Bravo For The Brava

Bravo For The Brava

270 open water swimmers took to the beautiful waters at the Swim the Costa Brava event. It was the culmination of a dream for Daniel Pagés, the event’s Technical Director. The roots of his dream started at the age of 4 in Badalona (Barcelona), Spain where he began swimming in the same pools where Spanish Olympic medalist Mireia Belmonte also trained.

Pagés soon joined the competitive swimming club where he spent he developed into a national level backstroker. But he did not see the back-and-forth training over black lines in the pool, caged by lane lines and interrupted by constant turns against concrete walls, in his future. He longed to escape the monotony of competitive pool swimming. This is when the early thoughts of Swim the Costa Brava began.

Unlike his pool swimming teammates, he yearned to feel the freedom in every stroke while swimming in the sea. The ocean called him well before open water swimming was still little known among the Spanish swimming community.

The combination of his two greatest passions, nature and sport, continued to spur him on. The sense of mission was there, but the events were not.

Now a young man, Pagés began to travel and explore a wide variety of places throughout Europe. He sought the ideal locations for open water swimming along the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia, in Loch Ness and the North Sea in Scotland, along the Italian Coast, in the Snowdonia National Park in Wales and the Balearic Islands. He was unleashed when he traveled and tested the waters in cold and warm places, rough and calm locations, always swimming far along scenic coastlines.

But he thought that no place could match the scenic and underwater beauty of the Costa Brava closer to his home – and his heart. Together with Aida Molina, they formulated plans for the Swim the Costa Brava and finally their dream came true.

For next year’s swim on September 19th-21st, visit www.swimthecostabrava.com.

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