Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Ion Lazarenco Tiron is a global aquatic adventurer.

The native Moldavian living in Ireland has not only completed an 8-day 235 km Swimming Marathon Nistru stage swim, but he has also completed an Ice Mile swim in 3.3ºC (37.9ºF) water, an English Channel crossing in 13 hours 34 minutes, a Strait of Gibraltar crossing in 4 hours 41 minutes, the Swim of Peace in Tunisia, the 26.4 km International Self-Transcendence Marathon Swim in Lake Zurich, and a North Channel crossing in 16 hours 23 minutes in 11-12ºC water.

But with the water so warm in Hawaii, how hard could the Molokai Channel really be?

It was 18 hours 11 minutes hard.

Linda Kaiser reported, “Ion couldn’t believe how tough the Kaiwi Channel is. I had told him of the currents and jellyfish.”

On the same day that Stephen Junk completed his own Molokai Channel crossing, Lazarenco entered the Kaiwi Channel around the same time at 6:49 pm Tuesday night from Papohaku Beach on Molokai Island. “He finished at 1:00 pm on Wednesday afternoon at Sandy Beach on Oahu under the escort of Captain Matt Buckman and the Kaiwi Channel Swimmers Association.

The forecast showed light winds on Tuesday and Wednesday with winds getting stronger Wednesday afternoon through the weekend. But someone forgot to tell Mother Nature.

The winds off Molokai during the night were 10-15 mph, picking up as the sun rose to steady 20 mph. Ion dealt with quite a few man o war stings during the night. The current was strong, but his escort captain was genius in using the currents to get him into shore.”

Besides the pain of the stings and power of the currents, there was one thing that Lazarenco was prepared for: sharks. “He used the E-Shark Force Electronic Shark Defense System and saw no big fish,” said Kaiser.

I wore this around my ankles to scare away the sharks, thanks to Wilson Vinano, Jr.,” described the five-time Oceans Seven swimmer about the E-Shark Force device [shown above].

But like the play by William Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well, when Lazarenco landed on Sandy Beach, the lifeguards announced his arrival and the entire beach sounded car horns, clapped, and whistled.

He raised money for his charitable cause on his fifth Oceans Seven swim that places his fifth on the global list.* His Swim for a Dream supports needy children in Moldavia.

For dramatic videos of his turbulent crossing, visit his Facebook page here.

Oceans Seven Completed
1. Stephen Redmond (Ireland): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait, Molokai Channel, Tsugaru Channel, North Channel
1. Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden): Molokai Channel, English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel, Tsugaru Channel, Cook Strait, North Channel
1. Michelle Macy (USA): English Channel (3 times), Catalina Channel, Molokai Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Cook Strait, Tsugaru Channel, North Channel
1. Darren Miller (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Molokai Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Tsugaru Channel, Cook Strait, North Channel
1. Adam Walker (UK): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Molokai Channel, Catalina Channel, Tsugaru Channel, Cook Strait, North Channel
1. Kimberly Chambers (New Zealand): Cook Strait, Molokai Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel, English Channel, Tsugaru Channel, North Channel

6 Oceans Seven Channels Completed, 1 To Go:
7. Penny Palfrey (Australia): English Channel (2 times), Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait, Molokai Channel, Tsugaru Channel
7. Stephen Junk (Australia): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Cook Strait, Catalina Channel, Tsugaru Channel, Molokai Channel

5 Oceans Seven Channels Completed, 2 To Go:
9. Forrest Nelson (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel (both ways and two-way), Molokai Channel (both ways), Tsugaru Channel, Cook Strait
9. Craig Lenning (USA): North Channel, English Channel, Catalina Channel, Tsugaru Channel, Cook Strait
9. David Yudovin (USA): Catalina Channel (4 times), Strait of Gibraltar, Tsugaru Channel, English Channel, Cook Strait, [deceased]
9. Rohans More (India): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Molokai Channel, North Channel, Tsugaru Channel
9. Antonio Argüelles (Mexico): English Channel (twice), Catalina Channel (twice), Strait of Gibraltar, Tsugaru Channel, Molokai Channel
9. Adrian Sarchet (Guernsey): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, North Channel, Molokai Channel
9. Pat Gallant-Charette (USA): English Channel, Catalina Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Tsugaru Channel, North Channel
9. Elizabeth Fry (USA): English Channel (6 times), Catalina Channel (2 times), Strait of Gibraltar, Molokai Channel, Tsugaru Channel
9. Pieter Christian Jongeneel Anderica (Spain): Strait of Gibraltar (3 times), English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait, Molokai Channel
9. Ion Lazarenco (Moldavia): English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, North Channel, Catalina Channel, Molokai Channel

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