2016 Annual La Jolla Cove Swim Club Polar Bear Swim

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2016 Annual La Jolla Cove Swim Club

Polar Bear Swim - La Jolla Shores

 

I admire those who jump in the cold ocean in the middle of winter, or parade around on a chilly beach in a bathing suit. Not for me! And while they call it the Polar Bear Swim diehards from much colder states – I’m thinking MN, WI, ND for example -  might scoff. But it’s all relative, and still a shock for the system!

 

Sunday January 1st is the date for the annual La Jolla Cove Swim Club Polar Bear Plunge, accompanied by chili (suggested), soup and perhaps other warm foods as a complement, with cider and coffee to be provided.

 

La Jolla Cove Swim ClubThe polar bear plunge is held at Kellogg Park in La Jolla Shores to the north of La Jolla Cove, and is for La Jolla Cove Swim Club (LJCSC) members only. I would think it could be fun to watch – bring those cameras, and some warm clothes, perhaps to share?

 

Maybe you will even be brave enough to dip those toes in nearby!

 

The La Jolla Cove Swim Club polar bear swim takes place at 10 am following a group photo – check out the photos from the 2014 Polar Bear Swim. Here’s hoping for “warm” weather but projections are for low 50s. Perhaps those who like the cold would more of a winter chill.

 

Today, according to Surf Forecast, the sea temperature is 60. Too chilly for my taste, but not bad for polar bears or wannabes!

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Joe Pryor
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Brave souls, and for me anything below 80 degrees I consider to be winter temperatures.

Dec 28, 2016 07:20 PM #4
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Ha ha Chris Ann Cleland  - same here.

Probably true Bob "RealMan" Timm  becuase of all the lakes. I just think of ND as being REAL cold, too!

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Dec 28, 2016 08:08 PM #5
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Hi Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate  I'd agree with that...IF IF IF I ever decided to take a plunge.

My sentiments exactly, Joe Pryor 

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Dec 28, 2016 08:09 PM #6
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I am a avid polar bear swimmer. Just did one Christmas night at the water temp of 37. My son and I went to Barrow Alaska to do our craziest polar bear swim at 33 degrees Jeff Dowler... 

Dec 28, 2016 08:54 PM #7
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Good morning Jeff. About the only two things I like cold is the water I drink and beer.  Otherwise I'll watch and shiver with dry feet..

Dec 29, 2016 03:04 AM #8
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Good morning, Jeff... I don't even jump into waters when it's warm! This is purely a spectator sport for me!

Dec 29, 2016 05:27 AM #9
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Hmm, you admire these people?  I don't admire them, I think they are crazy, haha, but to each their own.  I have a friend that does this every year and I tell him that he is crazy, haha.

Dec 29, 2016 06:23 AM #10
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Wow Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington  - I had no idea. Brrr. that is way too cold for me. I am so impressed!!

I agree with you there James Dray 

Nina Hollander  - just thinking about this event makes me cold!!

Brian England  - well, maybe admire is the wrong word. Impressed? Shocked? It's definitely not my thing.

Jeff

Dec 29, 2016 08:15 AM #11
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Believe it or not we have those crazy polar bear club folks out here.  60 degrees would be heaven compared to the frigid temperatures out here.  I don't know how they do it.....

Dec 29, 2016 08:35 AM #12
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There's a huge fanclub of polar bear clubbers. I've seen some jump into Lake Michigan in Chicago and it's fun to watch! I have also seen fans in Texas jump into their Flower Mound swimming pools wearing more clothing attire than the ones who jumped into Lake Michigan! I guess for some, it's just CRAZY FUN!

It's nice to know the ones in your area will be getting hot soup and beverages. They'll appreciate it! 

Have a Happy and very enjoyable New Year!

Dec 29, 2016 09:01 AM #13
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Hi Belinda Spillman  - I don't even want to experience your frigid temperatures let alone jumping into some freezing body of water

Patricia Feager  - Lake Michigan certainly would provide a polar-bear-plunge worthy place. There's a big club of icy water plungers in Boston, too. The L Street Brownies in South Boston have been around since 1904 - the oldest Polar Bear Club in the US. Probably similar temps to Lake Michigan!

Happy New Year!

Jeff

Dec 29, 2016 10:18 AM #14
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Jeff, I can say that I actually did this in the Pacific Ocean on New Year's Day in Vancouver, BC! Many years ago, and with 5,000 other people. There was snow on the beach--yup. A couple of shots of warm liquor (can't recall what, maybe Yukon Jack or some craziness) coffee and a "hot" attitude, along with shorts and a T-shirt and I was running for the water! There was a blind woman in the masses who was 78 I believe and she'd been doing it for several years. I danced in the ocean with a guy with a fake flamingo on his head! 

Well, that one's off the bucket list!

Dec 29, 2016 11:06 AM #15
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Hi Jeff - I think that's nuts. When we were in Antarctica, Mary did a plunge, and the water there was 28° because of the high salt content. I was more than content to watch.

Dec 29, 2016 11:21 AM #16
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Ha ha Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905  What a rgreat story - thank you for sharing it with us. Not on MY bucket list!

Dick Greenberg  - I agreed totally. I have no desire to be a human ice cube. It must have been quite the experience for Mary! And you to watch!!

Jeff

Dec 29, 2016 11:55 AM #17
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Hell I don't like to come out of the shower in the morning because I shiver....Polar Plunge is NOT going to happen. LOL

fyi....our beach water is sometimes 60 in the summer! 

Dec 29, 2016 01:01 PM #18
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Not on your life for me. Of course it is warmer where you are, Jeff.

Dec 29, 2016 03:52 PM #19
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Hi Jeff --- these types of events always seem to draw media coverage. Makes me wonder if maybe journalists are not-so-secret masochists.  

Dec 30, 2016 07:47 AM #20
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Hi Sharon Tara  Ha ha. I get that.

My sentiments exactly, Debbie Reynolds 

Pretty funny Michael Jacobs No doubt true with some!

Jeff

Dec 30, 2016 08:57 AM #21
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Jeff when ever I visit your area in the winter I love to surf.  That means putting on a wetsuit and paddling out. I always take a deep breath before I hit the water.  Now jumping in my trunks is another story.

Jan 28, 2017 05:07 PM #22
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I sure get that Steven Nickens . Good for you, but you won;t get me out on a board or in the ocean in the winter!!

Jeff

Jan 28, 2017 08:03 PM #23
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