Category Archives: Swimming

Sheko Challenge 2016 – Results

Results for the 12th annual Sheko Challenge can be found here. Fast group of ocean swimmers out there!!

http://www.racetecresults.com/Results.aspx?CId=16387&RId=6069

Don’t forget to tag your photos with ‪#‎shekochallenge‬ to enter the contest. The most liked photo will receive a $400 APA outdoor shop coupon!

See you in the water for the 10th annual Clean Half Swim on Oct 8th and the new Repulse Bay Triple on Oct 22th!

Sheko Challenge – Facebook #Shekochallenge contest!

Want to win a special prize? Join our #ShekoChallenge contest now!

Step 1: Like Sheko Challenge facebook fan page

Step 2: Upload a photo/video showing off your best moments with Sheko Challenge, it can be a photo/video of your training progress, passing the finish line, or anything that you think is a wonderful capture! Add #ShekoChallenge and a creative caption.

Step 3: Tag yourself and your friends, share your post, and vote for your faves! You can submit multiple entries provided that the photos are not similar.

Deadline: 16th July 2016

The most liked post will be awarded! Good luck!

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Cold Half 2016 – Results

Thanks to all of the Cold Half Extreme Marathon Swimmers for a great, and record-breaking day on Saturday, with the ocean giving us a big thank-you with the weather for helping to take care of it.

Many thanks to Lifeproof, Siagle, The Eclipse Group, AVRA, and  High 5 for sponsoring the prizes, and Ocean Recovery Alliance to organizing the event with AVRA.  Special thanks to our support paddlers: John, Chris, Nick, Ray, Flo, Freddie and Jerry. And a huge thanks to our volunteers: Kat, Polina, Jacob, Edith, Coach Moi and Andy.

Congratulations to Singha Chau, whose 3:04:31 set a new course record for the Men’s Solo Wetsuited and Buoyant, and the entire field.  Also, a new record of 4:47:40 was set by Edie Hu, the first woman ever completed the Cold Half Solo, and also without a wetsuit.  Attila Manyoki took the Men’s Solo Naturally Ocean 1st place with 4:26:03.

Sam Thorley & Ethan McGrath swam an impressive 3:08:31, winning the Men’s Relay 30/30 Wetsuited record by nearly 30mins.  Nicole Evanz & Owen Henderson came first and with a new record for Mixed Relay 30/30 with wetsuit, 3:13:52.  Jemima Ridley and Anneka Styles came first in the Women’s Relay Half/Half Wetsuited with 3:23:46 and broke their own 2015 record.

Doug Woo & Scott Day set a new record for the Men’s Relay Half/Half Wetsuited with 3:32:29; and a new record of 3:41:29 of Men’s Relay Half/Half without wetsuits by Shane Davis & Jeff Faiola.  Alwyn Li & Kenniz Ng won the Men’s Relay 30/30 without wetsuits and set a new record of 4:10:14.  Christina Pazos & Fredric Liljestroem also set a new record for Mixed Relay Half/Half with wetsuit with 3:27:43.

The Cold Half is in SCMP too: http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1907547/hong-kongs-singha-chau-speeds-past-rivals-become-youngest-complete

Included are the full results. Great work everyone!  We will have some great photos too, thanks to Cow Lau, which we will forward shortly one he finishes editing (some are posted now).

We hope you all liked the Predictwind tracking system too, and have had a chance to look at it after the race:http://forecast.predictwind.com/tracking/race/OWA


SCMP: Hong Kong’s Singha Chau speeds past rivals to become youngest to complete 15km Cold Half swim

Rachel Jacqueline
Published on January 30, 2016, 11:15 pm

A “perfect day” saw 16-year-old swimming sensation Singha Chau demolish the competition at the 15km Clean Half ocean swim on Saturday, finishing more than one hour and six minutes ahead of the rest of the field and becoming the youngest swimmer to complete the race.

2016 The 4th Annual Cold Half

The “Cold Half”, modeled after Asia’s top extreme ocean swim, the Clean Half… except the water temp is more like a good “cool” channel crossing.  This is a perfect training ground for your next big swim.

This is a SOLO race only, or 2-person Relay.  If a relay, the change over cycle is mandated at every 30 minutes, or one change only at the 7.5km point.  You will depart from Stanley Main Beach on Hong Kong Island, and finish at Middle Island Beach.  A post-race BBQ, meal and awards will be held at Royal HK Yacht Club on Middle Island.

Sign up with an email to Shu Pu (shu@avra.cc).
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The Most Unique Turn Buoy In The Open Water World


Courtesy of Doug Woodring, race director for the Clean Half Extreme Marathon Swim, Hong Kong 2015, California.

The open water swimming world’s most unique and interesting turn buoy is shown 1 minute 9 seconds into the video posted above. Highly visible and musical, the famed ‘tunes buoy‘ that cannot be missed.

The 9th annual Clean Half Extreme Marathon Swim was held in Hong Kong from Stanley to Deep Water Bay. It is a 15 km sea swim with carbon-neutral relay teams of 5 people, soloists, and yak swimmers (i.e., 2 swimmers and a kayak who rotate every 30 minutes through the course).

Video photographers included Carlos Leung, Jimmy Leung, Eddie Hui Bon Hoa, Jan Chan,Coleman Lam, Christine Yang, and Doug Woodring.