Looking At And Swimming Into The Maelstrom

Looking At And Swimming Into The Maelstrom

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Into the Maelstrom was an open water swimming tandem swim by 24-year-old Jack Hudson, 26-year-old Calum Hudson and 29-year-old Robbie Hudson across the two biggest and most powerful whirlpools in the world, the Moskstraumen and Saltstraumen [shown above] in Norway.

Swirling violently off the Norwegian coast, above the Arctic Circle and on the edge of the Lofoten Islands, these two vast whirlpools have the strongest and fastest tidal currents in the world. These two whirlpool swims as part of Into The Maelstrom were nominated for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Award among the following nominees:

1. Toshio Tominaga (Japan) Tsugaru Channel Crossing
2. Craig Dietz (Kingdom Swim Marathon Swim)
3. Sarah Thomas (USA) Lake Powell Crossing
4. Jennifer Figge (USA) Bermuda Triangle Swim
5. Pieter Christian Jongeneel Anderica (Spain) Double Manhattan Circumnavigation
6. Dan Canta (Romania) Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming
7. Sean Conway (Great Britain) Swim Leg of the World’s Longest Triathlon
8. Hudson Brothers (Great Britain) Into the Maelstrom
9. Cristian Vergara (Chile) Easter Island Circumnavigation
10. Jarrod Poort (Australia) Olympic 10K Marathon Swim
11. Javier Mérida Prieto (Spain) Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming
12. Patrick McKnight (USA) Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming
13. Spyridon Gianniotis (Greece) Olympic 10K Marathon Swim
14. Malvinas/Falklands Islands Challenge by Matías Ola (Argentina) and Jackie Cobell (Great Britain)
15. Stephanie Hopson (USA) English Channel Crossing
16. Carol Schumacher Hayden (USA) Catalina Channel Crossing
17. Vasilly Mosin (Russia) Winter Swimming

To vote for the WOWSA Awards, visit here. Online voting continues until December 31st 2016.



Photo courtesy of James Silson.



Photo courtesy of James Silson.



Photo of Robbie Hudson getting out, courtesy of Erlend Bodo Nu



Photo of Robbie Hudson getting out, courtesy of Erlend Bodo Nu

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