Big Kahuna Triathlon Distances
The Big Kahuna is a long course triathlon consisting of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike and a 13.1-mile run. Please click on the links above for specific information or maps for the Swim, Bike or Run courses.
Big Kahuna AquaBike
In 2005, USA Triathlon offered a pilot program called the AquaBike. Eventsin the AquaBike program give athletes the opportunity to compete in a category that comprises the swim and bike portions of the race, but omits the run portion of the race. The Big Kahuna is proud to participate in this program by offering an AquaBike category!
The Big Kahuna AquaBike: Swim - 1.2 miles and Bike - 56 miles
Entries in the Big Kahuna AquaBike will be limited.
Awards will be given to the top three(3) male and female finishers.
Big Kahuna Open Water Swim
The Big Kahuna Open Water Swim starts in front of the Coconut Grove at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and takes you 1.2 miles around the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf and finishes on Cowell's beach
Big Kahuna Splash & Dash
The Big Kahuna Splash & Dash starts in front of the Coconut Grove at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and takes you 1.2 miles around the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf and on to Cowell's beach. You will transition in the Cowell's parking lot and head out on to West Cliff Drive for a quick out and back 6.2 mile run with a finish on the beach at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Grand Stand.
The event starts and finishes near the historic Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, CA. The courses are almost entirely coastal with breathtaking views of the rugged California coast, lighthouses and a dramatic finish at the main stage of the Beach Boardwalk. Visit the Directions page for maps, parking information and driving instructions.
Packet pick-up will take place during the Big Kahuna Expo on Saturday, September 10th from 10am to 6pm at Depot Park at 119 Center Street. Each individual must pick-up his/her own packet and show a photo ID on Saturday, September 8th, including each member of a Relay Team. Packet pick-up WILL NOT be available on Sunday, September 10th before the race. Race packets will contain your designated swim cap, timing chip, bike tags, runner's bib and your commemorative Big Kahuna t-shirt.
Event sanctioning and insurance compliance require every participant of a USA Triathlon sanctioned event to be a member of USA Triathlon and to present a photo ID. NO PHOTO ID, NO RACE, NO EXCEPTIONS.