Tag: Penelope Nagel

Thinking About COVID-19 In The Ocean

Thinking About COVID-19 In The Ocean Courtesy of WOWSA, La Jolla, California. Craig Lord, Editor in Chief of Swimming World Magazine brought up important points in highlighting potential risks of COVID-19 for open water swimmers while raise questions for the sport of open water swimming. His concerns were also echoed - rather amplified - by Professor

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A Shark On Molokai

Courtesy of Penny Nagel, Huntington Beach, California. Penelope Nagel, creator of the open water lingo swink*, swunk and swellunication, swims everyday in the Pacific Ocean at La Jolla Cove as a member of the 9:30's (also dubbed the Aqua-nuts). The La Jolla Cove co-mayor, she has swum 17 miles from Lanai to Napili, Maui in 2013 and a member of Beyond

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Swellunication Happens

Photo courtesy of Dirk Erasmus at Cape Recife, South Africa. California ocean swimmer Penelope Nagel coined another open water swimming term - a blend of swell + hallucination - while on an ocean swim outside of La Jolla Cove, California: Swellunication is the state or condition of becoming disoriented in the ocean among swells, believing that one has

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Swimming Free

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. While swimming naked can mean to open water swimmers that they are swimming without neoprene or a wetsuit, most people understand swimming naked to mean without a swimsuit or covering of any kind. "It's freeing to swim naked," is what people claim when they swim in their birthday suit. "It kinda feels the

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Ex Marks The Spot In The Maui Channel

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Penelope Nagel completed an unprecedented crossing across the Maui Channel from the island of Lānaʻi to Napili, Maui. Her 7 hour 42 minute shore-to-shore swim started with the sunrise at the small pier at Club Lanai. "I started the swim as the sun rose while the jellies were were still up," describes

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Swimming With The Pink Dolphins

Courtesy of WOWSA from the La Jolla Cove, California. La Jolla Cove Swim Club has a "Big Chill" swim every year. "We swim through the winter and accumulate miles as a group towards a destination. This year we are swimming to the Bikini Atoll and back," explains Penelope Nagel. "On your birthday, you can double your miles by swimming naked - dubbed the

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Swink, Swank, Swunk In The Open Water

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Penny Nagel recently coined a few new terms for the open water swimming community while training in La Jolla Cove near San Diego, California: swink, swank, swunk. To swink is to swim so far that the swimmer feels drunk. The past tense of swink is to swank and swunk. Nagel explains, "Some people call it

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