Among his support team are two FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix champions, a husband-and-wife team of Damián Blaum and Esther Nuñez, and friends from Brazil: Nick Fenzl, Thais Sant’ana, Larissa Zink, and Carmen Zinc. They assisted him to become the first Brazilian to complete the Triple Crown.
“It was a beautiful experience,” remarked pace swimmer Blaum. “Samir faced some hard moments, but he was strong and he picked up the pace at the end. We left Catalina Island at 11:30 pm and the ocean was very smooth the entire way from Catalina to the mainland. We saw some dolphins, a very BIG snake or something fast about 3 meters long, and a perfect sunrise.”
His crossing was funded by crowdsourcing where he gave Tríplice Coroa swim caps, t-shirts, slippers and water bottles to his supporters.
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