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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

2016 La Jolla Rough Water Swim Postponed

Courtesy of Bill Perry, Director, La Jolla Rough Water Swim, California.

The first La Jolla Rough Water Swim was held in 1916 when it was Charles 'Chubby' Shields in 48 minutes.

Swims over the years were cancelled due to sponsorship changes (1935), a polio scare (1948) and shark sightings (1959), but for the most part, the La Jolla Rough Water Swim has stayed consistent over its history.

But its 100th anniversary, scheduled for September 2016, has been postponed.

"Due to the poor ocean water quality and high bacteria levels currently present at La Jolla Cove, we defer the Annual La Jolla Rough Water Swim event until the Cove's ocean water and beach conditions improve. The safety of our swimmers has always been our primary concern," writes Bill Perry.

"The Committee feels that to subject our entrants to the Cove's poor ocean water quality this year would be irresponsible and contrary to the high standards of this 100-year-old event. We have always strived to provide a first class aquatic event for all members of the family and we don't feel that would be possible this year considering the current conditions at La Jolla Cove."

"Additionally, sea lions have taken up residence on the beach and rock configurations surrounding La Jolla Cove in such numbers that swimmers have begun entering the water from other beaches, to avoid the fecal pollution and unpleasant smell, as well as the aggressive behavior of the animals during their recent mating season," reports Anne Cleveland, a Cove regular.

Photo shows the start of the 3-mile Gatorman, one of the premier events in La Jolla.

Copyright © 2016 by World Open Water Swimming Association


  1. Unfortunate, but very responsible decision. Hope to make it in 2017 if it occurs.

  2. Hello, My name is Brian Long and I am the co-founder of the 2.4 mile TikiSwim which takes place the last Sunday in September in Oceanside. I say to qualify my next sentence. The La Jolla Rough Water is the Rose Bowl. It's an awesome race and one many people look forward to competing each year, so even though we occupy the same space, it's just not the same without the event. We will reach out to the folks over at the club, but I will say our event is a pretty amazing swim with a surf start and a still water finish utilizing the Oceanside Harbor. Go to www.tikiswim.com for more information and get your swim on! Brian

  3. Sorry to here LJRWS is not happening this year. This is one of my swim team's (Arizona Swim Devil Masters) favorite meets.

  4. thanks for looking out for us swimmers... I surely wouldn't want to p off any horny sea lions!
    What a bummer though...praying on 2017

  5. Kill all the sea lions and run the race


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