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Rough water

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Rough water with whitecaps and surface chop
Theodore Yach swimming around Cape Point in South Africa

noun, adjective - Rough water is a description of disturbed, choppy, turbulent water at the surface of the open bodies of water caused by wind and waves. The frequent, irregular wave action is irritating to open water swimmers because it can impede forward movement and can reduce visibility from the surface of the water.

Open Water Swimming

It is used to describe open water swimming in various events including the La Jolla Rough Water Swim and the Waikiki Roughwater Swim.


The rough water was the reason why he went a bit off-course.


roughwater, surface chop, chop, small waves, turbulence, whitecaps

2007 Pan American Games 10 km Marathon Swim

Chloe Sutton (USA) and Poliana Okimoto (Brazil) finished first and second in the 10 km marathon swim on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Tsugaru Channel Videos

Adam Walker in the Tsugaru Channel, video by Masayuki Moriya of Ocean Navi.

Swim The Channel

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