Ram Barkai Announces New Freedom Swim Wave Series In South Africa
Ram Barkai Announces New Freedom Swim Wave Series In South AfricaCourtesy of Ram Barkai, Freedom Swim, Cape Town, South Africa.
Ram Barkai, founder of the International Ice Swimming Association and long-time race director in his hometown of Cape Town and around the world, recently launched the new Freedom Swim in South Africa.
The Freedom Swim was originally founded by Barkai in 2000 as the pivotal annual event to symbolize South Africa’s Freedom Day and Democracy on 27 April 1994.
Barkai explained the main changes in the traditional 7.5 km channel crossing format from Robben Island to Big Bay beach, “We introduced Swim Waves. Each Wave is a one-week swim window. You can book online like AirBnB. We provide the escort pilot, escort boats, observers, etc. at reasonable prices. The swim categories include Solo, Relay, and Half – all Skins or Wetsuits.
The new Freedom Swim Wave Series was born as the result of the world crisis in 2020 created by the Covid-19 pandemic. I firmly believe that every crisis presents an opportunity to adapt and innovate.
The Freedom Swim Wave Series focuses on reducing the mass gathering of people and the safety of swimmers.
Therefore we decided to break down the annual event to a series of smaller swims, with 5 to 15 swimmers. Each Wave results are recorded and conditions are measured. The Series season starts at May 1st every year and ends on April 27th, Freedom Day in South Africa, the following year.
With each Wave, results are added to the annual event records and sorted by time and age groups. Each swimmer will be able to see his/her standing in the results as the Wave progresses. At the end of the year, an awards ceremony will be held to celebrate the season and awards the winners of the Freedom Swim Wave Series.”
For more information, visit freedom-swim.co.za.
Top Overall Historical Bioprene Crossings:
1. Nico Manoussakis on 2 May 2015 in 1 hours 31 minutes in 14°C calm waters
2. Rudolf Visser on 1 May 2016 in 1 hours 32 minutes in 14°C calm waters
3. Tyron Venter on 2 May 2007 in 1 hours 34 minutes in 14°C calm waters
4. Jessika Steyn on 1 May 2018 in 1 hours 42 minutes in 14°C calm waters [first female]
5. Diego López Dominguez on 1 May 2018 in 1 hours 44 minutes in 14°C calm waters
6. Troy Prinsloo on 2 May 2014 in 1 hours 44 minutes in 14°C calm waters
7. Phillip Chappell on 2 May 2009 in 1 hours 45 minutes in 14°C calm waters
8. Steven Klugman on 2 May 2004 in 1 hours 45 minutes in 14°C calm waters
9. Sasha-Lee Nordengen on 2 May 2014 in 1 hours 45 minutes in 14°C calm waters [second female]
10. Anton Botha on 2 May 2009 in 1 hours 46 minutes in 14°C calm waters
Note: Bioprene: swimming without a wetsuit or an neoprene materials. The term, first coined by Steven Munatones, is an alternative term for the layer of hypodermis on the human body, also called subcutaneous tissue. It is mainly used for fat storage and a natural means to help tolerate cold water by open water swimmers. Its origin comes from the combination of bio + neoprene or polychloroprene, a synthetic rubber that is used for wetsuits. Neoprene is the DuPont trade name for its brand of polychloroprene.
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