Waikiki Swim Club

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The Waikiki Swim Club or WSC has been devoted to ocean swimming since 1971. It is Hawaii's oldest organized club devoted to promoting safe and fun ocean swimming.

The club sponsors several ocean swims and biathlons, including the North Shore Swim Series, the Christmas Biathlon, and the Valentine's Day Biathlon.

Members and friends also meet regularly for casual ocean swims. With over 160 members, including swimmers spanning a wide range of age and ability, the club offers an abundance of knowledge, aloha and camaraderie for those interested in ocean swimming in Hawaii.

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History of the Club

Once apon a time there was a small band of Hawaiian swimmers who frolicked in the warm waters off Waikiki and elsewhere on the island of Oahu. Now, being that many in this group were spawned from age group and college swimming programs it occured to them that although they may be getting a little mushy around the gills there was no good reason that mature adults couldn't keep competing. Hence sprang forth the Waikiki Roughwater Swim and a most audacious challenge to the mighty Californian swimmers in the form of the Maui Channel Swim. In 1971, after the 2nd Waikiki Roughwater Swim, this group became constitutionally founded as the Waikiki Swim Club (WSC). See the original members list. Based on the principle of lifetime vigorous swimming for fun, sport and health the Club grew in membership and in the promotion of adult swimming in Hawaii.

Original Members

Number - Date Joined - Name
1 10/9/1971 Jim Cotton
2 10/9/1971 Virginia Moore
3 10/9/1971 Wayne Umeda
4 10/9/1971 Virginia Enos
5 10/9/1971 Fred Middleton
6 10/9/1971 Dorie Lalroix
7 10/9/1971 Eve Anderson
8 10/9/1971 Yoshi Isa
9 10/9/1971 John Cater
10 10/9/1971 Natalie Naugle
11 10/9/1971 Tom Mahoney
12 10/9/1971 Marilyn Graper
13 10/9/1971 Lou Herman
14 10/9/1971 Suzanne Kashiwaeda
15 10/9/1971 Karl Storz
16 10/9/1971 Kay Ney
17 10/16/1971 Art Welch
18 10/16/1971 David Middleton
19 10/16/1971 Elizabeth Middleton
20 10/16/1971 Jim Welch
21 10/23/1971 Jim Hill
22 11/6/1971 Dick Webster
23 11/6/1971 Eddie Enos
24 11/13/1971 Mike Reed
25 11/20/1971 Vincent Defeo
26 12/4/1971 Gail Greenley
27 12/4/1971 Miriam Hartwell
28 12/4/1971 Audrey Palama
29 12/4/1971 John Wilcox
30 12/11/1971 Jim Conbidine
31 12/11/1971 Fred Kohler
32 12/11/1971 Tony Cereiello
33 1/8/1972 Phyllis Swartz
34 1/15/1972 Christine Hanson
35 1/30/1972 Jay Wilder
36 1/30/1972 John Dilks
37 1/30/1972 Bruce Barnes
38 2/2/1972 Bill Salovich
39 2/5/1972 Charlene Giebe
40 2/5/1972 Kent Mills
41 2/15/1972 Fred Trask
42 2/15/1972 Mike Sims
43 2/15/1972 Mike Welsh
44 2/15/1972 Lynn Nakkim
45 3/18/1972 Richard Merritt
46 3/25/1972 Ron Dudley
47 4/1/1972 Bob Mack
48 4/8/1972 Joan Werner
49 4/8/1972 Larry Goss
50 5/4/1972 Peter Cole
51 5/7/1972 Richard Tanabe
52 5/7/1972 Judy Rasmussen
53 5/14/1972 Betty Ann Cary
54 5/14/1972 Ivanelle Hoe
55 5/14/1972 Lida Chase
56 5/20/1972 Chip Davey
57 5/30/1972 Randy Webster
58 5/30/1972 Charles Kilbourne
59 6/9/1972 Kay Harrison
60 6/10/1972 Anne Burleigh
61 6/1972 Reed & Diane Glover
62 6/1972 Connie Chase
63 6/1972 Dave Chagnon
64 6/1972 Dave Drum
65 6/1972 Russ Harris
66 7/1972 Jean Cory
67 7/1972 Jim Caldwell
68 7/1972 Sozic Granoff
69 7/1972 Rick Beyer
70 7/1972 Harry Huffaker
71 7/1972 Barbara Drum
72 7/1972 David Baker
73 7/1972 Jim Morlock
74 8/1972 Clinton Brady
75 8/1972 Russ Dussendorfer
76 8/1972 Susan Coolidge
77 8/1972 Francis Cole
78 9/1972 Ben Baldwin

Ironman History

During an awards banquet for the Waikiki Swim Club, John Collins, a Naval Officer stationed in Hawai'i, and his wife Judy Collins, began playing with the idea of combining the three toughest endurance races on Oahu into one race. They decided to issue a challenge to see who the toughest athletes were: swimmers, bikers, or runners. On 18 February 1978, 15 competitors, including Collins, came to the shores of Waikiki to take on the first-ever Ironman challenge.

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