Come To Me

Come To Me Courtesy of Suzanne Samuels, mother of Charlotte Samuels, the youngest person to complete the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming. “Come to me,” I urged, scuttling back and forth along the narrow [...]

Catalina Channel Is Behind Diana Corbin

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Diana Corbin swam in high school in Southern California, but it she was inspired by a movie about swimming the English Channel to get her to try a crossing [...]

Once Is Good, Twice Is Nice

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Hank Wise, a waterman and coach from SWIM Long Beach, California, previously did an 8 hour 7 minute 3 second crossing (#4 all-time CM) from Santa Catalina Island to [...]

Wise Words In The Water

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. "I will be leaving from Palos Verdes around 9 pm tonight [to to swim across the Catalina Channel from Mainland to Catalina Island]," says Hank Wise, a waterman and [...]

Images We Never See Anymore In The Open Water

Images We Never See Anymore In The Open Water Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. With the increase in channel swimming and marathon swimming around the world, there is also a correspondingly decrease (read: elimination) [...]

James Tout Still Going Strong

James Tout Still Going Strong Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. The English Channel holds all kinds of special places in the endurance sports world. The English Channel is part of the Triple Crown of [...]

Crowded Catalina Continues

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Even after the resolution of the strike at 29 West Coast ports that affected 40% of the amount of imports coming into America, in he Catalina Channel is still [...]

Heads Up If You Cross The Catalina Channel

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. After nearly looking at the Catalina Channel for nearly 40 years, the 20.2-mile waterway between the Southern California coast and Santa Catalina Islands has never appeared so crowded to [...]

Wearing A Blue Suit To The Office

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Sylvia Marino is on a roll, having completed a 16 hour 38 minute Catalina Channel crossing and, most recently, being the first woman (skin) to attempt the Cold Half [...]

Race Invitations, Then And Now

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Nowadays, top swimmers are invited to race by event directors via email or mobile devices. But in the previous century, snail mail delivered the good news to athletes. In [...]

George Young In 1924

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. George Young was recently inducted in the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honor Open Water Swimmer. Young burst upon the international scene when he won the January [...]

Swimming The Catalina Channel At Night

Courtesy of Jim Clifford who became history's oldest person to swim across the Catalina Channel. Around midnight on September 28th, I stepped off the beach at Catalina Island and entered the ocean on one of [...]

Strategic Social Kick Time For Swimmers

Strategic Social Kick Time For Swimmers Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Catalina Channel swimmer Chris Dahowski of Paseo Aquatics understands swimming well the sport of swimming after decades as a national-level age-group, high school [...]

Rohans More Doing The Oceans Seven

Courtesy of Mackenzie Miller. Hawaii's Ka'iwi [Moloka'i] Channel between the islands of Moloka'i and O'ahu attracts ocean swimmers from for its difficulty and its beautiful views and warm water. It also attracts swimmers who love [...]

Rohans Gives It More Than Ever

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Rohans More was willing to give it a go with at least 5 of the 7 channels in the Oceans Seven. He wanted to try the North Channel and [...]

Finishing Strongly In The Second Half Of Life

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Celebrities Nicholas Cage, Matt Dillon, Rob Lowe, Sandra Bullock, Elle Macpherson, Russell Crowe, Stephen Colbert, Lenny Kravitz, Courteney Cox, Courtney Love, Keanu Reeves, and Marisa Tomei are at the [...]

Veterans Throw Down The Hammer Across Catalina

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. The team of veteran open water swimmers including Brent Blackman, Bernie Zeruhn, Keith Dickson, Karen Dehmel Schmidt, Amy Dantzler and Jen Schumacher* set two records when they completed their [...]

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