While the Open Water season in Europe and North America is wrapping up the GSS schedule down South is just beginning. With the announcement yesterday of our first GSS Race in Mexico in December, there will be 4 more GSS races in tropical destinations on the 2015 calendar. The first of those takes place this weekend at the world famous Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janiero. Rei e Rainha do Mar or in English the King and Queen of the Sea is a multi-staged series of races in Brazil that other than Open Water also include Beach running races and Stand-Up Paddle Board races. There is also an elite swim category with some of the best swimmers in the world taking part.
The events have gained huge popularity and international recognition and typically have a few thousand competitors at each event. The 3rd and final stage in December (which is also a GSS race) is broadcast live on Brazilian national TV.
This weekend will feature Stage II, and on the beautiful sands of one of the world’s most famous beaches this will be yet another fantastic event. There are plenty of prizes, people and a fantastic party-like atmosphere. With less than a week to go, we’re very excited for a great kick-off to the Global Swim Series first ever event in the Southern Hemisphere.