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'Aggressive, Barbaric': Winner of Sharkfest Series Says of Swim

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    'Aggressive, Barbaric': Winner of Sharkfest Series Says of Swim
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    SharkFest swimmers swim by Golden Gate bridge on Monday, Sept. 7, 2015

    Tim Attell of Fairfax has swam in the Golden Gate "Sharkfest Series" twice before.

    But on Monday, he crossed the finish line first, happy to have survived more than 1.5 miles of swimming in choppy waters.

    "It was great. It was fun," he said.

    Swimming was especially hard, he told NBC Bay Area, because of the strong tides Monday.

    He said swimming in the bay with the Golden Gate Bridge as a backdrop is quite different from swimming in a pool.

    "You have to be really aggressive, barbaric," he said.

    Tim Attell won the Sharkfest Series swim on Monday, Sept. 7, 2015
    Photo credit: NBC Bay Area

    Stephanie Chuang contributed to this report.