Jono Ridler: The Inside Story Of NZ's Longest Swim

Publish Date
Monday, 15 May 2023, 9:39AM

On this episode of Between Two Beers we talk to Jono Riddler. 

Jono is the general manager of a Truck Transportation business in Auckland – and on the side does marathon swimming. 

Last week he set a new record for NZ’s longest swim, after making it to Campbell’s Bay on Auckland’s North Shore on Wednesday night after he set off from Aotea Great Barrier Island on Tuesday morning. 

Jono spent over 33 hours in the water and swum just short of 100kms, more than doubling his previous best ultra-marathon swim distance. 

In this episode we talk about his epic swim, why he did it and the reaction he received, what the training looked like, the hallucinations he had after 80kms,  why he *lost is* at his crew at one point, hour-long ice baths and ice-swimming, pushing your limits and so much more. 

The way Jono created a vision for himself, which seems impossible to most, then pulled it off – captured the imagination of the nation – and his story shows the potential of what's achievable with the right mindset. 

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