El Cruce

abbygirlroseabbygirlrose Los Angeles, CAMember

El Cruce
Does anyone have any information about the GSS "El Cruce" race. The other link is here By coincidence I will be in this area of mexico during this race and would like to participate, but despite 4 years of highschool Spanish am having a hard time finding solid information. Thanks!

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  • swimrn62swimrn62 NY, NYMember

    I was there last year and enjoyed it very much. The water is quite warm, shallow and very clear, you can see the bottom the entire way across. Registration has a booth just for English speakers and you can email the organizers in English, they're bilingual and friendly, but orientation was in Spanish. Know the course well before you start off because a few of the kayakers had no clue and steered a few people off course at the end. There is a sideways current that builds as you cross, so we aimed towards the right side of the island and then were easily swept towards the finish but you're much faster so you may be better off with a straight-on course. The finish was a fun party.

    abbygirlroseevmo
  • CaseyroddCaseyrodd TucsonMember

    I'd like to do this as well. Looks like fun!

  • abbygirlroseabbygirlrose Los Angeles, CAMember

    Thanks! I am going to be in that area so I will try to make it happen!

  • GlobalSwimmerGlobalSwimmer New York NYMember

    Hi Abby,

    I've been told the organization has improved but I did it in 2017 and wasn't too happy with it, even though I am a Spanish speaker. Conditions are unbelievable, and the race has huge potential - however, indications are not good and given that there is not dedicated kayaker for everyone, you may end up in the other part of the island on your own if you are faster/slower than the people around you. Again, I heard they've got better at it, but if you decide to do it, just be mindful of the landmarks you are swimming towards, and make sure you stick to a group if you will need water / food during the 10K crossing.

    All the best!

    evmo
  • abbygirlroseabbygirlrose Los Angeles, CAMember

    Thanks! I am trying to find out if there is any possibility of hiring a kayak escort because I am concerned about the navigation aspects (more so than the feeding) but am having a difficult time getting concrete answers. I'll probably still participate though.

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