Reserve your VIP experience NOW!!

OCEANSIDE PIER- Ever want to experience the thrill of paddling an outrigger canoe? Want to be on the course to support your swimmer where you can take pictures, video and cheer them on? Well here is your chance.

The Tiki Swim, being supported by volunteers from the Oceanside Outrigger club, is offering a one of a kind VIP experience at a new lower price of $75. The proceeds from the VIP experience go to the Outrigger club to support their programs.  The OOCC will be supplying a streersman and stroker, so you will also be providing some of the horsepower.

There is absolutely no better way to experience the Tiki Swim and this type of package is not being offered at any other local races, so take advantage of this one of kind experience for you and your swimmer!!

Reserve your outrigger now by sending an email to

Please Help theTiki Swim support Umida Lesicko’s MS fundraising

TIKI HEADQUARTERS- My good friend, and Tiki Swim athlete,  Umida Lesicko is joining with the team members of Uncle Phil’s Feat to help raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Umida’s story goes from being  adopted from an Uzbekistan to qualifying for the World Championship Triathlon as a challenged athlete, but the untold story now is that her adoptive mother has been diagnosed with MS, so this is Umida’s opportunity to return the favor.

Raising money for the MS Society ties in a bit deeper with the Tiki Swim, as Tiki Swim co-founder John Hill, lost his sister in law in a short period to an aggressive form of MS.

Please go to Umida’s MS Ride San Diego donation page, make a contribution, and know that all the money goes directly to the MS Society.

Project U: Swimming the Pier with Umida.

OCEANSIDE PIER- Went for a swim today with my pal from the Challenged Athletes Foundation, Umida Lesicko who will be swimming the 2.4 mile Tiki Swim on September 25th. Register now at to hangout with the gang!!

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Tikis are gathering for finish

Put some adventure in your swim!!

SAN MARCOS- Went out to Smokin’ Tikis today to pick up our custom 7 foot tikis that will be oart of the TIKI SWIM finish line. Designed by a local artist and carved out coconut palm, these “head dress” tikis symbolize long life.

I also met with the local artist that will be creating our overall male and female finishers. They are going to one of kind made from recycled Hawaiian shirts and acrylic paint. Super excited to see how they come out!!

If you haven’t registered for the TIKI SWIM, do so now!! This is gonna be a blast!!

Amazing discount codes


Checkout the discount code page under the registration tab for savings up to $15 for athletes doing Ironman Arizona or the World Championship in 2011.

We have numerous options for athletes to save, donate or rebate $10 to charity or the club you represent.

Just enter the code when registering.

Tiki Swim is coming to life

Flickr photo by aarmono

OCEANSIDE- Every time I ride through the Oceanside Harbor I look over at that inviting still water and have imagined a swim there. We in North San Diego County are not fortunate enough to have an open water swim venue similar to La Jolla Cove, Mission or Glorietta Bay and it is often the surf that makes ocean swim so intimidating.

Now the TIKI SWIM offers a compromise. There will be a surf entry , however the back part of the course takes swimmers into the Oceanside Harbor where athletes will be enjoy the protected environment as fatigue starts setting in. Additionally, for those nervous about open water swimming, we placed swimmer safety as our number one priority. The  Tiki Swim course will have over 30 trained lifeguards plus personal water craft and Oceanside Harbor Police boats. That’s one guard approximately every 150 yards!!

As a triathlete we also wanted to create e a swim that caters to triathlon’s nuance as well as an event for swimmers. The Tiki Swim provides athletes the chance to experience or train for their full and half distance swim. This is a great opportunity for those doing the Arizona triathlon to gauge their readiness or for an athlete sitting on the fence to experience what for most is the most intimidating part of triathlon. The TIKI SWIM encourages the use of wetsuits  and will have divisions for both wetsuit and traditional swimmers.