Big Waves, Big Smiles By Bárbara Across Molokai
Courtesy of Bárbara Hernández Huerta, Molokai, Hawaii.
She writes, “[I was the] first Molokai Channel crossing for a Chilean and South American person in history.” She swam for a tough 15 hours 41 minutes. “I fought from start to finish. I love my team and what together we are able to accomplish. Captain Mike Twigg-Smith, Shelley Oates-Wilding, and his crew made us feel at home. I swam chasing the sun and then the moon that illuminated everything. This time, I didn’t have to imagine stars because there were thousands.“
She colorfully described her swim, “Accompanying me, the nactinoctylucas that shine in the sea made me swim in the sky. I touched a thousand fish and weird things. I chased my food every 30 minutes and two dolphins came to say, ‘Hold on. When more pain I felt, I fought [with my] arms and purpose. Every time I got focused, the sea sent me jellyfish to remind me – two Portuguese man o’ war made me feel pain. I persisted…it took almost 3.3 hours over the last 6 kilometers against a bad current.”
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