“Adam Walker never had it easy on any of his Oceans Sevenchannel crossings, but he endured and became the fifth person in history to complete the most difficult global channel challenge. Ocean Walker as he is known, not only does attempts tough swims himself, but he also offers clinics and camps as well as gives motivational speeches and offers open water swimming commentary on television. He completed his final 2 Oceans Sevenchannels in 2014 in the coldest channels of all – the Cook Strait in 8 hours 46 minutes and the North Channel in 10 hours 45 minutes For his wildly popular video that went viral globally with over 5 million YouTube views when he was protected from sharks by dolphins, for his successful completion of the Oceans Seven, for his passionate educational offerings and coaching clinics from Malta to the airways of Great Britain, and his charitable efforts on behalf of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, Adam Walker is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.”
2014 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nominees
1. Adam Walker (Great Britain), Oceans Seven Swimmer 2. Allan Lopes Mamédio do Carmo (Brazil), FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup Champion 4. Colin Hill (Great Britain), Race Director & Open Water Ambassador 4. Ferry Weertman (Netherlands), 2-time European Champion 5. Henri Kaarma (Estonia), Ice Swimmer & Cold Water Ambassador 6. Joanes Hedel (France), FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Champion 6. Joseph Locke (U.S.A.), Farallons Freestyler 8. Lewis Pugh, OIG (Great Britain), Ocean Advocate 9. Otto Thaning, M.D. (South Africa), Oldest English Channel Swimmer 10. Phil White (U.S.A.), Outstanding Organizer 11. Tomi Stefanovski (Macedonia), Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean Co-Champion 12. Xavier Desharnais (Canada), Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean Co-Champion
Swam solo across the Tsugaru Channel in 15 hours 41 minutes on 12 August 2014
Swam solo across the Cook Strait on 22 April 2014 in 8 hours 46 minutes at the age of 36
Swam solo across the North Channel on 6 August 2014 in 10 hours 45 minutes at the age of 36
Strait of Gibraltar Impressions
“It was the hardest swim I had ever done, including the English Channel, due to the speed they had to swim to overcome the strong tides which potentially were taking them out to sea and the time limit before the pilot would pull the swim due to the local shipping rules in the Straits which forbade swimming at night.”
Strait of Gibraltar Crew
Melanie Sheppard, Emily Walker, Angela Hopkins, Anne Sheppard, Peter Walker, Margaret Walker, Gareth Hughes, and Antonio (Pilot), Fernando (Zodiac driver) and Rafael (President of the ACNEG).
Strait of Gibraltar Sponsors
ZOGGS swimwear, Everyone Active (Lammas Leisure Centre), Clem and Margaret Turner, Colin Slaven, Teressa Dixon, Dave and Sharon Young.
Purpose for Molokai Channel Swim
There is no humane way to kill a whale at sea. The hunting process can never be an exact exercise – whales are a moving target, shot at from a moving vessel which sits on a moving sea. Grenade harpoons are often used to kill whales forcing them to be subjected to a long, slow and painful death. They are often killed under the guise of conducting scientific research, a practice backed by many governments.
Walker wrote a book called Man vs. Ocean that was released in December 2015. “Adam Walker is not your everyday record-breaking sportsman. He took on arguably the toughest extreme sport on the planet – to swim non-stop across seven of the world’s deadliest oceans wearing only swim trunks, cap and goggles. It is not a test for the faint-hearted: swimmers face freezing temperatures, huge swells and treacherous currents, potentially deadly marine life (from sharks to Portuguese man o’ war), vomiting and burning off a week’s calories in a single swim. In 2006, Adam, then a toaster salesman, saw a film about a man attempting to swim the English Channel and change his life in doing so. Inspired by this, he decided to try to emulate the feat. After a year of rigorous training without a coach – his first open-water swim was in 9ºC and he nearly died from hypothermia – Adam achieved his goal in 11 hours 45 minutes, despite a ruptured bicep tendon leading to medical advice to give up long-distance swimming.In 2011, after two operations and a change to his swimming style to take pressure off his injured shoulder, he became the first Briton to achieve a two-way crossing from Spain to Morocco and back. In the process, he broke the British record one way. Shortly afterwards, the Oceans Seven challenge was born, a gruelling equivalent to the Seven Summits mountaineering challenge. At first it seemed that injury would prevent Adam from participating but, ignoring medical advice, he developed an innovative technique – the Ocean Walker stroke – that would enable him to continue with the ultimate aim of completing this seemingly impossible feat. Whether man would triumph over ocean, or fail in the attempt, forms the core of this extraordinary autobiography. Always intriguing, sometimes terrifying, and occasionally very funny, Adam’s story is about sport in its truest form: rather than competitions between teams and individuals, it is about man against nature – and against his own failings and demons. In that, it is truly inspirational.“