Tag: El Sharko

It’s Where I Am Home

It's Where I Am Home Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Open water swimmers often write poetically about their experiences in the oceans and lakes around the world. The aquatic adventurists also speak eloquently about what motivates them and how they feel swimming in the world's waterways. They speak of being one with the environment about

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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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Jackie Cobell Comes To California

After learning her wish to swim in San Francisco Bay from Alcatraz Island, Chris 'El Sharko' Blakesle and his fellow open water swimmers from the South End Rowing Club offered the airfare and travel accommodations for the amazing Jackie Cobell to visit her fellow marathon swimmers in California and participate in the September 18th Alcatraz Invitational."She

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