ACOA Virtual Event - Swim, Paddle or Row to Hawaii

Many athletic events have been cancelled due to the pandemic, and the 2020 Naples Island Swims and SUP event hosted by Aquatic Capital of America (ACOA) in Long Beach, CA is no exception. Generally our largest fundraiser each year, the Board of Directors of ACOA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public benefit corporation, looked for another way to attract all water sports enthusiasts who have found their races cancelled and training/exercise options severely reduced for the past several months.

Our answer? Swim, paddle, or row from Long Beach, CA to Honolulu, HI during the month of August!

The Virtual Swim-Paddle-Row from Long Beach to Honolulu is a distance of 4,502,080 yards across the Pacific. Yes, this is a HUGE distance. Here is how we will do it – as a group! Each person wishing to participate will register, pay an entry fee of US$35, and we will total ALL the distance covered by the entire group.

Open to everyone, each participant will receive a 100% cotton T-shirt designed specifically for this virtual event, plus a medal with the event logo.

Head to the registration site to learn more details and sign up!

Naples Island Swim 2020 Message

Dear Naples Island Swimmers and Paddlers,

The health and safety of our participants is always our chief concern, upon consultation with our City and County Health Departments , partners and sponsors, and after careful thought and consideration, our Event Advisory Team has decided to cancel this year’s Naples Island Swim and Paddle event.

Our next event will be August 15, 2021.

Our annual event has been interrupted before by wars and economic downturns.

The risk of COVID-19 is real and it is not clear that events like ours can be conducted safely in the foreseeable future.

Our Long Beach tradition will return in 2021 and we hope you will join with us once again.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been afflicted by the COVID-19 virus, and to all those who have been impacted by it.

We are grateful to our many safety, health care and essential service workers who put themselves in harm’s way for us each day.

Thank you for your support of our event.

We look forward to seeing you in 2021.

Greg Shea

Race Director

Naples Island Swim and Paddle

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 in the 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.

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.

Event Schedule

Swim Events

Sunday, August 15, 2021

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

Paddle Events

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Race Day Check-In Opens:

8:00 AM

No race day entries will be accepted.

Start Times:

6-Mile SUP: 10:30 AM

3-Mile Fun Paddle: 10:45 AM

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


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.

The closest available public restrooms to the event registration locations will be at Bayshore Aquatic Playground Park. Restrooms will also be available at the corner of Bayshore Ave. and E. 2nd St after 8 AM.

Get to the race with Long Beach Transit


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 Aquatic Capital of America

Aquatic Capital of America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, public benefit corporation 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. 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.

Because Long Beach has so much water - ocean, bay, lagoon, Marine Stadium, plus a river on each side of the city - and so many water-based activities, every Long Beach child should know how to swim. A significant portion of the net proceeds from this event will be used to further the objective.