What Is On The Menu In The Open Water?

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Gary Emich, an open water swimming stalwart and icon in San Francisco Bay, talked about the issue of potential shark encounters over his long career of swimming, organizing and [...]

Gentlemen’s Agreement Across Alcatraz

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Back in 1993, Gary Emich did his first Alcatraz Island swim and then started doing the same crossing an average of one Alcatraz Island swim a week for 20 [...]

Gary Emich’s Plan, Freely Giving Back

Courtesy of Gabriela Cipriano, San Francisco Bay, California. Exhilarating. Terrifying. Nerve-Racking. These are some words people use to describe the open water swim between Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Bay. And what do they say [...]

1,000 Crossings Took 20 Years

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. It took 20 years for Gary Emich to complete 1,000 crossings between Alcatraz Island and the shoreline of San Francisco in northern California. He not only completed the crossings [...]

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