Carolina Swim Series


Carolina Swim Series



NOTE: Due to the impact from Hurricane Florence, Pier to Pier and Swim the Loop have been cancelled for 2018.
All registered participants were contacted via email.


The Carolina Swim Series consists of five open water swims in the greater Wilmington area.

There are two swims in the spring, one in the middle of summer, and then two more in the fall.

1) Stoked To Go Out - Saturday, May 19th @ Wrightsville Beach
2) Swim CB - Sunday, June 24th @ Carolina Beach
3) Racin' the Basin - Saturday, July 28th @ Ft. Fisher
4) Pier-to-Pier - Saturday, September 15th @ Wrightsville Beach
5) Swim the Loop - Sunday, September 23rd @ Wrightsville Beach

 The Carolina Swim Series will culminate with a year-end awards party TBD.



The Carolina Swim Series consists of five open water swim events - all in the greater Wilmington, NC area.

Three of the events are ocean swim races; Stoked To Go Out and Pier-to-Pier, both at Wrightsville Beach, and Swim CB at Carolina Beach.

Swim the Loop (and it's shorter option - Motts Channel ) are also at Wrightsville Beach and take place in portions of the intracoastal waterway system and connecting channels.

Racin' the Basin is staged at "The Basin" at Ft. Fisher (Kure Beach) - the shallow and protected body of water that sits between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean.

For more information on all five events, click on the "Select an Event" drop-down menu below.
NOTE: Both Racin' the Basin and Swim the Loop offer two distances. 


Official Host Hotel:
Blockade Runner Beach Resort
Oceanfront. Surf to Sound. Train. Compete. Relax.
275 Waynick Boulevard, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
(877) 453-9173

Check the Blockade Runner website for full Event Series and Special Rates


Series Rules


Important information for people born in 1978

For Carolina Swim Series scoring, a participants age will be determined by his or her age as of 12/31/18 - similar to USA Triathlon rules. For all of 2018, you basically are whatever age you will be on New Years Eve of 2018. 

For Carolina Swim Series awards - since we will be awarding series awards for Top 3 Men & Top 3 Women and also for Top 3 Masters Men and Top 3 Masters Women, everyone is either under 40 for Overall awards or 40 & over for Masters Overall awards. Consequently, this only affects people born in 1978.

So, for all of you born sometime in 1978 - guess what?  For CSS scoring - you're already 40!  (cruel system).  

You will be competing in the Masters overall category for series awards.

NOTE: You may in fact be competing in the 30-39 age group at the first or second swim of the year, but for series awards scoring only, you will be considered 40.

Series Scoring and Current Standings

Carolina Swim Series – Scoring System

  • To be eligible for year-end series awards, competitors must participate in a minimum of three Carolina Swim Series races.
  • Competitors participating in more than three races will use their three highest scoring races for series scoring. 
  • The CSS will use a very simple points system for series scoring to determine the series award winners.

  • For each CSS race, the following points table will be used for series scoring. Points will be allocated for the top 20 male finishers and top 20 female finishers.


Stoked To Go Out
Swim CB
Racin' the Basin - 1.5 mile
Swim the Loop – 1.3 mile
Pier to Pier

Finishing Place                    Points

1st Place – Overall                   40 Points
2nd                                           35
3rd                                            31
4th                                            28
5th                                            26
6th                                            24
7th                                            22
8th                                            20
9th                                            18
10th                                          16
11th                                          14
12th                                          12
13th                                          10
14th                                            8
15th                                            6
16th                                            5
17th                                            4
18th                                            3
19th                                            2
20th                                            1

NOTE: The two longer distance races will carry a slightly higher point value.


Racin’ the Basin – 3 mile
Swim the Loop – 3.5 mile

Finishing Place                    Points

1st Place – Overall                   50 Points
2nd                                           45
3rd                                            40
4th                                            36
5th                                            32
6th                                            29
7th                                            26
8th                                            24
9th                                            22
10th                                          20
11th                                          18
12th                                          16
13th                                          14
14th                                          12
15th                                          10
16th                                            8
17th                                            6
18th                                            4
19th                                            2
20th                                            1


Series Awards

Highly distinctive awards will be presented at the year-end awards party following Pier-to-Pier on October 20th at our official Host Resort, The Blockade Runner.

These awards will be announced early in 2018.

Award Categories:

Top 3 - Men & Women

Top 3 - Masters Men & Women (40+)