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A Wise Choice For 2016 Waterman Of The Year

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. The local community has long known about the aquatic passion and ocean swimming talents of the indomitable Hank Wise since his days as a young age group swimmer. People [...]

Hank Wise Back With Fox Across Catalina Again

Photos courtesy of Peter Knapp, Catalina Channel, California. Hank Wise completed his fourth career Catalina Channel crossing in 8 hours 20 minutes today.* In 2010 on his first crossing, the soon 49-year-old's wife was pregnant [...]

Karen Burton Reeder, Flying High In The Open Water

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Karen Burton Reeder was an American professional marathon swimmer and graduate of the Air Force Academy where she received a bachelor's degree in Human Factor Engineering. After her career, [...]

Hank Wise Rips A Fast Anacapa Crossing

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Hank Wise completed the second fastest crossing of the Anacapa Channel off the California coastline in 4 hours 56 minutes today. It was done in preparation for his fifth [...]

Be Wise In The Open Water

Courtesy of Hank Wise, Huntington Beach, California. Hank Wise is planning to do his fifth Catalina Channel crossing in November this year. The Stanford graduate completed his first crossing from Catalina-to-the-mainland in an 8 hour [...]

Habits And Idiosyncrasies Of Open Water Swimmers

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Open water swimmers have an interesting and personal number of habits, idiosyncrasies, eccentricities, tricks and superstitions before heading offshore to do a channel swim, ice swim, marathon swim or [...]

Hank Wisely Goes Old School

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Back in the pre-GPS era of Lynne Cox, Penny Dean and John York and Cindy Cleveland, Catalina Channel swimmers were escorted by prone paddlers and the best guesses of [...]

Return to the Black Velvet Under Bright Planets

Courtesy of Hank Wise, Santa Catalina Island, California. 2-time solo Catalina Channel swimmer Hank Wise reflects on tonight's third channel attempt: "It's with continued curiosity, authenticity, and deep gratitude that I swim this Catalina Channel [...]

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