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 returns from multi-marathon European swim and concert tour with podium finishes and accolades

Carina Bruwer has just returned from Europe where she competed and excelled in a number of marathon swimming competitions and challenges. On 9 June in Italy, she finished 3rd overall behind the male winner and runner-up, and first female in the 15km Gran Fondo Cinque Terre race, swimming from the town of Monterosso to Levante and back.  5 days later, on the 14th of June, Carina completed the 18km solo swim challenge from Tabarca Island to Alicante mainland in Spain, in windy and rough sea conditions, as a Swim For Hope in support of Muzukidz, an organisation through which children poor township families around Cape Town are given the opportunity to learn to play the violin. That same evening, Carina performed a solo Jazz flute concert in Alicante, at Suquer in the region of Elche.  She rounded off her tour by competing in one of the largest open water swimming events in Spain, the Marnaton EDreams 12km race in Sant Feliu De Guilox outside Barcelona, where she finished 5th in the open female category against top young talent, and first in her age group.


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!