The TikiSwim consists of two distances, 2.4 miles and 1.2 miles.
The 2.4 mile course is a mass beach start from the south side of the Oceanside Pier @ 7:30. Swimmers swim straight out the first buoy where they make a right turn and head straight for the mouth of the Oceanside Harbor. The course is marked with numerous buoys. Once inside the Oceanside Harbor, swimmers can swim as close as they would like,on their right shoulder, to the harbor structures such as the jettys and docks. It is the swim equivalent to “cutting the corners”. The finish line is located at the top of the boat launch ramps.
The 1.2 mile course is also a mass beach start @ 8:00. The start is directly across from the harbor finish line, so this course is an exxagerated “U-turn”. The 1.2 mile swimmers, will swim straight out and merge with the 2.4 mile swimmers at the first buoy. From that point on, the courses are identical.
Once at the finish there are two finishing chutes. One for all wetsuit swimmers and one for all traditional swimmers.
Parking and Shuttle
The TikiSwim is a point to point swim. We use the English Bus Company double decker buses to shuttle athletes and spectators to and from the Pier start area and then from the finish back to their cars.
We will send out an Athlete Letter as the event gets closer with all way too much information, but know the easiest place to par, and it’s FREE, is the Oceanside Transit center. It is a short walk to the pier and it is a primary shuttle stop after the TikiSwim.
Race Timing will be offered by Race Timers using a reusable timing chip attached to your ankle. Live results will be available at the finish line and online. Timing chips must be returned at the finish line.