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2014-2015 WOWSS offered 13 races around the world. The 2015-2016 WOWSS has expanded to 15 international races
Nearing the finish at the Jax Sheko Challenge, part of the World Open Water Swimming Series
Open water swimmer swimming in no man's land during The Five, a World Open Water Swimming Series event in Hong Kong. Photo by Mike Pickles
El Cruce start in Cancun to Isla Mujeres in Mexico organized by Rafa Hernández
2014-2015 WOWSS race in Hong Kong at the Jax Coco Shek O Challenge
Henley Mile finish, part of the World Open Water Swimming Series
Singha Chau with The Five race director Doug Woodring at the World Open Water Swimming Series event in Hong Kong
Open water swimmer competing in the Swim Challenge Cascais in Cascais, Portugal
Cruce Aguas Abiertas Golfo Dulce was featured on the front cover of the June issue of Open Water Swimming Magazine with a photo by Tzirú Pérez

noun - The World Open Water Swimming Series (WOWSS) is a global series of open water swimming competitions. FINIS, SwimTrek and Ocean Recovery Alliance present the global open water swimming, a 17-race series spans Africa, North America, South America, Asia and Europe and includes some of the world’s most innovative, enjoyable, beautiful and signature open water swimming competitions.

Locations[edit]

Africa[edit]

South Africa: aQuellé Midmar Mile in Pietermaritzburg in February
Egypt: Stroke for Egypt in the Red Sea in December

Asia[edit]

Hong Kong: Cold Half Extreme Marathon Swim in February
Hong Kong: Jax Coco Shek O Challenge in July
Turkey: Hellespont and Dardanelles Swim in August
Japan: International Masters Open Water Swim in Shizuoka in September
Hong Kong: The Five in October

Americas[edit]

U.S.A.: Miami Mile in Miami, Florida in April
Mexico: El Cruce in Cancún in May
U.S.A.: Waikiki Roughwater Swim in Oahu, Hawaii in September
Costa Rica: Cruce Aguas Abiertas Golfo Dulce in September
Brazil: King and Queen of the Sea on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro in December
U.S.A.: Mighty Mac Swim in September

Europe[edit]

Portugal: Swim Challenge Cascais in Cascais in June
United Kingdom: Henley Mile in Henley-on-the-Thames in July
Ireland: Vibes & Scribes Lee Swim in Cork, Ireland in July. Race director Joe Donnelly
Turkey: Hellespont and Dardanelles Swim across the Dardanelles in August
Poland: BCT Gdynia Marathon – Open Race in Gdynia in August
Italy: Swim The Island in Bergeggi in October

2015-2016 World Open Water Swimming Leadership[edit]

1. Cold Half Extreme Marathon Swim in Hong Kong in February. Race director Doug Woodring
2. aQuellé Midmar Mile in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa in February. Race director Wayne Riddin
3. Miami Mile in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. in April. Race director Jonathan Strauss
4. El Cruce in Cancún, Mexico in May. Race director Rafael Hernández
5. Swim Challenge Cascais in Cascais, Portugal in June. Race director Jorge Paulo Pereira
6. Jax Coco Shek O Challenge in Hong Kong in July. Race director Doug Woodring
7. Henley Mile in Henley-on-the-Thames, United Kingdom in July. Race director Tom Kean
8. Vibes & Scribes Lee Swim in Cork, Ireland in July. Race director Joe Donnelly
9. Hellespont and Dardanelles Swim across the Dardanelles, Turkey in August. Race director Simon Murie
10. BCT Gdynia Marathon – Open Race in Gdynia, Poland in August. Race director Tomasz Pąchalski
11. Waikiki Roughwater Swim in Oahu, Hawaii in September. Race director Kaia Hedlund
12. International Masters Open Water Swim in Shizuoka, Japan in September. Race director Yutaka Shinozaki
13. Cruce Aguas Abiertas Golfo Dulce in Costa Rica in September. Race director Joe Bernini
14. Swim The Island in Bergeggi, Italy in October. Race director Matteo Testa
15. The Five in Hong Kong in October. Race director Doug Woodring
16. King and Queen of the Sea on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in December. Race director Pedro Rego Monteiro
17. Stroke for Egypt in the Red Sea, Egypt in December. Race coordinators Khaled Shalaby and Sherwitte Hafez

2014-2015 World Open Water Swimming Series Events[edit]

1. aQuellé Midmar Mile in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa in February. Race director Wayne Riddin
2. Swim Miami 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 across the Dardanelles 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 Bergeggi, 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 on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in December. Race director Pedro Rego Monteiro
13. Stroke for Egypt in the Red Sea, Egypt in December. Race coordinators Khaled Shalaby and Sherwitte Hafez

Purpose[edit]

The World Open Water Swimming Series offers a global network of races that attract swimmers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds from Olympians and professional marathon swimmers to disabled athletes and people who just started the sport. The World Open Water Swimming Series offers a global ranking system for people of every age group and encourages both race organisations and athletes to be responsible global stewards of the world’s open bodies of water.

Patrons[edit]

FINIS, SwimTrek, Ocean Recovery Alliance

Contacts[edit]

Objectives[edit]

  • Organize a world-class series of international open water swimming competitions
  • Encourage participation in the open water swimming races for people of all ages and abilities
  • Establish a global ranking system for swimmers of all ages, abilities and background
  • Share the proceeds of the series corporate sponsorship among the events

Video of King and Queen of the Sea[edit]

Video of Midmar Mile[edit]

Ranking System[edit]

  • The global ranking system shall be maintained for the following age-group divisions: Under 10 years, 11-12 years, 13-14 years, 15-16 years, 17-18 years, 19-24 years, 25-29 years, 30-34 years, 35-39 years, 40-44 years, 45-49 years, 50-54 years, 55-59 years, 60-64 years, 65-69 years, 70-74 years, 75-79 years, 80-84 years, 85-89 years, 90-94 years, 95-99 years, 100+ years
  • A global ranking system shall be maintained based on 3 parameters: (race record) + (participation in each race) + (category finish position)
  • The ranking system shall be calculated based on the points:
    • 250 points shall be given for a new race record (male or female)
    • 25 points shall be given for participation in each race in your own country
    • 100 points shall be given for participation in each race outside your own country
      • Position Category Finish
      • 1st 100 points
      • 2nd 90 points
      • 3rd 80 points
      • 4th 70 points
      • 5th 60 points
      • 6th 50 points
      • 7th 40 points
      • 8th 30 points
      • 9th 20 points
      • 10th 10 points

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