Rowdy Gaines and Lenny Krayzelburg will Announce Open Water Festival

by SwimSwam 2

August 30th, 2016 News, Open Water, Press Releases

South Padre Island TX (Aug 29, 2016) – Open Water Planet, open water production company and the South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, have confirmed that Gold Medalists Rowdy Gaines and Lenny Krayzelburg will be on hand announcing the race to be held the Laguna Madre Bay of South Padre Nov. 5-6, 2016.

“Hosting an event like this in South Padre Island is such a great opportunity to promote open water swimming and competitive swimming to a community that is very supportive of our sport” said NBC Olympic Commentator Rowdy Gaines. “This is a city completely surrounded by water. Swimming, and water based sports in general, are a way of life for everyone in this area. We are excited to bring a unique event like this to an area like South Padre.

The South Padre Island Open Water Festival will feature a children’s 500yd sprint, a one- mile race, a 5 kilometer race, and an adaptive category for our wounded, ill, or injured service members. Open Water Planet will also be hosting a special screening of the Olympic movie The Last Gold and multiple other events, including a day at our host hotel Schlitterbahn’s Waterpark hosted by Rowdy Gaines, scattered throughout the weekend for the participants.

“There will be a full weekend of activities, a race course that fosters fun and participation from the youngest swimmers to the most experienced veterans, all in a festival style atmosphere complete with vendors, entertainment and music.   This event will be a great celebration of the sport of swimming and all the South Padre Island area has to offer. “said Lenny Krayzelburg, four time Olympic gold medalist. “This is truly an event for all swimmers whether you’re 9 or 89.”

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About Open Water Planet

Open Water Planet is a division of the Triton Collective, a world leader in aquatic marketing, consulting, event management and travel services. Open Water Planet is an event management and lifestyle-specific brand, dedicated to supporting the open water swimming and open water sports community. Open Water Planet operates under the mantra of “Open Water. Open Mind. Open Planet.” This encompasses the OWP belief that there are no barriers to those that are willing to open their minds and make the journey into the unknown.

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4 years ago

Great opportunity for Lenny (or someone) to oust Rawdy. Time to put his high pitched screeches out of misery.

4 years ago

It would be fun to have a roughwater 10k out in the gulf