Fran Crippen's Legacy Continues On South Padre Island

Fran Crippen’s Legacy Continues On South Padre Island

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The South Padre Island Open Water Festival is also proud to announce a partnership with the Fran Crippen Elevation Foundation.

Part of the Fran Crippen Elevation Foundation’s mission is to act as a central voice for safety in open water swimming. With water quality and temperature being such a big issue before the Rio Olympics and in other locations across the world, Open Water Planet is excited to bring an event to an area that has won awards for having some of the cleanest water in the country,” says visionary and CEO Bobby Brewer.

The ability to partner with Elevation allows us to provide educational information to our participants that can be applied, not only to this event, but also how to monitor environmental factors in everyday training.”

In addition to the partnership with the Foundation, Brewer also partnered with Olympic champions Rowdy Gaines and Lenny Krayzelburg as announcers and personable hosts to the weekend.

It will be a weekend of activities, a course that fosters fun and participation from the youngest swimmers to the most experienced veterans, all in a festival style atmosphere complete with vendors, entertainment and music. This event will be a great celebration of the sport of swimming and all the South Padre Island area has to offer.” said Krayzelburg, a four-time Olympic gold medalist and Chief Financial Officer of Open Water Planet. “This is truly an event for all swimmers whether you are 9 or 89.”

Located near The Sandcastle Capital of the World, the inaugural South Padre Island Open Water Festival offers a 1-miler and 5 km open water swim as well as a 500-yard Kids Dash, and a VIP Movie Screening of The Last Gold.

For more information and registration for festivities on the November 5th-6th, visit here.

For addition information about the Fran Crippen Elevation Foundation, visit

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