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The World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men in Open Water Swimming Magazine published by World Open Water Swimming Association

noun - The World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men is an annual list of audacious men who have performed courageously well in open bodies of water as published by World Open Water Swimming Association.

2019 Criteria[edit]

The 2019 list only includes contemporary aquatic adventurers and focuses on men who have done or escorted unprecedented open water swims of note in risk-inherent channels, lakes, seas, oceans, or one winter swims, ice swims, stage swims or marathon swims, men who have proven themselves in both high-level competitions and solo swims, and men who have safely guided many channel or marathon swimmers of all abilities in rough waters or cold waters or in extreme conditions.

2019 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men[edit]

The list (alphabetized by last name) of the 2019 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men by the World Open Water Swimming Association is as follows:

1. Evgenij Pop Acev, professional marathon swimmer from Macedonia
2. Khitindra Chandra Baishya, marathon swimmer from Bangladesh
3. Hamza Bakircioglu, ice/marathon swimmer from Turkey
4. Ram Barkai, administrator, event organizer and ice/winter swimmer from South Africa
5. David Barra, marathon/channel swimmer and event organizer from the USA
6. John Batchelder, butterflying marathon/channel swimmer from USA
7. Nejib Belhedi, marathon/stage/boat pull swimmer from Tunisia
8. Cameron Bellamy, marathon/channel swimmer from South Africa
9. Alexander Brylin, channel ice swimmer from Russia
10. Salvatore Cimmino, amputee advocate and marathon/extreme/channel swimmer from Italy
11. Jean Craven, marathon/extreme/ice swimmer and event organizer from South Africa
12. Ned Denison, IMSHOF administrator and marathon/channel/ice swimmer from Ireland
13. Craig Dietz, disabled open water swimmer from USA
14. Ross Edgley, stage/marathon swimmer from Great Britain
15. Sven Elfferich, ice swimmer from the Netherlands
16. Fergil Hesterman, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer and event organizer from the Netherlands
17. Simon Holliday, marathon swimmer from Hong Kong
18. Hudson Brothers, wild swimmers from Great Britain
19. Avram Iancu, extreme stage swimmer from Romania
20. Howard James, channel/marathon swimmer from Great Britain
21. Stephen Junk, marathon/channel swimmer from Australia
22. Henri Kaarma, event organizer and ice/winter swimmer from Estonia
23. Ger Kennedy, ice/underwater/extreme swimmer from Ireland
24. Josef Köberl, winter/ice swimmer and event organizer from Austria
25. Ion Lazarenco Tiron, marathon/channel/extreme stage swimmer from Republic of Moldava
26. Benoît Lecomte, extreme stage swimmer from France/USA
27. Diego López Dominguez, marathon/extreme/ice swimmer from Spain
28. Pádraig Mallon, escort pilot, event organizer and marathon/channel/ice swimmer from Ireland
29. Ingemar Patiño Macarine, channel/marathon swimmer from the Philippines
30. Andrew Malinak, administrator and cold water/marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
31. Ken Mignosa, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
32. Rohan More, marathon/channel swimmer from India
33. Lynton Mortensen, marathon/channel swimmer from Australia
34. Greg O’Connor, marathon/channel/ice swimmer and event organizer from the USA
35. Matías Ola, event organizer and ice/extreme swimmer from Argentina
36. Thomas Pembroke, channel swimmer from Australia
37. Lewis Pugh OIG, ocean advocate and ice/extreme/channel/marathon/stage swimmer from Great Britain/South Africa
38. Stephen Rouch, marathon swimmer from USA
39. Adrian Sarchet, marathon/channel swimmer from Guernsey
40. Dan Simonelli, coach/guide/observer and marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
41. Albert Sobirov, ice swimmer from Russia
42. Petar Stoychev, marathon/channel/ice/Olympic swimmer from Bulgaria
43. Adherbal Treidler de Oliveira, marathon swimmer and event organizer from Brazil
44. Andy Truscott, marathon/channel swimmer from Jersey
45. Jacques Tuset, prison island/channel/marathon swimmer from France
46. Maarten van der Weijden, Olympic champion and extreme marathon swimmer from the Netherlands
47. Cristian Vergara, extreme/marathon/channel/ice swimmer and event organizer from Chile
48. Christof Wandratsch, marathon/marathon/ice swimmer from Germany
49. Martyn Webster, marathon/channel swimmer from Great Britain
50. Bill Welzien, marathon swimmer and event organizer from the USA

2018 Criteria[edit]

The 2018 list only includes contemporary aquatic adventurers and focuses on men who have done or escorted unprecedented open water swims of note in risk-inherent channels, lakes, seas, oceans, or one winter swims, ice swims, stage swims or marathon swims, men who have proven themselves in both high-level competitions and solo swims, and men who have safely guided many channel or marathon swimmers of all abilities in rough waters or cold waters or in extreme conditions.

2018 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men[edit]

The list (alphabetized by last name) of the 2018 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men by the World Open Water Swimming Association is as follows:

1. Andrey Agarkov (Андрей Агарков), ice swimmer from Russia
2. Kshitindra Chandra Baisya, marathon swimmer from Bangladesh
3. Ram Barkai, administrator, event organizer and ice/winter swimmer from South Africa
4. John Batchelder, butterflying marathon/channel swimmer from USA
5. Nejib Belhedi, marathon/stage/boat pull swimmer from Tunisia
6. Cameron Bellamy, marathon/channel swimmer from South Africa
7. Alexander Brylin, channel ice swimmer from Russia
8. Paolo Chiarino, ice swimmer from Italy
9. Salvatore Cimmino, amputee advocate and marathon/extreme/channel swimmer from Italy
10. Jean Craven, marathon/extreme/ice swimmer and event organizer from South Africa
11. Ned Denison, IMSHOF administrator and marathon/channel/ice swimmer from Ireland
12. Fergil Hesterman, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer and event organizer from the Netherlands
13. Simon Holliday, marathon swimmer and event organizer from Hong Kong
14. Avram Iancu, extreme stage swimmer from Romania
15. Howard James, channel/marathon swimmer from Great Britain
16. Stephen Junk, marathon/channel swimmer from Australia
17. Henri Kaarma, event organizer and ice/winter swimmer from Estonia
18. Ger Kennedy, ice/underwater/extreme swimmer from Ireland
19. Ion Lazarenco Tiron, marathon/channel/extreme stage swimmer from Republic of Moldava
20. Clinton Le Sueur, ice swimmer from South Africa
21. Benoît Lecomte, extreme stage swimmer from France/USA
22. Diego López Dominguez, marathon/extreme/ice swimmer from Spain
23. Igor Lukin, winter swimmer from Russia
24. Pádraig Mallon, escort pilot, event organizer and marathon/channel/ice swimmer from Ireland
25. Ingemar Patiño Macarine, channel/marathon swimmer from the Philippines
26. Andrew Malinak, administrator and cold water/marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
27. Ken Mignosa, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
28. Rohan More, marathon/channel swimmer from India
29. Lynton Mortensen, marathon/channel swimmer from Australia
30. Leszek Naziemiec, ice swimmer from Poland
31. Greg O’Connor, marathon/channel/ice swimmer and event organizer from the USA
32. Thomas Pembroke, channel swimmer from Australia
33. Lewis Pugh OIG, ocean advocate and ice/extreme/channel/marathon/stage swimmer from Great Britain/South Africa
34. Stephen Rouch, marathon swimmer from USA
35. Sergio Salomone, ice swimmer from Argentina
36. Adrian Sarchet, marathon/channel swimmer from Guernsey
37. Dan Simonelli, coach/guide/observer and marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
38. Albert Sobirov, ice swimmer from Russia
39. Wyatt Song, ice swimmer from Australia
40. Petar Stoychev, marathon/channel/ice/Olympic swimmer from Bulgaria
41. Andy Truscott, marathon/channel swimmer from Jersey
42. Jacques Tuset, prison island/channel/marathon swimmer from France
43. Maarten van der Weijden, Olympic champion and marathon/extreme swimmer from the Netherlands
44. Cristian Vergara, extreme/marathon/channel/ice swimmer and event organizer from Chile
45. Christof Wandratsch, marathon/marathon/ice swimmer from Germany
46. Yun Feng Wang, ice swimmer from China
47. Martyn Webster, marathon/channel swimmer from Great Britain
48. Bill Welzien, marathon swimmer and event organizer from the USA
49. John Zemaitis, marathon swimmer from the USA
50. Joe Zemaitis, marathon swimmer from the USA

2017 Criteria[edit]

The 2017 list only includes contemporary aquatic adventurers and focuses on men who have done unprecedented open water swims of note or a significant number of risk-inherent channel, lake or marathon swims, men who have proven themselves in both high-level competitions and solo swims, and men who have safely guided many channel or marathon swimmers of all abilities in rough waters, with emphasis on men who have repeatedly swum in waters that are colder, rougher and longer than the English Channel:

2017 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men[edit]

The list (alphabetized by last name) of the 2017 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men by the World Open Water Swimming Association is as follows:

1. Dr. Doron Amosi, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
2. Antonio Argüelles Díaz-González, channel swimmer and endurance athlete from Mexico
3. Cyril Baldock, marathon/channel swimmer from Australia
4. Ram Barkai, administrator, event organizer and ice swimmer from South Africa
5. John Batchelder, butterflying marathon swimmer from USA
6. Nejib Belhedi, marathon/stage/boat pull swimmer from Tunisia
7. Alexander Brylin, channel ice swimmer from Russia
8. Luc Chetboun, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
9. Salvatore Cimmino, amputee advocate and marathon/extreme swimmer from Italy
10. Jean Craven, marathon/extreme swimmer from South Africa
11. Ned Denison, IMSHOF administrator and marathon/ice swimmer from Ireland
12. Craig Dietz, disabled open water swimmer from USA
13. Ben Enosh, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel/USA
14. Udi Erell, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
15. Stephen Junk, channel swimmer from Australia
16. Henri Kaarma, event organizer and ice swimmer from Estonia
17. Ger Kennedy, ice, underwater and extreme swimmer from Ireland
18. Craig Lenning, marathon/channel/ice swimmer from the USA
19. Neil Macaskill, extreme/cross-border swimmer from South Africa
20. Pádraig Mallon, escort pilot, event organizer and marathon/channel/ice swimmer from Ireland
21. Ingemar Patiño Macarine, channel/marathon swimmer from the Philippines
22. Andrew Malinak, administrator and cold water/marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
23. Chris Marthinusen, extreme/high-altitude swimmer from South Africa
24. Patrick McKnight, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
25. Allan McLeland, Peak and Pond swimmer/climber from the USA
26. Darren Miller, channel swimmer and event director from the USA
27. Rohan More, marathon/channel swimmer from India
28. Gullupilli Narhari, extreme relay swimmer from India
29. Matías Ola, event organizer and ice/extreme swimmer from Argentina
30. Kieron Palframan, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
31. James Pittar, blind marathon/channel swimmer from Australia
32. Javier Mérida Prieto, disabled Triple Crown swimmer from Spain
33. Lewis Pugh OIG, ocean advocate and ice/extreme swimmer from the UK
34. Oded Rahav, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
35. Stephen Redmond, channel/marathon swimmer from Ireland
36. Adrian Sarchet, marathon/channel swimmer from Guernsey
37. Ori Sela, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
38. Dan Simonelli, coach/guide/observer and marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
39. Paramvir Singh, extreme relay swimmer from India
40. Albert Sobirov, ice swimmer from Russia
41. Petar Stoychev, marathon/channel/ice/Olympic swimmer from Bulgaria
42. Ryan Stramrood, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
43. Martin Strel, marathon/stage swimmer from Slovenia
44. Dr. Otto Thaning, channel/marathon swimmer from South Africa
45. Jacques Tuset, prison island swimmer from France
46. Toks Viviers, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
47. Adam Walker, coach, event organizer, and channel swimmer from England
48. Christof Wandratsch, event organizer and ice/marathon/channel/professional swimmer from Germany
49. Brenton Williams, event organizer and butterfly ocean swimmer from South Africa
50. Herman van der Westhuizen, extreme high-altitude swimmer from South Africa

2015 List[edit]

The men in the 2015 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men list are presented alphabetically by last name.

The 2015 list includes contemporary aquatic adventurers as well as men who are close to retirement or retired. The list does not include men who no longer around (e.g., Captain Matthew Webb), but it focuses on men who have done unprecedented open water swims of note or a significant number of risk-inherent channel, lake or marathon swims, men who proven themselves in both high-level competitions and solo swims, and men who have safely guided many channel or marathon swimmers of all abilities in rough waters, with emphasis on men who have repeatedly swum in waters that are colder, rougher and longer than the English Channel:

1. Nick Adams, channel/marathon swimmer from England
2. Antonio Argüelles Díaz-González from Mexico
3. Cyril Baldock, marathon/channel swimmer from Australia
4. Peter Bales, escort pilot in Cape Town, South Africa
5. Ram Barkai, ice swimmer from South Africa
6. Nejib Belhedi, marathon/stage swimmer from Tunisia
7. Vito Bialla, escort pilot of the Farallon Islands, California, USA
8. Alexander Brylin, channel ice swimmer from Russia
9. Andrew Chin, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
10. Salvatore Cimmino, amputee/marathon swimmer from Italy
11. Phil Cutti, extreme/relay swimmer from California, USA
12. Ned Denison, marathon/ice swimmer from Ireland
13. Marcos Díaz, marathon/adventure/charity swimmer from the Dominican Republic
14. Ted Erikson, channel/marathon/professional swimmer from Illinois, USA
15. Sylvain Estadieu, marathon/channel/butterfly swimmer from France
16. Christopher Green, marathon swimmer from England
17. Rafael Gutiérrez Mesa, escort pilot/governing body president from Spain
18. Colin Hill, ice/channel swimmer and event director from England
19. Henri Kaarma, ice swimmer from Estonia
20. Craig Lenning, marathon/channel/ice swimmer from Colorado, USA
21. Pádraig Mallon, marathon/channel/ice swimmer from Ireland
22. David Meca, channel/marathon swimmer and Spain
23. Vojislav Mijić, marathon swimmer/event director from Serbia
24. Darren Miller, Oceans Seven swimmer and event director from Pennsylvania, USA
25. Kevin Murphy, renowned marathon/channel swimmer from England
26. Forrest Nelson, marathon/channel swimmer and governing body president from California, USA
27. Quenton Nelson, escort pilot of the North Channel from Ireland
28. Matías Ola, ice/extreme swimmer from Argentina
29. Michael Oram, renowned escort pilot in the English Channel
30. Kieron Palframan, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
31. James Pittar, blind marathon/channel/extreme swimmer from Australia
32. Claudio Plit, marathon/channel/professional swimmer from Argentina
33. Jonno Proudfoot, extreme swimmer from South Africa
34. Lewis Pugh OIG, endurance swimmer/ocean advocate from UK
35. Michael Read MBE, renowned marathon/channel swimmer from England
36. Stephen Redmond, Oceans Seven swimmer from Ireland
37. Philip Rush, marathon/channel/professional swimmer and Cook Strait escort from New Zealand
38. Albert Sobirov, ice swimmer from Russia
39. Petar Stoychev, marathon/channel/Olympic swimmer from Bulgaria
40. Ryan Stramrood, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
41. Martin Strel, marathon/stage swimmer from Slovenia
42. Dr. Otto Thaning, channel/marathon swimmer from South Africa
43. Jacques Tuset, prison island swimmer from France
44. Toks Viviers, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
45. Adam Walker, Oceans Seven swimmer and coach from England
46. Christof Wandratsch, ice/marathon/channel/professional swimmer from Germany
47. Brenton Williams, butterfly/ocean swimmer from South Africa [in photo above by Clive Wright]
48. Thane Williams, extreme swimmer from South Africa
49. Theodore Yach, marathon/channel swimmer from Cape Town, South Africa
50. John York, marathon/channel swimmer from California, USA

2014 List[edit]

The men in the 2014 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men list are presented alphabetically by last name.

1. Nick Adams, channel/marathon swimmer from England
2. Antonio Argüelles Díaz-González from Mexico
3. Cyril Baldock, marathon/channel swimmer from Australia
4. Peter Bales, escort pilot in Cape Town, South Africa
5. Ram Barkai, ice swimmer from South Africa
6. Nejib Belhedi, marathon/stage swimmer from Tunisia
7. Vito Bialla, escort pilot of the Farallon Islands, California, USA
8. Alexander Brylin, channel ice swimmer from Russia
9. Bruckner Chase, marathon/extreme swimmer from California, USA
10. Andrew Chin, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
11. Salvatore Cimmino, amputee/marathon swimmer from Italy
12. Phil Cutti, extreme/relay swimmer from California, USA
13. Ned Denison, marathon/ice swimmer from Ireland
14. Marcos Díaz, marathon/adventure/charity swimmer from the Dominican Republic
15. Craig Dietz, open water swimmer from Pennsylvania, USA
16. Ted Erikson, channel/marathon/professional swimmer from Illinois, USA
17. Sylvain Estadieu, marathon/channel/butterfly swimmer from France
18. Christopher Green, marathon swimmer from England
19. Rafael Gutiérrez Mesa, escort pilot/governing body president from Spain
20. Colin Hill, ice/channel swimmer and event director from England
21. Henri Kaarma, ice swimmer from Estonia
22. Craig Lenning, marathon/channel/ice swimmer from Colorado, USA
23. Joseph Locke, marathon/channel swimmer from California, USA
24. Pádraig Mallon, marathon/channel/ice swimmer from Ireland
25. Vojislav Mijić, marathon swimmer/event director from Serbia
26. Darren Miller, Oceans Seven swimmer and event director from Pennsylvania, USA
27. Kevin Murphy, renowned marathon/channel swimmer from England
28. Forrest Nelson, marathon/channel swimmer and governing body president from California, USA
29. Matías Ola, ice/extreme swimmer from Argentina
30. Michael Oram, renowned escort pilot in the English Channel
31. Kieron Palframan, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
32. Jamie Patrick, marathon/extreme swimmer from California, USA
33. James Pittar, blind marathon/channel/extreme swimmer from Australia
34. Claudio Plit, marathon/channel/professional swimmer from Argentina
35. Dan Projansky, marathon/extreme swimmer from Illinois, USA
36. Lewis Pugh OIG, endurance swimmer/ocean advocate from UK
37. Michael Read MBE, renowned marathon/channel swimmer from England
38. Stephen Redmond, Oceans Seven swimmer from Ireland
39. Philip Rush, marathon/channel/professional swimmer and Cook Strait escort from New Zealand
40. Mike Spalding, channel/marathon swimmer from Hawaii, USA
41. Petar Stoychev, marathon/channel/Olympic swimmer from Bulgaria
42. Ryan Stramrood, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
43. Martin Strel, marathon/stage swimmer from Slovenia
44. Dr. Otto Thaning, channel/marathon swimmer from South Africa
45. Toks Viviers, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
46. Adam Walker, Oceans Seven swimmer and coach from England
47. Christof Wandratsch, ice/marathon/channel/professional swimmer from Germany
48. Brenton Williams, butterfly/ocean swimmer from South Africa [in photo above by Clive Wright]
49. Theodore Yach, marathon/channel swimmer from Cape Town, South Africa
50. John York, marathon/channel swimmer from California, USA

Antonym[edit]

World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women

Kshitindra Chandra Baisya[edit]


Kshitindra Chandra Baisya swimming at his all-day pace on 3 September 2018 down the Kangsha River, a 185 km 60 hour 55 minute solo swim in northern Bangladesh


Kshitindra Chandra Baisya swimming at his all-day pace on 3 September 2018 down the Kangsha River, a 185 km 60 hour 55 minute solo swim in northern Bangladesh

Kshitindra Chandra Baisya swimming at night on the first night of his 60 hour 55 minute solo swim down the Kangsha River in northern Bangladesh, a 185 km 60 hour 55 minute solo swim

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