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Port Elizabeth adventurer Kyle Main in 50km swim in Mauritius

Dec 5, 2019
Port Elizabeth adventurer Kyle Main in 50km swim in Mauritius

Port Elizabeth - In what he describes as his biggest challenge to date, Port Elizabeth endurance, adventurer, Kyle Main will swim a distance of 50km uninterrupted from the west to south coast of Mauritius in December.

Beginning at Flic n Flac beach on the west coast and finishing at Bel Ombre beach in the south, Main will not touch land or support craft for around 10 hours overwhich time he is expected to have made around 36 000 arm strokes.

Main has pioneered at least two swims of up to 25km around Mauritius before, so he is not new to the conditions or logistics but the distance of the December swim, will provide unique challenges.

Currents, swell and the sun are big issues, especially when the duration of the swim makes a full day of sun unavoidable,'' he says.

Main, who also coaches swimming, will not wear a wetsuit but will be supported by a seconding team, that will fit their small boat with a shark shield.

"Issues like the salt which swells the tongue and sunburn are more concerning than sharks or stingers,'' he says.

Having pioneered swims across South Africa, Main recently turned his rudder towards international waters, notching up several ultra swims including a 4 hour, 22km swim in the Andaman sea off Thailand, the Rottnest Channel off Australia in an African record time in 2015 and the Straits of Gibraltar in the fastest recorded time in 2013.

More recently and slightly closer to his Indian Ocean shores, he pioneered a 20km swim from Serpent Island, 30 km north of Mauritius, to Flat Island days after he became the first person to swim from Flat Island, adjacent to the notorious Shark Pit diving site, to Grand Baie a distance of 21kms in 4 hours.

"I have seen a lot of Mauritius, but most of it on my stomach", Main jokes.

Main trains up to two times a day in a 25m gym pool and on weekends does longer sea swims off Port Elizabeth's coastline.

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