Newport Pier-2-Pier Swim

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The Newport Pier-to-Pier Swim was founded by Buddy Belshe, a legendary Newport Beach, California lifeguard, in 1976. The Newport Pier-2-Pier Swim (or the Newport Beach Pier to Pier Two Mile Open Water Swim) is part of the Newport Beach Ocean Swims that are held in Newport Beach, California in July and August. The Newport Beach lifeguard-organized ocean swims are summer classics in Southern California and annually draw a large field of participants from newbies to Olympic competitive swimmers. The other swim is the Don Burns 1-mile Scholarship Swim in August. It is one of America's Top 100 Open Water Swims and part of the Southern Pacific Masters Open Water Series:

2019 SPMS Open Water Series Events

June 22nd: 50th Annual Seal Beach Rough Water Swim in Seal Beach
June 29th: Semana Nautica One Mile Open Water Swim in Santa Barbara
June 30th: Semana Nautica Three Mile Open Water Swim in Santa Barbara
July 13th: Newport Beach Pier to Pier Two Mile Open Water Swim in Newport Beach
August 3rd: Corona Del Mar Don Burns One Mile Open Water Swim in Corona del Mar
September 22nd: Mission Mile and Southwest Zone Open Water Championship in Mission Viejo
November 28th: Turkey Brine Pier Swim in Huntington Beach


2 miles




City Newport Beach

State/County/Province California

Country USA

Region Americas


Name Nadine Turner


Event Information

Month: July

Event Date: 13 July 2013


Class: Amateur

Wetsuit: No

Newport Pier-2-Pier Swim Course

Newport Pier-2-Pier Swim starts at the Balboa Pier and goes along the Newport Beach coastline to the Newport Pier. The 2-mile course is annually held in mid-July weekend.

The course starts from the beach next to the Balboa Pier. Athletes swim to a buoy offshore and then up the coast to a buoy right off the Newport Pier. They round the buoy at the Newport Pier and finish on shore in front of Lifeguard Headquarters.

Entry Fees

Registration with a T-Shirt is US$25 or US$45 for both swims. Souvenir T-Shirts are US$10. Donations are accepted for the Don Burns Scholarship fund.


All swimmers must have a current U.S. Masters Swimming registration card. U.S. Masters Swimming rules govern both races.

2011 Newport Pier-2-Pier Swim

2017 Newport Pier-2-Pier Swim

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