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Wisdom Panel

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Featured guest on the Swimming World Morning Show.

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Paul Duffield USA to Canada cross border swim Sept 6th 2014.Official report and observations.

As I believe my swim between Oroville WA, USA and Osoyoos BC, Canada on Osoyoos Lake to be a first attempt I wanted to get as much data as possible. English Channel relay swimmer Phred Martin was asked to act as swim observer and took notes as we progressed north to Canada. Two digital thermometers were mounted in the front of his kayak, one to measure water temperature and one to measure air temperature. The final swim distance and track was taken from the FINIS Hydro Tracker GPS that was mounted on the back of my head attached to my goggle straps. All GPS information has been verified by the technical team at FINIS.

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From humble beginnings to a worldwide readership.

When I started this website and blog almost three years ago I was convinced that nobody would be interested in anything I said or did. That I would essentially be talking to myself. I'm flattered to say that the map of website visitors over the last 30 days people suggests otherwise.

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USA to Canada Cross Border Swim. Slow, painful, awesome.

I knew it would be a slow swim. I was right I knew it would be painful. I was right I knew if we pulled it off it would be awesome. I was right. The USA to Oroville swim took over a year to plan but as Hannibal Smith said in the A Team “I love it when a plan comes together”

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USA to Canada Cross Border Swim sponsored by Finis.

I am excited to announce that Finis have agreed to be official sponsors of the upcoming USA to Canada cross border swim between Oroville WA and Osoyoos BC. They will be providing most of my gear for the swim and in particular a Hydro Tracker GPS unit which will attach to my goggle straps to officially record the statistics of the swim including the route, distance and times.

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A very unusual request.

Osoyoos Lake is Canada's warmest lake and is found in the country’s only true desert. The area is home to the hottest, driest climate and is a place we have visited many times. The city of Osoyoos is a place where we have camped, swam, and sometimes just passed through to get to the Canada-USA border. February 2013 was one of those times Angelique were passing through the city, heading down to Omak in Washington State, USA to meet friends for dinner and an overnight stay. As we drove by Osoyoos Lake I found myself thinking aloud “I wonder if it’s possible to swim across the border?” “How cool would that be to swim from USA to Canada?” I even asked the US border guards if it was possible and even if they knew who I would have to contact to maybe get permission. I was given the contact details of the Area Port Director in Seattle, I wrote to them but got no reply. This, I later found out, was the first of many dead ends.

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Is it really August already?

The calendar says it, the computer says it, the newspaper says it but I still can’t quite believe it. HOLY CRAP IT’S AUGUST ALREADY! The summer is flying by but I am having a blast. If I haven’t been swimming myself, I have been kayaking beside Angelique who is blossoming into a very confident and capable open water swimmer in her own right. When I haven’t been in or on the water I have been regularly hitting the gym. Without doubt this is my best summer ever. In fact I have been too busy with swimming to write about it on here.

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Wood Lake end to end swim.

Wood Lake was lake number 3 of my 2012 10 lakes in one day swim. It is one of the five major lakes found in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada. The towns of Oyama and Winfield are situated at the north and south ends of the lake respectively. An end to end swim of the lake has been on my mind for some time so a few weeks ago Angelique and I drove there to scout out a suitable start point and observation points along the road that runs along the western shore line.

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