Hundeby capture the world 25 km title at the 1991 FINA World Swimming Championships in the Swan River in Perth, Australia and later set the world record for the English Channel in 7 hours 17 minutes. The previous record by Penny Dean of 7 hours 40 minutes stood since 1978. He was honored as the Open Water Swimmer of the Year by the USA Swimming in 1991, 1993 and 1994 where he also was the overall point leader in either the IMSA or FINA World Series pro circuit.
He also won numerous marathon swims around the world and set a Catalina Channel record in 1993 in 8 hours 14 minutes. He was also on a Catalina Channel record-setting relay. He won nearly every professional marathon swim in the world during his career.
As a child, he was a member of the Blue Buoy Swim School in Tustin, California. As a college student-athlete, he competed for Southern Methodist University team.
Fastest English Channel Crossings in History
1. 6:55 by Trent Grimsey, Australia, E-F in September 2012
2. 6:57 by Petar Stoychev, Bulgaria, E-F in August 2007
3. 7:03 by Christof Wandratsch, Germany, E-F in August 2005
4. 7:05 by Yuri Kudinov, Russia, E-F in August 2007
5. 7:16 by Vitek Rostislav, Czech Republic, E-F in August 2009
6. 7:17 by Chad Hundeby, USA, E-F in September 1994
7. 7:20 by Christof Wandratsch, Germany, E-F in August 2003
8. 7:21 by Petar Stoychev, Bulgaria, E-F in August 2006
9. 7:22 by David Meca, Spain, E-F in August 2005
10. 7:25 by Yvetta Hlavacova, Czech Republic, E-F in August 2006
11. 7:40 by Penny Lee Dean, USA, E-F in July 1978
Fastest Catalina Channel Crossings in History
1. 7:15 by Penny Lee Dean, USA, MC in September 1976
2. 7:27 by Grace van der Byl, USA, CM in October 2012
3. 7:37 by Pete Huisveld, USA, MC in August 1992
4. 7:41 by John York, USA, MC in September 1978 (first leg of a 2-way)
5. 7:43 by Karen Burton, USA, CM in October 1994
6. 8:05 by Todd Robinson, USA, CM in August 2009
7. 8:07 by Hank Wise, USA, CM in October 2010
8. 8:14 by Chad Hundeby, USA, CM in September 1993
9. 8:20 by Gemma Jensen, Australia, CM in August 2006
10. 8:27 by Jim McConica, USA, CM in October 1983
11. 8:28 by Rendy Lynn Opdycke, USA, CM in August 2008
12. 8:31 by John York, USA, MC in October 1977
13. 8:32 by John York, USA, CM in October 2000
USA Long Distance International Championships
He also competed in the 1984 USA Long Distance International Championships which was the first race across the Catalina Channel since the Wrigley Ocean Marathon in 1927 on the winning American relay team.
English Channel Relay Record
Hundeby remains one of the English Channel relay record-holders along with Jay Wilkerson, Martha Jahn, Karen Burton, Dirk Bouma, and Sid Cassidy. The USA Swimming national open water team members set three English Channel relay records: 6 hours 52 minutes on their first leg (England-to-France), 7 hours 26 minutes on their second leg (France-to-England), and the fastest overall and fastest 2-way relay (England-to-France-to-England) in 14 hours 18 minutes in 1990. The team was coached by Penny Dean and John York.
- Back In The Day
- World Open Water Swimming Association
- Marathon Swimming
- Open Water Swimming
- International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
- Chad Hundeby, International Swimming Hall Of Fame
- Swim for Safety
- International Swimming Hall of Fame
- English Channel world record progression
- Records in Catalina Channel vs. English Channel
- Emily Brunemann's 10-month Odyssey On The Pro Circuit
- Catalina Channel Swimming Back In The Day
- Champions, Adventurers, Record Holders And Endurers
- A Powerhouse - 1990 USA National Open Water Swim Team
- Baby Boomers Looking To Test Time
- How Fast Do You Have To Be?