|Ocean Seven Swim Challenge May Soon be Conquered with the Help of Aqua Sphere|
UK Press Release - November, 2011
Irishman Steve Redmond, recently nominated as World Open Water Swimmer Man of the Year, is well on the way to achieving his goal of becoming the first person to complete the astonishing Ocean Seven Swim Challenge. Having completed four of the epic swims that make up the Challenge - the English, North and Catalina Channels and the Straits of Gibraltar - Steve plans to swim the Molokai Channel off Hawaii in January and then the Cook Strait off New Zealand and the Tsugaru Strait off Japan in April and May. Totaling 204.5 km, no-one has ever successfully swum across all seven of these open waters.
"As soon as you pull the straps tight you know that the only thing that won't fail after 20 hours is your goggles"
Overcoming cold water, currents, large swells, jelly fish, sharks, whale and squid and enduring sickness and cramps, Steve says "My best moment to date has definitely been touching the rocks at the end of the North Channel swim. That is easily the hardest Channel swim in the world and I suffered endless jellyfish stings for the last 9 hours! I'm keeping positive and am determined to become the first person ever to complete this Challenge, but the hardest element is the financial worry and the whole hassle surrounding the logistics of each swim. I just don't want to let anyone down who has helped me. In terms of kit, I wear Aqua Sphere goggles because they provide a great fit... as soon as you pull the straps tight you know that the only thing that won't fail after 20 hours is your goggles which is one less thing to worry about!"