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Daniel Vizeu Costa Couto, the grandson of Abilio Couto, contacted IMSHOF to let us know that a new website launched September 11, 2015, to commemorate 56 years since Couto's world record.
There are newspaper clippings and photographs that are digitized and scanned from personal archives and publications. These capture the 1950's like never before and were thought to be lost with the passing of time.
Couto is considered the father of Marathon Swimming in Brazil. He is a former record holder of the English Channel, the first swimmer in the world to have the best time of the year in both the England to France and France to England crossings. [1]
He is the recipient of the International Marathon Hall of Fame Class of 2001 - Read more here.
We are very thrilled to support Daniel's efforts to honor his grandfather's life and swimming achievements. Make sure you visit the website for a trip back in time. Click here.

[1] A ccording to the publication, "Channel Swimming Association Centenary Edition -1975". The Channel Swimming Association was founded in 1927.
HONOREE2015 Celebration Awards Weekend

| 2015 Honoree Induction Award Ceremony, November 6, San Pedro. California. USA

 RSVP Here Before October 7th, 2015



The prestigious, annual IMSHOF Honoree Induction Ceremony event will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Doubletree/Hilton Hotel at the beautiful location of San Pedro, California. USA.


Fine Dining with Chef's Selection of White & Red Wines


Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. and the Induction Ceremony will commence at 8 p.m. concluding at around 9 p.m. This leaves the evening young so that you have ample time to personally congratulate the Honorees of 2015.


Date:               Friday, the 6th November, at 6pm

Where:            Doubletree/Hilton Hotel, San Pedro California

Tickets:           US$100 p.p. of which $25 is donated to the IMSHOF.

| awardsinducteesIMSHOF Class of 2015 Honorees


Ceremony Award Dinner on November 6, 2015 



Forrest Nelson (USA)

Antonio Argüelles Díaz-González (MEX)
Martin Strel (SVN)
George Park (CAN) 1978



Marty Veen (NED)



Varne Ridge Channel Swim Park (GBR)

Jersey Long Distance Swimming Club (GBR)


Memorial Award - The Irving Davids/Captain Roger W. Wheeler

Dennis Miller (FJI)



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| 2015 Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association Dinner Cruise, November 7, San Pedro. California. USA

By popular demand, the SBCSA will once again hold its annual awards banquet on a boat! Please join the SBCSA for a dinner cruise aboard the beautiful 90-foot Motor Yacht Spirit as we celebrate this year's Santa Barbara Channel swim successes.

Have a drink, breathe in some fresh ocean air, and break bread with some of the marathon swimming legends who will be in town.

Event Details
  • Date: Saturday, November 7th
  • Time: 4:30 - 7:30pm
  • Location: Port O'Call Village, Berth 77, San Pedro, California
  • Cost: $54 per person. SBCSA Lifetime Members are eligible for a discounted rate of $41.

Food Menu
  • Marinated Steak Skewers
  • Sesame Chicken Skewers
  • Charbroiled Vegetable Skewers
  • Swedish Meatballs
  • Steamed Rice
  • Caesar Green Salad
  • French Cut Green Beans
  • Assorted Cheeses & Crackers
  • Garden Fresh Vegetables & Dips
  • Mini-Cupcakes
  • Unlimited margaritas, white wine, soft drinks & coffee.

| 2015 Catalina Channel Swimming Federation Ceremony and Breakfast Banquet, November 7, San Pedro.

Limited Tickets Available. RSVP Now.

Honoring Relay Teams and Solo Swimmers of 2015 

The CCSF looks forward to honoring Hank Wise, Channel Champs, and every 2015 swimmer, on Saturday morning November 7, 2015.

10:00 am - 2:00 pm
San Pedro DoubleTree Hotel
2nd Floor Ballroom
$30.00 for an Adult Ticket & $18:00 for children under 12 

Pacific Menu
Seasonal fresh sliced fruits, assorted breakfast pastries
cheese scrambled eggs, smoked bacon & country sausage links
With roasted red potatoes with onions and peppers
Cinnamon french toast with warm maple syrup
Assorted individual cereals with milk, assorted morning spreads
Seasonal fresh juice, freshly brewed coffee & gourmet teas.

Read More About The 
IMSHOF Inductee Class of 2015

Swimmer Photos are with the compliments of WOWSA.

Forrest Nelson

Forrest Nelson  does his swims quietly and under the cloak of darkness. 

Newly voted in the 
International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame  as an  Honour Swimmer , the MIT graduate is a member of the  24-hour Club , president of the  Catalina Channel Swimming Federation .

Antonio Argüelles Díaz-González

A Mexican business leader and endurance athlete was voted into the  International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame  as an  Honor Swimmer in the Class of 2015.

Argüelles was born in Mexico City in 1959 and is a 1982 graduate from Stanford University.  

He became the first two-time member of the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming and founded the Mexican Triathlon Federation in 1989 where he served as its honorary president since 1995. 

Martin Strel

Martin Strel is a legendary Slovenian long-distance swimmer. Strel was born in the town of Mokronog, in the Slovenian region of Lower Carniola, then part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. 

He is best known for completing  Stage swims along the entire length of the Danube River, the Mississippi River, the Yangtze River, and the Amazon River. He is a member of the  24-hour club.

George Park (1978)

For more than 35 years, the official IMSHOF records, due to an oversight, omitted George Park - the third of this talented family to be inducted.


George Park was a Canadian pool and marathon swimmer and water polo player for the Hamilton Aquatic Club. 


He set Canadian records in the 50 and 100m freestyle and butterfly and qualified to be a member of the 1954 and 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. 


He anchored two 2nd place finish relays and came 4th in the 100m freestyle. He won a silver medal in the 1955 Pan American Games in Mexico City in 100m freestyle and qualified for the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games.


View B iography Here

Marty Veen


Veen was voted into the  International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honour Administrator in its Class of 2015. 

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He not only founded the Scheerwolde Classic Swim but also served as a member of the Dutch Technical Open Water Committee for over 20 years.


Varne Ridge Channel Swim Park 


Evelyn and David Frantzeskou operates a small and secluded family-owned, award-winning holiday park in Folkestone, England.

Varne Ridge Holiday Park, well known among English Channel swimmers, sits near to the cliffs with panoramic views over the English Channel stretching out towards the coastline of France. These views welcome swimmers from around the world who gather to test themselves in the open water world's most well-known stretch of water.

However, it is the hospitality and passion generously and genuinely poured out from the hearts of the Frantzeskou over the decades that led to their induction in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honour Organisation for the Class of 2015.


Jersey Long Distance Swimming Club 


The Jersey Long Distance Swimming Club, located on the isle of Jersey in the middle of the English Channel, is touted as "possibly the best little swimming club in the world".  


While the reputation is well-deserved and well-known among the channel swimming community, the Jersey Long Distance Swimming Club is now formally acknowledged as an Honour Organisation by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame

Dennis Miller 

As an administrator working behind the scenes, Dennis Miller rose in the FINA Family where he ranks to the highest echelon in aquatic administration. 

Credited as one of the three people who formulated and pushed forward the current Guesdon model, now the current racing format used at the Olympic 10km Marathon Swim, together with Chris Guesdon and Sid Cassidy.

There isn't anyone in the world who has attended more world class FINA open water swimming competitions than Miller.

The annual  Irving Davids-Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award  was awarded to FINA Bureau member  Dennis Miller  of Fiji for his contributions to marathon swimming. 

Irving Davids-Captain Roger W. Wheeler Memorial Award  is an award of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, established in 1970 by the New England Marathon Swimming Association, to honor and recognize the contribution of individuals and groups making major contributions to marathon swimming and serve as a perpetual memorial to Irving Davids and Captain Roger Wheeler. 

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