Ryan Stramrood hits the 100th mark

2019-05-23 16:30
Ryan Stamrood

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Ryan Stramrood, SA extreme ultra swimmer and media personality from Constantia has become the second man to swim 100 crossings between Robben Island and the mainland, in a time of two hours and 18 minutes.

He follows his late friend and swimming companion Theodore Yach, who made the swim an incredible 108 times.

Stramrood dedicated his 7.4km swim to Yach, saying: “I trained with him often and swam a number of Robben Island crossings with him, including his 100th. Theo swam my 50th crossing with me in 2015 and would have joined me on my 100th today.”

Stramrood said: “Totally elated to be on the beach. No Robben Island swim is ever easy. Today was my 100th and I’ve made it. It was tough out there, it was cold and it got choppy, so I am very very happy.”

Fellow extreme swimmer and environmental campaigner Lewis Pugh accompanied Stramrood in a support boat and said: “It’s an incredible achievement to swim 100 Robben Islands. I have been swimming for 32 years and I have never done an easy Robben Island, never once, and he has now done 100... ..Ryan has got real mental fortitude and ‘vasbyt’.”

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