The Orange River Challenges Extreme Open Water Swimmers
Extreme swimmers Ram Barkai and Andrew Chin (shown on left) first whet their open water swimming appetite on the Orange River Challenge. Characteristically, they did not simply dip their toes in the open water – then went full bore to the extreme.
Day 6 saw the team slowed by oncoming 30-knot winds completed 35K in 8 hours as they rotated every 30 minutes. On Day 7, s 60K day saw the swimmers navigating all kinds of rocks and trees in the narrow channels. Day 8 proved a challenge with the 38°C (100°F) water temperature and thousands of biting insects. Day 9 resulted in a 43K swim in rocky venue while Day 10 was a 28K finale.
It was a challenge that took on a life of its own as it went along. Dealing with each other and Mother Nature, the group of adventurers enjoying pushing themselves beyond what they thought possible.
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