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Swimming Easter Island

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Swimming Easter Island, the first book published by Plastic Oceans International
Swimming Easter Island was nominated for the 2019 WOWSA Awards in the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year category

Swimming Easter Island is a book written John McCarthy, his eyewitness account of the global effort that resulted in South Africa’s Sarah Ferguson becoming the first person to swim around the perimeter of Easter Island, known locally as Rapa Nui.

2019 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nomination

John McCarthy’s Swimming Easter Island was nominated for the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year award as follows:

Easter Island sits remotely out in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, located 3,512 km from Chile. Isolate and so far away from her native South Africa, Sarah Ferguson was drawn to the challenge of swimming 60 kilometers around the World Heritage Site. She was accompanied by a large crew that included surfer and ocean waterman John McCarthy, a fellow Durbanite. The renowned author wrote Swimming Easter Island, an 88-page book that gives his colorful first-person account and backstory of her 19 hour 8 minute journey where he served as her lead planner, navigator and safety officer. The book retells the swim from various perspectives giving insight that can come only from an eyewitness who understood the dangers and risks she faced. For bringing to life this harrowing solo swim with dramatic photos, maps and illustrations, for describing the core reasons for doing this swim as an eco-warrior and an ambassador for Plastics Ocean International, and for documenting an unprecedented Guinness World Record marathon swim for subsequent challengers and future generations, the book Swimming Easter Island by John McCarthy is a worthy nominee for the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

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