Urban Swimming

Urban Swimways London Calling

May 16, 2017
Urban Swimways London Calling
By Garrett Martin
HAP columnist, Garrett Martin, is a River Hugger and lifelong swimmer. He writes a column about swimming in cities around the world.

After checking out our neighboring cold-weather counterparts (San Fran, Seattle), I decided to see what’s happening yonder across the Atlantic. Of course those cities have the benefit of having ...

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Urban Swimways: Hot Boxing

January 19, 2017
Hot Boxing
By Garrett Martin
Baby, it’s cold outside. Holy cow, it’s downright freezing! What urban Portland swimmer in their right mind would consider jumping into one of our waterways right now?
Okay, okay, who said any of us were in our right minds to begin with? And yes, I admit last month I praised the seal-skinned crazies who make up San Francisco’s bay swimming community. And yes, ...

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Urban Swimways Aquatic Park San Francisco

December 7, 2016
Why just look at the view when you can jump right into it? Such words are gospel for the open water swimmers of San Francisco Bay. Despite the chilly water temperature—which hovers in the mid-50s year-round—swimmers of the city-by-the-bay can consider themselves blessed to have Aquatic Park at their fingertips.
Take Van Ness Avenue all the way to its northern terminus and you'll find yourself at the ...

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Urban Swimways

November 5, 2016

Welcome to Urban Swimways, a monthly column that spotlights inspiring precedents for urban swimming from around the world.
With each newsletter we’ll dive into an urban swimway somewhere in the world. What is an ‘urban swimway’, you ask? Simply put, something like our own dear Willamette River: a more or less natural body of water in the middle of an active city that offers all kinds of opportunities ...

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