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International Swim Across La Pérouse Channel

International Swim Across La Pérouse Channel

Courtesy of Alexander Brylin, Sakhalin, Russia.

Alexander Brylin is organizing the International Swim across the La Pérouse Channel, an unprecedented 40 km international relay between Sakhalin, Russia and Hokkaido, Japan in September 2019.

Brylin explains the preparations for the 20+ person relay across La Pérouse Strait, “We studied the currents from the Russian side.


We already swam in the area in Russian waters earlier this year. The currents change and the water is rather cold. We swam 13 km in 3 hours 26 minutes, but then it became very foggy and the sea was rough. The weather changes very quickly there.

We also are thinking about organizing a test swim in Otaru on Hokkaido in February 2019.”

Qualified swimmers should contact Irina Makarova of the Interregional Cold Water Swimming Association in Russia at

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