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History

Hi, everyone! First of all, I am a sea lover, like many of you! My name is Arturo. I’m going to tell you my story and how it engaged me into this wonderful world of the sea. It all started when I was 3 in the Fishermen’s Pier of Mansa Beach in Punta del Este. There, I learnt how to swim with my teacher, Enrique, in the year 1977. At first I was scared when I had to swim from the pier to the seashore, but as time went by, distances seemed shorter and I began to enjoy the sea and swimming in open waters.

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The challenge

The challenge consists in swimming from Ingleses Beach
to Lobos Island. (10km off-shore) (Optional: round crossing)

Crossing: Playa de los Ingleses - Isla de Lobos
Distance: 10 km
Optional round trip

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Crossing: Punta del Este - Gorriti Island
Distance: 1600 m
Optional round trip

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Press

Canal 11
'Two Argentines swam
across the island of Lobos'
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EL PAÍS
'Pioneers swimming, joined
Isla de Lobos and Punta
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La República
'Challenge accomplished'
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Open Water Swimming
'The Daily News of
Open Water Swimming'
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La República
'It will swim the Gorriti
and Lobos islands'
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El Correo
'Round trip to Lobos'
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INSTAGRAM

Apoya

Our beginnings

I discovered a new world, away from the noise of the city and immersed in nature. I swam under all circumstances and I have never stopped since then. It is, without hesitation, the place where I can feel authentic and happy.

I swam to Gorriti Island (Inside Maldonado’s Bay) many times and I have also swum along the seashore, from José Ignacio to Punta Ballena, becoming more confident and gaining more experience.

I have swum solo a lot but I have also swum with my friend, Ignacio, who is passionate about the sea, too.

In March 2014, Ignacio and I were the pioneers in swimming from the seashore to Isla de Lobos (Lobos Island). Isla de Lobos is the biggest Natural Reserve in South America, located 10km off shore. It holds 150.000 sea lions of the species called 'two hairs' and 1,500 of the species known as the 'wig' and some sea elephants, too. There are also many sunken ships around, some of which date back to the XVII century.

It was very exciting to swim to the island, to get there and to be in contact with the fauna of the area. As I was swimming, I could see how the moon slowly disappeared, giving rise to the crack of dawn. I also loved being welcomed by thousands of curious sea lions.

A year later, we swam to the island and returned, and in 2017 I swam solo, connecting Lobos Island with Gorriti Island and then returning to the seashore.

All the amazing things I have experienced in these latitudes, the logistics and the organization of the challenges made me, together with my wife, Nati, set up this company. We wish to share this unbelievable experience with you!

Roadmap

The swimmers start the challenge very early in the morning. After being checked by the Maritime authorities, they will be accompanied all the time by a support boat. There will be a nurse, a lifeguard and a captain on board, who will show them the way through the sea and will provide them with food and drink during the crossing.

The challenge finishes when the swimmers get to the sunken ship (30m away from the island) where they will be welcomed by hundreds of sea lions.

While they are swimming, they will be able to appreciate the sun in the ocean, the changing colors of the water, the sun rays disappearing in the depth and they will also have the opportunity to enjoy the mammals of the area, without feeling threatened.

All the things we have mentioned make this experience special and unique!

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improve yourself.

Tips

  • Let the coast guard know that you are starting the challenge.
  • Take a buoy as a safety device.
  • Preferably, swim in groups and stay visible so that someone can keep track of you.
  • Do not swim further than allowed.
  • Rest properly, eat well and make sure you stay well hydrated.
  • If you swim for more than an hour, take something to drink and eat carbs while you are swimming.
  • Wear sunscreen
  • Use Vaseline to cover the areas of your skin that may get sensitive with the friction of the wetsuit (neck, armpits, etc.).
  • Wear anti-fog goggles.

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Registration

To sign up for the challenge, you need to download and complete the three forms and then email them to [email protected], but before you must read our protocol and regulations.

You can download all forms together here.