Tag: Christopher Blakeslee

The Euphoria Of The Cold Water

I read daily about the exploits and euphoria of people who swim in cold water. From Cape Town to Prague, from Sandycove to San Francisco, from Moscow to Melbourne, cold water swimmers have always earned my highest respect. Occasionally, they come out shivering, but inevitably they are smiling. They espouse the health benefits and psychological wonders

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El Sharko Takes The Bait

If there is anyone who has taken the sport of open water swimming hook, line and sinker, it is El Sharko, otherwise known as Christopher Blakeslee. The stalwart of the San Francisco Bay community and South End Rowing Club is one the oldest swimmers of the English Channel. He joined the Half Century Club on his England to France crossing at the age of

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