Open Water Swimming Career Highlights
- Junk achieved the Oceans Seven on 10 September 2023 as the 26th person in history.
- He completed a 14.4 km crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar between Spain and Morocco on 1 July 2005 in 4 hours 1 minutes.
- He completed a 32.3 km crossing of the Catalina Channel from Santa Catalina Island to Palos Verdes on the Southern California mainland on 8 August 2008 in 10 hours 29 minutes.
- On 8 August 2008, he completed a 32.3 km crossing of the Catalina Channel from Santa Catalina Island to Palos Verdes on the Southern California mainland in 10 hours 29 minutes 46 seconds.
- He completed a 23 km crossing of the Cook Strait in New Zealand on 8 March 2010 in 8 hours 8 minutes.
- He attempted a 19.5 km crossing of the Tsugaru Channel in northern Japan in 2015. He completed a 19.5 km crossing of the Tsugaru Channel from Honshu to Hokkaido in 11 hours 2 minutes on 19 August 2016.
- He completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France on 5 September 2016 in 14 hours 20 minutes.
- He attempted a 42 km crossing of the Molokai Channel in 2015, but became seasick and did not finish with Mike Twigg-Smith as his escort pilot.
- Hek traveled to Hawaii to attempt the 42 km Molokai Channel, but conditions prevented him from starting on 20 June 2016
- He completed a 42 km Molokai Channel crossing on 5 October 2016 in 13 hours 50 minutes with Mike Twigg-Smith as his escort pilot at the age of 56.
- On 10 September 2023, he completed a 35 km crossing of the North Channel between Northern Ireland and Scotland in 13 hours 17 minutes 10 seconds to complete the Oceans Seven at the age of 62.
- He completed the 33.5 km English Channel crossing with a duo relay with Mark Cockroft on 5 August 2003 in 11 hours 40 minutes
- Junk completed the 20 km Lake Argyle Classic in North West Australia on 4 June 2007 in 6 hours 4 minutes
- Junk completed the Ederle Swim in October 2007 in 5 hours 55 minutes
- Junk competed in the Rottnest Channel Swim: 14 x solo swims, including one double crossing on 15 March 2008 in 10 hours 38 minutes 18 seconds at the age of 47, and 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 (3 crossings includes one double crossing), 2009 and 2010
- Junk completed the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in 5 July 2008 in 7 hours 48 minutes
- Junk completed the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim on 12 June 2010 in 8 hours 8 minutes
- Junk was nominated for the 2009 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year for his participation in the 120 km Taupo x 3 relay of 33 hours 31 minutes with Chris Palfrey, Stephen Spence, Dougal Hunt, and Mark Cockroft
- Junk completed a crossing of the Strait of Magellan in Chile on 10 April 2018 in 1 hour 14 minutes 52 seconds.
- He was named one of the World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men in 2019 by the World Open Water Swimming Association.
2017 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men
1. Dr. Doron Amosi, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
2. Antonio Argüelles Díaz-González, channel swimmer and endurance athlete from Mexico
3. Cyril Baldock, marathon/channel swimmer from Australia
4. Ram Barkai, administrator, event organizer and ice swimmer from South Africa
5. John Batchelder, butterflying marathon swimmer from USA
6. Nejib Belhedi, marathon/stage/boat pull swimmer from Tunisia
7. Alexander Brylin, channel ice swimmer from Russia
8. Luc Chetboun, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
9. Salvatore Cimmino, amputee advocate and marathon/extreme swimmer from Italy
10. Jean Craven, marathon/extreme swimmer from South Africa
11. Ned Denison, IMSHOF administrator and marathon/ice swimmer from Ireland
12. Craig Dietz, disabled open water swimmer from USA
13. Ben Enosh, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel/USA
14. Udi Erell, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
15. Stephen Junk, channel swimmer from Australia
16. Henri Kaarma, event organizer and ice swimmer from Estonia
17. Ger Kennedy, ice, underwater and extreme swimmer from Ireland
18. Craig Lenning, marathon/channel/ice swimmer from the USA
19. Neil Macaskill, extreme/cross-border swimmer from South Africa
20. Pádraig Mallon, escort pilot, event organizer and marathon/channel/ice swimmer from Ireland
21. Ingemar Patiño Macarine, channel/marathon swimmer from the Philippines
22. Andrew Malinak, administrator and cold water/marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
23. Chris Marthinusen, extreme/high-altitude swimmer from South Africa
24. Patrick McKnight, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
25. Allan McLeland, Peak and Pond swimmer/climber from the USA
26. Darren Miller, channel swimmer and event director from the USA
27. Rohan More, marathon/channel swimmer from India
28. Gullupilli Narhari, extreme relay swimmer from India
29. Matías Ola, event organizer and ice/extreme swimmer from Argentina
30. Kieron Palframan, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
31. James Pittar, blind marathon/channel swimmer from Australia
32. Javier Mérida Prieto, disabled Triple Crown swimmer from Spain
33. Lewis Pugh OIG, ocean advocate and ice/extreme swimmer from the UK
34. Oded Rahav, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
35. Stephen Redmond, channel/marathon swimmer from Ireland
36. Adrian Sarchet, marathon/channel swimmer from Guernsey
37. Ori Sela, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
38. Dan Simonelli, coach/guide/observer and marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
39. Paramvir Singh, extreme relay swimmer from India
40. Albert Sobirov, ice swimmer from Russia
41. Petar Stoychev, marathon/channel/ice/Olympic swimmer from Bulgaria
42. Ryan Stramrood, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
43. Martin Strel, marathon/stage swimmer from Slovenia
44. Dr. Otto Thaning, channel/marathon swimmer from South Africa
45. Jacques Tuset, prison island swimmer from France
46. Toks Viviers, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
47. Adam Walker, coach, event organizer, and channel swimmer from England
48. Christof Wandratsch, event organizer and ice/marathon/channel/professional swimmer from Germany
49. Brenton Williams, event organizer and butterfly ocean swimmer from South Africa
50. Herman van der Westhuizen, extreme high-altitude swimmer from South Africa
Taupo x 3 world record setting relay
Men’s Lake Taupo Team
Junk was a member of the Taupo x 3 relay, a three-way crossing of Lake Taupo by a 6-person male team and a 6-person female team of experienced open water swimmers in January 2009 in 18.5°C (65°F) water. The Taupo x 3 relay teams set a world lake swimming record by completing a 126 km (78.2 miles) triple-crossing of Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand under organisers Chris Palfrey, Penny Palfrey, and Julie Bradshaw. The men's relay team finished in 33 hours 31 minutes 15 seconds and included Steve Junk (Australia), Mark Cockroft (New Zealand), Dougal Hunt (Australia), Chris Palfrey (Australia), and Stephen Spence (Australia) with New Zealand legend Philip Rush as the escort pilot. The swim started at 5:33 am on 5 January 2009.
The women’s relay team finished in 33 hours 33 minutes 45 seconds and included Julie Bradshaw (England), Michelle Macy (USA), Barbara Pellick (Australia), Penny Palfrey (Australia), Lucy Roper (England), and Heather Osborn (New Zealand). The swim started at 5:33 am on 5 January 2009.
• No wetsuits. Swimsuits must be FINA approved.
• No artificial aids.
• No external assistance to the swimmer. The swimmer cannot be touched (except on the relay changes) or be supported while swimming.
• Relay changeovers to occur each hour. That is, one person swims for one hour, and then has five hours rest, repeating the sequence until the finish.
• Each relay change to occur by the fresh person swimming up behind the retiring swimmer, tagging hands above the water and then taking over.
• Swimmers to remain in their designated order.
• Swimmer to clear the water at the end of each lap and immediately return and recommence swimming.
The plan was to start at first light from near Tokaanu, at the southern most point of the lake, heading roughly north east past Motutaiko Island, cutting close to Rangitiri point, before finishing on the beach in front of the Waikato River. The distance by GPS for one lap was 40.2 km. The second lap retraced the course back to the starting point and the final lap was a repeat of the first.
The men finished the first leg of 40.2 km in a time of 10 hours 22 minutes; the women finished in 10 hours 28 minutes.
The men finished the second leg of 40.2 km in 12 hours 15 minutes; the women finished in 12 hours 19 minutes.
The men finished the third leg of 40.2 km in 10 hours 54 minutes; the women finished in 10 hours 53 minutes.
Both teams broke the world relay record set in December 2008 by 2 teams of 50 swimmers, each doing 2 km, who covered 100 km in 37 hours 6 minutes.
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- Francisco Aguirre Completes A Straits Of Magellan Crossing
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- 2017 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men
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- World Record Relay In Lake Taupo
- Cold Water Crossings With Patagonia Swim
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