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Friday, June 1, 2018

Inspired At The Age Of 8 To Realize A Dream

Courtesy of WOWSA, Pacific Ocean.

In 1998, 8-year-old Paul Lecomte saw his uncle Ben Lecomte complete a transoceanic crossing on a beach in his native France after a 73-day assisted stage swim across the Atlantic Ocean.

"When Ben called 18 years later to tell me about his next crazy swim in the Pacific [The Longest Swim], I jumped on board without hesitation. This time I was going to be part of the adventure.

During The Longest Swim, I will keep an eye on my uncle, but also coordinate with our team on land to share our story with [people around the world], and bring everyone in the middle of the ocean. The Longest Swim is a very exciting opportunity to collect a unique dataset and learn more about our ocean, and an invitation to question our own relationship with this mysterious environment

Starting on June 5th, Ben and Paul Lecomte, and the rest of the escort crew will start from Choshi on the eastern coast of Japan on a 8,721 km journey across the Pacific Ocean with the ultimate goal to land safely after 6-8 months in San Francisco, California.

Lecomte's swim can be followed on the Seeker or on his website. His live tracker can be seen here.

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