The 49th Annual Waikiki Roughwater Swim 2018
Brought to you by The Waikiki Roughwater Swim Committee Inc.
A Labor Day tradition since 1970

Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 8:30 AM
Sans Souci Beach between the Natatorium and the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel
Waikiki, HI

Official Site:

Distance - 2.384 miles or 3.84 kilometers

High Tide 8:45 am @1.7'
Low Tide 3:19 pm @0.8'
Sunrise at 6:15 am

2018 Waikiki Roughwater Swim T-Shirt Design Contest
The Waikiki Roughwater Swim Committee is searching for the perfect design for the 2018, 49th Annual Waikiki Roughwater Swim participant and volunteer t-shirt.
The Roughwater Swim will be held at Waikiki Beach on Labor Day, Saturday September 1, 2018.
Design may be about 12 inches by 12 inches centered at shirt back and include the phase “49th Waikiki Roughwater Swim” as well as 2018 (the year but not the date). "Wrap around" art may also be considered. The WRS logo shown above may be used on the front pocket area however if the design works a pocket version of the art will be used. No more than five colors should be utilized in the design. Application will be used on both T-Shirts and Tank Shirts as well as long sleeved dri fits for water safety. Design should include a Hawai'ian/Waikiki/Ocean/Swimming motif. For inspiration on the design see page two.The 2017 winning design may be viewed at
$300 Cash Prize to the artist who submits the winning entry.
Please submit questions to
Submit digital art work no later than Wednesday May 16, 2018 to:
Kaia Hedlund at
The winning design will be determined by the end of June 2018.
The design for the 49th Annual Waikiki Roughwater Swim t-shirt should incorporate the “spirit” of open water swimming in Hawaii as well as the magic of Waikiki. A simple, classic design is preferred. Elements may include any of the following: Diamond Head, the War
Memorial Natatorium at the start, the Rainbow Tower at Duke Kahanamoku Beach at the Finish, the clean clear water and the abundant sea creatures such as Naia, Honu and the Humuhumunukuapuaa which are seen along the course. While the Waikiki Roughwater Swim is one of the most scenic open water swims in the world, it is also one of the most competitive and challenging swims as well.

Entry Fees Feb 01, 2018 - May 14, 2018 May 15, 2018 - Aug 12, 2018 Aug 13, 2018 - Aug 28, 2018
WRS Swim Entry $60.00 $75.00 $85.00
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You must wear the WRS swim cap provided at registration.

Swim suits must be briefs or jammers (waist to knee) for men and one or two piece shoulder to hips for women.


Entry includes T-shirt & WRS swim cap. Tank top option available for entries BEFORE 8/12.

Mail in or in Person Entry Fees:
$85 Postmarked by August 12, 2018
$90.00 in Person on August 31, 2018 at Boca Hawaii, 330 Cooke St. from 12:00pm - 3:00pm.
$100.00 in Person on September 1, 2018 - CASH ONLY.
Race day entries accepted between 7:00am and 8:00am only.

Online registration closes at midnight August 28, 2018 (Hawaii standard time).

Entry fee is non-refundable.

@ San Souci Beach: 8-9am July 29
@ Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach: 8-9am Aug 12

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