Tag: Rick Heltzel

History’s Hardest Swimming Workouts

Some benefits of writing for the Daily News of Open Water Swimming and the monthly Open Water Swimming Magazine is talking with some of history's greatest open water swimmers. In the course of these conversations, these luminaries in the sport have discussed their hardest pool and open water swimming workouts over the course of their careers. "I have

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Catalina Channel Swimming Back In The Day

Catalina Channel Swimming Back In The Day Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Back in 1984 and 1989, Penny Dean and John York, along with a number of other marathon swimmers under the auspices of the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation, organized a USA Long Distance International Championships, a Cross Catalina Channel race, together with USA

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Double The Distance, Twice As Nice

The Waikiki Roughwater Swim is one of the worlds iconic open water swims. It starts at the base of Diamond Head, possibly the world's most photographed volcano and ends at the other end of Waikiki Bay. Swimmers can see marine life as they swim in clear, warm royal blue waters of Hawaii. For years, Jim Anderson organized the Waikiki Roughwater Swim. Back

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Victoria Heads West To Win In Waikiki

Victoria West won the women's division at the 31st Possibly Annual Hawaiian Christmas Looong Distance Invitational Rough-H2O Swim in 1:49:35 with Kathryn Taylor second in 1:56:23 and Miki David third in 2:00:45. West, originally from California, now works on Oahu as the Marketing Director of i9 Sports Honolulu. The former competitive swimmer is now

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