Wet and wild. Cold and challenging. Tough and terrifying.
The world of ocean swimming in South Africa is not for the faint of heart or those who prefer the chlorine jungle. It requires guts, training and a sense of adventure.
In My Element, an autobiography by Theodore Yach explains the environment where he is both most comfortable and most uncomfortable. The brilliant hardback is among the nominees for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.
The new World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year award is meant to identify products and services that (1) best support and assist open water swimmers achieve their goals, (2) are innovative, unique and beneficial to open water swimmers, race directors, coaches or administrators, and (3) have made the most positive impact on the world of open water swimming during the calendar year.
The nominations are meant to recognize some of the best and innovative commercial and free offerings that open water swimmers can enjoy.
Extreme swimmers, disabled swimmers, ice swimmers, marathon swimmers, professional swimmers, administrators, coaches, pilots, and swimmers from all walks of life have used, purchased and benefited from an increasingly number of products and services introduced over the few years.
The nomination of the In My Element reads,
“In My Element is a colorful, entertaining explosion of open water swimming exuberance packaged in 163 pages. The hardcover book, self-published by its author Theodore Yach, is an outstanding mix of beautiful photography, explanatory text, and personal insights by a uber-tough marathon swimmer from Cape Town. Set in the backdrop of the wild waters off the South African coast, Yach tackles myriad subjects of the open water swimming with an intense passion that can only come from first-hand experiences with cold, sharks, tides, currents, jellyfish and thoroughly inhospitable conditions in the open ocean. His ability to describe the scenes and challenges of the open water world with child-like wonder, punctuated with gorgeous photography, is a page-by-page joy to savor over and over again. For his ability to bring alive the sport of open water swimming, for his investment in a book that will go down as one of the best-selling swimming publications of all time in his native South Africa, Theodore Yach’s In My Element is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.”
The 2012 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year nominees are (listed in alphabetical order):
1. Big River Man by Martin Strel
2. Channel Swimmers’ Chat Group by Nick Adams
3. Cork Distance Week by Ned Denison
4. FINIS SwiMP3 X18 by John Mix
5. Foggle by Karen Smidt-Allard
6. In My Element by Theodore Yach
7. iSwimToo by Stephen Coulter
8. Marathon Swimmers Forum by Evan Morrison & Donal Buckley
9. Midmar Mile Facebook Integration by Wayne Riddin
10. Night Train Swimmers by Vito Bialla
11. Ocean Care Solutions by Ron Adley
12. Open Water Swimming Insurance by Travis England
13. Oceans Seven Project by Red Bull Media House
14. RC Helicam by Andrew Martens
15. SWIM Channel by Patrick Wrinkler
16. SwimIT by Rick Senn
17. SwimPhone by Club Assistant
18. SwimTrek by Simon Murie
19. TakeItLive by Chris Lundie
20. Toa o le Tai Program by Bruckner Chase
21. The Henley Swim by Tom Kean
Online voting will take place here at WOWSA until December 31st.
In My Element is an autobiography written by marathon swimmer Theodore Yach of Cape Town, South Africa. After successfully swimming across the English Channel in 14 hours 25 minutes, completing the Robben Island to Cape Town crossing a record 64 times, and being the first person to swim around Robben Island from Cape Town and back in an 11-hour swim, In My Element presents his inspirational story about his modern-day approach to aquatic adventure. Proceeds from the book sales go to the National Sea Rescue Institute.
Copyright © 2012 by World Open Water Swimming Association