Swimming In Surf City, U.S.A.

Swimming In Surf City, U.S.A.

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

As President Obama flew overhead in his presidential helicopter cruising along the Pacific Ocean on his way to Laguna Beach, the 64th annual Huntington Beach Pier Swim got underway.

John Valinsky has been carrying on the Surf City tradition started 64 years ago by the legendary Huntington Beach, California lifeguard Gene Belshe.

The swim around the pier attracts up to 300 people; about half are local and half come from all over the place,” said Huntington Beach’s recreation supervisor. “Sometimes, it is cancelled because of big waves. Gene started it as a kid’s race and now we have 16 age divisions. Even when the race is not cancelled by big waves, we still have to save [help] up to 50 people in a race as they get pulled through the pier.

We are now offering the Legends Division, a new division for those swimmers over 65 years old. There are more swimmers of this age nowadays.”

Swim Long Beach, led by frequent winner Hank Wise, won the Gene Belshe Memorial Perpetual Trophy as the high-scoring team.

Age Group Division Results:

1. Nick Devito 9:28
2. Kazu Miyahara 9:37
3. Nick Sullivan 9:47
4. Wade Nelson 9:49
5. Calvin Rogers 9:50
6. Lynn Rogers 9:50
7. Danny Giometti 10:10
8. Danielk Roa 10:22
9. Josh Adams 10:22
10. Kyle Reilly 10:36
11. Mora Deleske 10:36
12. Skyler Munatones 10:43

Masters Division Top Finishers:

1. Hank Wise 9:58
2. Robert Margalis 10:00
3. Lyle Nalli 10:08
4. Derrick Wong 10:26
5. Kellyn Carlson 10:27
6. Katy Phifer 11:21

Kids Division Top Finishers:

Female: Nora Deleske 10:38
Male: Mo Bourdi 10:42

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Steven Munatones