Huntington Beach splashes into the new year

January 13, 2018 by  

For the 18th year, Huntington Beach residents took part in the Surf City Splash, held on New Year’s Day.

Several hundred people dashed into the surf next to the Huntington Beach Pier. Unlike people doing polar bear plunges in the East, California residents are not required to dash into extremely cold water. This year, the water temperature was about 56 degrees, and the air was in the mid-60s.

Although the morning dawned foggy, the day turned sunny in time for the Splash. The event started at 9:00 am, and the Huntington Beach Kiwanis Club came to the site with a grill to make pancakes so participants could enjoy a hot breakfast. The waves were small on January 1, leading one resident of Huntington Beach to say the water resembled a lake more than it did an ocean. Even so, people were surfing.

A number of officials joined the fun, including Mike Posey, the mayor of Huntington Beach, along with former mayors Don MacAllister and Barbara Delgleize. Also enjoying the day was Lee Love, who has been volunteering at the event since it was known as the Polar Plunge. This is her last Surf Splash as a volunteer, but she intends to keep participating.

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