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The Cholo’s Waimea Bay Swim is the 2nd race of the Surf n Sea North Shore Swim Series and features a 1.2 mile course that takes you around the perimeter of Waimea Bay. Waimea Bay at this time of year is crystal clear with plenty of tropical fish, Hawaiian green sea turtles and Hawaiian spinner dolphins.
Event details and schedule
Check in for the Cholo’s Waimea Bay Swim and begins at 7:00am. Parking is available for a small donation at St. Peter & Paul Church on the Sunset Beach Side of Waimea Bay. Waimea Park has very limited parking for a fee. There is no packet pickup, only race day check in and late sign up. Day of race entry fee is $70.00 (cash or check) and does not guarantee a t-shirt! There is no transfer of entries to another person with out permission of race committee officials.
COURSE: The swim start will be in 2 waves and is a “water start”, with the men going first and the women 5 minutes later. Swimmers start in the east corner of the bay and cross the bay parallel going to the “Wananapaoa” islands & swimming around the outside islet (on your right shoulder going counter clock-wise, crossing the mouth of the bay and heading to Waimea Point and the turn buoy outside of “Pinballs” surf spot. The swimmers head back to the beach where the race started and finish inside 2 small buoys, running up the sand to cross the timing mats.
EQUIPMENT: Goggles, facemasks & snorkels are permitted. Wetsuits prohibited. Swim suits for men may be briefs or jammers hip to knee. Women’s suits may be one or two-piece shoulder to hip. No fins, hand paddles, or other equipment permitted!
AWARDS & DIVISIONS: Top 3 finishers in the following divisions (Male & Female): Elite, 10 & under, 11-12, 13-14 15-19, standard 5 year age groups thereafter (10-24, 25-29, etc.). Overall Series Award for participants who swim in all 5 swims.
SAFETY: Caps are mandatory! Swim caps are provided to registered swimmers at their first NSSS swim of the summer.
NOTE: Swimmers only receive one cap during the 5 the series. You may use you own swim cap; bright caps are highly encouraged; bright colors are highly encouraged. THIS IS A SAFETY ISSUE: PLEASE DO YOUR PART!
TIME LIMITS: There is a 2 hour time limit for this race. Water Patrol has the option to pull you from the swim if they feel you are not making sufficient progress or you are becoming a danger to yourself or others.
PARKING: Parking is available at Waimea Bay (limited), St Peter & Paul Church (donation) & Waimea Valley ‘Beach Parking Lot’ only ($10 Fee) Please try to car pool from Honolulu!
DIRECTIONS: Getting to Waimea Bay is easy!
-Take H1 Freeway, Westbound -Stay on the HI Freeway for approximately six miles
-Look for signs for the H2 Freeway, Northbound (North Shore/Wahiawa) Merge right onto the H2 Freeway
-Continue on the H2 Freeway North to Wahiawa. Exit at Wahiawa (Exit 8) on to 80 (Kamehameha Hwy) through Wahiawa-Continue Northbound, 80 connects with 99 -Stay on 99 to Haleiwa -The road now bypasses Haleiwa and becomes route 83.
-Waimea Bay is approximately 3.8 miles from Haleiwa