Annual New Year’s polar plunge draws hardy, enthusiastic crowd

The annual polar plunge drew a handful of brave souls to take a dive into the frigid Pacific Ocean at Ocean Beach on January 1, 2021.(Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).The annual polar plunge drew a handful of brave souls to take a dive into the frigid Pacific Ocean at Ocean Beach on January 1, 2021.(Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).
A number of participants braved the waves without their bathing suits. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).A number of participants braved the waves without their bathing suits. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).
(Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).(Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).
(Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).(Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).
Sam Houston of San Francisco gets dressed after taking his first polar plunge into the Pacific Ocean.(Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).Sam Houston of San Francisco gets dressed after taking his first polar plunge into the Pacific Ocean.(Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).
(Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).(Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).
(Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).(Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).
(Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).(Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).
(Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).(Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).
The annual polar plunge drew a handful of brave souls to take a dive into the frigid Pacific Ocean at Ocean Beach on January 1, 2021 in San Francisco, California.(Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).
Participants mingled and enjoyed the relatively warm air after the annual polar plunge at Ocean Beach on January 1, 2021. (Ming Vong/S.F. Examiner)Participants mingled and enjoyed the relatively warm air after the annual polar plunge at Ocean Beach on January 1, 2021. (Ming Vong/S.F. Examiner)
(Ming Vong/S.F. Examiner)(Ming Vong/S.F. Examiner)

Swimmers of all ages and sizes and varying states of undress braved the chilly water of the Pacific Ocean Friday at Ocean Beach for an annual polar plunge.

While the annual New Year’s Day event usually ends with a gathering at the Riptide, a popular bar on Taraval, this year the Riptide is closed and the plunge officially canceled.

But the bar posted a message on its Facebook page urging patrons to spread out at the beach and “take The Plunge and make it your own this year!”

And that’s what residents did, racing toward the waves enthusiastically at the stroke of noon.

Bay Area Newssan francisco news

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

A San Francisco Unified School District program that gave would-be teachers extra training in the classroom has lost a key partner. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/2019 S.F. Examiner)</ins>
USF ends partnership with SFUSD in teacher residency program

District launched training effort to improve low retention rates for new hires

The Rev. Norman Fong of the Chinatown Community Development Center joined San Francisco city leaders and community partners in a “Campaign for Solidarity” at Civic Center Plaza on Saturday, Apr 17, 2021. (CraigLee/Special to the S.F. Examiner)
City launches ‘Campaign for Solidarity’ to combat racial violence

Mayor London Breed, the city’s Human Rights Commission and community leaders launched… Continue reading

It’s time to break the code of silence and end the stigmatism against infertility, which is fairly common. <ins>(Shuttterstock)</ins>
Struggles with infertility are common

We all can support friends, ask legislators to mandate sppropriate insurance

Foxes, aka Louisa Rose Allen, says she taken back control of her music in recent years. <ins>(Courtesy Hollie Fernando)</ins>
Foxes back with ‘Friends in the Corner’

Pop star doing a lot ‘behind the scene’ since 2016

Former Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs spoke to San Francisco’s new Guaranteed Income Advisory Group on April 16. (Courtesy SFGOV)
City launches task force to explore Universal Basic Income programs

San Francisco on Friday launched a guaranteed income task force that could… Continue reading

Most Read