If you are reading this, you have probably already heard open water swimming’s call. For me, it started at an early age while growing up in Hawaii, swimming at the beach and surfing and body-surfing with friends after school.
As I progressed from surf groom to swim club kid, the ever-changing conditions of open water proved an irresistible respite from the constant metronome of the pool. Open water swimming meant freedom—freedom to pit myself against the elements, freedom to work with the elements. Currents served as salvation or misfortune, offering an adventure and raw challenge that no pool workout could ever replicate. With no clocks on deck on which to base my performance, the open water demanded a heightened sense of awareness. Effort and a keen sense of adaptability reigned paramount—along with, of course, a little bit of strategy, technique, and luck too. Open water swimming resonated with my inner adventurous athlete.
No one understands the unique allure of open water swimming better than Steven Munatones. Through my travels as an open water competitor, I have crossed paths with Steven many times—from swimming the Waikiki Rough-water Swim as a child, to competing at the World Championships. Steven has shown more passion for the sport than anyone I have ever met. His unparalleled experiences and breadth of open water knowledge as a swimmer, coach, race organizer, Olympic commentator, and writer undoubtedly make him the go-to source for all things open water. He is open water swimming’s best ambassador.
This book covers all aspects of open water swimming from finishing the swim leg of a triathlon to solo channel swims. It includes training and racing tips that will help both beginner swimmers and world-class open water swimmers. The wealth of knowledge put into this book makes it the best source for anyone braving the open water. I only wish I had access to it when I was starting my career.
The information comes from a person who lives and breathes the sport. Steven has always selflessly shared his passion and knowledge with others, but he is also always wanting to learn more. Without a doubt, this book is just one more step in Steven’s desire to promote the sport and help others understand why open water is so compelling.
As he often says, “Expect the unexpected,” and enjoy swimming without lines.
Professional triathlete and world-class open water swimmer