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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Getting Carried Away In The Atlantic Ocean

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Ben Hooper plans to swim 16-20 miles per day, every day, for 90-120 days without ever touching dryland.

It will be an adventure for sure, writes the Telegraph here. "This winter, a former policeman from Cheltenham will wade into warm waters off Africa and strike out for South America. Can Ben Hooper become the first person to make the 1,763-mile crossing​?"

There have been others who have set off on transoceanic swims: Benoît Lecomte, Jennifer Figge, and Guy Delage. But only Hooper plans to actually swim every single mile across the Atlantic Ocean.

Hooper will set off on his 1,731-mile (2,786 km) stage swim from Dakar, Senegal to Natal, Brazil in January.

Figge remembers how she completed her stage swims across the Atlantic. "I have had the privilege to know that I can't tell an ocean how I will swim it. [Rather] it will tell me. I always thought that open water swimming was like life: You can't see where you are going, you simply have to keep going.

[It is] a real gift from this sport indeed. There's nothing like it
."

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