World Open Water Swimming Series

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2014-2015 WOWSS offers 13 races around the world
2014-2015 WOWSS race in Hong Kong at the Jax Coco Shek O Challenge
Henley Mile finish, part of the World Open Water Swimming Series
noun - The World Open Water Swimming Series (WOWSS) is a global series of open water swimming competitions. FINIS, SwimTrek and Ocean Recovery Alliance present the global open water swimming, a 13-race series spans Africa, North America, South America, Asia and Europe and includes some of the world’s most innovative, enjoyable, beautiful and signature open water swimming competitions.


2014-2015 World Open Water Swimming Series Events

1. aQuellé Midmar Mile in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa in February. Race director Wayne Riddin
2. Miami Mile in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. in April. Race director Jonathan Strauss
3. El Cruce in Cancún, Mexico in May. Race director Rafael Hernández
4. Jax Coco Shek O Challenge in Hong Kong in July. Race director Doug Woodring
5. Henley Mile in Henley-on-the-Thames, United Kingdom in July. Race director Tom Kean
6. Hellespont and Dardanelles Swim in Turkey in August. Race director Simon Murie
7. Aichi Crossing in Nagoya, Japan in August. Race director Yutaka Shinozaki
8. BCT Gdynia Marathon – Open Race in Gdynia, Poland in August. Race director Tomasz Pąchalski
9. Waikiki Roughwater Swim in Oahu, Hawaii in September. Race director Kaia Hedlund
10. Swim The Island in Italy in October. Race director Matteo Testa
11. The Five in Hong Kong in October. Race director Doug Woodring
12. King and Queen of the Sea in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in December. Race director Pedro Rego Monteiro
13. Stroke for Egypt in the Red Sea, Egypt in December. Race coordinator Mohamed Marouf


The World Open Water Swimming Series offers a global network of races that attract swimmers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds from Olympians and professional marathon swimmers to disabled athletes and people who just started the sport. The World Open Water Swimming Series offers a global ranking system for people of every age group and encourages both race organisations and athletes to be responsible global stewards of the world’s open bodies of water.


FINIS, SwimTrek, Ocean Recovery Alliance



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