Great Big Story in association with CNN  – films unusual and exciting stories around the world.

In this film, produced for The Weather Channel and Great Big Story, Warren Mac Carthy @zen_cinematic (DP, Field Producer) and Marc Degenaar (Camera) travel to the Afriski Resort in Lesotho. At 3050m, oxygen is scarce and temperatures below freezing. A group of 15 swimmers compete in one of the most extreme races on earth. With no wet suits, competitors cut through ice and compete in water cold enough to kill the average human.
For Ram Barkai and his extreme athlete competitors, its not merely about the win: Every stroke is about overcoming insurmountable odds and finding your mettle.  Dynamic cameraman Shawn van Zyl was at the resort on our shoot, and added awesome drone footage along with extra interviews.