Southern California, An Open Water Centre Of Excellence

Southern California, An Open Water Centre Of Excellence

While Dover, London’s Serpentine, New York’s Coney Island, Boston Harbor, Chicago’s Lake Michigan, Australia’s Perth and Melbourne, San Francisco’s Aquatic Park, California’s La Jolla Cove, Indianapolis, Connecticut, Canada’s Lake Ontario, Argentina’s Parana, Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach, Hawaii’s Waikiki Beach, and Ireland’s Sandycove are world renowned centers where marathon swimming heroes and heroines regularly gather, there are always other pockets of excellence emerging around the world.

One location which regularly flies under the radar, probably because it is so spread out is Los Angeles, California. The city with Hollywood, Disneyland, Beverly Hills and more drive-thru fast-food restaurants and donut shops than anywhere on Earth als has miles of beaches from Malibu to the Newport Coast.

Known as the Entertainment Capital of the World, the Left Coast and LaLa Land, Southern California is where International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmers like Lynne Cox, Penny Dean, John York, Carol Sing, Paul Asmuth, Greta Anderson, Chad Hundeby, Steven Munatones, David Meca (while a USC student) and Diana Nyad train.

It is also the training grounds of other luminaries such as Forrest Nelson, Jen Schumacher, Tina Neill, and Cindy Cleveland…as well as many other standout open water swimmers from Gerry Rodrigues, Ashley Twichell and Chloe Sutton to Olympian Haley Andersen.

What advantages does Southern California have for the open water swimmer?

• mild year-round water temperatures with plenty of daytime sunshine
• relatively narrow range of water temperatures year-round (55-70°F)
• greatest concentration of swimming pools in the world
• massive number of swimming teams and experienced coaches
• a crowded calendar of ocean swims, triathlons, lifeguard competitions and Polar Bear Swims

Open water swimmers and triathletes can practice all aspects of their sport:

• body surf at the Wedge in Newport Beach
• swim through the surf zone in Manhattan Beach
• train at high altitude in Lake Arrowhead
• train in the snow and near freezing air and water temperatures in Big Bear
• train in overcast, foggy conditions during many early morning hours
• train in calm fresh water conditions in Lake Castaic
• train in calm salt water venues like Naples Island
• swim with dolphins in Huntington Beach
• people-watch (movie stars) in Malibu or celebrities in Hermosa Beach
• experience everything from sharks to sea lions, jellyfish to kelp
• find swim buddies, paddlers, kayakers and stand-up paddlers any day of the week
• utilize conveniently located parking lots with showers and lighted facilities for night swims

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Steven Munatones