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Generation Homes La Grande Swim – 2021 Event Report

There was a silver lining to the Covid cloud this weekend at Generation Homes La Grande Swim in Akoroa – thanks to Christchurch City Council, our plans were approved quick-smart and the Aucklanders travelling from Alert Level 2 were allowed to race in a special start wave of their own.  Feeling safe and secure with […]

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A Swimmer’s Story – Jono Ridler

One always assumes our top athletes have been participating in their chosen sport their entire lives, and we simply could not imagine aiming for and achieving such lofty goals. But imagine yourself in Jono Ridler’s shoes – A soccer player all his life, a snowboarding accident ended badly with a shoulder injury, putting all sport […]

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Generation Homes Legend of the Lake – 2021 Event Report

Cold wintery conditions greeted our swimmers at the stunning Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) for The Generation Homes Legend of the Lake on Saturday.  But the cold southerly wind did not deter as nearly 1600 happy faces took to the warm water, with many embracing the electric atmosphere by taking on 2 or more events, some […]

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Interislander Bean Rock Swim – 2021 Event Report

INTERISLANDER BEAN ROCK SWIM –  COMMONWEALTH GAMES SWIMMER DOMINATES 3.2KM  It was a calm, serene, and simply stunning morning at Auckland’s Mission Bay this morning.  We welcomed nearly 1000 swimmers onto the beach, all excited to take a closer look at the iconic Bean Rock Lighthouse.   Built in 1870, it is the only wooden cottage-style […]

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Harcourts Cooper & Co -Swim the Shore. Ben & Marilize Visser

Ben & Marilize are a husband and wife duo who have signed up to tackle all 7 events in The Series this Season! While Ben is an old hand at open water swimming, Marilize is a newcomer having started training in October 2020. Hear what they have to say before and after the Harcourts Cooper […]

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Harcourts Cooper & Co Swim the Shore – 2020 Event Report

HARCOURTS COOPER & CO SWIM THE SHORE – FOSSIE TAKES OVERALL WIN, AGAIN! The Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series officially launched the 2021 Series with a fantastic turn out of old hands and newcomers alike – gladly putting the trials we all endured this year firmly to bed. What a day! The sun […]

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Cold water training

Your comfort zone is a lovely, relaxing place to hang out (hence the name) but not much growth tends to happen there. Sometimes the key to success lies in the very thing you’re trying to avoid. By mastering the ability to train your mind to go the extra distance – even to withstand very cold […]

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How to become a better swimmer when you can’t go swimming

Brave souls are taking to the chilly ocean as swimming resumes around the country, but if your local pool is not yet open, don’t worry, we have found some fantastic tips from leading UK swimmer, coach and instructor Salim Ahmed. Salim’s advice is formulated around four key elements – endurance, core strength, flexibility & mobility […]

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Unlocking the secret to ‘better you’ with swimming

As the speedometer of life continues to roar ahead, the yearning for an ‘escape hatch’ to whisk us away from the pressures of Boardroom and home life becomes even more important for our mental, emotional and intellectual health. Stress can impact your health, happiness, and mood, with serious side effects, like high blood pressure, heart […]

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Tips for exiting your swim through surf

An ocean swim that finishes in the surf can provide you with a great opportunity to get ahead of your competitors and save some energy if you know the best ways to use it to your advantage. The tips below will help you learn that surf can be your friend when it comes to getting […]

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