When the Pacific Ocean is your front yard, ocean swimming is a very natural event. Some members swim for recreation and others like to compete in organized competitive roughwater or ocean swims. The Outrigger Canoe Club Invitational Open Ocean Swim is one of these competitive events as is the Castle Swim on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.
Roughwater swims are very popular in Hawaii with the additions of the North Shore Swim Series which takes place during the early summer at beaches on the North Shore. The biggest swim of them all though is the Waikiki Roughwater Swim on Labor Day. Another favorite is the Possibly Annual Hawaiian Christmas Looong Distance Invitational Rough-H20 Swim, also known as the Double Roughwater directed by OCC member Jim Anderson.
The perpetual trophy for the Roughwater Swim is named for OCC Founder Alexander Hume Ford. It was donated by Ellen Fullard-Leo, Hawaii’s representative to the U.S. Olympic Committee from its founding, who considered Ford her life-long friend.
Many members compete in the North Shore series as well as open ocean swims. Their results may be found in articles below or in the For the Record.