North Shore Swim Se­ries An An­nual Sum­mer Test Of Skill

MidWeek Islander (Central Oahu) - - Central Oahu Islander -

BY NI­COLE KATO

Given we live in beau­ti­ful Hawaii, sur­rounded by beaches and sun­shine, it’s no won­der lo­cals have a love of the wa­ter.

The Surf-n-Sea North Shore Swim Se­ries, which marks its 25th an­niver­sary this year, takes ad­van­tage of the good is­land weather and hosts four in­di­vid­ual open-wa­ter events over the course of the sum­mer.

The swims are spaced about two weeks apart and have their own dis­tance and venue along the coast.

Aloha Sal­ads Sum­mer Sprint is June 22 and is a 1-mile swim from Sun­set Beach to Ehukai Beach Park.

The race is known to be fast and fun, and swim­mers stay par­al­lel to the coast. While elite swim­mers use this course to work on their speed, novices can use it as an in­tro­duc­tion to the se­ries.

Cho­los Waimea Bay Swim, sched­uled for July 6, is a 1.2-mile swim at Waimea Bay Beach Park, of­fer­ing a tri­an­gu­lar course around the twin outer is­lands and across the bay.

Ac­cord­ing to Hawaii Swim, dol­phins are a com­mon sight, which is more rea­son to give this course a try.

JACO Chun’s Reef to Waimea Bay Swim is set for July 20 and is slightly longer at 1.6 miles.

The view of Chun’s Reef is limited while driv­ing on the high­way, and swim­mers get to see a stretch of coast­line that even pedes­tri­ans nor­mally don’t see.

Jamba Juice North Shore Chal­lenge Aug. 3 is the long­est of the four races, con­sist­ing of a 2.3-mile swim from Ban­zai Pipe­line to Waimea Bay. This one of­ten de­ter­mines who takes the Se­ries’ Over­all Win­ner crown.

“The North Shore Swim Se­ries be­gan when mem­bers of the Waikiki Swim Club sought ad­di­tional venues for open wa­ter races,” ex­plained mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor Rae So­jot.

“The clear-calm sum­mer­time wa­ters be­tween Pipe­line and Waimea seemed the per­fect lo­ca­tion, and the first-ever North Shore Chal­lenge was cre­ated.”

Since its in­cep­tion, more races were added, and the North Shore Swim Se­ries was born.

Ac­cord­ing to So­jot, the se­ries is open to swim­mers

Con­tes­tants rush to shore dur­ing last year’s race at Waimea Bay. Photo courtesy of North Shore Swim Se­ries.

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