Tag: Matías Ola

Matías Ola On The Big Blue

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. While Matías Ola of Argentina is known as an ice swimmer and ice festival organizer, he is also embarking on his Unir el Mundo project. His swims around the world include the following: 1. Strait of Gibraltar 2. 86 km Bering Strait Crossing (international relay team) 3. Bering Strait from Big Diomede

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A Frosty Swim With Warm Feelings

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Matías Ola will attempt to swim 4.5 km with British ice swimmer Jackie Cobell across the Estrecho de San Carlos between Gran Malvina and Soledad in the Falkland Islands. From the frost-covered shores, they will enter Antarctic waters where sea temperature of only 8°C. "This crossing, together with Jackie,

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How Far Can They Go In The Cold Water?

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Matías Ola has outdone himself. Not as an ice swimmer as he usually does, but also as an event organizer. At the International Winter Swimming Festival Argentina 2014, representatives from 17 countries swam in the inaugural ice swimming event in Ola's native country. Swimmers from several Russian

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Capri Djatiasmoro Warms The Ice In Russia

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. "I tell people to follow your heart, follow your passion - and you will find that life’s journey will show you amazing people, places, and adventures," so advises winter swimmer Capri Djatiasmoro. The 60-something New Yorker says of her own journey that began with the Coney Island Polar Bears on New Year's

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The Inherent Danger Of It All

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Just as ice swimming requires certain rules (e.g., no flip turns, experienced re-warming procedures), we believe that tropical swims demand certain considerations and protective rules in order to maintain safety. In an apparent contradiction, we also believe that rules pertaining to swims in the 50-82ºF

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