Tiburón, whose real name was Victor Guillermo Contreras, is an open water swimmer from Chile who crossed the Strait of Gibraltar in 1981 in 3 hours 27 minutes at the age of 34 and the English Channel in 1982 in 12 hours 2 minutes.
Tiburón (Spanish for shark) is also perhaps best known for his extreme swims across the Strait of Magellan 4.8 km in 1 hour 28 minutes in 1979), across the Beagle Channel in 1980, and an off-the-grid swim where he experienced hypothermia swimming off Deception Island near the Antarctic Peninsula in 1987.
By sharing his passion and experience for channel swims and extreme swims with his fellow Chileans, his legacy will be long remembered.
Photo of Tiburón courtesy of the Asociación Cruce A Nado Del Estrecho De Gibraltar.
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