Joel Wilson

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Joel Wilson speaking at an international open water swimming conference in California

Joel Wilson is a 67-year-old American pool and open water swimming coach and governing body administrator from Santa Cruz, California, and former All-American swimmer at the University of California Berkeley.

Open Water Swimming Career

2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year

Wilson coached Patti Bauernfeind on her crossing of Monterey Bay that is nominated for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

"Three times was no charm for Patti Bauernfeind across the 28-mile (45 km) Monterey Bay. For 34 years, no one had replicated Cindy Cleveland’s once-in-a-generation non-wetsuit, non-protective gear swim across Monterey Bay. Bauernfeind, an accomplished channel swimmer in other venues around the world, tried and tried again and again. It was not the cold, the currents or the distance that defeated her. It was the swarms of jellyfish that she encountered and the venom that she endured which was too much for her. Failure to reach the other shore seemed to be her only option. But on her fourth attempt after innumerable false starts under the guidance of Joel Wilson and her tireless crew, lathered up with Safe Sea jellyfish lotion, the 47-year-old finally swam from shore-to-shore in the northern California waters after 13 painful hours. For her never-give-up mindset and dedication over the years to see her goal to fruition, for her willingness to raise money and awareness for Trust in Education, for her successful battle against the elements, Patti Bauernfeind’s crossing of the Monterey Bay is a worthy nominee for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year."

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