, supporting and observing channel crossings. The community is comprised of individuals volunteering as kayakers, support crew, pace swimmers, observers and coaches who help realize the dreams of others. The collective sum of commitment provides the inspiration, leadership, knowledge and logistical support that swimmers far and wide relish and appreciate. For its essential role that provides the heavily utilized framework and foundation for successful and safe channel crossing, for its local volunteers who jump at the opportunity to help, for its structure as a governing body made of channel swimmers for channel swimmers, the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

5. Dancing In The Water by Wayne Ewing and Matthew Moseley (U.S.A.)
Music that weaves it way through the head of swimmers is an important experiential element of the sport of open water swimming. Music lifts one’s spirits, creates a diversion and enables a rhythm for open water swimmers. Matthew Moseley incorporated music into his unprecedented 14 hour 55 minute swim across Lake Pontchartrain and the documentary film that concurrently focuses on the recovery of the lake’s environment. Moseley identified the canvas, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation provided the framework, and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Wayne Ewing provided the content to create the emotive Dancing In The Water film. With the music of David Amram, Papa Mali, Alfred Uganda Roberts pulsating throughout, Moseley’s pioneering swim across Lake Pontchartrain set in motion an entertaining film that incorporates the restoration of a valuable marine resource. For producing an open water swimming film set to innovative imagery and sounds with an environmental focus, Dancing In The Water by Wayne Ewing and Matthew Moseley is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

6. L.O.S.T. Swimming (Lake Ontario Swim Team) by Rob Kent (Canada)
L.O.S.T. Swimming has established its much-appreciated niche and found its way in Lake Ontario and throughout many far-flung venues around the world. The brainchild of endurance athlete Rob Kent, the Lake Ontario Swim Team has grown rapidly to accept athletes from all backgrounds and persuasions, ranging from bioprene to neoprene, as well as instigating and inspiring the new and popular Canadian Open Water Swim Series. From organizing and encouraging long, tough solo marathon swims across Lake Ontario between America and Canada to offering frequent training sessions for triathletes and newcomers, Kent and his like-minded enthusiastic colleagues at L.O.S.T. make open water swimming fun and enjoyable, inviting and attainable, cool and respectable. For his sense of inclusion, for his relentless encouragement of all things open water, for his motivational newsletter and educational website, L.O.S.T. Swimming is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

7. Morrison Report by Evan Morrison for Marathon Swimmers Federation (international)
The open water swimming community is rapidly shifting from paper and pen to laptops and the cloud. The embodiment of this shift is the comprehensively compiled digital Observer Report created by Evan Morrison for the Marathon Swimmers Federation. Version 1.0 documented Craig Lenning’s epic swim from the Farallon Islands to the California mainland and was evident of this tectonic informational shift in the sport. Morrison’s Report included myriad pertinent data while utilizing handheld devices, the cloud, mapping services, and online information that dramatically changes the landscape of reporting open water swims. For his creative use of low cost, relatively easy-to-use technology, for his able demonstration of presenting digital documentation and incorporating videos, photos and GPS tracking into a historical archiving of information, for setting the standard and showing the aquatic community how it can be done, the minutiae-filled Morrison Report by Evan Morrison for the Marathon Swimmers Federation is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

8. Nadandolibre Radio Show – Marcador Show by José Díaz and Alessi Pérez (Spain)
José Díaz and Alessi Pérez of Nadandolibre have been promoting, educating, crewing for, and doing open water swimming in their native Spain for some time now. They are in a fast-flowing groove and have successfully established their own unique niche by creatively sharing their passion and knowledge about open water swimming through books, music, blogs, and clinics. Their enjoyable new radio program on Radio Marca is the next step in their evolution to reach an even greater audience in Spain. They explain, entertain and excite those who venture beyond the shore and those who are thinking about it. Lively, fun and energetic, the Nadandolibre duo together with Pablo Juanarena and Yanela Clavo bring a pure, passionate joy of open water swimming to the Spanish airways. For their new weekly radio platform, for their educational offerings and motivational means that inspire both new and experienced swimmers, for their genuine caring spirit, the Nadandolibre Radio Show – Marcador Show by José Díaz and Alessi Pérez is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

9. Ola Vista Photography by Mike Lewis (U.S.A.)
Mike Lewis has an eye for photography that many companies, events, governing bodies and universities appreciate. From USA Swimming and the U.S. Olympic Committee to Stanford University to Yale and many of the major swimsuit manufacturers, Lewis understands motion and beauty above, on and under because he is a waterman himself. He not only catches those moments in competition that can tell a story by themselves, but he also creates award-winning images that showcase the power, grace and athleticism of swimmers in any aquatic environment, whether it is bodysurfing on a wave or diving in at the start. For his creativity in capturing beautifully energetic images, for presenting swimmers in a visually creative manner, for exposing swimmers in unique positions and conditions, Ola Vista Photography is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

10. Rei e Rainha do Mar (King and Queen of the Sea) by Pedro Rego Monteiro (Brazil)
Rei e Rainha do Mar, known as the King and Queen of the Sea event, is a well-organized precursor to the expected wonders of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Set along the Atlantic coast of Brazil, the event draws athletes of all ages, abilities and backgrounds including everyone from disabled swimmers to Olympians. Held on various beaches including Copacabana Beach, Arpoador Beach and Leme, the event offers multiple races each day including a showcase race among professional marathon swimmers racing on the Rio Olympics ocean course in a televised special broadcast on TV Globo. It features customized music by Zero Calibre and beautifully unique awards. The beach extravaganza, organized by Pedro Rego Monteiro and Effect Sport, is inundated with the festive spirit of the Brazilians. For its live televised coverage and spectator-friendly course, for its huge promotional turn buoys and practical solutions to showcasing ocean swimming on the Olympic course, for its innovative Grid Race and pole position start, Rei e Rainha do Mar is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

11. S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge by Kent Nicholas (U.S.A.)
The S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge set in the dry, rugged American southwest desert of Arizona is no longer under the radar. The secret is out about the out-of-the-way 4-day stage swim that focuses on camaraderie rather than competition, passion rather than pressure. Swimmers from around the world have discovered the joy of a 64.3 km series of swims in Saguaro Lake, Canyon Lake, Apache Lake and Roosevelt Lake where flexibility and recovery play important elements just as do feeds and navigation. Set along four majestic reservoirs on the Salt River in the desert wild, the brainchild of Kent Nicholas has become much more of an international happening than its initial beginnings as a rogue swim by locals. S.C.A.R. is a physical test and a psychological challenge made easier by the other participants. For its humble beginnings that have blossomed into a major marathon event, for its dedicated race director and all its helpful volunteers, for its unique course carved out of the desert wilds, the S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

12. The Greatest Englishman by Marathon Films
The Greatest Englishman by Marathon Films is a dramatic, inspirational film about Captain Matthew Webb and his historic crossing of the English Channel in 1875. The producers at Marathon Films, who include English Channel swimmer James Salter, create films that tell the eccentric stories of heroes who changed the world. Captain Webb most certainly transformed the mindset of endurance athletes and adventurers, both on land and in the water. The film intersperses scenes of Captain Webb swimming in the Channel with flashbacks to explore his motives and the character traits that drove him to tackle the unknown and the unprecedented. For capturing the inspirational life of Captain Webb in bold living color, for bringing to the modern screen the era and mindset of one of the world’s greatest adventurers, an icon in the open water world, The Greatest Englishman is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

13. The Torture Swim by 60 Minutes Sports (U.S.A.)
Like a perfect golf swing or 10m platform dive, it looks so good when things come together. Producer Alan Goldberg, host Jeff Glor and protagonist Ned Denison came together to create The Torture Swim, a look at the one of the most dangerous and unheralded sports in the world. For a group of unknown adults training around a small Irish island to be showcased on America, something – and everyone – has to be special. The rawness and cruelty of the sport, the ambiance and the challenges of Cork Distance Week, the turbulence and inherent risks of the sea were marvelously captured and showcased for television audiences with short attention spans. But the scenery and emotions enraptured viewers as the program kicked off with powerful imagery and never let up as it culminated in explaining the inexplicable – why swimmers accept physical agony beyond comprehension. For its compelling presentation of the sport, for making heroes of everyday swimmers, for its ingenuity in creating stunning visuals of Sandycove Island, The Torture Swim by 60 Minutes Sports is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

14. The Vertical Swim Trainer by Genadijus Sokolovas, Ph.D. (U.S.A./Lithuania)
The Vertical Swim Trainer is an ingenious, practical solution that can teach open water swimmers to improve their ability to swim more efficiently and powerfully while becoming more balanced and streamlined in the water. Invented by an extraordinary sports scientist and physiologist with numerous patents and inventions to his name, the Vertical Swim Trainer is an upright, portable piece of equipment that quickly provides swimmers with valuable feedback on how to swim better. By placing a swimmer on a movable stand with their hands placed in tethered hand paddles, swimmers immediately feels and understand the fundamental relationship between an optimal hand catch and a high elbow position with a strong core and proper lower body position. For Dr. Genadijus Sokolovas’ patented equipment for swimmers of all ages and abilities, for its impact on improving a swimmer’s efficiency, balance and streamlined position in the water, the Vertical Swim Trainer is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

15. Uaimh an tSolais & Uaimh na nÉan by Sam Krohn with Donal Buckley (Australia/Ireland)
The undulation of the underwater, the oscillation of the ocean, the charm of the coastline. These are the natural phenomena that attract individuals around the world to the open water. Sam Krohn, like many of his fellow Australians and open water swimmers worldwide, possesses a deep connection with the sea; his instincts and insights into the raw beauty of the marine environment and the pure joy of open water swimming is captured in Uaimh an tSolais & Uaimh na nÉan, a film inspired by Donal Buckeley and shot in one take on the Copper Coast along Tramore Bay on the southern coast of Ireland. For filming from seaside caves and a swimmer’s perspective at the water’s level, for simply yet profoundly highlighting a special place that has been explored by relatively few humans, for documenting the sights, sounds and emotions of one representative lone swimmer in the sea, Uaimh an tSolais & Uaimh na nÉan or Cave of the Light & Cave of the Birds is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

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