acclaimed flute virtuoso and founder of the multiple award-winning and internationally renowned instrumental group Sterling EQ, is not only one of the most recognisable instrumental musicians in South Africa; she has also made an indelible mark on the open water and marathon swimming record books through many daring and record-breaking swimming feats. These include the 36km English Channel crossing, swimming from Europe to Africa across the Gibraltar Straits, swimming 35km to cross the “White shark capital of the world”, False Bay, and dozens more local and international extreme swims. Ranked amongst the World Open Water Swimming Association’s top 50 most “daring, courageous and audacious” open water swimmers in the world, and nominated for the International Marathon Swimming’s Hall of Fame, it has often been assumed that Carina’s music must be secondary to her career as a swimmer, but according to Carina, swimming is a mere hobby (read: obsession!) while her main career focus has always been music – as her many awards, accolades and extensive following can attest to…

NEWSFLASH: Carina to swim “Three Countries” for Muzukidz in September!

Carina’s next Swim For Hope is planned for mid-September 2018, when she will be attempting a swim of +- 22km from Nice (France) to Ventimiglia (Italy), via Monaco!

“I have not done an ultra-distance like this since my little son was born 2 years ago, so it might be challenging in more ways than one, but I am absolutely AMPED for this swim, because I am doing it in support of Muzukidz, an amazing organization through which children from the township in South Africa are given the opportunity to learn to play the violin! Muzukidz is the brainchild of Maria Botha, who studied and worked in France for many years, so the synergy with this “Three countries” swim is interesting, and we are hoping to get as much support as possible from individuals in Europe but also from across the world, by spreading the message about the phenomenal work Muzukidz does.”



CNN African Voices

CNN produced a comprehensive

15 minute feature on Carina’s life


Watch here

Swimming Highlights

A highly decorated long distance swimmer, Carina has competed in 9 countries, breaking nearly a dozen records (national and international), winning numerous races, and enjoying significant media coverage, highlights of which includes being one of Cosmopolitan’s Awesome Woman, one of Glamour’s “Women We Love”, and Sports Illustrated’s “Top 10 Beauties of Sport”, plus international inserts on Gillette World Sport and CNN.

"One of SA's top endurance athletes" - Cape Argus


Latest Video

Carina’s version of the iconic Beatles (George Harrison) song While My Guitar Gently Weeps. The slide flute stands in for the guitar in this version – enjoy!