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World Open Water Swimming Association

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The Daily News of Open Water Swimming offers coverage of the global open water swimming community and is sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association
Robbie Esson, a lifeguard in training mode covered by the monthly Open Water Swimming Magazine published by WOWSA
Liz Fry, record holder around Manhattan Island and soloist at the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim on the cover of the Open Water Swimming Magazine published by WOWSA
Drury Gallagher at the United Nations, photo by Skip Storch
Catalina Channel Swimming Federation representatives at the United Nations
Support A Swimmer or Sponsor My Swim, a crowd funding platform for open water swimmers of the World Open Water Swimming Association
Drury Gallagher at the United Nations, photo by Skip Storch

noun - WOWSA, pronounced wōw-za, is an acronym for the World Open Water Swimming Association.

WOWSA Mission

To educate, entertain, and enthuse those who venture beyond the shore.

Scope

WOWSA is an organization dedicated to the organization, promotion and recognition of open water swimmers, open water swimming events, open water swimming records, trends, publications, films, podcasts, open water swimming vernacular, and achievements in the marathon swimming, ice swimming, winter swimming, circumnavigation swimming, stage swimming, Olympic 10K Marathon Swim history, extreme swimming, escorting, coaching, kayaking, governing body and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame communities. WOWSA follows swimmers and open water swimming events in oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, dams, reservoirs, canals, channels, lagoons, fjords, estuaries, basins, lochs, coves, meres, firths, sounds, straits, bays and harbors on the seven continents.

WOWSA Establishment & Governance

WOWSA was established in July 2005 by Steven Munatones in order to provide a plethora of information to support the global growth of open water swimming. Its initial focus was an online platform to promote the introduction of the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and was based on the work first established by a now-defunct website, www.10kswimming.com.

Its current board of directors include Antonio Argüelles, an Oceans Seven and Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming member from Mexico City, and Quinn Fitzgerald, a 2019 ice swimming world champion from San Francisco. Its advisors include 7-time professional marathon swimming champion Shelley Taylor-Smith, Olympic swimming coach and race director Chris Morgan, and ocean advocate Bruckner Chase.

WOWSA Properties

WOWSA Online Properties

Guinness World Records

The World Open Water Swimming Association has a partnership with the Guinness World Records (GWR) where WOWSA serves as GWR’s advisor and ratification body regarding open water swimming records and information regarding the sport. WOWSA and GWR support the open water swimming community to verify and celebrate the most significant superlative achievements in this wide-ranging series of open water disciplines.

Open Water Swimming Brands & Terms

WOWSA has promoted the following terms and brands in the open water swimming community:

Daily News of Open Water Swimming

  • The Daily News of Open Water Swimming is written, researched and managed by the World Open Water Swimming Association. It is an online blog that has published 19,739 articles (as of 10 October 2020) and compiled results, records, data and demographic information on the following:

WOWSA Awards

WOWSA Awards

The World Open Water Swimming Association sponsors and organizes the WOWSA Awards that include the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, and the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

Locations

The WOWSA Awards were held in the following locations:

World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Recipients

World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year Recipients

World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Recipients

World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Recipients

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WOWSA Live

WOWSA hosts the WOWSA Live speaker series.

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Open Water Source

King of the Sea in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Start of the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim
Drafting and sighting
Finish at the Midmar Mile

Open Water Source, now called World Open Water Swimming Association or WOWSA is based in Huntington Beach, California, USA and offers a comprehensive, multi-lingual, authoritative online reference and community portal for the global open water swimming community.

WOWSA develops unique content, databases, proprietary informational resources and entertaining mobile apps that educate, motivate and stimulate swimmers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Its staff travels the world participating in, advising for, observing or reporting on open water swims and trends and open water swimmers, both amateur and professional, which enables them to present its content and vision.

WOWSA manages the annual World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year award, World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year award, World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year award, Global Open Water Swimming Conference, Global Open Water Swimming Safety Conference, Lifetime Achievement Awards and the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies

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Open Water Source Partnerships

WOWSA partners with collaborators, enthusiasts, correspondents, coaches, athletes, service providers and race directors on five continents who similarly share a deep passion and thirst for knowledge of the sport. WOWSA has provided advice and support to race directors and open water swimming organizations in Mexico, Canada, Fiji, Cayman Islands, Brazil, Costa Rica, Japan, Greece, South Africa, Serbia, Tunisia and throughout the United States from Hawaii to New York as well as the Special Olympics, U.S. Masters Swimming, USA Swimming, and the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

Open Water Source Products

WOWSA offers the following products, services and content:

References

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