~By Mike Gordon
The way Ben Mercier views it, he isn't swimming "crazy and fast" anymore. He's just bodysurfing.
But the former collegiate All-American swimmer has turned surfing's purest discipline into a heart-pounding cardiovascular workout that can last up to three hours.
"When I bodysurf, I really get into it," said Mercier, who swam the 200-meter butterfly at the University of Hawai'i from 1992 to 1997. "I will stay out there until my calves cramp and I can't swim."