9 Bay Swim–Part 1

November 18, 2008



We are happy to report that on Saturday, November 15th, 2008, Luis Alfredo Estavillo Chavez successfully completed an “open water swim” of the 9 Bays of Huatulco and “set a new standard” in doing so.  The event was a formal judged and certified by Edgar Pedraza Jiméz.  The following is a very loosely translated  summation by the judge.


The past Saturday 15 of November. I am carried out (certified) the crossing in morning swim of the individual swim of the 9 bays by the sportsman Luis Estavillo Chavez, leaving at 7:00 AM from the Bay of Conejos and arriving after 12:24 PM at the Bay of San Agustin . . . . Giving to faith and legality of, I swim the Judge and Director of Association State of Swimming . . .  announce a new sport event in the Bays of Huatulco under the heading of “open water swimming,” and “open” the invitation to any national or international sportsman to try it and to surpass the time established by our friend Luis. It was one pleasing experience to have participated in this project that as much effort him cost to Luis, but obtained the recognition to its effort and tenacity. Greetings to all. Edgar Pedraza Jiménez


Luis attempted the swim twice before but was thwarted by severe storm conditions and strong currents on the previous attempts.  On his third and successful attempt, he wisely decided to swim the Bays in the opposite direction of his previous attempts.  Apparently, he still encountered strong currents near the lighthouse and Cacaluta Bay but got through by keeping up his strong pace.


The following photo is of Luis receiving certification of his swim from Mr. Edgar Pedraza Jiménez, Judge and Director of the event.




More photos are just a click away —

Luis formally trained for the swim by swimming many times a week for several years in  the Bays of Huatulco and by receiving guidance from a swim coach.  He also “simulated” parts of the event by swimming the distance in three separate legs on more than one occasion.  The next photo is of his swim coach monitoring his swim from a boat.




 His coach was also with him when he received the certificate on the beach at San Agustin.



We congratulate Luis on his success and thank him for “paving the wave” for the sport of “open water swimming” by setting a record of a high standard at the Bays of Huatulco. 


If you are interested in seeing Luis in brief videos during his second attempt, go to –




Stephen,http://www.Genuine-Tourist.comreporting from Baraboo, WI, USA



  1. Congratulation Luis!!! I am sure you enjoyed very much your swim.

    I will like to know the distance that Luis swam. I am from Guatemala and love to swim openwater. Please give me more infomation about this swim.


  2. Regina,

    He made the swim in 5 hours and 24 minutes a distance of approximately 14 miles. You can find much discussion about him at —


    I will probably post updates in the future on several websites, too.

    Thank you for your interest.

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