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Last weekend 12th and 13th October, the eleventh edition of the Radikal ocean52 was held in Costa Brava. Previously known as Radikal MarBrava it became one of the most popular open water swimming competition in Spain. Over the weekend, The village of Llafranc enjoyed a fun and sporting event in both local waters and in the village as well as other activities for swimmers, families and friends.

Radikal Swim and ocean52 joined efforts “Together for the Ocean” with an edition focused on ocean protection, highlighted by educational activities led by ocean52 such as a beach cleaning, which had more than 60 volunteers and in which almost 37 kg of garbage were collected in just one hour. In addition, swimmers were able to stay hydrated with ocean52 recovery and No Plastic Water drinks packaged in aluminum in order to eliminate single-use plastic from the 3 days event.

More than 1400 swimmers who participated in the different distances of this edition (7km, 3.5km, 1.5km, relays, etc.) had to deal with a not-so-calm sea, but they showed that with effort, energy, good preparation and hydration, everything is possible.

Congratulations to all swimmers of this edition of Radikal ocean52!

Swimmers preparing for the 7km Radikal Ocean52 in Calella de Palafrugell.

Pau Calero, from SK Kayak, supervising the race safety with the kayak made of recycled plastic provided by ocean52 for the #paddleforplastic project

Our ambassador Miquel Sunyer managed to finish the 3.5km dragging the SB Buoy, a buoy designed by Gpa Seaboats, which retains microplastics.  Thank you to Miquel for leaving our sea a little cleaner!

Ocean52 recovery was much appreciated after the effort!

Presentation of Hidden Deserts in the “Together For The Ocean” tent, which showcased various ocean protection projects supported by ocean52.

Of the 36.9 kg collected, 20.91 kg were plastics. We also found more than 1000 cigarettes’ butts and swimmers who participated in the eco-swimming  led by Vies Braves, pulled up a tire that was 8 meters deep.

Children enjoying the Radikal Kids.

If we are aware of the situation from a young age, surely we will achieve more respectful consumption habits to protect the ocean.


Photos by Marc Dura