A few weeks ago I watched the recent Olympic trials for swimming, and I thought it would be a good idea to get everyone's opinions on what they feel is the most efficient swimming style in an ocean with some swell.

There are probably a few lurkers on here who do triathlons, and I honestly don't have a lot of experience swimming in the ocean other than on small days or when I go longboarding leashless and have to swim after the board every once in a while.

I always swam freestyle whenever I lose my board in the surf because that's really all I know. I've read on other site where breaststroke is actually a preferred way to swim, even though you're slow, in big surf when you lose your board since your head is above the water and you can see in front of you.