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Brazilian-bred Aloha Spirit

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Ocean swimming…stand up paddling…outrigger canoeing…surf skiing…paddleboarding…ocean triathloning…free diving.

Those are some of the many ocean-going activities of Brazilian-bred athletes like João Castro.

What started out as Castro’s passion for outrigger canoeing on a local level has turned into a massive nationwide gathering of watermen and waterwomen doing all kinds of ocean competitions, appropriately called the Aloha Spirit Festival.

For more information on the next 1 km, 2 km and 3.5 km ocean swims in Ilhabela, visit

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