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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tita Tackles Turbulence

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

48-year-old Tita Llorens attempted the first bioprene* 90 km swim from Ibiza to Jávea (Xàbia) on mainland Spain.

But, unfortunately, Llorens had to abort the crossing after 17 hours and 45 km due to strong Force 4 and Force 5 winds and large swells.

Her escort team decided that the crossing was impossible to swim through the night and called the swim. "[Under such turbulent conditions] I would have lost at sea and [my team] would not have found me," explained Llorens in Spanish.** Crew chief Siscu Pons had to pull the kayakers who were escorting her. "There were no indications of the conditions improving. Tita had been swimming for a while without her kayak support because the kayaks had to be pulled out because they could not navigate in those conditions. It was a very brave attempt by Tita."

* Two swimmers who have made the 90 km swim with wetsuits are David Meca (25 hours 30 minutes in 2006) and Juanjo Serra (37 hours at the age of 42).

** “No sé si todavía lo tengo asumido, pero lo que tengo claro es que cuando se ha puesto el sol tenía que salir sí o sí, ya que sino me hubiera perdido en medio del mar y no me hubieran encontrado.

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