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Over 350 people assisted to shore after the Waikiki Roughwater Swim


LAUREN: JOE.. BELIEVE IT OR NOT… TODAY’S WAIKIKI ROUGH WATER SWIM WAS EVEN “ROUGHER” THAN USUAL. TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA JUST HOW DIFFICULT IT WAS… ABOUT 350 PEOPLE NEEDED HELP GETTING BACK SAFELY TO SHORE. NATS: OCEAN/WAVE CRASHING SOUND IT’S CALLED THE WAIKIKI ROUGH WATER RACE FOR A REASON. NATS: CHEERING JOHN, SCHWENGER, PARTICIPANT: “IT WAS TOUGH. IT WAS TOUGH. IN PLACE FOR A HALF HOUR.” MONDAY’S CONDITIONS WERE AN EXTREME CHALLENGE FOR FIRST TIME RACE PARTICIPANT JOHN JOHN, SCHWENGER, PARTICIPANT: “I THOUGHT I COULD DO IT IN AN HOUR AND I CAME IN JUST UNDER 2 THE CURRENT WAS REALLY PUSHIN HARD.” RACE OFFICIALS ALERTED SWIMMERS AHEAD OF THE 2.4 MILE OPEN WATER RACE. KAIA HEDLUND PRESIDENT AND RACE DIRECTOR: “WE WARNED EVERYBODY IN THE BEGINNING THAT THIS IS GOING TO BE A REALLY BAD DAY AND IF YOU’RE NOT READY NOT TRAINED DON’T SWIM.” ACCORDING TO OCEAN SAFETY OFFICIALS, OF THE ONE-THOUSAND PARTICIPANTS…ABOUT 350 SWIMMERS NEEDED HELP GETTING TO SHORE. KAIA HEDLUND PRESIDENT AND RACE DIRECTOR: “WE DO HAVE ABOUT 100 PEOPLE DOING WATER SAFETY OUT THERE AND PROFESSIONAL LIFEGUARDS, WE ALSO HAVE OUTRIGGER CANOE CLUB OUT THERE AND THEY’RE PULLING PEOPLE OUT ON THE BEACH FOR SURE.” EVEN EXPERIENCED, TRAINED SWIMMERS HAD A TOUGH TIME. ALEX KOSTICH, PARTICIPANT: “IT WAS ROUGH. I’VE DONE THIS RACE FOR 27 YRS AND THIS WAS PROBABLY IN THE TOP 3 OF MOST CHALLENGING COURSES THAT WE’VE HAD.” NATS: OCEAN SOUNDS ALEX KOSTICH, PARTICIPANT: “IT’S ALWAYS UNPREDICTABLE. BUT THE CURRENTS WERE NOT FAVORABLE. WE WERE SWIMMING INTO THE CURRENT FOR MAJORITY OF THE RACE.” AND DESPITE THE DIFFICULT DAY… JOHN, SCHWENGER, PARTICIPANT: “IT’S BEEN ON MY BUCKET LIST AND THIS GUY SAID HE WAS DOING IT AND HE WAS MY GOD SON SO I SAID WELL IF YOU’RE DOING IT I’M DOING IT.” AND NOW THAT HE’S DONE IT… SCHWENGER IS FEELING ACCOMPLISHED. LAUREN: THE WAIKIKI ROUGHWATER SWIM IS DEFINITELY NOT MEANT FOR BEGINNERS. IT WAS THE ORIGINAL SWIM LEG FOR THE IRON-MAN. BACK TO YOU. JOE: FOR MORE ON THIS LABOR DAY

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