Aloha in Pictures: Waikiki Roughwater Swim Photo Vault

  9 Mike Lewis | September 03rd, 2013 | Featured, Lifestyle, News, Open Water, Photo Fishbowl

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Fast and fun swimming in paradise – the 44th annual Waikiki Roughwater swim featured a number of the world’s best open water swimmers and a huge dynamic field.   The one common denominator was a love for the sport and a passion for the water.  Here’s some images from this year’s event.

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Honolulu local Steve Allnutt was one of the top finishers. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Johan Steiner of San Francisco rolls with the double shaka at the finish and grabs 3rd place in the 45 to 49 division. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Australia’s Rachelle King was smooth at the finish and took second in the 19 to 24 division (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Even folks from the famed Outrigger Canoe Club joined in to help serve as escorts along the 2.4 mile course. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Paulo De Paula from Brazil dolphin dives into the shallow water before the finish (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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settling into pace (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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swimmers underway at the start of the Waikiki Roughwater Swim. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Open water star Luane Rowe has been ripping it up all summer and was the second overall woman at this year’s Waikiki Roughwater Swim. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Lifeguard Ron Bregman was part of an amazing safety crew supporting the Waikiki Roughwater Swim. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Alex Kostich in his 21st Waikiki Roughwater Swim (he’s won it 4 times and has been a top 10 male finisher in every race) was 6th place overall. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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alone time at the Waikiki Roughwater Swim. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Australian Olympian (1996) Malcolm Allen took top honors in the men’s 40 – 44 division. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Australia’s Ridge Grimsey was third overall. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Waikiki Roughwater Swim Race Director Kaia Hedlund does a truly amazing job in overseeing a committed operations team. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Ridge Grimsey making his way to the final run up the beach at the Waikiki Roughwater Swim. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Hawaiian open water swimmer Meredith Novack has some big swims coming up in the coming weeks. The Waikiki Roughwater Swim is relatively short for this marathon swimmer. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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super aloha. Swimmers from Rainbow Aquatics do a phenomenal job every year in supporting the swimmers at both the start and the finish of the Waikiki Roughwater Swim. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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get your marks before you take your marks in open water swimming. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Australia’s George O’Brien was a close second at the 2013 Waikiki Roughwater Swim. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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It comes in waves. 5 waves comprise the start of the Waikiki Roughwater Swim. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Australian Rhys Mainstone takes the title again in 2013. The open water swimming star won the race in 2012 too. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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underway at the Waikiki Roughwater Swim. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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strong finish by localsTaiyo Endo (winner in the boys 11/12) and Jessica Nohara. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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gotta have fun before the gun goes off. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Japan’s swimming superstar Kosuke Kitajima won the men’s 30-34 division. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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Champion Rhys Mainstone feeling good at the finish. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

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San Diego’s Jeff Milton relaxed at the start took 3rd in the men’s 55-59. (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography)

 

Comments

  1. ERVINFORTHEWIN says:
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    Great picture coverage ! loved to watch one by one the whole atmosphere happening there . Must be owesome to swim in that event ! shining swimming

  2. pete savitz says:
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    I don’t want to have to swim way-way behind Alex Kostich, but I will (happily) if you have 75 and older division? Thanks, pete

  3. aswimfan says:
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    This event looks and sounds like an amazingly fun open water race

  4. Julia says:
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    These are such amazing pictures, providing great coverage of the Waikiki Roughwater Swim. Each photo tells a brilliant and interesting story. This truly captures the encouraging and inviting atmosphere. Looks like a great day for swimming!

  5. James says:
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    A strong field as usual with impressive performances by the top place getters. Amazing to see 3 men over 40 in the Top 10- with Mal (4th), Alex (6th) & Paul (7th) all up there. Inspirational.

  6. Gareth says:
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    Some cracking snaps there fair play

  7. Trevor Bennett says:
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    Great race, well organised—– pity about the “T” Shirts—– go back to cotton

  8. dee says:
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    love love love these pictures! this event looks awesome, definitely one to put on the calendar for the years ahead!

  9. Darryl Johnson says:
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    Any photos from awards ceremony?

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