Doug Woodring, Ocean Environmentalist

Doug Woodring of Hong Kong and California was among the 15 nominees for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year that were announced today. [Read more...] Copyright © 2012 by Open Water [...]

Swimmers Are Perfect For This Role

The Planet Earth's pristine seashores, especially in the Pacific Ocean, are decreasing year by year. But there are still plenty of clean places to enjoy. Doug Woodring utilizes the Clean Half of Hong Kong to [...]

Body Surfing In The Clean Half

Doug Woodring is preparing for the Clean Half Extreme Marathon Swim in Hong Kong for Saturday's race. 45 boats, 8 paddlers, and 55 teams will take part in what is expected to offer good headwinds [...]

Clean Half Turns 50

Doug Woodring has been at the intersection of marine environmentalism and the open water swimming world for many years. There is a natural grassroots fit between the global community interested in resolving the increasingly polluted [...]

Swimmer Taking Leadership On Plastics And The Ocean

It makes sense: the individuals who are optimally positioned to understand the effects of pollution in the world's oceans are open water swimmers. Completely enveloped in the increasingly polluted marine environment, open water athletes swim [...]

Oceanic Big Five Pays Back An IOU

Doug Woodring announced the Oceanic Big Five to celebrate World Oceans Day. "Open water swimmers, surfers, sailors, divers and paddlers have an IOU for the ocean and now it’s time to give back. Get your [...]

Carbon-Neutral Relays And Carbon-Neutral Swims

The global open water swimming world is rapidly becoming more and more environmentally friendly as race directors and swimmers are collectively understanding the impact of their activities on the oceans, lakes and waterways of the [...]

WOWSA, A Celebration Of Open Water

Jamie Patrick, the 2011 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, penned a heartfelt appreciation to the open water swimming community: As I sit down to write this, it is difficult to fully express [...]

We Are All Homo Genuses In The Open Water

Connections develop when humans enter the open water that simply do not happen when homo sapiens are on land.While humans are adept at self-expression, the exchange of concepts, the organization of complex social structures from [...]

Swimming Against The Plastic Tide

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. In the remote Indonesian islands of Gili and in the national marine park in northern Bali, man's encroachment on our marine environment is ever so evident.  The beautifully clear [...]

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