Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Ram Barkai,
Toks Viviers, Kieron Palframan, Ryan Stramrood and Andrew Chin, friends and
teammates from South Africa, attempted and succeeded at the Patagonia Extreme Cold Water Challenge. They traveled to the tip of South America to attempt three
extreme cold water swims within 12 days. 

No wetsuits, no neoprene

The men boldly tackled the Beagle Channel, the Strait of
Magellan and Cape Horn as their inspiration, Lynne Cox, would: with only a swimsuit, cap and goggles.  Their swims were
ambitiously planned and done in rough water, against strong currents
and in water between 3.9°C and 8°C.  

They explored the outer reaches of
their physiological limits and proved to themselves – and others – what is possible
with tough-nosed training.   4.5K across the Strait of Magellan, 3.2K
double crossing the Beagle Channel and 2.5K around Cape Horn, all done in
wind-whipped seas with little time to recover.  For their scientifically
sound training, their commitment to each other, their honor of the traditions
of the sport, and their safe and successful mad-cap adventure into the extreme,
the Patagonia Extreme Cold Water Challenge by the men from Cape Town is a worthy nominee for the 2011 World Open Water
Swimming Performance of the Year.

For more information on the Patagonia Extreme Cold Water Challenge, visit here.


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