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The world's most beautiful open water swim races

Whether it's incredible scenery, lagoon waters or balmy temperatures you're after, these race events are paradise for fans of open water swimming.
Open water swimming competitions might conjure up images of thrashing about in grey, rolling seas but there are a raft of events that combine aquatic prowess with incredible scenery and often balmy temperatures.

Alisa Fatum Wins Ice Kilometer At World Championship

Alisa Fatum already won the 500m freestyle on the first day of competition at the International Ice Swimming Association 3rd World Championship and 1st Ice Swimming Arctic Cup in Murmansk, Russia.

Today, the 24-year-old German took it out fast in the Ice Kilometer and never looked back throughout the 1000m race as she absolutely dominated the experienced field to win her second world championship title in the 0.2°C water.

Petar Stoychev Wins Ice Kilometer At World Championship

I have covered Petar Stoychev for nearly 20 years and this was his most dominating performance in my opinion," observed Steven Munatones.

He has done many incredible swims in his life - from setting the English Channel world record to winning the Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean 11 consecutive times. He is master of all from winning the 25 km FINA World Championships in 32°C+ water in Shanghai to absolutely dominating the Ice Kilometer over a world-class field of ice swimmers today."

France Adds 10 Incredible Races to the GSS… Start Packing!

The French Swimming Federation (FFN), the governing body for swimming in France, has added all 10 open water races in the EDF Aqua Challenge to the Global Swim Series.

Pick a date, a spectacular place you’ve always wanted to visit in France, and start packing!  Or better yet… hit them all!

Open Water World Tour 2019 gets underway

The second edition of the Open Water World Tour (OWWT) is rolling out; and for the 2019 series, a number of new events have joined.

The OWWT is a global tour with a ranking system. Participating swimmers obtain points in every event they take part in, but also through doing ‘solo swims in regulated crossings’.

2019 World International Ice Swimming Championships: What it takes to prepare for a sub-zero swim

"Sometimes I get in and I think 'gosh, this feels horrible'," says champion ice swimmer Jade Perry.

This isn't just your average test of physical endurance.

Taking a dip in sub-zero temperatures is already unappealing, without the prospect of doing it in a makeshift pool carved out of a frozen lake at the height of Russian winter.

Moroccan, Chilean and South African swimmers to come to ice swimming competition in Murmansk

About 400 athletes from over 30 countries, including Morocco, Chile and South Africa, will take part in the 3rd World Championship and the 1st Arctic Cup devoted to ice swimming that will take place in Murmansk this weekend, the organizers said at a news conference on Monday.

I went swimming in water so cold the ice is broken with a propeller, and it was utterly addictive

When the temperature's well below freezing, the Finns come out to swim 

A woman stands at the top of a ladder leading into a black hole in the ice at the edge of the Baltic Sea. Her bare flesh shines in the streetlight, a contrast to the night sky. Clad in nothing more than a bikini and a woolly hat, she makes no sound as she lowers herself into the freezing water. I watch from a nearby footpath, transfixed and envious, despite Helsinki’s sub-zero evening temperatures – even in the daytime, this week, it’s rarely climbed above two degrees, with below-freezing temperatures predicted for next week.

Austria Adds Natural Beauty With 2 Amazing Races!

Calling all swimmers with a sense of adventure!  Here are a couple of great races in central Europe:

1) The Backwaterman Waldviertel , held on July 6, gives swimmers a rugged adventure in an off-the-beaten path area in Austria. Situated in the north of the country, this race offers a classic long distance open water race of 7k, but there are also a 750m and 1500m races too.

Testing the Waters

Marcia Cleveland has always been a swimmer. Growing up, throughout high school and all four years of college, you could find her in the water.

In her early twenties, she took to open water swimming, plunging into oceans, lakes, and rivers, seeking their challenges. After moving to New York and joining a Masters Swimming program there, she did her first solo swim in 1991, around the island of Manhattan at a distance of over 28 miles.

Ice Swimming may be the reason why Scandinavian people are happy

People are looking for different ways to keep themselves happy. They may go to any extent to achieve their required purpose of happiness. For certainly, being satisfied with your life is one essential goal that everyone should be aiming for.

There are a number of ways you can possibly do that. Exercising is one, socializing is another. The list is a never ending one.

Winter 'wild swimming' is a hot new trend

Swimmers plunge into frigid lakes and rivers year-round, just for the thrill of it.

I thought my husband's icy cold morning showers were extreme, until I learned about the 'wild swimming' trend. Apparently this is a big thing ago to do year-round, particularly in the United Kingdom, where you don't have to chop a hole in the ice to get at the water, but it's still chilly enough to take your breath away.

Pat Gallant-Charette Won't Stop Breaking Records

The oldest woman to swim the English Channel wants to continue knocking off marathon swims into her 80s

Pat Gallant-Charette is tougher than your average grandma. She’s probably tougher than you. The 68-year-old Maine native has completed the majority of the Oceans Seven, a marathon swimming challenge that has athletes tackling seven of the toughest open-water swims in the world. She has systematically subjected herself to near-freezing water temperatures, strong currents, shark attacks, and blooms of jellyfish during swims that have her in the water for up to 24 hours.

Croatia’s record-breaking long-distance swimmer announces new challenges

Croatia’s long-distance swimmer Dina Levacic has recently announced her plans for this summer which include her second attempt to swim the length of  54 kilometres from the Adriatic island of Vis to her city of Split and the 30-kilometre Tsugaru Strait between the Japanese islands of Honshu and Hokkaido.

THE RISE OF WILD SWIM GROUPS ACROSS THE UK

There are now 50+ wild swim groups around the UK. To mark the launch of a new OSS listing guide of them around the country, Rowan Clarke, a member of Wiltshire Wild Swim, reports on their joys and problems.

When Wiltshire Wild Swimmers began in May 2018, it was just a group of ten friends arranging swims on WhatsApp. As people began finding them on Instagram, the group grew to 30, prompting its founders to move the group from WhatsApp to Facebook. It then grew to 150 members in just four weeks.

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