The Japan to Taiwan Ocean Swim Challenge (日台黒潮泳断チャレンジ) was a 6-person, non-stop
relay of 120 kilometers from Okinawa, Japan to Suou, Taiwan. The swimmers
included Kazuya Suzuki, Atsushi Suzuki, Masaya Shimizu, Kenta Ishii, Haruki
Yamamoto and Kouhei Yamada who swam to honor the support of the Taiwanese
people who came to the financial and operational aid of the victims and
survivors of the disastrous earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March
The 6 swimmers braved the strong Kuroshio current, roving sharks,
jellyfish and rough conditions over 50 hours to successfully complete this
unprecedented swim. For their sincere efforts to raise money for
their fellow citizens, for the ¥7 million (US$93,000) donated and for the
boldness of an ambitious country-to-country relay swim, the Japan to Taiwan Ocean Swim Challenge is a worthy nominee for the 2011 World Open Water Swimming
Performance of the Year.
WOWSA aims to promote open water swimming as a global sport for those of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. It hosts the World Open Water Swimming Awards to recognize the open water swimming’s heroes and heroines.
Copyright © 2011 by World Open Water Swimming Association