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
- He was captain of the Cruzin Sextet, a relay team that participated in the 10-mile Trans Tahoe Relay across Lake Tahoe from Sand Harbor Beach in Nevada to Skylandia Beach, Lake Forest in California.
- He won the 2014 Speedo One Hour Postal National Championship in the 65-69 year age group
- He helped Patti Bauernfeind cross from Santa Cruz to Monterey across Monterey Bay in northern California in August 2014 in 13 hours 0 minutes
- He is the co-founder of the Monterey Swimming Association along with Scott Tapley, Patti Bauernfeind and Kim Rutherford. The Monterey Bay Swimming Association is dedicated to supporting those who wish to undertake marathon and ultra-marathon swims in the Monterey Bay, California. The MBSA is available to observe and sanction swims and is dedicated to the safety, integrity, and accurate documentation of these swims and to preserve the traditions of marathon swimming by following internationally recognized rules and standards.
- On 14 July 2012, he completed the 10 km Applegate Lake Swim in Oregon in 2 hours 34 minutes 7 seconds at the age of 63.
- On 11 June 2016, he finished 7th overall in the 10 km Lake Del Valle Open Water Swims in Livermore in northern California in 2 hours 36 minutes 35 seconds at the age of 67.
- On 16 July 2016, he completed the 10 km Applegate Lake Swim in Oregon in 2 hours 37 minutes 59 seconds at the age of 67.
- He serves as a board member of the Monterey Bay Swimming Association.
- He received the 2015 Kerry O’Brien Coaches Award, an annual award given by U.S. Masters Swimming, named to honor the Walnut Creek Masters (Pacific) coach who embodies the passion, dedication, and heart that USMS coaches bring to the pool deck and open water.
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."
- Ricardo Valdivia Wins Age-Group Hour Championship
- Joel Wilson US Masters bio
- Mental Challenges Of Open Water Swimming
- Trans Tahoe Relay
- America's Top 50 Open Water Swims
- Olympic Club
- Open Water Swimming
- Getting High In Open Water Swimming
- Defining Open Water Swimming Relays
- America The Beautiful Open Water Swimming List
- World's Top 100 Open Water Swims
- The Feeling Of Finishing From Fatigue To Felicity
- Marathon Swimming
- Maui Channel Swim
- The Vision And Early History Of The Maui Channel Swim
- World Open Water Swimming Association
- From Shore To Shore, Beautiful Moments In Monterey Bay
- Four Years, Four Attempts To A Really Beautiful Moment
- Patti Bauernfeind Keeps Swimming
- Marathon Swimmers Federation bio
- Pat Gallant-Charette Completely Surprised By Her Fame