One of the Best Open Water Races in the World

The King and Queen of the Sea is considered one of the best open water races in the world. Since it was created, in 2009, several Olympic and World Champions have competed in the event that also includes other sports and gathers over 10 thousand people annually. The event draws athletes from all over the world, giving it the status of the largest Beach Sports Festival in Brazil. Always in prime “carioca” beaches, there are four sports to pick from where two of them, Swimming and Stand Up Paddle, offer three options of distances. No wonder why the King and Queen of the Sea is also considered a very democratic event, bringing together athletes of all levels. According to Samuel De Bona, medalist in the 2013 open water World Championship, “The King and Queen of the Sea is the most thrilling and emotional open water event of all, I love how democratic it is. You swim with people from all walks of life, including workers, students, business people and athletes. We are all the same once we put on our caps and goggles. There is a great feeling of competition and passion for open water swimming. You can truly see the sportsmanship among swimmers. For those reasons, I keep coming back every year.” The dates of the 2014 calendar are: August 31st and December 13th (amateur) and 14th (Pro). The races are: Beach Run (5Km), Beach Biathlon (1Km swim + 2,5 Km beach run), Sprint (1Km swim), Classic (2Km swim), Challenge (3,5Km swim) and the Stand Up Paddle Races (2Km, 6Km e 12Km). The first stage takes place at the stunning beach stretch of Leblon, Ipanema and Arpoador, while the second and third stages (August and December) takes place at the iconic Copacabana Beach, which will also be the 2016 Olympic venue. The races’ distances vary according to the competition location, but all stages begin with the first ray of sun and ends with the sunset in the Rio de Janeiro sky. The event is also a good chance to enjoy the stunning views, open door activities and fun nightlife the city has to offer.

For more information, contact:
Danielle Marinho – Effect Sport or
(amateur / in Portuguese)

The King and Queen of the Sea

The King and Queen of the Sea (Rei e Rainha do Mar in Portuguese) is a three-stage professional and amateur open water swim series held in Copacabana Beach, Arpoador Beach and Leme in Brazil.

The third stage on Copacabana Beach is broadcast live in Brazil on TV Globo.

The event is one of the World's Top 100 Open Water Swims and is produced by Pedro Rego Monteiro of Effect Sport and is a charity swim on behalf of the Pro Crianca Cardiaca Foundation that runs the Hospital Pro Criansa Jutta Batista in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

It is part of the 2014-2015 World Open Water Swimming Series.

Quotes From Athletes

“I always  participate in The King and Queen of the Sea event. I love swimming and the organization team is particularly very supportive. The event is really well organized, with good structure and well  sustained. The most important thing is that they provide great support in the water and take swimmers’ safety very seriously.”
~ Ana Oliveira

“I'm very happy to compete in Rio de Janeiro, with the blessings of the Christ the Redeemer and the Morro Dois Irmãos. The King and Queen of the Sea is so professional and well organized that I personally would love to see the event hosting one of the SUP World Championship stages.” 
~ Vinnicius Martin
Stand Up Paddle competitor and King of SUP 12 k