What’re The Odds Of Ned Denison, One In Several Hundreds

Ned Denison is nominated for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, yet there was one swim that he will remember for all time: his December 30th, 2012 crossing of False Bay from Rooi Els to Miller's point in 11 hours 5 minutes.

This was a crossing of False Bay in South Africa that will be remembered and presented something different and potentially devastating. "I had a short time window so could not wait for a great day," Denison recalls. "I went on one that would start nice and 'freshen up' later.

Everything about that place is the focus on shark attacks. So the mental pressure could have been overpowering, but it turned out to be my best 'mental performance' swim ever and physically I attacked the on-coming waves in the afternoon.

We had breakfast with Hugh Tucker (marathoner, observer and maker of a swimming shark cage for False Bay attempts), his wife Fran and Andy Pfaff. It was a great moment when he declared that Andy’s English Channel crossing and my False Bay swims were the greatest he had witnessed in several hundred observations."

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