Zoroastrian Teen Swimmer Conquers San Francisco Waters

13-Year-Old Completes Epic 2 day Swim from Alcatraz to the Pier and Across the Golden Gate Bridge

Shahaan Tavadia, a 13 year old young Zoroastrian from Phoenix, Arizona USA took on the daunting 2 day challenge of swimming in the open waters of San Francisco Bay. On Day 1, the swim was scheduled to commence from Alcatraz Island, all the way to the Pier at a distance of 1.4 Miles. The arduous journey continued on day 2, spanning across the Golden Gate Bridge at a distance of 1.2 miles. There were around 70 people in the group ranging 10 to 60 years old.

This swim is known for its treacherous currents, chilly waters, and in the company of marine life. These conditions make it a formidable task even for experienced swimmers. Shahaan, a seasoned swimmer, has been honing his

skills in the pool for the past 6 years. He started his swimming journey at a young age, dedicating countless hours of hard work and determination to improve his technique and endurance. Despite all the challenges, Shahaan fearlessly dove into the frigid waters and embarked on this incredible journey. With determination and perseverance, he powered through the currents, staying focused to reach his goal. With sheer determination and skill, Shahaan triumphantly completed these momentous swims and “escaped his limitations”. His years of training, dedication, and perseverance paid off, as he emerged from the waters, conquering this remarkable feat. We also witnessed Shahaan’s quick wit during the first race, when out of sheer misfortune, he was swayed away by the currents to a different location than the finish line. He emerged at a completely different location amongst strangers. Unlike people his age, who would panic and have a meltdown, Shahaan quickly assessed the situation and gathered as much information about his location as he could. He then decided that it was wiser to swim back along the coastline line until he finally was reunited with his swim party.

It was a moment of great joy and pride for him, his family, and his coaches. This accomplishment is a testament to Shahaan’s unwavering passion for swimming and his ability to overcome challenges. It serves as an inspiration to the youth that hard work, perseverance, and dedication can lead to extraordinary achievements at a young age.



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