It may be hard for some in the northern hemisphere to imagine, but it’s time to hit the open ocean down in Australia and New Zealand with several open water events on the calendar. This weekend there’s a few good events in New South Whales including the 14th Island Challenge at Coogee Beach in Sydney. In 2012 there were over 1,400 swimmers taking part in this event’s three swims: the 2.4 km around Wedding Cake Island, a 1 km swim and and 800 meter swim for kids. This year the event will feature Australian open water great Chloe McCardel who’s record some of the fastest swims in the English Channel and made an attempt at the Cuba to Florida swim earlier this year. A good resource for Australian ocean swims can be found here.
Over in New Zealand there’s also a lot of great ocean swimming going on. Last weekend in the State Ocean Swim Series kick off in Auckland Kane Radford took the title in the harbor crossing swim. The Ocean Swim Series has 6 stops throughout New Zealand.
If you have an opportunity to go and swim down in Australia and New Zealand take it. The Aussies and the Kiwis have a unique passion for the ocean and for swimming. Add on to that amazing beaches, super fun events and some of the most accommodating hosts in the world and you’ll for sure have an experience of a lifetime.