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White Rock BC 48th Annual Polar Bear dip

2018 White Rock Polar Bear

Canada

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.

Surrey Search & Rescue place the bell
Surrey Search & Rescue place the bell

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.

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