Icy Rocky Shore Of Hailuoto Island
Walk down Shakespeare Beach, a shingle beach in Dover, or up Terranea Beach in Rancho Palos Verdes, California at the end of a Catalina Channel crossing, and walking can be a bit tricky on the rocky shoreline.
On Hailuoto Island, that is located between Sweden and Finland, Marjaniemi Beach saw an icy version of a rocky beach. Local photographer Risto Mattila took a photo of a rare occurrence when thousands of ice balls covered the shoreline, some the size of soccer balls.
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.