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Saltstraumen

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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
Wild Swimming Brothers, 24-year-old Jack Hudson, 26-year-old Calum Hudson and 29-year-old Robbie Hudson
Saltstraumen whirlpool, site of the Saltstraumen swim in Norway by the Hudson Brothers

The Saltstraumen is a 0.25 km 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). The whirlpool swirls violently off the Norwegian coast, above the Arctic Circle and on the edge of the Lofoten Islands. It is part of the Maelstrom Seven.

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The Saltstraumen swim is a rapid tandem swim across a 0.25 km tidal split by the Wild Swimming Brothers (Hudson Brothers including 24-year-old Jack Hudson, 26-year-old Calum Hudson and 29-year-old Robbie Hudson). The swimming expedition was a 10-minute sprint performed safely and successfully in August 2016 that served to raise awareness about oil drilling plans in the Lofoten Islands.

The 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. A documentary on the Wild Swimming Brothers's tandem swim across the Saltstraumen in Norway was made by Beth Harrison and Jack Hudson. The escort and film team included Knut Westvig (Expedition Guide of Stella Polaris), Luke Palmer (Consultant), David Renton (Camera), James Silson (Drone), and Beth Harrison (Camera).

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