The North Shore Challenge the 4th and final race of the Surf n Sea North Shore Swim Series. This event features a 2.3 mile course starting at Ehukai Beach Park and follows the coast west to Waimea Bay.
The North Shore Swim Series is a 4-race festival of progressively longer events giving swimmers the opportunity to swim the “7 mile miracle” of Oahu’s famous North Shore.
Event details and schedule
Check in for the North Shore Challenge is at Waimea Bay 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. We will shuttle swimmers to the start at Ehukai Beach Park. There is no packet pickup, only race day check in and late sign up. Day of race entry fee is $80.00 (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 North Shore Challenge will have a “mass” start in the water. Men & Women start together behind two 40” buoys. There will be multiple 40” buoys along the course to help you navigate easily to Waimea. You can swim inside or outside of these buoys unless the surf is up in which case you must stay outside of these buoys. Finish is directly in front of the lifeguard tower at Waimea Bay. Two 40" buoys will mark the finish line, swim between these & run up the beach for your finish time.
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: Swimmers must pass the halfway point in the Chun’s to Waimea, Laniakea to Pua’ena Point & North Shore Challenge swims by the 1hr 15 min mark. Swimmers not reaching this half way mark will be escorted to shore!
IMPORTANT: Swimmers should make continuous progress toward the finish. If they fail to make continuous progress and need the assistance of Water Patrol, they must turn in their timing chip at the finish line and will be will be disqualified.
INFORMATION: (808) 372-8885 & www.northshoreswimseries.com Check us out on Facebook for up to date information!
Getting to Waimea Bay is easy from anywhere on Oahu:
-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 east of Haleiwa
Please try to car pool to the North Shore Swim Series!