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Pictures from Issyk Kul Swim Challenge

September 16, 2017 / by ironmike

Lake Issyk Kul Swimming Federation doctor and observer, Olesya, sent me a batch of great photos* from the swim challenge held on 6 August 2017. Thought I’d do a post with them as many of them are perfect to show you how beautiful this lake and country are. Take a gander.

The inevitable wait for the boat

Beautiful morning on Issyk Kul

Here comes the boat!

Of course you have to warm up

Kayaker and crew meeting

Swimmers getting ready

It’s not an official federation crossing without the flag picture!

And of course the pre-swim prep

Can’t have a swim like this without a great crew!

Starting spot. Note the snow. (This is August, remember.) Didn’t I say this place is beautiful?!

The traditional arms up ready!

Look at that beautifully flat water.

Look at that view!

Miss that lake

Last guy coming in!



*All photos by the incomparable photographer Giovanni Casini.

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