A Summertime Open Water Swimming Tradition In Hawaii

A Summertime Open Water Swimming Tradition In Hawaii

Kaia Hedlund of the Waikiki Roughwater Swim, one of the world’s top races, provided information on the 42nd annual Waikiki Roughwater Swim:

1. Register online by June 14 and save up to US$60 on the entry to the September 5th race.

2. Swimmers can support Swim With Mike. “By supporting the Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship Fund, swimmers are entered to win a trip to Honolulu (lodging and airfare included) and VIP entry in to the Waikiki Roughwater Swim. You can also win a trip to Las Vegas for Slam the Dam in October.”

3. A new Fin Division is added. “It is a beach start and beach finish. You can wear any size fin you wish. All other race rules apply. Awards will be given to the top three men and top three women. Fin division participants will start in the last group.”

4. Broke da Mouth is back by popular demand. The Ono Post-Race Buffet Luncheon will be held at the Hale Koa Hotel after the race near the site of the awards ceremony. “For US$25, you get a delicious local meal of tossed greens, macaroni potato salad, pasta salad with tuna, kalua pig, shoyu chicken, steamed rice, fried noodles, and drinks.”

5. Mahalo to TYR. “Swim caps will be provided by TYR. “It will be mandatory to wear a brightly colored swim cap during the entire race. This is so our safety personnel can more easily see all swimmers during the race and it allows us to better assure the integrity of the race. If for some reason you do not wish to wear a latex cap, you may wear your own silicone or fabric cap or purchase one at late registration.”

6. Free Open Water Swimming Clinics, started back in 1985, will be offered. “The clinics are relevant to open water swimming in general, but also provide a lot of scoop on how to best navigate the Waikiki Roughwater Swim. Clinicians include two former Waikiki Roughwater Swim champions as well as other elite open water swimmers.”

The photos and video are courtesy of the Waikiki Roughwater Swim Committee and LiveSwim.net.

Notice how the pack converges and the butterfly towards the end of the lead pack in LiveSwim.net‘s video above.

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Steven Munatones