We heard of some Australian open water swims that have banned wetsuits, technical swimsuits and anything that provides buoyancy or warmth with the goal of leveling the playing field. But, with so many enthusiasts and venues, the sport still provides ample opportunities for everyone, ranging from seriously-minded hardy traditionalists who brave sub-15°C (60°F) waters to wetsuit-optional swims from Alaska to ... Australia.
Photo on left shows Daniel Kowalski celebrating his 2007 1.2K Lorne Pier to Pub win in Australia (happening this weekend), a swim so popular that a random drawing is used to select who is luckiest to participate.
Photo above is from the 2K, 5K and 10K Epic Swim on New Zealand's Lake Taupo.
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