Tag: impeding

The Etiquette Of Drafting

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Among masters swimmers, there is occasionally discussions and debates about the etiquette of drafting in the open water swimming competitions. One such issue includes, "In a draft-legal open water swimming race, is it good or bad etiquette to draft off another person for all, majority or much of a race

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Road Rage In The Open Water

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. What if triathletes and open water swimmers were built like cars? With horns, lights and blinkers? Imagine if triathletes and open water swimmers had built-in horns and high beams to use when another athlete cut in front of them or when someone crossed their path or grabbed their legs around the turn

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Open Water Swimmers Toeing The Line

In large mass participation races, high profile races or professional marathon races, the physicality between competitive athletes can get out of hand. Ziplining, elbowing, veering off, cutting off, swimming over the legs or back of another swimmer, or impeding in some way can occur at the start, around turn buoys, along a straightaway, near a feeding

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What Is Impeding In Open Water Swimming?

As in surfing, short track speed skating, boating and car racing, open water swimming has generally accepted etiquette and rules governing impeding, obstruction and overtaking another competitor. However, understanding and officiating these rules varies from race to race, from referee to referee, and from country to country. What is legal in one race or in

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