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The 2019 Naples Island Swim & SUP event will be held across two days. Saturday, August 17th will hold the paddle events and Sunday, August 18th will hold the swimming events.

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For 2018 results go to the results link in the side menu.

About the Event

The Naples Island Swim & SUP is an open water swimming and paddle board competition featuring seven races of differing lengths. The event is held across two days in the Los Alamitos Bay in Long Beach, CA. The events span from a 200-yard swim for 7 & 8 year-olds, to a 3-mile swim and 6-mile stand up paddle that circumnavigate Naples Island, for those 13 years and older.

Los Alamitos Bay is no stranger to open water swimming competition. In 2010 Marine Stadium played host to both the USA Swimming Open Water National Championships and the Pan Pacific Championships open water competition. It is the training ground for many local athletes. The Naples Island Swim & SUP is an annual opportunity for the City of Long Beach, known as the Aquatic Capital of America, to showcase its leading position as a destination for aquatic activities.

How to Get There

Start and Finish for All Events on the Beach Between:

United States Sailing Center - 5489 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90803

and

Leeway Sailing Center - 5431 E Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90803

Metered Parking will be available in the large public lots off of E. Ocean Blvd. Parking will not be available on Bayshore Ave. as it is closed to through traffic and parking from 9 AM to 5 PM during the busy summer months.

Public restrooms will be available near the registration tables at Bayshore Aquatic Playground Park. Restrooms will also be available at the corner of Bayshore Ave. and E. 2nd St after 8 AM.

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Event Schedule

Paddle Events

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Race Day Check-In Opens:

7:00 AM

No race day entries will be accepted.

Start Times:

6-Mile SUP: 8:00 AM

3-Mile SUP: 8:10 AM

Swim Events

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Race Day Check-In Opens:

8:00 AM

No race day entries will be accepted.

1 Mile Swim: 9:00 AM

3-Mile Swim: 9:20 AM

1000Y Swim: 9:40 AM

500Y Swim: 10:00 AM

200Y Swim: 10:20 AM

Safety

Competitor safety support is provided by the Long Beach Fire Department Marine Safety Division. The event safety plan is available upon request.

Water Conditions

In the event of unfavorable water conditions all efforts will be made to reschedule the event. If a new date is not available, event organizers will cover all expenses incurred prior to refunding any remaining portion of competitors' entry fees.

The summer season water temperature in the Long Beach, California Los Alamitos Bay can range from low 60's °F to the upper 60's °F. The temperature can swing 3-4 degrees within just a couple day’s time. The swimming events will be cancelled or held with shorted race distances following USA Swimming’s low water temperature limit of 16° C (60.8 °F).

Water quality can be monitored via the Heal the Bay water quality report card. Follow the link for current water conditions:

About the Cause

Proceeds from the Naples Island Swim & SUP event benefit the Aquatic Capital of America, a 501(c)(3) organization established in 2008 to promote the myriad of aquatic activities offered in Long Beach; to recognize, honor and support the City of Long Beach and its aquatic athletes and organizations; improve and increase local aquatic facilities and promote water safety and education.

The ACOA also supports community and regional efforts to raise awareness about water quality and the reduction of pollution on our beaches and in our local waterways.

A portion of the 2019 Event proceeds will also be directed to Algalita Marine Research and Education to support their work with local area schools to improve Environmental Education as well as their efforts to reduce plastic pollution in Alamitos Bay and along our beaches.

This sea horse was borrowed from (and returned to) the waters of Alamitos Bay on June 26, 2016.