The open water swim season kicked off at Marina Martinique on Sunday with the first leg of the Cirrus Bio-Ears Swim Challenge Series.

10 km, 5 km, 3 km, 1 km, 500m and  bank to bank swims were all held in 20 degree water with perfect weather conditions.

Springbok swimmer Jessica Roux swam to victory in the 10 Km event in a South African qualifying time of 2 hours 11 minutes.

Jessica Roux on her way to winning the 10 k at Marina Martinique.

Local swimmer JC Van Wyk also had a good start to the season and won the 5 K in his age group in a time of 1 hour 19 minutes.

Caro de Jager and Brenton Williams both claimed silver medals in the 3 K event and both swam South African qualifying times for the distance.

De Jager and Williams were in action again for the 1 K swim and this time went one better and were the overall winners in the event. Rebecca Baard had a great swim and ended second overall and won her age group.

The van Wyk family were all in the medals with dad JC winning the 5 K event.

Buzz Friday also had a good swim in the 1 K and came second in his age group.

The Van Wyk brothers had a great start to their season with Roland winning the bank to bank swim and younger brother Christian (5yrs) coming third in the u/8 category.

It was a great turn out for the first event of the season and the water temperature was 20 degrees with a slight wind that didn’t create any real surface chop”, said J’Bay swim coach Brenton Williams.

Brenton Williams and Richden Jute in action during the 3 K event at the Marina.

“There is a busy season ahead for open water swimmers in Jeffreys Bay. There are another 5 event in the Swim Challenge series, the Marina Mile on 30 and 31 December as well as a potential world record attempt for a continual swim early next year”, added Williams.

The next swim event at Marina Martinique is on the 13 November.

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