Kilo, Ignacio, Jimena To Make Waikiki Really Roughwater

Kilo, Ignacio, Jimena To Make Waikiki Really Roughwater

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

This Saturday, the 46th Annual Waikiki Roughwater Swim will take place – and it should definitely live up to its name and maybe more.

Three hurricanes (Kilo, Ignacio and Jimena) have formulated in the Pacific Ocean in the week leading up to the 2.4-mile swim from the Diamondhead Volcano to the Hilton Hawaiian Village across Waikiki Bay.

There will be a high surf advisory for race day so should be a real ‘Roughwater’,” said race director Kaia Hedlund.

The most powerful hurricane season in the central Pacific Ocean since 1994 saw all three Pacific hurricanes reaching Category 4 strength at one point within a week of the Waikiki Roughwater Swim — something that’s never been seen before, the National Hurricane Center reported.

While Hurricane Ignacio was weakened Monday to a Category 2 storm with winds of 105 mph, Hurricanes Kilo and Jimena followed up behind creating more havoc offshore, but none will hit land.

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Steven Munatones