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

January 1, 2013 at 12:43 pm | In Fun stuff to do, Holidays, West Seattle news | 7 Comments


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!


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

    Comment by Wim Sutterfield — 2:40 pm January 1, 2013 #

  2. hey thats me in the pink!

    Comment by Molly — 5:37 pm January 1, 2013 #

  3. I’m eagerly awaiting installment #2!

    Comment by Lisa — 7:33 pm January 1, 2013 #

  4. I just love that people do this!

    Comment by Heather — 8:38 pm January 1, 2013 #

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

    Comment by WSB — 9:06 pm January 1, 2013 #

  6. 32 degrees! Wow People! It was Litterally Freeeeezing!!! I hope y’all had some HOT Chocolate to warm you up! DANG!!!

    Comment by Noelle — 9:55 pm January 1, 2013 #

  7. 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.

    Comment by patt — 7:42 am January 2, 2013 #

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