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42nd Annual 2011

George O'Brien

Brisbane, AUS 43:40

Luane Rowe

Berkeley CA 49:06

41st Annual 2010

Travis Nederpelt

Cragie, WA 45:40

Luane Rowe

Waverton AUS 51:18

40th Annual 2009

802 finishers

Trent Grimsey AUS 42:20

Luana Rowe AUS 47:21

39th Annual 2008

632 finishers

Trent Grimsey AUS 47:59

Luana Rowe AUS 55:01

38th Annual 2007

706 finishers

Noa Sakamoto HI 43:37

Emma Berry HI 53:25

37th Annual 2006

666 finishers

Alex Kostich CA 45:25

Claudia Barsi HI 52:40

36th Annual 2005

CANCELLED due to strong current

(“there would have been a lot of rescues even before the first bouy” - Joe Leleikis)

35th Annual 2004

470 approx finishers

Noa Sakamoto HI 49:26

Cassie Hunt HI 56:37

34th Annual 2003

1054 entries

361 finishers

Grant Cleland AUS 1:04:25

Trudee Hutchinson AUS 1:17:16

(tropical storm Jimena Near, 361 rescued)

33rd Annual 2002

910 entries

Alex Kostich CA 43:46

Dawn Heckman 47:06

(Bob Momsen, age 55 50:28
5 min faster than age)

32nd Annual 2001

929 entries

John Flanagan HI 52:40

Trudee Hutchinson AUS 57:31

31st Annual 2000

953 entries

John Flanagan HI 48:58

McCall Dorr CA 56:58

30th Annual 1999

880 entries

Malcolm Allen AUS 49:55

Jodi Jackson 55:54

(winner caught a wave)

29th Annual 1998

852 entries

Dean Mercer 50:58

Casey Giteau 57:24

28th Annual 1997

980 entries

Malcolm Allen 48:20

Stacy Gartrell 48:44

(“The WRS is special, no sport
could keep me away, even paddling”-Diane Stowell)

27th Annual 1996

998 entries

Malcolm Allen 48:20

Stacy Gartrell 48:44

(Eric Roeder - parapalegic 1:00:38 - ”I would have never dropped out)(winner caught a wave)

26th Annual 1995

1009 entries

Dan McLellan 42:13 NEW RECORD

Lisa Hazen 45:33

(winner caught a wave)
(Lisa’s mother swam 1:08:35)

25th Annual 1994

992 entries

Alex Kostich 52:06

Kari Lydersen 57.48

(“not “rough”, but “brutal”
due to current & chop)

24th Annual 1993

1031 entries

Darren Turner42:38

Lisa Hazen 47.39

“This is a non-serious, recreational event”- Jim Anderson; “No one told the winners this”

23rd Annual 1992

1286 entries

Dan McLellan 55:09

Karen Burton 55:57

(bad current, 35 picked up)
(“Race begins at the last turn”-Chris Moore)

22nd Annual 1991

1185 entries

Bobby Patten 45:42

Lisa Johns 46:00
WOMEN’S RECORD)

21st Annual 1990

1243 entries

Chris Moore 50:18

Ann Peters 58:19

(winner caught a wave)

20th Annual 1989

1214 entries

Darren Turner 50:13

Bronwyn Burns 58:14

19th Annual 1988

1082 entries

Paul Asmuth 45:32
(NEW RECORD)

Nadine Takai 46:55

(Hurricane ULEKI
250 miles away)

18th Annual 1987

1287 entries

Chris Moore, 54:15

Nadine Takai 55:49

(1st 4-wave start - staggered start)

17th Annual 1986

1250 entries

Jeff Skilling 54:15

Nadine Takai 59:19

16th Annual 1985

1344 entries

Jim Montgomery 1:00:29

Nadine Takai 1:04:46

(PEAK ENTRIES YEAR)

15th Annual 1984

1149 entries

Rick Heltzel 43:47
(NEW RECORD w/finish line dive)

Kaili Chun 46:58

14th Annual 1983

1141 entries

Max Metzker 49:48

Amy White 59:02

(Bruce Clark,
Referee made eligibility ruling

13th Annual 1982

1102 entries

Joe Liliekis 48:19

Kaili Chun 51:35

12th Annual 1981

922 entries

Joe Liliekis 50:52

Kaili Chun 56:33

(Larry Ngayan,
no use of legs, 1:09:00)

11th Annual 1980

670 entries

Paul Stader48:51

Kaili Chun 51:08

(Oldest finisher,
Wally Laury age 79)

10th Annual 1979

504 finishers

Brett Philipps 48:02

Kaili Chun 50.41

9th Annual 1978

397 finishers

Paul Stader 51:14

Kaili Chun 55:32

8th Annual 1977

299 finishers

Paul Stader 51:48

Kaili Chun 56:18

7th Annual 1976

269 finishers

Paul Stader 46:24

Kaili Chun 47:47

6th Annual 1975

182 finishers

Brett Phillips 49:05

Julia Francisco 54:00

5th Annual 1974

181 finishers

Brett Phillips 50:04

Nalani Guyer 56:37

4th Annual 1973

148 finishers

Les Barclay Wulk 47:58

Nancy Ivy 49:18

3rd Annual 1972

150 finishers

Sam Chesser 43:49

Kathy Shipman 48:49

2nd Annual 1971

101 finishers

Jonathon Ezer 41:09

Liz Hogan 46:42 (short course)

1st Annual 1970

36 finishers

Marc Finley 55:23

Marjorie Phillips 1:26:43