2012-07-27 / Community

Redmond Makes Swimming History

Completes ‘Seven Oceans’ Challenge

Steve Redmond Steve Redmond By Celine Anderson Special To The Wave

Steve Redmond made swimming history last month as he has became the first man to complete the rigorous “Ocean’s Seven Challenge,” successfully swimming the world’s seven most famous channels.

Redmond’s grandmother lives in Breezy Point and he has summered there on occasion.

The Ocean’s seven is the open water equivalent of the mountain climbing challenge Seven Summits.

The challenge includes the North Channel, between Ireland and Scotland; Cook Strait, between north and south islands of New Zealand; Moloka’i Channel, between two islands of Hawaii; the English Channel, between England and France; Catalina Channel, between Santa Catalina Island and Los Angeles, CA; Strait Gibraltar, between Spain and Morocco; and the Tsugaru Strait, between Honshu, the main island of Japan, and Hokkaido, the northwest island of Japan.

Achieving the challenge demands both the physical and mental preparation to overcome every condition known to defeat open water swimmers; it requires the ability to swim in both very cold and warm waters, against strong currents and stiff winds. Like its mountaineering counterpart, the Oceans Seven requires a tremendous amount of time, planning, training, and a very large support team.

Redmond completed the challenge, when he crossed the 19.5 km Tsugaru Strait, on July 14, in a time of 14 hours and 24 minutes. The 46-year-old endurance swimmer, and former rugby player, is the second Irish person to complete the 35 km North Channel swim, from Scotland to Belfast Harbor, on his first attempt.

He is the 2010 winner of the Irish Long distance open water senior male swimmer award. And was nominated for the 2011 World Open Water Swimmer Man of the year.

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