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Monday, August 3, 2015

Ice Man Cometh

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Prior to the August 15th International Ice Swimming Association 1 km South African Championships, Ram Barkai and the International Ice Swimming Association organized a qualifying swim in a local pool for the 1 km event.

32 swimmers required qualifying and entered in the 500m swim.

"I had to negotiate with the Local Fish Factory, which manufactures ice flakes for fishing vessels and for storage," explains Ram Barkai. "The ice comes in 1 ton (1000 litre) boxes. It is fresh clean water frozen into flakes. I managed to get 32 tons on ice to lower the water temp as much as I could. We managed to get to 7°C in some places. But it was an epic fun event and an experience for all.

Kids jumped in and swam 25 meters, too.

People came out and said to me, 'Now I understand what you are talking about.' They were on a natural high after the swim and couldn’t believe they have done in good time

Barkai and crew identified a little dam in the mountains that has snow every year in mid-August. The water temperature is current around 5°C with an air temperature that varies between -6°C to +4°C.

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