Stramrood, Palframan, Viviers, Barkai and Chin are all founding members of the International Ice Swimming Association and take inspiration from, inter alia, Lynne Cox's book, Swimming to Antarctica. During the Patagonia Extreme Cold Water Challenge, they successfully completed three extremely cold-water swims in 12 days: 3.2 kilometers double crossing of the Beagle Channel, 4 kilometer crossing of the Strait of Magellan (8°C) and 2.5 kilometers around the southern most point of Cape Horn 7C.
All the swims were done in rough water, against strong currents and in water less than 8°C.
Stramrood has also successfully crossed the English Channel in 2008, was one of the first South African men to have crossed the Strait of Gibraltar in 2005 (and again in 2010), has taken joint 3rd place in Alaska's tough Pennock Island race in 2009, completed Australia's Rottnest Island swim and many other challenging swims in and around South Africa. These include two 1 mile ice swims in temperatures below 5°C.
He also finished third overall in the 2012 8 km Deep Blue Invitational Swim and will participate in the 2013 Bering Strait Swim Relay that will attempt to cross 86 km from Russia to Alaska on 28 July 2013.
Bering Strait Swim
Stramrood was a member of the successful, unprecedented, 5-day Bering Strait Swim relay, a 53-mile (86 km) relay crossing from Cape Dezhnev in Chukotka, Russia, to Cape Prince of Wales in the state of Alaska, USA.
1. Yuri Tsiganchuk, Blagoveshchensk, Russia
2. Yuri Myagkikh, Russia
3. Vladimir Chegorin, Russia
4. Maria Chizhova, Novosibirsk, Russia
5. Elena Guseva, Russia
6. Ram Barkai, Cape Town, South Africa
7. Jack Bright, UK
8. Vladimir Litvinov, Blagoveshchensk, Russia
9. Oksana Veklich, Blagoveshchensk, Russia
10. Aleksandr Jakovlev, Jelgava, Latvia
11. Matías Ola, Buenos Aires /Tucuman Argentina
12. Henri Kaarma, Tallinn, Estonia
13. Toomas Haggi, Tallinn, Estonia
14. Nuala Moore, Ireland
15. Anne Marie Ward, Donegal, Ireland
16. Toks Viviers, Cape Town, South Africa
17. Melissa O’Reilly (‘Mo’), Lambertville, New Jersey, USA
18. Ryan Stramrood, Cape Town, South Africa
19. Cristian Vergara, Santiago, Chile
20. Craig Lenning, Colorado, USA
21. Rafał Ziobro, Krakow, Poland
22. Andrew Chin, Cape Town, South Africa
23. Jackie Cobell, Tunbridge Wells, UK
24. James Pittar, Australia
25. Paolo Chiarino, Italy
- International Relay Swim Across The Bering Strait Official Website
- Bering Strait Swim
- Bering Strait Swim - Ice Bering
- Exploring Extremes, Swimming In Siberia
- Ram explains The Patagonia Challenge
- Patagonia Swim Challenge Facebook Page
- Cape Extreme Swimmers
- Open Water Swimming website
- 3 for 3
- It's A Draw: Extreme Swimmers 7 vs. Deep Blue 7
- Swimming In Siberia, Russian Winter Swimming Championships
- Conquistador Sails Strait Like Magellan
- Proper Measurement Of Water Temperatures In The Open Water
- The Who's Who Of Extremists Gather At Top Of World
- Do Ice Swimmers Have Bigger Brains?
- What Open Water Swim Could Be More Dangerous?
- Adventurous 5 Among 50 Across The Bering Strait
- Dangers And Risks On The High Seas
- Cold Hard Facts: After 42 Hours, 36 More Hours Of Swimming
- Bering Strait Swim Succeeds
- The Deadliest Swim, Russia to USA Across the Bering Strait