Adversarial Tides

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swimming film documentary about Swim 22. The classic Cinemaquatics production was directed by Chase Kenney and produced by Nick Gismondi.

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The story largely takes place over a 55-hour stretch in the Catalina Channel where four protagonists (Michael Vovk, Chris Dahowski, David Hartmire and Jen Schumacher).


Adversarial Tides captures the excitement and the risks inherent in channel swimming. It is a gripping tale that pits four solo channel swimmers against the violent mood swings of the Pacific Ocean. The team of four brave an angry fathomless sea and long dark nights aboard an endlessly rocking escort boat, ignoring fear, fatigue, danger, bleeding wounds amid the relentlessly dynamic elements on the Pacific Ocean.

Marine life, ocean swells and the dark cold of night swimming present challenges and pitfalls for not only the swimmers, but also the crew and pilots. Chase Kenney and Nick Gismondi offer constant visual overload, brimming with scenes well-understood among open water swimmers and gripping to those who prefer terra firma.

The film takes the audience on an emotional rollercoaster of failure and success, push-back and progress, in an element inhospitable to man. Whether the protagonists were standing in the escort boat, plotting their course, or swimming out in the Pacific, the award-winning film duo provide the sport of open water swimming with the platform to stand tall in front of movie goers.


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