West Seattle’s Polar Bear Swim 2013, report #1: Your photos


Sunny again this year for West Seattle’s traditional Polar Bear Swim on Alki – with hundreds heading into the xx-degree water for at least a quick dunk. Our first report features community-contributed photos – above, by David Christensen, who explained that his wife “decided this was the year to join the polar bear plunge. … It was 32 F at the time.” (Water temperature in the 40s.) Next, from Russ Walker‘s Flickr gallery, what happens AFTER everybody runs into the water:


And another scenic view of swimmers on the run back to the beach, courtesy of Pat Binns:

Also, Andrew Jacobs was there for the first time, and just e-mailed to let us know you can see his splashy – literally – photos here. Thanks, all, for sharing (and if anyone else wants to add to this roundup, editor@westseattleblog.com)! Meantime, contributing photojournalist Nick Adams was there on assignment for WSB, and you’ll see his work in report #2 later today. Happy sunny start to 2013!

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7 Replies to "West Seattle's Polar Bear Swim 2013, report #1: Your photos"

  • Wim Sutterfield January 1, 2013 (2:40 pm)

    What a beautiful sunny day for a New Year’s Day!

  • Molly January 1, 2013 (5:37 pm)

    hey thats me in the pink!

  • Lisa January 1, 2013 (7:33 pm)

    I’m eagerly awaiting installment #2!

    • WSB January 1, 2013 (9:06 pm)

      Lisa – it’s been a busy several hours with breaking news – but we’re working on it now. – TR

  • Heather January 1, 2013 (8:38 pm)

    I just love that people do this!

  • Noelle January 1, 2013 (9:55 pm)

    32 degrees! Wow People! It was Litterally Freeeeezing!!! I hope y’all had some HOT Chocolate to warm you up! DANG!!!

  • patt January 2, 2013 (7:42 am)

    Love this!
    Ha, Just realized where all those shadows in the first pic came from, and I hope they are holding warm blankets:)
    love that.

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