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 view of Science Hall at the City College of San Francisco Ocean campus on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
CCSF begins search for next chancellor amid new challenges

‘It’s arguably the biggest single responsibility the board has,’ trustee says

Some people are concerned that University of California, San Francisco’s expansion at its Parnassus campus could cause an undesirable increase in the number of riders on Muni’s N-Judah line.<ins></ins>
Will UCSF’s $20 million pledge to SFMTA offset traffic woes?

An even more crowded N-Judah plus increased congestion ahead cause concern

(Robert Greene/Tribune News Service)
As tensions grow over vaccinations and politics, California lawmakers face threats from public

Anti-vaccine speakers hint at gun violence during routine budget hearing at state Capitol

Dr. Martin Luther King in Sam Pollard’s ‘MLK/FBI’. (Courtesy of IFC Films/TNS)
The superb documentary ‘MLK/FBI’ clearly connects the past to our troubling present

Justin Chang Los Angeles Times Among the many archival materials excerpted in… Continue reading

Toni Isabella, a counselor at Ohlhoff Recovery Programs, finds helpful assistance from service dog Barker Posey.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Toni Isabella: Helping people indoors and out recover from addiction’s dark side

Counselor supports holistic, progressive approach to healing

Most Read