Dr. David Smith, The Original Most Interesting Man In The World

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The Most Interesting Man in the World is an advertising campaign for the Dos Equis brand of beer. The ads feature Jonathan Goldsmith as “the world’s most interesting man” and first began appearing in the United States in 2006.

The most interesting man in the open water world is a person of incredible talents and abilities; his characteristics would be superhuman; he would be one with the marine environment with a creativity and vision beyond the normal.

David Smith, PhD was often called that man. It the Dos Equis campaign would have centered around Dr. Smith, an Honor Swimmer in the Class of 1969 in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, the ad might have used the following descriptions:

* Dolphins ask to draft off him…
* Sharks worry about him…
* His Speedos are considered to be a small watercraft…
* Mark Spitz retired when he started to swim butterfly…
* His kick is measured in horsepower…
* He breaks open coconuts with his bare hands…
* His wake is the size of 6-foot waves…
* He munches on jellyfish if they sting him…
* The word hypothermia is not in his dictionary…
* His sunscreen stays on 3 days in the water…
* He doesn’t need a tow-in a big wave surf spots
* His goggles can withstand the pressure of the Mariana Trench
* His ice swims are not considered extreme…
* He considers the English Channel a good warm-up…
* He kayaks with his hands…
* He’s got gills…
* He can eggbeater completely out of the water…
* He swallows gel packs whole on his feedings…
* Portuguese call him a man o war
* His marathon swims are measured in days…
* He does flip turns on rock jetties
* He never needs GPS
* His blood has a hint of chlorine…
* His tears are made of salt water…
* Mermaids flock to the shore when he nears the water…
* He calls the 5 Oceans home…
* The Oceans Seven is merely a good workout…

…David Smith is the most interesting man in the open water swimming world.

Dr. Smith will be interviewed by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame chairman Ned Denison on WOWSA Live on Monday, May 4th.

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