The Rotary Clubs of White Rock and South Surrey launched their 48th annual New Year community dip for 2018. The contestants, dressed in usual swimming or non-swimming attire, were judged on originality and by audience enthusiasm.
Luckily for the swimmers, the weather Monday was sunny and clear. The balmy day's sunshine encouraged a record turnout of of an estimated 4500 people to view and cheer on a group of ten percenter's (10%) who enthusiastically entered the (water)for the race to the bell. It was a great splash with many achieving their annual goal while others turned back being satisfied they started describing the water as "sensationally cold" at 6 degrees Celsius.
Contestants were required to race to the the bell, mounted on a buoy 300 "chilly wet" meters from shore. The winners being the first person to reach and ring the bell. In this case all who rang the bell really were winners - Just ask them.
The annual event Security and safety was provided by the Surrey/White Rock Search & Rescue as well as supporting first responders. Following the polar plunge, the dedicated and not-so-dedicated took to local restaurants such as "Charlie Don't Surf" for a hearty breakfast. The stories and laughter celebrated another New Year and a great way to warn up.
I stop most mornings for my cup of “Joe” at the Alder Crossing Starbucks in South Surrey, British Columbia. It is not so much an addicted habit (OK it is), but a break from routine, to touch base with friends, a search for fun, or to work quietly on Soitsfun.