Waikiki Roughwater Swim 2021

Monday, September 6, 2021 at 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 September 3, 2021
In Person: $105 on September 5, 2021
In Person: $120 Cash Only on September 6, 2021

Online Reg. Closes: Midnight HST August 17, 2020
About: The Waikiki Rough Water Swim is an ocean swim race off beautiful Waikiki Beach put on by the Waikiki Roughwater Swim Committee, a non-profit organization. The race typically sees close to 1000 competitors enter. Competitors start in waves assigned according to their speed. Strong currents and choppy surf are possible conditions that competitors must face to make their way from the start to the finish.
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