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.
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.
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.
“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.