South Bay’s Pier-to-Pier Swim returns in 2021

HERMOSA Seashore, Calif. — The fabled Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier Swim, a centerpiece of the South Bay-dependent Global Surf Competition, will return this calendar year following using previous 12 months off for COVID limits.

“It’s a labor of enjoy, I guess,” mentioned Gary Crum, the race’s director and son of race namesake and neighborhood lifeguarding legend Dwight Crum. “So lots of men and women get so considerably satisfaction out of it that it keeps me heading,” Crum explained.

What You Need To Know

  • The Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier Swim will return in 2021 immediately after a COVID-associated cancellation in 2020
  • The two-mile open drinking water swim between the Hermosa Beach front and Manhattan Seaside piers has operate virtually consistently considering that 1963
  • The 2019 race featured about 1,200 finishers from 26 states
  • Registration opened on Might 26, and inside the to start with working day, approximately 200 swimmers signed up for the race

The Pier-to-Pier is just what the identify appears like — a two-mile race, with a two-hour time limit, from the Hermosa Beach Pier to the Manhattan Seaside Pier.

Dwight Crum began the race in 1963, the Surf Festival’s very first year, and it was named in his honor when he retired from lifeguarding in 1975. The race was one of his passions and his favored party between the ISF’s offerings.

Gary Crum, a retired Los Angeles County Lifeguard Captain in his own correct, took the reins of the swim about 10 many years back. Inside that time, he reported, its grown appreciably. In its initially year, again in the 1960s, only 50 people today participated. The 2019 race experienced approximately 1,200 swimmers cross the finish line.

“My dad would in no way have envisioned that it would increase into what it is turned into…over the very last 15 a long time, it’s seriously taken off and formulated a cult adhering to,” Crum stated.

The Pier-to-Pier is a single of the major situations of the yearly Global Surf Competition, which is a celebration of the ocean and the people who really like it.

Its contests incorporate the swim, paddleboard races, dory boat racing (celebrating their regular use as lifeguard vessels), each bodysurfing and surfing championships and the famed Charlie Saikley 6-Man Volleyball match — an party that, for several years, was the largest social gathering on the seaside.

But the Pier-to-Pier is singular in that it draws in all sorts of swimmers from folks examining the swim off their bucket lists, to weekend warriors, to Olympic-degree athletes. Defending winner Ryan Bullock has received the Pier-to-Pier five instances, such as 4 straight wins, as of 2019.

Prospective swimmers for the race will be requested to take part in a single of 3 500 meter “check-out” swims held all through July, while Crum acknowledged that organizers will give consideration to people who can demonstrate proof of benefits for finishing comparable open-water distance swims, these kinds of as the Santa Monica Pier swim, or Redondo Beach’s Swim the Avenues race.

Crum is grateful that racers have taken to the celebration as rapidly as they have soon after a year absent. In just the initial 24 hours of registration opening, much more than 200 swimmers signed up for the party. That feels like an specifically big offer since he experienced to refund registration costs for about 500 registrants to very last year’s canceled race.

“For the Surf Pageant in typical, but the Pier-to-Pier also, so a lot of of the contributors have manufactured this section of their custom for a long time, as an iconic South Bay occasion,” Crum said. “We need to be undertaking one thing right.”

Info and registration for the Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier Swim, as nicely as the rest of the International Surf Festival gatherings, can be discovered at surffestival.org. Registration fees are $50 right up until July 1 when they bump to $60.