Lewis Gordon Pugh became the first human to complete a long distance swim at the Geographic North Pole in nothing more than a Speedo, cap and goggles. By swimming in a region that was once completely covered in ice, Lewis showed the world that climate change is happening and we have the power to stop it.
Ben Lecomte is about to perform a superhuman feat. He will set a new world record by swimming across the expanse of the Pacific Ocean, 5,500 miles from Japan to San Francisco. He will have to fight through endless waves, violent storms, winds and currents; anything that nature can throw at him. Throughout his epic five-month journey, he will rouse the nation, bringing a captivating message of hope and inspiration to struggling American’s fighting their own battle against a stormy economy and an ocean of doubt.
It would be impossible for Ben to survive this journey alone. His team of experienced specialists, each a character with their own compelling story, will consist of the captain and the boat’s crew, a nurse, two cooks, and his personal friend.
Also, there will be a protection unit, two Sea-Doo pilots who are also “shark punchers,” professional shark handlers who will manage and track sharks, in order to keep Ben safe.
The whole group will live in tight quarters throughout the long journey. Their social interaction and stories will provide intense drama and a story-driven backdrop for the swim.
Developed and produced by multi-Primetime Emmy Award winner and “Deadliest Catch” producer Doug Stanley, “The Longest Swim” will employ the same gritty cinematic style and heart-wrenching narrative techniques that have made Doug synonymous with reality television on the ocean.
Together, we will showcase the endurance feat of all-time, designed to raise the spirit of a nation.