Terence Bell To Pioneer Circumnavigation Swim Around Kaua’i
Terence Bell To Pioneer Swim Around Kaua’i
“The ocean has taught me to be humble and have a simple awareness that everything in life is interconnected,” says Terence Bell, an Australian aquapreneur who created The Ocean Lover, an organization that is dedicated to reconnecting people with the underwater world through sharing personal stories.
On July 1st Bell will attempt a 14-day stage swim to circumnavigate the 160 km around the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i. If successful, he will become the first person to attempt and circumnavigate the island.
Beyond the physical challenge, he aims to raise awareness for Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, a grassroots local non-profit making an impact with ocean awareness and beach cleanups. “We’re proud to support Terence as an ambassador of #zerowaste and an ocean lover who is passionate about increasing awareness how plastic impacts our marine ecosystem,“ said Rafael Bergstrom, Executive Director, Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii.
The stage swim around the coastline will tracked by GPS on Strava with updates regularly posted on Instagram @onlywildones. Bell explains, “I will swim up to 13 km over 5 hours per day. I will be supported by a local team led by an experienced captain on a fully equipped sailing boat.”
Bell wants to use this adventure to inspire others to play more and consume less. “To play more means to experience and appreciate the wonder of nature and the pristine Hawaiian islands, and to consume less is to be more conscious about our daily choices, specifically single-use plastics, and demand something different. Success means completing the circumnavigation of the island in one piece, having amazing experiences with my team, raising US$50,000 for Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii and inspiring others to live more intentionally using the mantra, Play more, Consume less.”
Bell is traveling the world with his message. In 2019, he has spent considerable time training in the ocean, swimming 450 km and 130 hours of cumulative swimming in locations including Australia, Hawaii, Los Angeles, and Brazil. Bell is in the final stages of his logistical planning and physical preparation.
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Southern California native, born 1962, is the creator of the WOWSA Awards, Oceans Seven, Openwaterpedia, Citrus Corps, World Open Water Swimming Association, Daily News of Open Water Swimming, Global Open Water Swimming Conference. He is Chief Executive Officer of KAATSU Global and KAATSU Research Institute. Inductee in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (Honor Swimmer, Class of 2001) and Ice Swimming Hall of Fame (Honor Contributor – Media, Class of 2019), recipient of the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s Poseidon Award (2016), International Swimming Hall of Fame’s Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award (2010), USA Swimming’s Glen S. Hummer Award (2007, 2010) and Harvard University’s John B. Imrie Award (1984). Served on the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee and as Technical Delegate with the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games, and 9-time USA Swimming coaching staff.