She took a support team that included her mother, a film crew, 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 woman had ever done: an unbroken, solo swim from the islands back under the Golden Gate. The boat motored out in a little over two hours, arriving at the rocky islands at 11pm. Ten minutes later, Chambers jumped. I did my laundry because I wanted my place to be decent when they came to collect my stuff.
Subscribe to Wild West, The Chronicle's new outdoors podcast, here. Open-water swimmer Kim Chambers has endured just about the most frightening things the ocean has to offer: great white sharks, jellyfish stings, hypothermia, brutal currents and fierce winds. She even wore a full face mask to bear the extreme salinity when swimming across the Dead Sea two years ago.
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Sign In. Up 15, this week. Actress Miscellaneous Crew Director. Kimberly has four brothers and four sisters. Following graduation from high school at age 18, Chambers moved to Colorado with her best friend and started out in the adult entertainment business working as an exotic dancer at Filmography by Job Trailers and Videos.
Kim Chambers holds her head out of the freezing cold water and stares at the Golden Gate Bridge. The expat New Zealand swimmer sobs, tears mixing with sea water. This is the moment she has spent years preparing for. The scene is shown in a film, Kim Swims , about the athlete's world record swim. Screening in Wellington tomorrow and Auckland during the Doc Edge Festival, the marathon ocean swimmer hopes her story will inspire. Speaking by video from her apartment high on San Francisco's hills, it's now more than two years since Chambers swam for 17 hours through 17 degree water wearing nothing but a black swimsuit emblazoned with the silver fern. She's excited the film is coming home.