The 4th race in the highly popular EP Open Water Swim Series (EP OWSS) will take place on Sunday 16 January at Marina Martinique. The first events will be the grueling 5 K swim as well as the 3 K swim which both start at 9 am, followed by the 5 K beach run which will start at 9.05am.
The beach run is set to become a popular addition to the Series and will motivate more families to enjoy a fun day together next to the pristine canals of Marina Martinique.
The 1 K swim will take place at 12 pm, and due the popular nature of the bank to bank swim at the Marina Mile, another swim for the 10 and under aspirant swimmers will also be held this Sunday.
Registrations are open on line at www.ecswim.co.za and late entries can competed on the day as well. The event is being held in the car park near the Walskipper restaurant.
Kouga open water swimmers had a busy December with Alfred Naude, Hano Oberholzer and Kouga Swim Club coach Brenton Williams going down to Plettenberg Bay to take part in the 6 K Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge.
The swim started at the Robberg Beach and ended at the Main Beach at the Beacon Isle. Conditions were really good and the swim was tough but enjoyable, according to the swimmers. Chad Ho, South Africa’s leading open water swimmer won the race from fellow Olympic swimmer Natalie Du Toit.
The Axxess DSL Ocean Racing Series took place on Sunday with a 1 K and a 3 K swim. Chris van der Sande, the up and coming open water swimmer from Port Elizabeth won the 1 K, with Lauren Billson taking the honours in the women’s division. Frank Greeff won the 3 K swim while the Marina Mile winner Jessica Roux won the women’s race. Full results can be found here
Swimmers in the Eastern Cape have been pleased with the announcement that a new ocean race will be taking place on the 3 April in Port Elizabeth. The inaugural 7 K Bell Buoy Challenge will pit the skills of open water swimmers against the elements as the swim is a straight 3, 5 K out to sea course, around the bell buoy reef and back to Hobie Beach.
The Swim has only been successfully completed once before and is regarded as an extreme swim according to Brenton Williams. “The wind will play a major role as there is bound to be chop and the currents around the reef will be hectic”, he said. “What is exciting though is the level of interest in the swim which indicates that Open Water swimming is growing in popularity and is regarded internationally as one of the fastest growing extreme sports in the world. South Africa is following this trend with the Eastern Province hosting many of the better swims on offer”.
The Kouga Swim Club has resumed training this week with squads and Learn to swim at the Training Edge Gym and open water training at the Marina Martinique.
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