Ryan Stramrood

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Member of the Bering Strait Swim Relay near the Arctic Circle
Ryan Stramrood is an extreme open water swimmer from Cape Town, South Africa. Stramrood was a member of the successful Patagonia Extreme Cold Water Challenge which was a series of three extreme cold-water swims at the very tip of South America by five South African men: Ryan Stramrood (38 years), Kieron Palframan (37), Toks Viviers (47), Ram Barkai (53) and Andrew Chin (43). It was nominated for the 2011 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year and won 3rd place.

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


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