Tag: Spike

Freestyling The First Frontier

When we see so many individuals doing unprecedented swims in oceans, seas, lakes, and rivers, we are reminded of Captain Kirk played by actor William Shatner on the television series Star Trek. Shatner narrated the following, "Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds,

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Either Eyes Forward Or To The Side

Penny Palfrey is shown being escorted by Jeff Kozlovich in the red kayak and Richard Clifford in the blue kayak. Throughout the 41-hour 6-minute swim, Kozlovich and Clifford kept Palfrey at their side as they sighted off of a lead boat setting the course ahead of them. For her unprecedented 68-mile crossing between Little Cayman and Grand Cayman in the

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The Joy Of The Swim

Penny Palfrey is shown over after her 68-mile swim from Little Cayman to Grand Cayman. The sparkle in her eyes tells of the joy, relief and pride that she rightly has after her 41-hour 6-minute swim where she faced 2 nights of swimming. Photo by Spike. Copyright © 2014 by World Open Water Swimming Association

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Sensory Deprivation In The Open Water

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. In the open water, sensory deprivation is not a choice...it is just a cold, hard fact. Swimmers cannot see far in the water and can hear even less. Even sighting is tough: most of the time with their eyes only centimeters above the surface of a dynamic body of water, their views are often blocked by the

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