Who are the stars of this sport? What does it take to swim 10 kilometers at a pace close to 1 minute per 100 yards? Where do they train? Why do they do this? How long does it take? And, very importantly, how can you get involved?
Learn the answers to these questions at REI’s free Open Water Swimming Presentation in its Huntington Beach store on June 13th at 7:00 pm (Huntington Beach REI, 7777 Edinger Ave. Huntington Beach , CA 92647; tel: 714.379.1938. Lcated in the Bella Terra shopping mall off the 405 Freeway).
Steven Munatones, an inductee in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and USA Swimming National Team open water coach, will explain the sport and show photographs and video clips from elite open water races around the world. His explanation of the Olympic open water course and races from 1-milers in Australia to 88-kilometer races through the jungles of South Africa will stimulate and intrigue listeners of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
The talk will also include a special Olympic swimming preview of the expected battle between the two American stars – both from Southern California – and the rest of the world’s best.The 90-minute presentation is free and will cover the following topics:
What is Open Water Swimming?
Great Open Water Swims in History
Modern-day Open Water Swimming
Open Water Swimming Tactics Strategies
How Do You Get Involved?
The Beijing Olympics
Go to Steve's open water blog for more open water insight: [Link]