The Beauty Of Body Surfing
For swimmers in ocean swims along coastlines from Australia to Florida, body surfing is an art that can separate themselves from their competitors if they catch a perfect wave at the finish. It is also a sport practiced by millions who enjoy the acceleration and power of riding a wave into shore.
Body surfing is an essential skill for competitive athletes who participate in ocean swims and triathlons in locations where there are breaking waves close to shore.
Experienced swimmers and triathletes can identify swells as they swim into shore and catch waves to move significantly faster through the water than simply swimming – even sprinting.
This skill to catch a wave at the end of an open water swim or triathlon swim leg enables these experienced practitioners to beat their less experienced competitors. And while experienced athletes use body surfing for competitive advantages and thrill-seeking fun, newcomers and lesser competitive athletes can – and should – use their experience and awareness in the waves to be safe in the ocean, especially when the waves get high or are pounding the surf.
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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.