Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Carlos Costa is a double-leg amputee and open water swimmer from Canada.

The member of the 24-hour Club (45 km swim across Lake Ontario in 1993 in 32 hours 43 minutes) also completed a crossing of the Catalina Channel in November 1993 in 15 hours 3 minutes and previously attempted a Lake Ontario crossing in 1992.

For a clip about Costa, see here.

Forrest Nelson of the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation talks about Costa’s ground-breaking channel crossing. “I believe Carlos Costa was the first amputee to swim the Catalina Channel. He chose to swim the extra distance to Cabrillo Beach for the advantage of reaching beyond the high water mark according to CCSF rules on sand, rather than a rocky shore.”

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