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The 19.7km Rottnest Channel Swim is one of Australia’s most iconic open water events. Ryan Duell braved strong currents and swells to swim his first race over 10km – and found himself on the podium

Taking off before sunrise and heading out into waters that are known for containing some large marine life isn’t everyone’s cup of tea; however, the Rottnest Channel Swim remains a highly regarded swim in the Australian ocean swimming calendar and one of Perth’s premier events, attracting participants from all over the world. The 2017 event welcomed 2,457 swimmers. I first experienced the swim in 2014 as part of a duo (two-person relay swim) and returned this year to complete the 19.7km swim as a solo participant.

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Swimming challenges come in all shapes and sizes. In the pages of this issue we hear from swimmers from around the world who have pushed their boundaries to achieve remarkable things. From recovering alcoholic Paul Parrish’s inspiring English Channel swim to the Muslim Swim Sisters competing in their first open water race, outdoor swimmers make up a broad and accepting community. Whether you are training for a marathon swim or for your first one-mile event – or if you just love the freedom of swimming outdoors – this issue has inspiring stories, training advice and wild swimming recommendations for all kinds of swimmers. Are you feeling lucky? If you find a Golden Ticket inserted in this magazine you are the winner of a changing robe from dryrobe worth £129.99. Good luck! Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming. Jonathan Cowie Editor
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