Its History Man
To our knowledge, I am the first Malaysian to swim around Pulau Perhentian Besar. The boat boys were in awe that an "Uncle" just swam the whole island in seven hours.
I probably didn't meet all the criteria for it to be an official swim. I had no recognised Observer, wore Skins over my shoulders and arms (this is not allowed for open water swimming at the highest level) and I held onto the side of the stationary boat for most of the feedings. When the sea is flying all over the place, I needed to hold onto the boat to have my favourite oatmeal cookies.
Open Water Swimming is fraught with danger. You are exposed to mother nature and all its elements. There's the weather, strong currents, high waves, sharks, jelly fish. These things are very real. Thus it is a Team event, you need many people to help you otherwise it can't be done.
I sincerely acknowledge the assistance of the following:
1. My wife Tip, who follows me for all my events. She sorts out my nutrition needs (cool bag, rope, drinking bottle, ice, homemade oatmeal cookies etc) and acts like a Coach, double checking everything.
2. Amir, Swimon. He is the chief organizer. Being from the area, has very good contacts. As a Certified Open Water Swim Coach, he understands the risks involved.
3. Spanish International Swimmer, Jose Lois Larossa who has inspired us Malaysians that open water swimming is a valid hobby / sport of its own. That there is life after the Ironman.
4. Pian (Boat Skipper) and Piee (Crew Man), who took care of my safety very very well and for the many pictures and videos.
5. Janez, Fernando and Hett. It was great to see you all out there that day.
6. Faizol Ramli and Nik Raiha for their feedback on the sea conditions.