Got a preview of the first issue of H2Open Magazine, the world's first magazine devoted exclusively to the sport that we aquaphiles love so much. I got a soft-copy preview, so I cannot judge its glossiness, how it feels in the hands, or how bright and lovely the pictures are. But I must say, all of this looks great in the soft-copy version!
I will have to review this magazine in a few posts, so as to keep these digestible, and, I hope, to draw you back in tomorrow to read the next installment. Also, I really hope this will get you interested enough to subscribe. (The more support the publishers get, the better, in my book.) Also, if you're a writer (hint hint, Rob and Evan), the publisher is always looking for great articles, and the magazine, despite looking UK-centric, is really a global magazine. Let's get some reporting on great U.S. open water swims/swimmers in this magazine!
Look/feel: I can't comment on the feel, per se, at least not yet, not until I get the copy in the mail. But from the virtual look I got, Mikey-likey. The pictures throughout are so beautiful, with expansive awe-inspiring views. There is a photo of the water at the end of the world, or at least, towards the end of the English coast: Battery Rocks, Penzance, Cornwall. Breath-taking. The description reminds me of Evan's description of swimming in Lake Michigan. Plus, they've inset an historic picture of the same place from decades ago. Very nice touch. (The family and I just happen to be vacationing in Cornwell this summer, so this article was quite welcome.)
Layout: The editor, Simon Griffiths, welcomes the reader to the magazine on page 3, which I think is appropriate. The table of contents comes next, but I was glad to have the introduction from Simon first. You can tell he (and most likely his crew) is enthusiastic about open water swimming. Humourously (like the Brit spelling, Simon?!), four of the issue's authors are presented at the bottom of page 3, and for some reason I thought the number next to their name was their age. I could not believe how great the 46-year old Sarah Warwick looked. OMG, she looks to be in her 20's. Well, doh! The number is the page that her article is on. I guess my eye simply saw the title Rottnest Comes of Age and my brain did the rest.
Content: I could not believe how much they stuffed into one issue. Granted, the issue is 68 pages long (68 pages!), but still. So much in one issue. Even ads. Why am I so excited about advertisements? Well, ads mean money. Money in means magazine out. OK, back to content. Nine features. Yes, 9. That's nine major articles. Nine articles to curl up on the couch and read. (More on the articles in parts 2 and 3.) Add to these features the 11 regular "departments." And that's not it. On the sides of some of the pages are little snippets of OW news. This is where I learned of FINA's introduction of an OW officials school, even before I read about it online elsewhere. Granted, some of the news in the magazine I've read about before, but that is not the strength of the magazine. The best part are the articles about training and I especially like the iconic swims. (More on these coming up.)
Tomorrow, dear reader, I will begin to review the articles. Check back! But even more important, go subscribe to this great addition to OW swimming!