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2019 Results

Top 3 Male Finishers
Ollie Signorini; Collaroy, Australia 1:03:40
Chad La Tourette; San Francisco, California 1:04:01
Grant Levy; Beverly Hills, California 1:05:55
Top 3 Female Finishers
Ashley Twitchell; Apex, North Carolina 1:04:16
Becca Mann; Homer Glen, Illinois 1:04:31
Pheobe Hines; Honolulu, Hawaii 1:05:00

Pacific Sport Events & Timing

2019 Race News

Women Go 3 Out Of 5 In Waikiki Roughwater

Before And After The Waikiki Roughwater

The Oldest Female Competitor Prepares For The 50th Annual Waikiki Roughwater Swim

Meet Hollywood Exec Swimming With Real Sharks

2019 Race Photos

Cyndia Lavik Photography

Open Water Tips

Alex Kostich, 2006 Waikiki Roughwater Swim Winner has 10 tips for preparing to swim the Waikiki Roughwater Swim

Rebecca Soni, 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Swimming tips


The world famous swim's story from the beginning.

See how you stack up against the most prolific Waikiki Roughwater swimmers in the list of finisher statistics.

The World Open Water Swimming Association has named the Waikiki Roughwater Swim one of the top 100 open water swimming races in the world.


51st Annual Waikiki Roughwater Swim

Monday, September 6, 2021

Waikiki Roughwater Swim 2021

Monday, September 6, 2021 8:30 AM
Sans Souci Beach between the Natatorium and the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel
Waikiki, HI

Aloha Swimmers:

The Waikiki Roughwater Inc Swim Committee has made the decision to cancel the 51st Waikiki Roughwater Swim scheduled for September 7, 2020.

Over the last few months, the world and our community has been severely impacted by this pandemic. While open water swimming has been, and remains, one of the activities that has been allowed during the 'Stay at Home' and 'Safer at Home' phases, large gatherings, as well as races, have not been deemed appropriate by state and county officials as well as medical professionals. As a Committee, we explored various options for staging a swim race that would be both fun and meet the necessary social distancing measures to make the event safe for both the swimmers and our volunteers. Ultimately, we concluded that we cannot reconcile the safety needs with maintaining the quality and spirit of the race.

As athletes, we know these are frustrating times. With all of the summer swim races cancelled in 2020, the major triathlons postponed and many running races either cancelled, postponed or in limbo, there seems to be no outlet for athletes to measure their fitness and progress. Training without a goal is challenging, we encourage everyone to continue to enjoy the ocean as much as possible and develop different goals and benchmarks. Whether it is a specific time over a measured course, increased weekly or monthly mileage totals, or a channel swim, you can find a way to stay motivated for 2021.

The Committee's other race, the Annual Looong Swim (aka Double Roughwater) is scheduled to take place on October 24, 2020. Because of the substantially smaller size of that event (field limit of 100 swimmers) and the different logistics, we are still working on a plan for that event. A decision on this race will not be made until later this summer.

Watch our Facebook page for further announcements regarding the Looong Swim as well as special events.

Stay fit, healthy and safe so that we can see you at the start line in 2021.

Brief Description: 2.348 Mile Ocean Swim Race

Online: $70.00 before Midnight HST June 14, 2021
Online: $80.00 before Midnight HST August 16, 2021
Online: $95.00 before Midnight HST Sepember 3, 2021
In Person: $105.00 on September 5, 2021
In Person: $120.00 Cash Only on September 6, 2021

Awards: Top 3 Age Group Finishers, Elite Award, 5 Year Age Group Awards and Special Award
Competitor Information: Registered competitors will receive race notices and information via email. Please check your Spam folders for race communications.

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2020 COVID-19 Cancelled Commemorative T-Shirt

We regret that we had to cancel the 51st Annual Waikiki Roughwater Swim and the Looong Distance Invitational Rough-H2O. You can still purchase a very special shirt, ball cap and swim cap and support our partners who have been greatly impacted by all of the event cancellations. All proceeds from shirt sales will go to the University of Hawaii Swimming and Diving program. Please purchase prior to October 31 at https://flpregister.com/523

Waikiki Roughwater Swimsuits

Commemorate your HARDCORE swim in Waikiki! The 2019 design is shown on the left. Men's and Women's Custom Waikiki Roughwater Swim suits, towels and other gear are available through Hardcore Swim. Pre-orders will be available a few weeks before the event. Suits and gear will be available for pick up at pre-registration or on race day.