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A wave of swimmers at the Midmar Mile in South Africa before the start of an open water swim
Waves in the ocean
Ocean waves hitting the coast near the Huntington Beach pier. Photo by Allen J. Schaben of the Los Angeles Times
noun - Wave is a specific group of individuals who start at the same time in an open water swimming competition. Individuals in specific waves can be determined by gender, age, speed, ability or distance or course to be swum. Waves are usually started in different intervals that can generally range from 1-10 minutes. At very large races, racers may be finishing the entire race when the last wave begins their swim or even on different days.

The young boy and his father were in different waves at the start of the triathlon.

Different types of waves in an open body of water include a bow wave, a breaking wave, cross sea, Draupner wave, edge wave, equatorial waves, extratropical storm surge, gravity wave, hundred-year wave, meteotsunami, rogue wave, sneaker wave, stokes wave, surf break, swell (ocean), tsunami, wake, and wind wave.

Waves can be measured and described by the Douglas Sea Scale.


heat, group, swell

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