VIDEO: West Seattle swimmer Wayne Kinslow’s milestone – 1,000 consecutive days of swimming off Alki

Maybe you’ve seen Wayne Kinslow swimming off Alki and wondered if it was just somebody on a dare. Nope. Wayne swims off Alki every day. And we do mean, EVERY day. Today happened to be his THOUSANDTH consecutive day of swimming off Alki – that’s almost three years without missing a day, rain or shine or snow. Among those capturing the historic occasion – Clay Eals, executive director of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society:

During a quick post-swim interview, Wayne, who’s an Alki resident as well as Alki swimmer, received a trophy of sorts:

Here’s a closer look:

He’s still swimming tonight too, as mentioned in our daily calendar highlights, and invites you to join him in celebrating the milestone – meet up at the Alki fire rings around 6:30, group swim set for about 7 pm, then a potluck and bonfire. By the way, according to a NOAA buoy, today’s water temperature in Elliott Bay is about 51 degrees.

8 Replies to "VIDEO: West Seattle swimmer Wayne Kinslow's milestone - 1,000 consecutive days of swimming off Alki"

  • Maggie April 27, 2015 (7:32 pm)

    I love it! Congrats, Wayne!

  • Ellen April 27, 2015 (8:47 pm)

    Wow! Congratulations! You’re amazing!

  • Bonnie April 27, 2015 (8:50 pm)

    Awesome! Congratulations!

  • JoB April 28, 2015 (7:17 am)

    i love the idea
    but not willing to share the reality with you ;-)

  • sam-c April 28, 2015 (10:04 am)

    wow ! what an accomplishment !

    (so he hasn’t left town in 3 years? that takes some willpower too, I believe. especially if he might be wanting to swim in warmer waters instead.)

  • I. Ponder April 28, 2015 (12:34 pm)

    I’d like to know more about this amazing guy. What does he do when he’s not swimming? Why does he do it? How does cold water swimming affect his mind and body? Does he recommend others try it? Does he feel cold? Is he a father? Husband? Does he own a hot tub?

  • sam-c April 29, 2015 (9:40 am)

    oooo, a-ha. the Seattle Times photo + caption mentions that he did swim 3 of those 1,000 consecutive days in the pacific ocean off the oregon and wa. coasts. So, he had been able to leave town for a few days.

  • James April 30, 2015 (12:30 pm)

    Congrats! Wayne.

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