Chris Gardner

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Christopher Gardner is an American race director in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Open Water Swimming Highlights

North Shore Swim Series

The North Shore Swim Series is a 4-race series that started in the 1980s. It is one of America's Top 100 Open Water Swims in 2013. The first event on the 2013 series is the Aloha Salads Summer Sprint on 22 June, a 1-mile ocean swim from Sunset Beach to Ehukai Beach Park. The second event is the Cholo’s Waimea Bay Swim on 6 July, a 1.2-mile ocean swim circling Waimea Bay. The third event is the JACO Chun’s to Waimea Bay Swim on 20 July, a 1.6-mile swim starting at Chun’s Reef and ending at Waimea Bay. The fourth event is the Jamba Juice North Shore Challenge on 3 August, a 2.3-mile ocean swim from Ehukai Beach Park to Waimea Bay that started in 1983.

Hawai'i Swimming Hall of Fame Induction

Christopher Gardner was born in New York, raised in Florida where he learned to swim and surf, then moved to Hawaii (Leilehua High ’75) to pursue big-wave surfing; he toured the world surfing circuit on the Association of Professional Surfers tour in 1977 and 78. Chris was instrumental in making the North Shore Swim Series (NSSS) a major aquatic event in Hawaii today. It had begun in 1983 as a single swim, and by 2014 it had grown into a five-race series of ocean swims going from Sunset Beach to Haleiwa. Chris was the event organizer, promoter and race director of the NSSS from its inception, as well as many other ocean swims, biathlons, and triathlons on Oahu for over 20 years. He is a member of the Waikiki Swim Club, National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, Professional Association of Diving Instructors, and is in the Jacksonville Beach Surfing Hall of Fame.


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