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Cruce Aguas Abiertas Golfo Dulce

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Cruce Aguas Abiertas Golfo Dulce organized by Joe Bernini and Sergio Sánchez in Costa Rica. Photo by Alberto Font.
Cruce Aguas Abiertas Golfo Dulce was featured on the front cover of the June issue of Open Water Swimming Magazine published by the World Open Water Swimming Association with a photo by Tzirú Pérez

Cruce Aguas Abiertas Golfo Dulce is a three-race open water swimming competition held in Puerto Jiménez, Golfo Dulce on the Pacific Ocean side of Costa Rica. The race distances include a 1.5 km and a 5 km open water swim and a 14 km marathon swim. It is part of the 2015-2016 World Open Water Swimming Series and Costa Rica's Circuito Aguas Abiertas.

Golfo Dulce[edit]

Golfo Dulce is a gulf in Costa Rica, located at the South of the Province of Puntarenas. The inlet starts on the Pacific Ocean side of Costa Rica and extends slightly northward before turning west. The bay separates the Osa Peninsula from the mainland Costa Rica. In the northeast part of the gulf is the Piedras Blancas National Park (former Corcovado National Park extension), with its 14,000 hectares (35,000 acres) of protected rainforest as well as an important marine area to protect the needlefish.

Christoper Lanuza Segura and Angélica Astorga won the inaugural 14 km race in 12 September 2015. José Manuel Cullell was the first person to swim 14 km across Golfo Dulce on 4 July 2015 in 4 hours 50 minutes from Playa Nicuesa, near Piedras Blancas National Park, to Puerto Jiménez.

Puerto Jiménez[edit]

Puerto Jiménez is the largest town on the Osa Peninsula, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica. The town is located on the Golfo Dulce near the Corcovado National Park. Also near the town is the Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve, where sightings of scarlet macaws, toucans and trogóns are common.

Race Director[edit]

Joe Bernini
Tzirú Pérez, photographer
Sergio Sánchez, producer

2014 Race[edit]

2015-2016 World Open Water Swimming Series[edit]

The event is part of the 2015-2016 World Open Water Swimming Series (WOWSS), a global series of open water swimming competitions. FINIS and Ocean Recovery Alliance present the global open water swimming, a 17-race series spans Africa, North America, South America, Asia and Europe and includes some of the world’s most innovative, enjoyable, beautiful and signature open water swimming competitions.

1. Cold Half Extreme Marathon Swim in Hong Kong. Race director Doug Woodring
2. aQuellé Midmar Mile in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa in February. Race director Wayne Riddin
3. Miami Mile in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. in April. Race director Jonathan Strauss
4. El Cruce in Cancún, Mexico in May. Race director Rafael Hernández
5. Swim Challenge Cascais in Cascais, Portugal. Race director Jorge Paulo Pereira
6. Jax Coco Shek O Challenge in Hong Kong in July. Race director Doug Woodring
7. Henley Mile in Henley-on-the-Thames, United Kingdom in July. Race director Tom Kean
8. Vibes & Scribes Lee Swim in Cork, Ireland in July. Race director Joe Donnelly
9. Hellespont and Dardanelles Swim in Turkey in August. Race director Simon Murie
10. BCT Gdynia Marathon – Open Race in Gdynia, Poland in August. Race director Tomasz Pąchalski
11. Waikiki Roughwater Swim in Oahu, Hawaii in September. Race director Kaia Hedlund
12. International Masters Open Water Swim in Shizuoka, Japan in September. Race director Yutaka Shinozaki
13. Cruce Aguas Abiertas Golfo Dulce in Costa Rica in September. Race director Joe Bernini
14. Swim The Island in Italy in October. Race director Matteo Testa
15. The Five in Hong Kong in October. Race director Doug Woodring
16. King and Queen of the Sea in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in December. Race director Pedro Rego Monteiro
17. Stroke for Egypt in the Red Sea, Egypt in December. Race coordinator Mohamed Marouf

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