over the roofs on the Esplanade, a few swimmers gathered to meet their coach for an ocean swim at 6:30am, in August 2014. Coffee and friendly conversation followed. Unknowingly, the foundation of SMOG was being built.
The next week consisted of 3 swimmers, followed by just 1 swimmer on week 3, and so on. From Day 1, the group mission has been to provide a safe, inclusive environment where everyone can enjoy open water swimming and a supportive community surrounding the deep connection the ocean creates.
Today, with nearly 1500 members, SMOG is home to a year round training community, from beginner to olympian, preparing athletes for their specific races and goals.
SMOG is located in both Los Angeles and San Diego! SMOG LA meets 8:00 am every Saturday at the Avenue A lifeguard tower on Redondo Beach. SMOG SD meets 8:00 am every Sunday at the bottom of the ramp at Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach.
Each month-long training block consists of a variety of workout formats, from circuit training, to distance courses, to time trials, crafted specifically around the triathlon and swimming race calendars.
Head coach Bryan Mineo, as well as assistant coach, Alex Moothart lead with a hands-on approach, focusing attention on each athlete and their needs.
SMOG membership includes weekly coached open water swims and optional Tri Star coached bike and run workouts immediately following the swim.
Your membership supports the buoy crew, paddlers, and ambassadors who facilitate our growth and keep Saturday mornings the most fun training in LA!
Full membership includes 25% off first time coaching services and SMOG Squad. Other benefits include a free triathlon coaching consult with Coach Cliff Scherb and exclusive discounts from sponsors.
2018 Season: May 1- December 31