Open water swimmers occasionally hit turbulence and must face surface chop. While rough water and whitecaps are the bane of most open water swimmers and their escort pilots and crew, some experienced veterans prefer rough water conditions in a race so they can best utilize their ocean-faring skills.

While open water swimmers experience swimming in rough water, and usually have to do it over long periods of time, their colleagues in the ocean – the big-wave surfing community – also face turbulence. But it is of a totally different kind:

While open water swimmers do not use a surfboard, bodysurfing is still an essential skill for those who practice the art of open water swimming in the ocean where there are waves. Below are some bodysurfing articles previously posted:

* Body Surfing Sprint Workouts
* Bodysurfing Into The Finish
* Get Ready To Rumble In The Open Water
* Railroading To The Finish In The Open Water
* Body Surfing Into The Finish
* Body Surfing Beautifully
* Open Water Swimming Moves and Tactics
* Tabata Method In The Open Water
* The Beauty Of Body Surfing
* Interval Training In The Open Water
* Open Water Cousins Enjoy Endless Summer
* Bodysurfing, Ocean Skill Beautifully Presented



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Tackling The Ocean
Retired NFL Defensive End and Pro Bowl superstar, Marcellus Wiley, conquers his fears of swimming in open water at the OptimusSport Distance Swim Challenge, Santa Monica, CA




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An Inspirational Cause… A Successful Event

With the powerful cause of making waves to fight cancer, the inaugural Swim Across America Long Beach event was both inspirational and successful.

Before he came out of the water, Craig knew that a certain question had to be answered. It wasn’t a question about his middle name or anything like that. It was much more profound. It was a question posed by himself, a question that only he could answer for himself. When Craig was able to answer that question, Hank embraced him and congratulated him on finishing the 5K with dignity.

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