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Men Are Animals

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. When we think of male open water swimmers and the animal kingdom, certain similarities come to mind: The Satisfaction of a Warm Sauna Men sitting in a warm sauna, enjoying the warmth after an open water swim in the cold ocean waters, are reminiscent of Japanese snow monkeys (Nihonzaru shown above) enjoying

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The Minds Of Open Water Swimmers

At the University of California San Diego, the OptiBrain Center serves as a consortium of cognitive neuroscientists and researchers from the Warfighter Performance Department of the Naval Health Research Center, Naval Special Warfare Group ONE, and University of California San Diego Department of Psychiatry. These OptiBrain researchers have conducted

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Fin…But Not Fini

Lynn Kubasek, a nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, had a great year in 2013. It was a great comeback from 2012 when she experienced an uncharacteristic DNF. Photo shows Kubasek swimming in-between paddler was Allison Bayne and swimmer Carol Hayden, with a fin on the upper left corner. Kubasek remembers, "About 20 minutes

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The Night Before And The Wind Is Howling

Julian Rusinek will be departing the California mainland on the Blue Fin late tonight from Ventura for his unprecedented one-way and two-way attempt between the islands of San Miguel and Santa Rosa in the California Channel Islands. While the one-way distance is only 3.6 miles, it is potentially an extraordinarily wild and totally gnarly swim in a part of

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Swimming WIth Seals, Afraid Of Apex

During the third night of the Night Train Swimmers 228-mile southward journey along the California coast, the team passed within 2 miles of the town of Avalon on Catalina Island. Like Cindy Cleveland and Forest Nelson, the only humans to ever circumnavigate the island, the team had to opportunity to swim along Catalina Island as opposed to swimming to and

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Pinnipeds On The Beach

It is for good reason that Seal Beach in California got its name. But recently the members of the Open Water Swim Club have been seeing more seals than usual up and down the Southern California coast. "I saw this little guy on the peninsula in Long Beach near Seal Beach," recalled Lexie Kelly. "He looked so scared and a bit sick. I was in the middle of

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Swim Like A SEAL

The United States Navy Sea, Air and Land Forces, commonly known as the Navy SEALs, do special reconnaissance operations, unconventional warfare, hostage rescue, counter-terrorism - and are incredibly fit people who can withstand very cold water like the best of open water swimmers.While their experience and relationship in the water is different than

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