Kim Chambers started swimming after a life-changing collision. Just a few years later, she became the first woman to take on a notorious stretching of shark-inhabited waters
Under a black sky in August 2015, Kim Chambers boarded a barge and leader out beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. She took a support team that included her father, a film gang, and her swimming coach. Their destination was the Farallon Islands, a remote outcrop about 30 miles off the coast of San Francisco.
Once there, Chambers would attempt something no female had ever done: an unbroken, solo swim from small island developing back for the purposes of the Golden Gate. With the area’s icy waters, strong airs, heavy swells and one of the largest concentrations of great grey sharks, it’s been called the toughest swim in the world.
The craft motored out in a little over two hours, arriving at the rocky islands at 11 pm. Ten a few minutes later, Chambers jumped.
” It resounds wholly nuts ,” she recollected,” but when I went to the Farallones, I developed not to come back. I did my laundry because I missed my situate to be respectable when they came to collect my material .”
But she did come back, 17 hours and 12 a few minutes later. It was a jubilation that shaped headlines and caused Outside Magazine to dub her ” the world’s most badass swimmer “~ ATAGEND.
Now, a documentary, Kim Swims, chronicles Chambers’ Farallones swim, and tells the story of how a 38 -year-old who had only been swimming earnestly for four years became one of the world’s top marathon swimmers.