From OpenwaterpediaaQuellé Midmar Mile in South Africa, the world's largest competitive open water swim that attracts nearly 20,000 swimmers of all ages and abilities every year to the Midmar Damin Kwazulu Natal. He was nominated for the 2012 and 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year awards and is one of the race directors on the 2014-2015 World Open Water Swimming Series.
A former winner of the aQuellé Midmar Mile himself, Ridden has led the operations to a level unprecedented in the open water swimming world.
Its operations are among the most professional in the sport and its budget is the largest in the world.
He also serves on the board of directors of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame where he is the Africa Co-Vice President. He was recognized and will spoke at the 2012 2012 Global Open Water Swimming Conference and the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremony on the RMS Queen Mary on 22 September 2012 in Long Beach, California.
2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nomination
Riddin was nominated for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year award. His nomination read:
Imagine 18,000 open water swimmers gathering in one location to compete in a variety of amateur, charity, disabled and elite competitions, in a country where there are only 6,000 competitive swimmers. This is the environment that Wayne Riddin and his team have created in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. The Midmar Mile is the world’s most exciting open water swimming series of events. From timing systems and buoy placement, from online social media interaction to celebrities, from Special Olympics to professional athletes, the Midmar Mile has it all. Its 12 seeding events, its hot spots, its Facebook strategy, its royalty, its aerial coverage, its biathlons, its family teams, its car give-away: there is so much Riddin has created to develop the most extravagant, innovative, comprehensive open water swimming event in the world. For his innovation and aquapreneurial drive, for his commitment to give back to the sport of swimming, for his leadership to create a wholesome community of open water swimmers, Wayne Riddin is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.
2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nomination
Riddin was nominated for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year award. His nomination read:
He constantly re-invests in the sport of swimming; he envisions a bright future in the sport and then creates an environment to make it a reality. He attracts 18,000 swimmers in a variety of amateur, charity, disabled and elite competitions in South Africa where there are only 6,000 competitive pool swimmers. The race director for the Midmar Mile does so much for the sport in his native South Africa. From timing systems to celebrities, from seeding events to hot spots, from aerial coverage to car give-aways, Riddin has set the highest standards in the sport. For his visionary innovation and aquapreneurial drive, for his constant commitment to give back to the sport of swimming, for his leadership in creating the most extravagant, wholesome open water swimming event, Wayne Riddin is a worthy nominee for the 2013 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.
2014 World Open Water Swimming Series Events
1. aQuellé Midmar Mile in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa in February. Race director Wayne Riddin
2. Miami Mile in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. in April. Race director Jonathan Strauss
3. El Cruce in Cancún, Mexico in May. Race director Rafael Hernández
4. Jax Coco Shek O Challenge in Hong Kong in July. Race director Doug Woodring
5. Henley Mile in Henley-on-the-Thames, United Kingdom in July. Race director Tom Kean
6. Hellespont and Dardanelles Swim in Turkey in August. Race director Simon Murie
7. Aichi Crossing in Nagoya, Japan in August. Race director Yutaka Shinozaki
8. BCT Gdynia Marathon – Open Race in Gdynia, Poland in August. Race director Tomasz Pąchalski
9. Waikiki Roughwater Swim in Oahu, Hawaii in September. Race director Kaia Hedlund
10. Swim The Island in Italy in October. Race director Matteo Testa
11. The Five in Hong Kong in October. Race director Doug Woodring
12. King and Queen of the Sea in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in December. Race director Pedro Rego Monteiro
13. Stroke for Egypt in the Red Sea, Egypt in December. Race coordinator Mohamed Marouf
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