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Jack Hudson

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Hudson Brothers' Into the Maelstrom was nominated for the 2016 WOWSA Awards, a recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association in the category of the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
Jack Hudson, Calum Hudson and Robbie Hudson completing the 90-mile (145 km) Swim the Eden Expedition down Cumbria's River Eden. Courtesy of James Silson.
Jack Hudson, Calum Hudson and Robbie Hudson
Wild Swimming Brothers, 27-year-old Jack Hudson, 29-year-old Calum Hudson and 32-year-old Robbie Hudson
Moskstraumen whirlpool, site of the Moskstraumen swim in Norway by the Hudson Brothers
Saltstraumen whirlpool, site of the Saltstraumen swim in Norway by the Hudson Brothers

Jack Hudson is a 27-year-old wild swimmer from Great Britain whose nickname is the Lumbering Merman.

Open Water Swimming Highlights[edit]

Swim The Eden[edit]

The Swim the Eden Expedition was an unprecedented 3-man 90-mile (145 km) 9-day stage swim by Jack Hudson, Calum Hudson and Robbie Hudson down the length of the River Eden in Cumbria, England where each brother swam the entire length of the river. They swam with 5 OSS swimmers on their penultimate and final days. Their effort is nominated for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association.

Hudson Brothers[edit]

The Hudson Brothers or the Wild Swimming Brothers include the ROXOA manager Jack Hudson, sales manager and ultra-triathlete Calum Hudson from London, and artist Robbie Hudson ("The Unstoppable Turtle") from Berlin, Germany who do a number of OSS Adventure Series (Outdoor Swimming Society Adventure Series) events including the Hudson Brothers on the River Eden. The three brothers also crossed the world’s third largest whirlpool, the Corryvreckan as part of their training near the iconic Scottish island of Jura in 25 minutes.

Into the Maelstrom[edit]

Into the Maelstrom was an open water swimming tandem swim by the Wild Swimming Brothers (Hudson Brothers including 24-year-old Jack Hudson, 26-year-old Calum Hudson and 29-year-old Robbie Hudson) to swim across the two biggest and most powerful whirlpools in the world, the Moskstraumen and Saltstraumen in Norway. Swirling violently off the Norwegian coast, above the Arctic Circle and on the edge of the Lofoten Islands, these two vast whirlpools have the strongest and fastest tidal currents in the world. The swimming expedition was completed in August 2016 and raised awareness about oil drilling plans in the Lofoten Islands.

Into the Maelstrom was nominated for the 2016 WOWSA Awards, a recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association in the category of the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

Mosktraumen Swim[edit]

The Mosktraumen swim was a 2 hour 31 minute 8 km point-to-point crossing between the islands of Vaeroy and Mosken across the strongest and biggest whirlpool in the world. Its central whirlpool has a diameter of some 40–50 meters (130–160 feet) and tides combined with the northerly Norwegian Sea currents and storm-induced flow result in currents up to 10.7 knots (20 km/h; 12 mph). The Moskstraumen swim was a 2 hour 31 minute 8 km point-to-point interisland crossing between the islands of Vaeroy and Mosken in Norway. They overcame the largest whirlpool in the world, with a central whorl spanning a diameter of some 40–50 meters (130–160 feet) and fierce tides that combine the northerly Norwegian Sea currents and storm-induced flow, resulting in currents of up to 10.7 knots (20 km/h; 12 mph).

Saltstraumen Swim[edit]

The Saltstraumen swim is a 10-minute 0.25 km rapid sprint across a tidal split with the world's fastest whirlpool, up to 400,000,000 cubic metres of seawater forces its way through a 3 km long and 250-meter wide strait every six hours, with water speeds reaching 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph) as they dodged red jellyfish to become the first people to swim across the whirlpool. The margin between success and dreadful failure was less than one minute, with the current suddenly turning a moment after they made it safely into the boat.

Into the Maelstrom Videos[edit]



By Beth Harrison and Jack Hudson

YouTube Channel[edit]

Random Acts[edit]


Jack Hudson swimming in the Lake District, filmed by Hudson Brothers team member Beth Harrison

Swim The Eden[edit]


with Jack Hudson, Calum Hudson and Robbie Hudson by James Silson

Loch Broom Memorial Swim[edit]


12.8 km across Loch Broom by Jack Hudson, Calum Hudson and Robbie Hudson

Wild Swimming Brothers[edit]


The Thames Marathon, a 14.1 km marathon swim by Jack Hudson and Calum Hudson of the Wild Swimming Brothers in 2018

Swim Wild[edit]

Swim Wild is a book written by Jack Hudson.

2018 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nomination[edit]

Maelstrom Seven was nominated for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association:
The Wild Swimming Brothers consistently live up to their name. Non-traditional, out-of-the-box thinkers and doers, the three brothers (Little Brother Jack, Middle Brother Calum, and Big Brother Robbie) do all kinds of wild swimming and have been venturing out to do incredibly risky open water swims in, through and near whirlpools. Similar to marathon swimming’s Oceans Seven and ice swimming’s Ice Sevens, the Hudson Brothers created the Maelstrom Seven. This series of 7 solo swims through, around or near famous whirlpools around the world including Moskstraumen and Saltstraumen in Norway, Corryvreckan in Scotland, Naruto whirlpools in Japan, Te Aumiti in New Zealand, and Old Sow and Skookumchuck in Canada. To date, the brothers have completed swims across the Moskstraumen, Saltstraumen and Corryvreckan and now turn their attention to the Japanese whirlpools of Naruto. For creatively introducing unusual venues to the global open water swimming ecosystem, for developing a new bucket list of swims around the world, and for being such enthusiastic, personable ambassadors of the sport who are developing a unique niche, the Maelstrom Seven by the Wild Swimming Brothers is a worthy nominee for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

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