The King and Queen of the Sea began with the Leme to Pontal challenge, in which the Brazilian swimmer Luiz Lima swam the 35 kilometers that separate the Leme and Pontal beaches along the coast of Rio de Janeiro. After completing the challenge, one of the longest open water tests in Brazil in 2008, Luiz received the trident of the King of the Sea. Motivated by the success of the challenge, in 2009 Effect Sport launched King of the Sea. The event was divided in two parts: The King of the Sea Crossing (for amateur swimmers) and the King of the Sea Elite Challenge (for professional athletes). Elected as one of the best of the year by U.S. magazine Swimmer, the competition was extended to female athletes already in the 2nd edition, in 2010, where the Challenge brought together the best professional athletes from Brazil and the world. In the same year, with the success of the Brazilian event, the competition landed in foreign waters with the Sea King and Queen of Portugal. Amateur athletes competed in the open race and professionals competed in the elite race.
The King and Queen of the Sea Elite Challenge 2010, which takes place in the last stage of each yearly swim series, once again, brought together the best marathon swimming athletes in the world and was broadcast live throughout Brazil by Rede Globo.
In the first stage of 2011, the King and Queen of the Sea swim series returned with a new 3 km test – the Challenge, which was inspired by the Samoa Challenge – one of the most traditional marathon swims in Brazil that used to take place between Leblon beach and Arpoador beach. As well as being part of the amateur competition in King and Queen of the Sea 2011, the Challenge became part of the official calendar of marathon swims.
Never to rest on their laurels, the organizers changed the course of the swim for the 2nd stage of the 2011 series. Instead of the course starting and finishing at Copacabana beach, over 1500 athletes swam from Leme beach to Copacabana beach.
In 2012, the Challenge reaches its 4th edition and already has the date and place for you to check closely the performance of the idols of world's swimming marathon at this exciting contest! It will be on the 15th and 16th of December, at Posto 5 of Copacabana Beach, the same place that the 2016 Olympic Games will host modality.
• Vice-world champion in 2009 in Rome (25 km);
• Champion of the World Cup Fina - Lac Megantic 2011 and Sharjah in 2009 (10 km).
• 2011 world champion in Shanghai (25 km);
• 5th place in Olympic Games Beijing2008 (10 km) and in the Pan American Games in 2011 (10 km).
• Triple champion of the World Cup Fina - Lac St-Jean 2009, Singapore and Shantou in 2006 (10 km).
• Pan-Pacific champion and 2010 bronze medal at the Pan American Games Guadalajara 2011 (10 km).
• Vice-world champion in 2009 in Rome <1>(25 km);
• champion of the World Cup Fina - Lac Megantic 2011 and Sharjah in 2009 (10 km).
• Olympic athlete at 1996 and at 2000 and Pan-American champion at 1999 (400 m).
• Triple Champion of Travessia dos Fortes (2005/2009/2010);
• Champion of the World Circuit Open Water at 2009.