Tag: Gary Emich

What Is On The Menu In The Open Water?

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Gary Emich, an open water swimming stalwart and icon in San Francisco Bay, talked about the issue of potential shark encounters over his long career of swimming, organizing and leading all kinds of swims around the world. "With the exception of Great White Sharks, tiger sharks, and bull sharks, I don't

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Gentlemen’s Agreement Across Alcatraz

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Back in 1993, Gary Emich did his first Alcatraz Island swim and then started doing the same crossing an average of one Alcatraz Island swim a week for 20 years. During the decades, Emich has had to face conditions that ranged from tranquil to treacherous. But his relentless march to his 1,000th crossing

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Gary Emich’s Plan, Freely Giving Back

Courtesy of Gabriela Cipriano, San Francisco Bay, California. Exhilarating. Terrifying. Nerve-Racking. These are some words people use to describe the open water swim between Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Bay. And what do they say about the water? Chilling, choppy, and forceful. Seemingly, Gary Emich has been through it all. It was only his 72nd

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1,000 Crossings Took 20 Years

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. It took 20 years for Gary Emich to complete 1,000 crossings between Alcatraz Island and the shoreline of San Francisco in northern California. He not only completed the crossings by steadily averaging one swim a week for 20 solid years, but he also carefully documented each and every crossing and later

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An Alcatraz Island Celebration 1000 Times

20 years yesterday Gary Emich (shown on left) did his first Alcatraz Island. And he has been doing an average of one Alcatraz Island swim a week for 20 years, in conditions that have ranged from tranquil to treacherous with only 2 weeks off for vacation per year. Emich will join Steven Hurwitz of the South End Rowing Club in a special celebration. The duo

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