Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

TED Talks are a global set of conferences run by the non-profit Sapling Foundation under the slogan “Ideas Worth Spreading”.

A number of open water swimmers have spoken at TED conferences around the world: Lewis Pugh, Diana Nyad, Maarten van der Weijden, Ori Sela, Vicki Keith, Dr. Peter Attia, and others from marine biologists to environmentalists.

Lewis Pugh, the pioneer swimmer and first person to swim up on Mt. Everest and across the North Pole:





Maarten van der Weijden, a leukemia cancer survivor who won the 2008 Olympic gold in the 10 km marathon swim:



Diana Nyad, the former professional marathon swimmer who attempted to swim from Cuba to Florida:





Dr. Peter Attia, a Maui Channel and Catalina Channel swimmer [shown above]:



Vicki Keith, one of the greatest marathon swimmers in the world:



Ori Sela, a member of the 377 km Cyprus Israel Relay Swim:



Tim Ferriss, an entrepeneur and author and trendsetter:



Dr Angel Yanagihara, a world’s leading specialist in jellyfish:



Dr Tim Noakes, a world’s leading sports scientist from South Africa:



Maria Conceicao, a Portuguese ultra marathon runner:



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