Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Ruben Gonzalez has been preparing for his recent successful 5 km tandem swim with Jade Perry in the Islas Malvinas (Falkland Islands) from Isla Gran Malvina (West Falkland) to La Isla Soledad (East Falkland) through the Strait of San Carlos in 9-10°C water in 1 hour 26 minutes.

Not only has he frequently prepared by swimming in Nahuel Huapi Lake and Mascardi Lake, he also swam across the Beagle Channel in 2013 between Argentina and Chile in 8°C water, swam 2.5 km in 7°C water near the Perito Moreno glacier in southern Argentina, he swam in 2 km in 9°C water in Loch Ness, Scotland in 2015 and again 2.5 km across the width of Loch Ness, Scotland in 10°C water, he swam 2.5 km in Lago del Desierto in 2016, a lake in the Andes Mountains on the border of Chile in 9°C water, and then won the 2 km Argentinian Cold Water Swimming Championship in the Viedma River in 6°C water as well as swimming in Mar del Plata during winter when the water temperatures were between 8°C and 10°C last year.

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