DeLuna’s Open Water Swim Sees Surge in Race Registrations

April 1, 2021

The calm, clear waters of Santa Rosa Sound attract swimmers from a dozen states.

Pensacola Beach, Florida – The second stop on the Speedo SALT Series, the 3rd Annual DeLuna’s Open Water Swim, takes place Saturday, April 24, 2021, in the protected waters of Santa Rosa Sound in Pensacola Beach, Florida. This year’s race is quickly becoming one of the Series’ more popular events with swimmers from a dozen states already registered and more expected to join by race day. There will be three different race distances that swimmers will be competing in: .6, 1.2, or 2.4 miles.

The race, named after Don Tristan de Luna, a 16th century Spanish conquistador who led an expedition to the Pensacola area in 1559, is managed and organized by Pensacola Sports. “The calm, protected waters of Santa Rosa Sound makes this race a great experience for competitive swimmers at all skill levels”, said Pensacola Sports President, Ray Palmer. He added, “we’re getting a lot of interest in the race and are attracting swimmers from as far away as Iowa, Texas and Illinois.”

Participant check-in will take place on Friday, April 23, at the Pensacola Beach Pavilion (Gulf side) from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. There, swimmers will receive goodie bags, event shirts, and additional event information. Complimentary food and beverage will be offered to all swimmers. During the pre-race check-in, event staff will review the race rules and answer any questions for all event activities. Attendance Friday evening is not mandatory.

At the pre-race check-in, registrants and guests can also watch the opening round of the Pensacola Beach Firefighters Challenge that will be taking place adjacent to the pavilion.

On Saturday, April 24, Flounder’s Chowder House serves as the host location for the race site with swimmers starting and ending from Flounder’s white sandy beach. Flounder’s is word-famous for its beautiful setting, delicious seafood and fun atmosphere. The long pier and wide sandy beach provide a great vantage point for viewing the race. Stick around for the post-race food and awards presentation.

Swimmers can register and find complete details at: https://www.saltysportssociety.com/delunas-ow-swim

Remaining 2021 Speedo SALT Series Dates:

  • DeLuna’s Open Water Swim, April 23-24, 2021
  • Swim Mad Beach, June 11-13, 2021
  • Swim for Alligator Lighthouse, September 9-12, 2021
  • Southern Cross, December 3-5, 2021

For more information on DeLuna’s Open Water Swim and future Speedo SALT Series events, contact Matt Dunn at matt@saltysportssociety.com, log onto www.saltysportssociety.com or on social media at @saltysportssociety.


Pensacola Sports is Florida’s first and oldest sports commission dating back to 1955 when it led efforts to manage local and national golf tournaments. Today, Pensacola Sports caters to more than 25,000 athletes annually across a variety of athletic events, activities, and initiatives, including baseball, basketball, football, running, soccer, tennis and more.