Evan Morrison is an open water swimmer, administrator, and observer from San Francisco, California. He is co-founder of the Marathon Swimmers Federation (MSF), president of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association, and a selector for the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.
Evan's solo marathon swims and races include the Catalina Channel, Santa Barbara Channel, Maui Channel, Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, Tampa Bay Marathon Swim, and the Ederle Swim. He was the first person to swim San Francisco's Round-Trip Angel Island in the winter. His swim from Santa Cruz Island to the California mainland was featured in the documentary film DRIVEN.
He observed and documented several notable marathon swims, including Sarah Thomas's world-record 168 km Lake Champlain swim, Farallon Island crossings by Craig Lenning and Joe Locke, Dave Van Mouwerik's pioneering swim of Estero Bay, California, the first winter Santa Barbara Channel crossing by Caroline Block, and Round-Trip Angel Island swims by Cathy Delneo, Dave Van Mouwerik, Angel More, Sarah Thomas, and Robin Rose.
Evan is a member of the MSF Core Group overseeing standards and policies for Marathon Swimmers Federation projects, along with David Barra, Caroline Block PhD, Elaine Kornbau Howley, Andrew Malinak, Anthony McCarley, Emma Radford, and Sarah Thomas.
For more information, see his webpage.
- 1 Honors
- 1.1 MSF Navigator Award
- 1.2 WOWSA Award nominations
- 1.2.1 2012: "Offering of the Year" for the Marathon Swimmers Forum
- 1.2.2 2013: "Offering of the Year" for DRIVEN - the Marathon Swimming Documentary
- 1.2.3 2013: "Offering of the Year" for Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association
- 1.2.4 2014: "Offering of the Year" for MSF Documented Swims
- 1.2.5 2015: "Offering of the Year" for MSF SwimTrack (track.rs)
- 1.2.6 2017: "Offering of the Year" for LongSwimsDB (LongSwimsDB)
- 1.2.7 2020: "Man of the Year"
- 2 External Links
- 3 Daily News of Open Water Swimming articles
He received the inaugural 2018 MSF Navigator Award for leading the Marathon Swimmers Federation and the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association, and developing the Marathon Swimmers Forum (as a co-founder), the MSF Rules of Marathon Swimming (as a co-author), MSF Documented Swims, track.rs, and LongSwimsDB.
WOWSA Award nominations
2012: "Offering of the Year" for the Marathon Swimmers Forum
The Marathon Swimmers Forum is an online platform that provides an opportunity for marathon swimmers to express their opinions, offer advice, seek education and give encouragement to other like-minded athletes. Its mission is focused and its members are intensely passionate individuals whose common thread is a passion for swimming without wetsuits, without assistance, and without limitations. The well-designed Marathon Swimmers Forum raises issues and asks questions that are expertly moderated by channel swimmers Evan Morrison and Donal Buckley. Humorous, insightful and thought-provoking, the Forum is populated by hundreds of accomplished channel swimmers and experienced marathon swimmers from around the world of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. It is a selfless effort to bring awareness and promote the marathon swimming community and provide support to those who embrace a challenging lifestyle. For their sense of community, for their standards of excellence, for their joy in promoting marathon swimming, the Marathon Swimmers Forum is a worthy nominee for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.
2013: "Offering of the Year" for DRIVEN - the Marathon Swimming Documentary
They bankrolled it; they starred in it; they live it. Driven is the documentary film that all marathon swimmers have been waiting for. Nothing captures their imagination more than the purity of swimming in the ocean against the elements. They relish the cold; they welcome the rough; they love the distance. These swimmers are absolutely Driven. Ben Pitterle and Brian Hall spent months filming, interviewing, and observing the lives of 3 marathon swimmers: Evan Morrison, Cherie Edborg, and Fiona Goh. The result is an in-depth, inside, intense view of the world few know, and even fewer live. For the imagery and accuracy of the film, for the effort and funding provided by marathon swimmers themselves, for the drama and inspiration that marathon swimmers create, Driven the documentary film is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.
2013: "Offering of the Year" for Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association
Frequently visible from the mainland, the 8 Channel Islands of California are increasing looming large in the mindset of channel swimmers. Channel swim courses between the mainland and among the islands present possibilities that are capturing the attention of the open water community. While decades younger than other channel governing bodies, the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association is pushing the envelope of what and how channel swimming governance can be. In 2013, its board of directors has instituted a new rules and standards including the elimination of drafting off escort boats, the use of swim caps, and the discarding of disposable cups. For its far-forward vision of a responsible future of the sport, for its growing reach among the channel community, and for its passionate group of volunteers, the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.
2014: "Offering of the Year" for MSF Documented Swims
The open water swimming community is rapidly shifting from paper and pen to laptops and the cloud. The embodiment of this shift is the comprehensively compiled digital Observer Report created by Evan Morrison for the Marathon Swimmers Federation. Version 1.0 documented Craig Lenning’s epic swim from the Farallon Islands to the California mainland and was evident of this tectonic informational shift in the sport. Morrison’s Report included myriad pertinent data while utilizing handheld devices, the cloud, mapping services, and online information that dramatically changes the landscape of reporting open water swims. For his creative use of low cost, relatively easy-to-use technology, for his able demonstration of presenting digital documentation and incorporating videos, photos and GPS tracking into a historical archiving of information, for setting the standard and showing the aquatic community how it can be done, the minutiae-filled Morrison Report by Evan Morrison for the Marathon Swimmers Federation is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.
SwimTrack (now called track.rs) is a powerful, easy-to-use and simple-to-understand app that enables people all over the world to following currently-ongoing marathon swims through a web browser in near real-time. SwimTrack brings the global community literally and figuratively closer to marathon and channel swimmers who are plying the waves around the globe. SwimTrack provides significantly better mapping, comprehensive track analytics, and a much more visually dynamic user experience compared to typical GPS trackers. SwimTrack was developed by Evan Morrison and is offered by the Marathon Swimmers Federation. The free app can be embedded for/by swimmers and organizations that wish to use SwimTrack on their own websites. For tying the global open water swimming community closer together, for utilizing various technologies under one interface, and for bringing more excitement and accurate information about swimmers beyond the shoreline without a fee, SwimTrack is a worthy nominee for the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.
2017: "Offering of the Year" for LongSwimsDB (LongSwimsDB)
LongSwimsDB is a powerful, informational, searchable, constantly updated database of marathon and channel swims around the world. Developed by Evan Morrison, verified swims from more than 30,000 swims by over 12,200 swimmers from 115 countries and 158 established marathon course are publicly posted on the Marathon Swimmers Federation. Simple to use, easy to search, the database of individual swimmer profiles and event results is rapidly growing with the help of volunteers and automated data import programs. LongSwimsDB is an authoritative service that ties the global open water swimming community closer together, both across continents and generations. For documenting swims in an authoritative, historical manner, for providing interesting lists of swimmers and their achievements through an elegant computer database searchable on smartphones and laptops, and for its thoroughly simple ease of use, LongSwimsDB is a worthy nominee for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.
2020: "Man of the Year"
As one of the co-founders of the Marathon Swimmers Federation, Evan has promoted transparency and carefully peer-reviewed documentation of marathon swims. For maintaining and constantly fine-tuning the LongSwims Database, and for being a globally acknowledged authoritative voice in the marathon swimming community, Evan Morrison of the USA is a worthy nominee for the 2020 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.
- Marathon Swimmers Federation
- Swimmers Forum
- Rules of Marathon Swimming
- "Farther, Colder, Rougher": Adventures in Marathon Swimming
- Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association
- MSF Tracks
Daily News of Open Water Swimming articles
- Are You Tough? Really Really Tough? Check Out History's Tough Swimming Workouts
- Shannon House Keegan Talks Marathon Swimming Stories
- 2020 WOWSA Awards – World Open Water Swimming Man Of The Year Nominees
- Reviews For RIO
- Poseidon With Swimmers
- Core Strength Is Key In Marathon Swimming
- Binge Watching Swimming Over The Last Century
- Movie Night Before The La Jolla Cove Swim
- The New Stillwater 8
- The Perfect Open Water Man
- The Perfect Open Water Woman
- Awe, Admiration: The Awesomeness Of Sarah Thomas
- Evan Morrison Wins 24-mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim
- Evan Morrison Sets Record At Ederle Swim
- Evan Morrison, Swimming Before He Walks
- Evan Morrison Swims From A Dark Place To Hollywood
- Marathon Swimmers Forum Nominated for WOWSA 2012 Offering of the Year Nominations
- Marathon Swimmers Forum, Offering Of The Year Nominee
- Are You DRIVEN?
- 10 Days To Be DRIVEN
- 10 Top Young Open Water Swimmers Of The 21st Century
- Marathon Swimming Rules Survey: The Shark Diver Controversy In Ocean Swimming
- Marathon Swimming Rules Survey: Protection Against Stingers Splits Down The Middle
- Marathon Swimming Rules Survey: To Bubble Or Not To Bubble – That Is The Question
- Marathon Swimming Rules Survey: Standardization vs. Localization In Open Water Swimming
- Marathon Swimming Rules Survey: Marathon Swimming Is A Global Phenomenon
- Greatest Feeling In The World Outside Your Comfort Zone
- Rules And Regulations Across The Seven Seas
- Environmental Friendliness In The Open Water Community
- Jim McConica Sets The Standard From Santa Cruz
- Driven – The Marathon Swimming Documentary To Premier
- Driven Over Long Distances
- Dreamers are Driven
- DRIVEN: Catching The Essence Of Marathon Swimming
- Pleasure, Pain, Passion And Purpose Of Marathon Swimming
- MSF Rules Of Marathon Swimming Announced
- Driven To The Santa Barbara International Film Festival
- Time Will Tell How Changes Impact Open Water Rules
- Wristwatches Are A No, But GPS Is A Yes
- From California To Cork, These Swimmers Are DRIVEN
- High Fives All Around for DRIVEN
- Marathon Swimmers Federation To Test Stinger Suits
- Big Day Out On The Ocean (Pacific Division)
- 4.4 nm To Go For Craig Lenning
- So Far, So Good For Craig Lenning
- Craig Lenning's 15 Hours 47 Minutes Ends 47-Year Hiatus
- Evans, Erikson And Lenning - Three With The Right Stuff
- Bits And Pieces From The Farallon Islands History
- The Evolutionary Digitalization Of Open Water Swimming
- Veljko Rogošić's Moje Najteže Milje - His Hardest Mile
- Joseph Locke In His Own Words Across The Farallones
- Whose Record Will Chloë McCardel Break?
- 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nominees
- New Convenience Online Offered In Santa Barbara
- MSF's Dynamic Data Download
- Towering Waves Call It A Night
- SwimTrack Is Better Than A GPS Tracker
- 2015 World Open Water Swimming Offering Of The Year Nominees
- Driven Featured In Montana
- Old And Cold Relay On Track Between Catalina-Santa Barbara
- Way Way Out, All The Way Around, And Back In 30 Hours
- Expect The Unexpected In The High Seas
- Tracking Swimmers Across Your Screen
- A Long Swim Ends Short Of Shore
- Berkay's Butterfly Brings Benefits
- Triple Crossing Of Catalina Channel Aborted
- Now Scott Wolford In A Summer Of World Record Attempts
- Scott Wolford Will Be Back Again In Lake Michigan
- Open Water Swimming, This Sport Is Truly A Unique One
- Sarah Thomas On Swimming 56+ Hours In Lake Powell
- 10-4 For A 10K At 10°C
- History's First Current-Neutral 100-Mile Swim
- Swimming Through The Night With Vampires
- Dramatic Data On Sarah Thomas' Century Swim
- Sarah Thomas' Beamonesque Century Swim
- Simonelli Succeeds In Santa Barbara
- Sarah Thomas Honored By The Hall Of Fame
- Swimmers Honored By Santa Barbara Channel Swimming
- 2017 Marathon Swimmers Federation Award Nominees
- Marathon Swimmers Federation 2017 Awards
- Looking Up Swimmers Around The World
- Swimming And Supporting Santa Barbara Channel Crossings
- Unique Awards In The Open Water Swimming World, Part 6
- More To Come: The Next Generation Across Channels
- Ben Lecomte To Speak From The Middle Of The Pacific
- WOWSA Winners Possess Sense Of Adventure
- These People Will Entertain, Inspire You With Their Answers
- Skolnick On Swimming At The Olympic Club
- Ken Mignosa Goes Long, Real Long In The Channel Islands
- Mosaic Of Marathoners
- Celebrating Swimmers Of The Santa Barbara Channel
- The New York Doctor Becomes A California Queen