Tag: Matty Mitchell

Accolades To Amy

Accolades To Amy Courtesy of WOWSA, Redondo Beach, California. On June 8th 2019, Amy Appelhans Gubser became the third person in history to swim across the 43.4 km Santa Monica Bay between Point Dume in Malibu and Lunada Bay on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in 17 hours 6 minutes. The neonatal nurse celebrated her 50th birthday with a tough swim. "It was a

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It’s Huge. The Big Richard Redux

Marathon runners describe the Badwater Ultramarathon as the world's toughest foot race. Triathletes talk reverently about the Ironman Hawaii. Marathon swimmers put themselves on the map with a crossing of the English Channel. Badwater, Ironman, English Channel: they are all hard and can beat down even the best-trained athlete down to size. And so can the

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Seeing Through The Eyes Of A Waterman

Watermen and waterwomen are individuals who are considered by their peers and the marine sports community to be well-adept, experienced and highly skilled in various marine sports and aquatic activities, performed safely and courageously in myriad conditions. Their abilities are matched by their passion and comfort levels in the ocean. They surf, swim,

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Dan O’Connor Radiating Heat

Dan O'Connor is used to swimming in warm water, very warm water. So when he joined his teammates and friends swimming around Naples Island in Long Beach, California for his first (relatively) cold water swim, he was uncomfortable. As soon as he got out of the water, he dried off and immediately laid down on the warm sand that had been heating up the

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Spatial Awareness In The Open Water

Spatial awareness is a critical talent that can be developed by an open water swimmer and triathlete. If an athlete is not gifted with innate spatial awareness, then they must work on it to improve. For an open water swimmer and triathlete, what is spatial awareness? Spatial awareness is the ability of an athlete in the open water to understand distances,

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Dynamic Duo Croon Carols

Matty Mitchell and Hank Wise, two charismatic crooners who were former world-class swimmers, created a three-part set of lyrics, chants, songs and team cheers for pool and open water swimmers. The dynamic duo from Long Beach, California spend more time in their board shorts and swimsuits than any other form of attire as they have swum, paddled, surfed,and

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Swimmer Singing Streamline

Matty Mitchell, creator of the Big Richard, created the underground hit single Streamline, a snappy ditty about swimming. Streamline I lost my mind Got caught up on the lane line But it was all fine 'cause I got my best time And I am coming up with this sappy little rhyme About swimming And swimming really fast And I wanna have a blast So check

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