Swimming & Surfing


Surfers on Venice's Grand Canal evoke mayor's wrath

Two surfers filmed whizzing along Venice's busiest canal have evoked the wrath of the city's mayor. Videos of the two people foil surfing between boats and water buses on the Grand Canal sparked outrage after being posted online. On Wednesday Mayor Luigi Brugnaro called for the pair to be punished,...
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Summer McIntosh and Lara van Niekerk Are Flying In Funkita Swimwear

Courtesy of Way Funky Company, a SwimSwam partner. Australian swimwear brand Funkita has released a new collection of brilliant prints and awesome styles modelled by stars of the pool, Summer McIntosh and South African Lara van Niekerk. Canadian swimming prodigy Summer McIntosh joined the Funkita team prior to World Championships....
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European Aquatics Championships: Laugher wins gold medal in 1m springboard

Great Britain's Jack Laugher took gold in the men's 1m springboard at the European Aquatics Championships. The three-time Olympic medallist, 27, took the lead with the second of his six dives and won comfortably with a score of 413.40 in Rome. Italy's Lorenzo Marsaglia claimed the silver medal with 396.25,...
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2022 European Aquatics Championship: Last Day Photo Vault

LCM (50m) Pool swimming competitions ended at the Foro Italico in Rome, with the nation of Italy winning the points standings and the Len Trophy. These are the pictures taken yesterday at the Foro Italico in Rome during the last session of competition.

Five Rides @ 60 Seconds, Epic Puerto Escondido (More Tomorrow!)

Vid: Edwin Morales (land); Matias Hinkle (drone) The Pacific forecast team called it last week — another XXL swell in the South Pacific, this one better aimed at South America than the Code Red II swell that hit Tahiti in July. It showed up on cue, sending the biggest surf in years to the Punta Lobos big-wave event on Monday. Couple days later, that same swell started detonating on Puerto Escondido’s shifting sandbars, offering up the best day of the year so far. Tomorrow looks even better. And later this week into the weekend, that same energy — though greatly diminished due to its extreme southerly angle — will make its way up the West Coast. We will document the whole journey, but in the meantime, above is a five-wave sample platter from this morning.

Hawaii's Southern Exposures Return to Form

Best SSW swell of the last month arrives over the weekend. Mostly favorable conditions for southern shores with offshore ENE trades. It’s been a minute for the Hawaiian Islands. Following the Code Red II swell in mid-July, it’s been a bit of a slog for Hawaii’s southern shores. There were a handful of fun days, but generally small for the last month — especially when stacked up against the swells that rolled in through the first half of summer. That changes this weekend as a new SSW swell fills in – we’ll see a building trend of long-period forerunners through Saturday with the swell peaking Sunday. Monday will see slowly easing swell but it will be quite fun throughout the day. Conditions for this run of waves look good, provided by steady tradewinds that are typical for this time of year.

Ben Proud Makes History As Worlds, Commonwealth & European Champion

LCM (50m) 27-year-old Ben Proud of Great Britain made history tonight en route to winning gold in the men’s 50m freestyle at the 2022 European Championships. With his title here in Rome, Proud becomes the first man ever to become World Champion, Commonwealth Games Champion and European Champion in the same event in the same year.

Wattel’s 56.09 Fly Split Helps France Shatter National Record in W. 4×100 Medley

LCM (50m) World Record: 3:50.40, United States – 2019 World Championships. European Record: 3:53.38, Russia – 2017 World Championships. European Championship Record: 3:54.01, Great Britain – 2021. 2020 European Champion: Great Britain, 3:54.01. Sweden, 3:55.25. France, 3:56.36. Netherlands, 3:57.01. Italy, 3:57.23. Great Britain, 4:00.05. Poland, 4:02.53. Switzerland,...

Nicolo Martinenghi: “What a Perfect Ending to These Championships” (Flash Quotes)

LCM (50m) Italy closed out their dominant European Championships with a win and championship record in the men’s 4×100 medley relay. They defended their gold medal from World Championships–where they upset the U.S.–with a time of 3:28.46. After the race, their deadly front half of Thomas Ceccon and Nicolo Martinenghi spoke about what it meant to be able to close out their championships with a win in front of the home crowd.

Lukas Maertens Shatters Championship Record in Men’s 400 Free with 3:42.50

LCM (50m) World Record: 3:40.07, Paul Biedermann (GER) – 2009 World Championships. European Record: 3:40.07, Paul Biedermann (GER) – 2009 World Championships. European Championships Record: 3:44.01, Gabriele Detti (ITA) – 2016. 2020 European Champion: Martin Malyutin (RUS), 3:44.18. Lukas Maertens (GER), 3:42.50. Antonio Djakovic (SUI), 3:43.93. Henning...

Canadian World Junior Champion Jade Hannah Transfers to LSU

Canadian World Junior Champion Jade Hannah Transfers to LSU. Canadian international Jade Hannah is transferring from USC to LSU, she announced via social media this week. Hannah spent her freshman year in Southern California, where she finished eighth in the 200 backstroke at the Pac-12 Championships. She was also part of a 400 medley relay team that finished second.

Less Is More: Over-Trained and Under-Rested

"When I started on this less-is-more-swim-different journey almost four years ago, I had one goal: break :55 in the 100 yard breaststroke." Current photo via Fike Swim. courtesy of James Fike, Founder and CEO of Fike Swim. I changed what worked and for the first time in three years I...