Stephen Redmond

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Fastnet Rock with Stephen Redmond in foreground
Stephen Redmond in the Red Bull Bulletin on his quest for the Oceans Seven, captured in the film Defeating Oceans Seven
Stephen Redmond, subject of the film Defeating Oceans Seven, about his quest of the Oceans Seven, produced by Red Bull Media House
Stephen Redmond (born 1 August 1965) from County Cork, Ireland is a former rugby player and triathlete who has become one of the world's hardiest marathon swimmers and a famed endurance athlete. He was nominated for the 2011 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year and was voted as the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year. He became the first person in history to achieve the Oceans Seven and is the protoganist of a film by Red Bull Media House as part of the Oceans Seven Project called Defeating Oceans Seven that was shown at Cannes (view here). He also appeared in Explorers: Adventures of the Century, a television series produced in partnership with Outside Television and Red Bull Media House.

He will headline the 2013 Global Open Water Swimming Conference to be held in Cork, Ireland on 9-11 October.

He attempted to swim 50 miles from Ireland to Wales on 22 August 2013 in a charity swim on behalf of the RNLI, but was pulled out due to hypothermia.

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Honours

Redmond was awarded a Special Achievement award by the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association in 2012 and was selected by popular vote as the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year in a global poll. His selection will be celebrated at the 2013 International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and World Open Water Swimming Association ceremonies held in Cork, Ireland on 11-13 October.

Oceans Seven

Redmond has completed the following 7 channels of the Oceans Seven:

August 2009: English Channel in 20 hours 1 minute (England to France)
August 2010: North Channel in 17 hours 17 minutes (Scotland to Ireland)
May 2011: Strait of Gibraltar in 5 hours (Spain to Morocco)
October 2011: Catalina Channel in 12 hours 39 minutes (Catalina Island to California)
February 2012: Cook Strait in 12 hours 30 minutes (South to North Island, New Zealand)
February 2012: Molokai Channel in 22 hours 29 minutes (Molokai to Oahu, Hawaii)
July 2012: Tsugaru Channel in 12 hours 45 minutes (Honshu to Hokkaido, Japan)

Redmond attempted the Molokai Channel once before succeeding on his second attempt, where he finished on China Walls on Oahu. He attempted the Tsugaru Channel in Japan three times before he succeeded on his fourth attempt in July 2012.

Other Swims

He was also the first person to swim around treacherous Fastnet Rock, a small island in the Atlantic Ocean and the most southerly point of Ireland.

Motivation

Redmond uses mantras of his children while tackling the channels around the world. "I use anything that gives me a mental edge. Marathon swimming is about as close as you can get to death while you are alive here on Earth. You lose all sense of perception while you are swimming in such difficult conditions," said the swimmer who typically traverses channels at a 48-52 strokes per minute pace.

Fund-raising

Redmond's fund-raising page to achieve the Oceans Seven is here. His Facebook page is here.

2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Nomination

Redmond was nominated for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year award. His World Open Water Swimming Association nomination reads,

Few have endured and enjoyed a year like Stephen Redmond in the annals of marathon swimming. A man so driven, so committed to achieving the Oceans Seven that he inspired his community and moved a nation. Through his tenacious assault on the world’s most difficult channels, he laid everything he had on the line – money, reputation, family and friends. While Mother Nature was anything but maternalistic, he battled every obstacle known to open water swimmers. Failure greeted him nearly 50% of the time during 2012, but he eventually wrestled success from angry seas. His triumphant swims across the Cook Strait in New Zealand, the Molokai Channel in Hawaii, the Tsugaru Channel in Japan, and around Fastnet Rock in Ireland have made Redmond an Irish icon. For his risk-taking spirit, for his relentlessly adventurous soul that enabled him to achieve the Oceans Seven, for his humble acceptance of the unexpected and of success, Stephen Redmond is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.

2012 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nomination

Redmond's Tsugaru Channel Crossing was nominated for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year award. His World Open Water Swimming Association nomination reads,

Do the four-leaf clovers exist in the open water? They do in the realm of Stephen Redmond. Rarely has a man, his support team and his larger community around him have been so tested and so focused in overcoming adversity in the open water world. His first two attempts at swimming the Tsugaru Channel, his final leg of the unprecedented Oceans Seven, were thwarted by currents and tides. Dejected, he returned home to regroup, re-energize, and re-plot his strategy. His third attempt – that started so promising – was suddenly cut short by unexpectedly strong winds. Depression was never more evident on a swimmer. The broad shoulders of the Irish icon drooped like tree branches heavily laden with snow. But he was not prepared to return home with a fourth failure. As the weather broke on his last day in Japan, his faith was severely tested, but he was never without hope. His love of the challenge and his luck on the final day was what he needed to complete the Tsugaru Channel in 12 hours 45 minutes. For his commitment to the cause, for his deeply held faith, for his humility in the face of fame and courage in face of angry seas, Stephen Redmond’s four attempts at the Tsugaru Channel are collectively a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

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