From Openwaterpediaopen water swimmer who competed in the first annual 2.5 km Shell Festival Sea Swim, a 2.5 km swim through Boneyards at Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Province of South Africa.
Kendal completed the 3 km swim at the Deep Blue Invitational held at St Helena Bay on the west coast of South Africa. He was also the youngest swimmer (15 years) to complete the 5 km Shipwreck swim held on 2 December 2012 in 11ºC water along the Blouberg coastline in Cape Town.
He also completed the 2012 Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge in Plettenberg Bay and finished second in the inaugural 2.5 km JBay Cold Water Swim Classic in Marina Martinique on the Eastern Cape in 12.5ºC water.
 Cape St. Francis
Wright, together with fellow South African open water swimmers Brenton Williams (swimming butterfly) and Kyle Harris, became the first people to swim 8 km around Cape St. Francis and Shark Point in April 2014 in 3 hours 38 minutes.
 2012 Shell Festival Sea Swim results
1. PJ Duffey and Siegfried Lokotsch: 38:05
3. Buff van Westenbrugge: 41:30
4. Caro de Jager: 41:35
5. Kevin Grey: 41:45
6. Rebecca Newman: 46:21
7. Richden Jute: 46:25
8. Ralph West: 51:35
9. Kendal Wright: 55:35
10. Isabeau Joubert: 1:01:35
11. Brenton Williams (butterfly) 1:01:40
12. Rebecca Baard: 1:01:55