MEET JACK, CALUM AND ROBBIE HUDSON – three brothers born in the English pie-eating county called Yorkshire. As kids, they loved nothing more than exploring the outdoors together, kayaking with seals and porpoises in Scottish lochs or paddling with Snappy, their big inflatable crocodile, off the beaches of Devon.
As they reached adulthood they noticed that folk, including themselves, were increasingly detached from the natural world. Working in cities (London and Berlin) they felt the weight the urban grind – the common monotony of an office-based nine-to-five. They each felt that they needed to do something to break free and the Wild Swimming Brothers were born. They decided to commit themselves to a wild swimming adventure – and set out to explore the world through wild swimming.
They’ve swum all over the world from the dense tropical jungles of Venezuela to the winding rivers of Indonesia, from glacial Himalayan mountain pools to the wadis of Morocco. As brothers, they’ve swum on 6 continents and their biggest journeys to date have been:
CORRYVRECKAN aka the world’s third largest maelstrom, off the west coast of Argyll, where a collision of tidal pathways intersects and sends manic waves to smash against the jagged, limpet-studded rocks that edge the Isle of Jura. There’s less than one hundred people who’ve actually made this crossing, which makes it pretty special.
THE WHOLE RIVER EDEN this 9 day/90 mile expedition was a chance for the brothers to revisit the spots they loved as kids, from the peaty bogs and gorges of Black Fell Moss, down the steep dale of Mallerstang to the the squelching tidal flats of England’s eastern coast, where the Eden joins the River Esk and enters the Solway Firth.
SALTSTRAUMEN and MOSKSTRAUMEN whirlpools in Norway. Swirling violently above the Arctic Circle, on the edge of the Lofoten Islands, they possess the strongest and fastest tidal currents in the world. Made famous by Edgar Allan Poe’s A Descent into the Maelstrom and featured in the climax of Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, they are truly the stuff of literary legend.
Photo credit Erlend Bodo Nu