World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year

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Juan Ignacio Martínez Fernández-Villamil (aka Moreno), the heart and soul of the Descenso a Nado de la Ría de Navia and the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year recipient
Nejib Belhedi's 1400K Swim Across Tunisia, 2011 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year recipient
Ventura Deep Six, 2010 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year recipient
Andrew Smilley, 2009 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year recipient with coach and parents
noun - The World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year is an annual award that is meant to honor the efforts and swims that (1) best embody the spirit of open water swimming, (2) are representative of the sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance that open water swimmers are known for, and (3) have demonstrated the most impressive open water swimming performance of the year.

The World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year is awarded together with the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year and the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year as part of the WOWSA Awards presented by World Open Water Swimming Association.

The 2010 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year and World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year were presented at the United Nations in New York, and on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California in 2011.

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Voting

The WOWSA Award for the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year is given at the annual Global Open Water Swimming Conference and voted online upon by tens of thousands of swimmers and fans in a public poll.

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Recipients

2013 World Open Water Swimming Performances of the Year Nominees

1. BCT Gdynia Marathon, Prizing the Pros (Poland)
2. Bering Strait Swim, Crossing from Asia to America (International)
3. Emily Brunemann, World Cup Winner (U.S.A.)
4. Héctor Ramírez Ballesteros, Battling Butterfly From Spain to Gibraltar (Spain)
5. Ka'iwi Channel Swim, Making the Most of Molokai (Hawaii)
6. Mateusz Sawrymowicz, The Polish Tiburon (Poland)
7. Melissa Cunningham, Every Stroke Counts (Australia)
8. Mohamed Marouf, Energizing Egypt (Egypt)
9. Ned Denison, 9 Swims Around The World (Ireland)
10. Night Train Swimmers, California Coastal Cruising (U.S.A.)
11. Richard Weinberger, Chasing Gold (Canada)
12. Swim4Good, Strait of Gibraltar Charity Crossing (Mexico/U.S.A.)
13. Sylvain Estadieu, Flying Frenchman (France)
14. Wendy Trehiou, Two-way Toughness (Jersey)
15. Women’s 10K World Championship, Pack Finishing Fast (International)

2012 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nominees

1. Alina Warren (Scotland), Swimming Great Glen Way
2. Brenton Williams (South Africa), Deep Blue Flying
3. Dan Projansky (USA), Flying Down The Red River
4. Dutch Ladies First (Netherlands), English Channel Relay Record
5. Frank Flowers (Cayman Islands), Blossoming In The Cayman Islands
6. Haley Anderson (USA), Silver Lining At the Olympics
7. James Pittar (Australia), Shelley Beach Swim
8. Juan Ignacio Martínez Fernández-Villamil (Spain), The Heart of Navia
9. Lexie Kelly (USA), Open Water Swimming Archivist
10. Night Train Swimmers (USA/New Zealand), SF to SB Relay
11. Penny Palfrey (Australia), Marathon Adventurer
12. Philippe Croizon (France), Bering Strait Crossing
13. Saint Martin Island Long Distance Channel Swimming in Bangladesh
14. Stephen Redmond (Ireland), Tsugaru Channel Crossing
15. Trent Grimsey (Australia), English Channel Record

2011 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nominees

1. 1400K Swim Across Tunisia (Tunisia) – Swimmer of Peace and Bridge Builder
2. Colleen Blair (Scotland) – Swimming Across the Graveyard of Ships
3. Bridging The Cayman Islands (Cayman Islands) – Captivating Channel Challenge
4. Farallon Islands Swimming Association (USA) – Enabling a Renaissance In San Francisco
5. Julie Galloway (Ireland) – Record-setting Marathon Swimmer
6. Ray Gandy (USA) – Two Days in the Bay
7. Japan to Taiwan Ocean Swim Challenge (Japan – Taiwan) – Bridge Across Troubled Waters
8. Swann Oberson (Switzerland) – Switzerland’s First World Champion
9. Patagonia Extreme Cold Water Challenge (Chile and Argentina) – Adventure at the Tip of South America
10. Progetto Adriatico (Italy to Albania) – Learning To Be Free
11. Rebekah Boscariol (Canada) – Swimming for SickKids
12. The Swim (United Kingdom) – Charity Relay Across the Irish Sea
13. Selina Moreno Pasagali (Spain) – Marathon Swimming Cancer Survivor
14. Special Olympics World Summer Games (Greece) – A Special Global Catalyst of Good
15. A Swim For The Coastlines – Un Nado Por Las Costas (Dominican Republic) – Coastal Cleanup Crowds
16. Windermere 12-way Warriors (Great Britain and Malta) – Dozen Times Better

2010 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nominees

1. Alex Meyer (USA), World 25K Champion
2. Chloe McCardel (Australia), Two-Way Channel Swimmer
3. Damme-Brugge Race Organizers (Belgium), 100th Year Anniversary
4. Finy Fichera (Italy), Sicilian Channel Master
5. Ian van der Hulst (Netherlands), Record-Setter
6. Jamie Patrick (USA), Endurance Athlete
7. John Van Wisse (Australia), Two-Way Channel Swimmer
8. Lewis Pugh (Great Britain), Environmentalist and Pioneer Swimmer
9. Marcellus Wiley (USA), Swimming Advocate
10. Marcelo Collet (Brazil), Paralympic Channel Swimmer
11. Mexican American Unity Swim (Mexico/USA), World Record Lake Relay
12. Miguel Vadillo (Mexico), LOST Swimmer
13. Penny Palfrey (Australia), Aquatic Adventurer
14. Philippe Croizon (France), Amputee Channel Swimmer
15. Rachel Golub, Patricia Sener, Cristian Vergara (USA / Chile), Cold-Water Swimmers
16. Rob Dumouchel (USA), Open Water Documentarist
17. Spyridon Gianniotis, Antonios Fokaidis and Kalliopi Araouzou (Greece), European Victors
18. Stephen Redmond (Ireland), North Channel Swimmer
19. Swim 22 (USA), Four-Way Channel Swimmers
20. Ventura Deep Six Relay (USA), Non-Stop Ocean World Record Holders
21. Vojislav Mijic (Serbia), Extraordinary Promoter and Organizer

2009 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nominees

1. 120 km Lake Taupo triple-crossing in New Zealand (Julie Bradshaw, Lucy Roper, Michelle Macy, Barbara Pellick, Penny Palfrey, Heather Osborn + Steve Junk, Chris Palfrey, Stephen Spence, Dougal Hunt, Mark Cockroft)
2. Ram Barkai and Andrew Chin’s 2.2 km winter swim in Lake Zurich
3. Riaan Schoeman’s one-second victory over Chad Ho in South Africa’s Midmar Mile
4. Penny Palfrey’s 14 hour 51 minute 70K (43-mile) Alenuihaha Channel crossing from the Big Island of Hawaii to Maui
5. Melissa Gorman’s 5 km victory at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Italy
6. Angela Maurer’s 25 km victory at the FINA World Swimming Championships
7. Tasmin Powell’s 11 hour 34 minute 70 km Round Jersey circumnavigation
8. Chantelle Le Guilcher’s 10 hour 37 minute 70 km Round Jersey circumnavigation
9. Keri-Anne Payne's 10 km victory at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Italy
10. Thomas Lurz’s double victory in the 5 km and 10 km races at the FINA World Swimming Championships
11. Petar Stoychev’s 6 hour 58 minute victory in the 32 km Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean
12. Valerio Cleri’s 25 km victory at the FINA World Swimming Championships
13. Rostislav Vitek’s crossing of the English Channel in 7 hours 16 minutes
14. Jade Scognamillo’s 19 hour 59 minute 52 km crossing of Canada’s Lake Ontario
15. Kane Radford’s victory in the US$10,000 RCP Tiburon Mile in San Francisco Bay
16. Liz Fry’s 11 hour 41 minute reverse 48 km circumnavigation of Manhattan Island 17 hours 48 minutes
17. Liane Llewellyn’s 27 hour 35 minute double-crossing of the English Channel
18. Lisa Cummins’ 35 hour 31 minute double-crossing of the English Channel
19. Karen Rogers’ 10 hour 50 minute 21.5-mile crossing of Lake Tahoe in California
20. Patti Bauernfeind’s 10 hour 38 minute 21.5-mile crossing of Lake Tahoe in California
21. Julian Crabtree’s 44-mile stage swim during the 4-part Great Swim

Videos

2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year

The film by Ariel Calderon show the 6-day Bering Strait Swim.

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