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Steve Walker

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Steve Walker swimming to Scotland on his 11 hour 19 minute crossing of the North Channel
Steve Walker approaching Scotland on his 11 hour 19 minute crossing of the North Channel
Steve Walker's book Where The Crazy People Swim: Outrageous goals, failure, and success, released in October 2016
A History of Marathon Swimming, a 536-page book written by Joe Grossman and co-edited by Steve Walker and Dale Petranech

Steve Walker is the 50-year-old owner of Cobaltix. He is an open water swimming coach, author, and an American open water swimmer who has completed 6 of the 7 Oceans Seven channels. He trains in the San Francisco Bay with the South End Rowing Club.

Ice Mile[edit]

Walker completed an ice mile in 2.7°C (37°F) water in 1996 in Melbourne, Australia.

Oceans Seven Career[edit]

Where The Crazy People Swim[edit]

Walker wrote Where The Crazy People Swim: Outrageous goals, failure, and success, released in October 2016. Cold-water ultra-marathon swimming is about as tough as it gets. When looking at swims, you ask if anyone has done it, if there are jellyfish, and if anyone has died trying it. On most swims, failure is more likely than success. What drives a person to swim long distances in cold water? Why attempt something could kill you? Where the Crazy People Swim lays bare the mind of a swimmer who honestly and candidly describes his fears, his motivations, and his ultimate goal—not only in swimming, but in life. While covered by a veneer of swimming and honesty about failure both in the water and out, this book is about setting outrageous goals and the definition of success.

Editor[edit]

Walker was the co-editor with Dale Petranech of A History of Marathon Swimming, a 536-page book written by International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator Joe Grossman that was published on 19 July 2017 and covers the sport of marathon swimming and its participants including swimmers, coaches, trainers, promoters and pilots, from 1875 to 1974.

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

Grossman wrote the initial draft of the book A History of Marathon Swimming that was written in its final draft by Walker and was nominated for the 2018 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association:

In order to preserve the colorful and rich history of marathon swimming, International Swimming Hall of Fame and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame dual inductee Dale Petranech kept alive his dream of publishing the personal files of World Professional Marathon Swimming Association administrator Joe Grossman. Despite Grossman's passing in 1974, Petranech faithfully maintained a huge stack of his personally typewritten pages for nearly 5 decades. Steve Walker edited the comprehensively compiled hundreds of pages of notes, observations, recollections and data from solo swims and competitions in numerous bodies of water around the globe. For colorfully recapturing and reformatting the incredibly detailed and long-lost slices of aquatic history over 536 pages, for publishing first-person recollections in A History of Marathon Swimming released 43 years after Grossman's death, and for enabling modern-day swimmers to savor an invaluable treasure that describes the achievements of the swimmers, promoters, coaches and pilots from 1875 to 1974 from the English Channel to the Canadian National Exhibition events, the book A History of Marathon Swimming is a worthy nominee for the 2018 World Open Water Sw

Northern California Open Water Swimming Association[edit]

He is a member of the board of directors of the Northern California Open Water Swimming Association and Lake Tahoe Open Water Swimming Association that includes Patrick O’Malley Daly, Suzie Dods, Suzanne Heim-Bowen, Sylvia Lacock, Ranie Pearce, Bryan Temmermand, and Michael Tschantz-Hahn.

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