Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

This coming Sunday, Ingemar Patiño Macarine will attempt the first 17 km crossing of the Canigao Channel from Brgy. Tugas, Carlos P. Garcia in the Province of Bohol to Maasin City, Southern Leyte in his native Philippines. “The swim is organized by the Municipality of Ubay, courtesy of Mayor Constantino Reyes [shown on left], to promote tourism in Ubay Bohol and for cleaner seas.”

Ingemar is one of this year’s nominees for the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year that honors the men who best embody the spirit of open water swimming, possess the sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance that open water swimmers are known for, and have most positively influenced the world of open water swimming in calendar year 2016.

The nominees include the following inspirational individuals:

1. Roger Finch (South Africa)
2. Seti Afoa (Samoa)
3. Tomi Stefanovski (Macedonia)
4. Edoardo Stochino (Italy)
5. Ferry Weertman (Netherlands)
6. Nejib Belhedi (Tunisia)
7. Ger Kennedy (Ireland)
8. Alex Kostich (USA)
9. Masayuki Moriya (Japan)
10. Colin Hill (Great Britain)
11. Ingemar Patiño Macarine (Philippines)
12. Lewis Pugh (Great Britain)
13. Christof Wandratsch (Germany)

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