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Seti Afoa

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Seti Afoa was nominated for the 2016 WOWSA Awards, a recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association in the category of World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
Seti Afoa, organizer of Samoa Events and numerous ocean swims and triathlons

Seti Afoa is the organizer of Samoa Events and the race director for the Samoa Swim Series, a 3-day, 3-event open water swim series of 4 km ocean swims in Samoa in July and August in Tafatafa, Falealili; Falefa Falls, and Mulivai - Sinalei Reef Resort. He also organizes the Five Islands Challenge, the 22.3 km Upolu-Savaii Swim, and the 5 km and 10 km Pacific Open Water Challenge and was nominated for the 2016 WOWSA Awards.

Samoa Swim Series[edit]

The Samoa Swim Series includes the following events:

  • Samoa Swim Series Swim 1 - 6 August 2016, point-to-point 2 km and 4 km swims at Faga lagoon, Savai'i
  • Family Swim dash
  • Team’s Relay: Kids & Family 400m swim (Manase) and 400x400 Teams Relay
  • Samoa Swim Series Swim 2 - 7 August 2016, point-to-point 2.5 km and 4 km swims from Fagamalo to Tanu Beach Fales at Manase
  • Family Dash: 200m and 400m Kids & Beginners, 600 x 600 Teams Relay
  • Samoa Swim Series Swim 3 - 8 August 2016, point-to-point 2 km and 4 km swims from Mulivai Beach to the Sinalei beach
  • Teams Relay and 200m and 400m Kids & Beginners Swim

Pacific Open Water Challenge[edit]

The 2-race Pacific Open Water Challenge includes a 5 km ocean swim and a 10 km marathon swim held on 1 August 2016 in Saoluafata Harbour, 20 km east of Apia. The 10 km course is four 2.5 km loops in a sheltered harbour that is suitable for all weather. There is mandatory feeding after every 2.5 km loop. The 5 km course is a point-to-point ocean swim on 2 August 2016 from Sauano village to Falefa Village. It is mandatory to use a visible personal swim float / buoy. The alternate course is on Falefa Bay.

Savai'i Excursion[edit]

The Savai'i Excursion is a backend 4-day swim holiday option to the Samoa Swim Series, for relaxation in this unspoilt part of the Pacific Ocean. In addition to sightseeing, relaxation, tours and easy swims, there are nightly drinks at Jane's Bar on the beach in the setting sun. Three time ocean swimming racs are included in the Savai'i Excursion between 7-11 August 2016.

Upolu-Savai'i Swim[edit]

The Upolu-Savai'i Swim is a 22.3 km inter-island marathon swim across the Apolima Strait between Samoa's main islands of Upolu and Savai]i held on 7 August 2016. The swim has two reserve days on 8-9 April. The qualifications require that participants must have completed a 10 km open water swimming non-wetsuit race in under 4 hours 30 minutes.

Five Islands Challenge[edit]

The Five Islands Challenge (aka The Five Islands) includes a total of 24 km in distance and 5 ocean swims conducted over 4 days between 11-14 May 2016. The 5 ocean swims include the following swims:

  • Swim 1: 7.4 km (4.6-mile) Manono Island Swim on 11 May 2016. It is a return swim (out-and-back swim) to Manono Island: 3.7 km (2.3 miles) one way and the same on the return.
  • Swim 2: 5 km (3.1-mile) Fanuatapu - Namu'a Islands Swim on 12 May 2016. The swim starts on the mainland and out to Fanuatapu Island, then a sharp left to finish at Namu'a Island.
  • Swim 3: 5 km (3.1-mile) Namu'a Island to Lalomanu Swim on 12 May 2016 as part 2 of Day 2. Start at Namu'a Island and swim to Lalomanu.
  • Swim 4: 5.3 km (3.3-mile) Nu'usafe'e Island Swim on 13 May 2016. Start at Tafatafa and go with the current to Nu'usafe'e island before heading to the finish at Poutasi village.
  • Swim 5: 3.5 km (2.2-mile) Matautu Island Swim on 14 May 2016. Start and finish in the deep sheltered water of Falefa Bay.
  • Reserve swim: 4 km course on Albatross Island at Saoluafata Bay.

Tahiti to Mo’orea Swim[edit]

Afoa organized the first 19.5 km Tahiti to Mo'orea land-to-land channel swim on 7 October 2018 with Christina Harris and Mike Cochrane in 6 hours 44 minutes and a 17 km channel marker-to-channel marker swim from Tahiti to Mo'orea channel swim on the same date with Su Scott, Jacques Paul de Reuck, and Rebecca Bowden in 8 hours 13 minutes.

2016 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year nomination[edit]

Afoa was nominated for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year for 2016. His nomination reads,

For three millennia, the people of Samoa have been entering the Pacific Ocean. Now Seti Afoa is expanding his cultural heritage to a friendly, international, competitive embodiment of his naturally beautiful environment. Afoa is extraordinarily busy man with a grand vision to make Samoa a South Pacific nation that brings local and foreign swimmers together in a number of events in Samoa, supported by the national health service, government and tourism officials, and people of the local villages. For organizing 18 ocean races and swimming holidays from short 400m swims for kids and 22.3 km inter-island marathon challenges, for welcoming and encouraging a mix of local and international participants in a celebration of the sport, for combining local traditions with safe, professionally managed events meeting international standards, Seti Afoa is a worthy nominee for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

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