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Hudson Brothers doing their wild swimming in Norway
The creativity of the Wild Swimming Brothers (Jack Hudson, Calum Hudson and Robbie Hudson) is a nominee for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, part of the WOWSA Awards, an annual recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association
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, nicknamed as the Hudson Brothers or the Wild Swimming Brothers, preparing for their Swim the Eden Expedition
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, Calum Hudson and Robbie Hudson completing the 90-mile (145 km) Swim the Eden Expedition down Cumbria's River Eden. Courtesy of James Silson.

The Hudson Brothers or the Wild Swimming Brothers include 27-year-old Jack Hudson (Little Brother), 29-year-old Calum Hudson (Middle Brother), and 32-year-old Robbie Hudson (Big Brother). They do a number of OSS Adventure Series (Outdoor Swimming Society Adventure Series) events. Their extreme swims also include the Hudson Brothers on the River Eden, a stage swim, and Into the Maelstrom, an unprecedented two-stage swim across the world's largest and most powerful whirlpools.

Honors[edit]

Maelstrom Seven[edit]

They coined the term Maelstrom Seven in October 2018.

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.

Swim the Eden Expedition[edit]

The Swim the Eden Expedition is an unprecedented 3-man 90-mile 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 will swim the entire length of the river. They are inviting 5 OSS swimmers to join them on their penultimate and final days.

Into the Maelstrom[edit]

Into the Maelstrom was an open water swimming tandem swim by the Wild Swimming 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 scheduled for 20-29 August 2016 and serves to raise awareness about oil drilling plans in the Lofoten Islands.

The Saltstraumen swim was a rapid 10-minute sprint across a 0.25 km tidal split with the world's fastest whirlpool, funnelling up to 400,000,000 cubic metres of swirling seawater through a 3 km long and 250-metre 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.

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).

2017 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nominees[edit]

Wild Swimming Brothers' creativity was nominated for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association:

1. Barbados Open Water Swimming Festival with Kristina Evelyn & Zary Evelyn (Barbados)
2. Khitindra Chandra Baishya (Bangladesh)
3. Sven Eckardt (Germany)
4. India National Open Long Distance Swimming Championship Escort Rowers (India)
5. Margarita Llorens Bagur (Spain)
6. Igor Lukin (Russia)
7. Madswimmer by Jean Craven (South Africa)
8. Marc-Antoine Olivier (France)
9. Stephen Rouch (USA)
10. Jason Snell (Great Britain)
11. Christof Wandratsch (Germany)
12. Wild Swimming Brothers (Great Britain)

2017 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nomination[edit]

Wild Swimming Brothers - Calum, Jack, and Robbie Hudson - are adventure-seeking adrenaline junkies who pursue aquatic challenges in risk-taking locations. They take a different spin on the sport of open water swimming than hardened bioprene solo channel swimmers or elite competitive swimmers racing in closed flat-water circuits. The Hudson Brothers embody the spirit of wild swimming and enjoying challenging epic swims in various open bodies of water around their native Great Britain and across the globe. They launched a new YouTube channel aimed at wild swimming, both for veterans and newcomers of this exciting, exploding niche. For creating entertaining videos and short stories from their expeditions and tours of their jaw-dropping aquatic journeys, for providing tips and advice on how to get into and enjoy wild swimming, for bringing their extroverted personalities to add color, humor and excitement to wild swimming, the Wild Swimming Brothers’ creativity is a worthy nominee for the 2017 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

2016 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nomination[edit]

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.

Calum, Jack, and Robbie Hudson are adventure-seeking, adrenaline junkies who pursue aquatic challenges in risk-taking locations. The three brothers tackled their most jaw-dropping traverses to date - crossing the largest whirlpools on Planet Earth. After crossing the Corryvreckan near the Scottish Island of Jura, they headed off to Norway's Arctic Circle for a swim in partnership with World Wildlife Fund - Norge. They chose to swim across two very powerful whirlpools: Saltstraumen and Moskstraumen. They swam across these violently swirling vortexes off the Norwegian coast above the Arctic Circle, risking their lives while crossing strong tides amid killer whales and Lion's Mane jellyfish. Saltstraumen was a 10-minute focused sprint of 250 meters with less than 60 seconds to spare for death-threatening failure. Mosktraumen was a 8 km 2 hour 31 minute crossing between the islands of Vaeroy and Mosken in 9°C water, Norwegian sea currents and storm flow, the furthest distance swum within the Arctic Circle. For facing their deepest fears in terrifically perilous conditions, for raising awareness about the Norwegian government's plans to drill for oil in a wildlife haven in a brotherly tandem swim, for inspiring others to embark on their own challenges, the Hudson Brothers' Into the Maelstrom is a worthy nominee for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

Into the Maelstrom Videos[edit]


By Beth Harrison and Jack Hudson

Random Acts[edit]


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

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: Dive into the natural world and discover your inner adventurer is a book of wild swimming by Jack Hudson, Calum Hudson and Robbie Hudson, published by Yellow Kite Books.


Guernsey Open Water Swimming[edit]

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