1mi Roughwater Swim
The Rough Water Swim is a one-mile swim around the Santa Cruz Wharf. It starts on the east side of the wharf and finishes on Cowell Beach.
This event was held on July 29, 2023. Results are here
Stay tuned for the date of the 2024 Rough Water Swim!
Many of our open water swimmers gather at Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz (on the north side of the wharf) to swim together on Sundays at 1:30.
Swimmers wearing wetsuits and swimmers without wetsuits are welcome. A variety of distance options are discussed amongst the group that shows up.
These swims are, of course, subject to weather and sea conditions.
Cowell Beach, Santa Cruz
There is limited metered parking at Cowell Beach, on the north side of the wharf. You can also pay to park on the wharf itself, or at the Boardwalk parking down the street. During the fall, winter, and spring you can park for free in the residential areas above the wharf; however, in the summer season a residential parking permit is required for these neighborhoods.
The video below appeared on Santa Cruz's cable channel, on the program called "Detours." It features our own Joel Wilson as well as a lot of ocean swimmers tackling the two Santa Cruz summer races in the year 2000.