Masayuki Moriya From Marathon To Masters Swimming

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Masayuki Moriya organizes channel crossings for hard-core marathon swimmers in northern Japan to fun swim excursions and swimming holidays for masters swimmers, triathletes and fitness swimmer in Okinawa.

The latest ocean adventure in November that Moriya led was the 4-day Yakabi Island Swim Picnic on the uninhabited Okinawa island of Yakabijima (屋嘉比島) that sits in the Kerama Island chain. “This is an uninhabited island about 6.6 km around its perimeter. The fish are plentiful, the shadows under the coral reef are dark amid the rugged coral terrain around the island that is a great diving spot. Despite the fluctuating weather that ranged from sunny to rainy, both the air and water temperatures remained at a very comfortable 27°C (80°F).”

For more information on Moriya’s year-round ocean activities and adventures throughout the Japanese archipelago, visit

Moriya was nominated for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year among the following inspirational individuals:

1. Roger Finch (South Africa)
2. Seti Afoa (Samoa)
3. Tomi Stefanovski (Macedonia)
4. Edoardo Stochino (Italy)
5. Ferry Weertman (Netherlands)
6. Nejib Belhedi (Tunisia)
7. Ger Kennedy (Ireland)
8. Alex Kostich (USA)
9. Masayuki Moriya (Japan)
10. Colin Hill (Great Britain)
11. Ingemar Patiño Macarine (Philippines)
12. Lewis Pugh (Great Britain)
13. Christof Wandratsch (Germany)

To vote for the WOWSA Awards, visit here. Online voting continues until December 31st 2016.

The first video showcases the 6.6 km Yakabi Island Swim Picnic in southern Japan’s Okinawa. The second video showcases the fast Tsugaru Channel crossing in northern Japan of 18-year-old Honoka Hasegawa (長谷川ほのか).

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Steven Munatones