Matthew Moseley Turns On The Ignition, Heading Downstream In The Green River
Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
Matthew Moseley was not slowed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps the author and marathon swimmer, protagonist of the film Dancing In The Water, was diverted a bit by lockdowns, but Moseley certainly kept focused.
His new book, Ignition: Superior Communications Strategies for Creating Stronger Connections, comes out May 28th. In the book, he investigates the link between success and effective communication, where he explains humans are only as successful in love, life and work as is their ability to communicate.
And he has been swimming. “We are full steam for the unprecedented 83.6 km swim down Green River, the chief tributary of the Colorado River on June 28th. It will take about 17.5 hours through Canyonlands. [Hard training] keeps me sane and focused, mostly at the Westin in Beaver Creek with coach Josiah Middaugh. The swim will be in the same vein as my last swims: hard, fun, purposeful, music, art, loco.“
Moseley is partnering with American Rivers again to bring attention to water issues in the American West. Ironically you might be drinking the water I’m swimming in. I’ve been training hard. Mostly at the Westin in Beaver Creek with my new coach Josiah Middaugh.
American Rivers believes a future of clean water and healthy rivers everywhere, for everyone is essential. Since 1973, have protected wild rivers, restored damaged rivers and conserved clean water for people and nature. With headquarters in Washington, D.C. and 300,000 supporters, members and volunteers across the country, we are the most trusted and influential river conservation organization in the United States, delivering solutions for a better future.
Moseley wrote Dr. Thompson: Felony Murder, Hunter S. Thompson and the Last Gonzo Campaign, Ignition: The Art of Controlling Your Environment Through Communications, and Ignition: Superior Communication Strategies for Creating Stronger Connections.
Moseley does all kinds of marathon swims – in lakes, seas and rivers – and has a great time doing so. He has twice been nominated for the WOWSA Awards:
For the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year: Matthew Moseley completed a unique trifecta of unprecedented marathon swims by finishing 3 swims in a lake, ocean and river. He planned and completed the first swimming descent of the Colorado River, swimming a tough 76.4 km (47.5-mile) through Canyonlands over 13 hours 56 minutes. It was the last of his solo series that included a 38 km (24-mile) inter-island swim in Puerto Rico in 12 hours 1 minute 55 seconds, called Cruce y Nado por los Arrecifes de Coral, and his 40.2 km (25-mile) swim across Lake Pontchartrain in 14 hours 55 minutes. For his harrowing river marathon, for his unique marketing of the sport through music and movies, for this constant theme of helping improve the marine environment, Matthew Moseley’s trifecta marathon swim series is a worthy nominee for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.
For the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year: “Music that weaves it way through the head of swimmers is an important experiential element of the sport of open water swimming. Music lifts one’s spirits, creates a diversion and enables a rhythm for open water swimmers. Matthew Moseley incorporated music into his unprecedented 14 hour 55 minute swim across Lake Pontchartrain and the documentary film that concurrently focuses on the recovery of the lake’s environment. Moseley identified the canvas, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation provided the framework, and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Wayne Ewing provided the content to create the emotive Dancing In The Water film. With the music of David Amram, Papa Mali, Alfred Uganda Roberts pulsating throughout, Moseley’s pioneering swim across Lake Pontchartrain set in motion an entertaining film that incorporates the restoration of a valuable marine resource. For producing an open water swimming film set to innovative imagery and sounds with an environmental focus, Dancing In The Water by Wayne Ewing and Matthew Moseley is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.”
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