East Coast Road Trip

Interview Snippet: Fabulous Five

The Fabulous Five are a group of sometimes five, sometimes more, sometimes less, ocean swimmers who swim around and under the jetty at Coffs Harbour.

Interview Snippet: Vlad Mravec

Vlad Mravec is well known in Sydney for being the go-to coach for long-distance open water swimming, with many of his prodigies completing Ocean’s 7 swims around the globe.

Interview Snippet: Cyril Baldock OAM

Cyril Baldock OAM is world famous in Bondi for his world-record expoilts in marathon open water swimming and his involvement in surf lifesaving for over 50 years.

Interview Snippet: Robert Chapman

Robert ‘Chappo’ Chapman reflects on his career as a champion surf ironman to provide invaluable insights into what it takes to be a great surf swimmer and ocean athlete.

Interview Snippet: Michelle Bootes

Michelle Bootes is a Life Member Pambula SLSC, 2020 Bega Citizen of the Year and the founder of the Same Wave initiative that opens up surf lifesaving to people with disabilities.

Interview Snippet: Tanya Suggett

Tanya Suggett is on one hand a typical Warrnambool local who goes on holiday to the local caravan park, but on the other, she’s a keen all-year-round ocean swimmer helping to grow the sport.

Interview Snippet: John Sheely

John Sheely is Warrnambool’s open water swimming botanist, who, among many international open water adventures, is 93 swims through his target of 100 consecutive winter open water swims.

Interview Snippet: Gavin Rafferty

Gavin Rafferty is an ocean swimmer, proud lifesaver and one of only two people to have swum in every one of the iconic Lorne Pier To Pub ocean swim events.

Interview Snippet: Grant Siedle

Grant Siedle is a Melbourne-based open water event organiser and coach responsible for some of Victoria’s most innovative open water swim events.

Interview Snippet: Norm Farmer AM

Norm Farmer AM has dedicated his entire career to national and international water safety and among many roles and titles, is recognised as a Grand Knight of the International Life Saving Federation.

ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #006 – Don Warner

Don Warner is a Canadian who’s called Melbourne home for more than 40 years, a Brighton Iceberger and the author of ‘Beyond The Tip – Tales of the Icebergers of Brighton’

ONSHORE Podcast: Ep #005 – John Locco

John Locco has braved the icy waters of Brighton nearly every day since 1973, going on to become the founder of Melbourne’s famous Brighton Icebergers open water swimming club.


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