Tag: Huntington Beach Pier Swim

Where Are They Now? Micha Shaw

Where Are They Now? Micha Shaw Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Micha Shaw (née Burden) won the USA Swimming national open water swimming championships in 2008, upsetting eventual two-time Olympian Chloe Sutton and a number of other top American swimming stars. "The first time that I saw Micha train at Golden West College under coach Rick

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More 65-year-olds To Do The 65th

Scenes from last year's the 64th annual Huntington Beach Pier Swim are courtesy of WOWSA from Huntington Beach, California. 65 years ago, legendary Huntington Beach lifeguard Gene Belshe started the Huntington Beach Pier Swim. "The swim around the pier attracts up to 300 people; about half are local and half come from all over the place," said race

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The Long Strides Of Beach Entry

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. During onshore starts to many ocean and sea swims, we often observe the fastest athletes taking long, long strides down the beach rather than short, choppy strides. If the top athletes naturally run with long strides in a competitive environment, we wonder if there is some innate advantage to this type of

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Kids Heading Out To Sea

Photos courtesy of Sean Vo in Huntington Beach, California. Say you are a kid comfortable in the water, either in the pool or open water. Then the annual Huntington Beach Pier Swim is a great introductory ocean swim for you. It presents challenges, but is generally over in 15 minutes for most swimming teenagers. Not only do you swim around the longest

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64th Annual Huntington Beach Pier Swim

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Scenes from today's the 64th annual Huntington Beach Pier Swim as President Obama flew overhead in his presidential helicopter over the Pacific Ocean. From running into the crashing surf to bodysurfing in towards the finish, the 300 participants carried on the Surf City tradition started 64 years ago by the

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Swimming In Surf City, U.S.A.

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. As President Obama flew overhead in his presidential helicopter cruising along the Pacific Ocean on his way to Laguna Beach, the 64th annual Huntington Beach Pier Swim got underway. John Valinsky has been carrying on the Surf City tradition started 64 years ago by the legendary Huntington Beach, California

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Heading Around Huntington

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Swim Long Beach, an ocean and pool swimming pod, and the Open Water Swim Club, had an early morning ocean practice around the Huntington Beach pier yesterday. The practice around the longest concrete pier on the West Coast of the Americas was a tune-up for the 64th annual Huntington Beach Pier Swim. Led by

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High Surf Leads To Cancelled Ocean Swims

The 63rd annual Huntington Beach Pier Swim, and other swims along the Southern California coast, were cancelled today after some massive ocean swells brought gleam to the eyes of surfers and dread to the eyes of open water swim race directors. With a strong south swell pushing the waves in the 7-10 foot range, the face of some of the larger swells was

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Denizens Of The Deep

This weekend, numerous pods of open water swimmers were practicing swimming around the Huntington Beach (California) pier for this week's upcoming 63rd annual Huntington Beach Pier Swim. Shooting the pier is usually a surfing move between the pilings of the pier, but several swimmers were shooting the pier in preparation for the annual pier swim in the

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