Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Hassan Baraka is a Morocco athlete who has pushed himself in judo, soccer and rugby, but his dryland career ended in a serious shoulder injury in 2009.

He then turned his energy to marathon runs, ÖTILLÖ swimruns [see below], and triathlons.

But he wanted something more. So he turned to the world’s seas and oceans.

In 2014, the Moroccan completed his Swim Around The World. In July 2013, Baraka started off by swimming between Spain and Morocco across the Strait of Gibraltar in 4 hours 1 minute. Then he completed a number of cross-border swims between Asia and Europe (57 minutes 56 seconds in the Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim in Turkey) in July 2014, between Asia and America (1 km in 34 minutes in midst of the Diomedes Islands of Russia and United States) in August, between Oceania and Asia (9 km in 3 hours 46 minutes from Papua New Guinea to Indonesia) in September, and 28.8 km between Africa and Asia (Dahab, Egypt to Magna, Saudi Arabia) in October in 8 hours 30 minutes. His story is highlighted above.

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