Tag: physicality

Rules Rule From Start To Finish

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. The open water swimming community understands the importance of rules in mass open water swimming competitions. No one wants unfair competition or unsportsmanlike conduct to be prevalent - let alone exist - in the sport. While inadvertent physicality exists, especially around the turn buoys and at the

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Tape Hints At Physicality In Open Water

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. At the FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup race during 60th Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean in Canada, the women hinted a bit at the rough-and-tumble, competitive world of elite professional marathon swimming. Emily Brunemann, Caitlin Nolan and Heather Maitland all use masking tape on their swim

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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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Hit, Bruised, Red, Swollen And Smiling

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Swimming in close proximity to a pack in large bodies of water: such is the nature of competitive open water swimming. When large packs of swimmers start together, go around a turn buoy together, or unintentionally swim into each other, there are always potential and elements of physicality. No harm

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