VIDEO: West Seattle Polar Bear Swim 2017 leaves hundreds soaked in New Year spirit

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(Pre-swim photo by Jacob Nieman – note the crowd size!)

Thanks to everyone who shared photos and video from this morning’s 2017 West Seattle Polar Bear Swim at Alki Beach!

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(Photo by Robert Spears)

A good, if frosty, time was had by all, so far as we could tell – 33-degree air, 50-degree water, exactly the same as last year. Here’s our video of this morning’s countdown and run in:

(WSB video by Patrick Sand)

At the start of our clip, the countdown is being led by Mark Ufkes, who organizes this every year – he’s in the next photo with the megaphone:

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(Photo by Russ Walker)

Here’s a wider view of the big splash:

(Video by Kendall Browne)

For some, the Polar Bear Swim is a spectator sport – this guy told us he was there to cheer on his 15-year-old daughter, participating for the first time:

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(This photo and next 5 are by WSB’s Patrick Sand)

Some of the other sights – maybe the most-formal swimmer (or maybe just hadn’t been home since the NYE party):

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Think we saw this dinosaur back on Halloween:

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We noted the lampshade in a pre-swim tweet – and spotted it on the beach under someone else’s care:

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Another standout hat:

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Die-hard Cougar fan:

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Maybe a tropical print helped make up for the almost-freezing air:

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(Photo by Russ Walker)

Whatever you were or weren’t wearing, there was post-swim chowder, courtesy of nearby Duke’s:

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(WSB photo)

And memories that will linger until next New Year’s Day:

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(Photo by Robert Spears)

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(WSB photo)

(added 7:30 pm) One more video of the big swim – this one is by Anthony Decena:

P.S. Here’s our coverage from previous years:
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010

4 Replies to "VIDEO: West Seattle Polar Bear Swim 2017 leaves hundreds soaked in New Year spirit"

  • Ryan January 1, 2017 (3:58 pm)

    Great video, Kendall!!! I love you. 

  • polar bear January 1, 2017 (4:33 pm)

    Big crowd. I think there were as many spectators as there were polar bears.

  • WestCake January 1, 2017 (5:07 pm)

    I’m impressed by how many people took the plunge. 

  • Alki Resident January 1, 2017 (9:42 pm)

    That has to be the most I’ve ever seen participate. Brrrr

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