PHOTOS: Tofino’s 10th annual Polar Bear Swim

Erin Baumeister shivers after taking the frosty plunge to welcome a new decade. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Surfrider volunteer Bailey Wilson sports her polar bear costume to commemorate the special event.
John Morris waves the Surfrider Pacific Rim flag.
Tofino kids Ewan, Gwen, Rhys and Jasper went for the chilly New Year’s day dip.
Surfrider Pacific Rim chapter chair Kerry Harwood and Cameron Dennison rally the polar bears.
Yemaya and Kayla do some acrobatics to warm-up for the swim.
Revellers race towards the sea at Tofino’s 10th annual polar bear swim. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Tia Traviss and son Kyten exit the cold ocean with big smiles.
Samantha Fyleris welcomes 2020 with open arms.
Paul Boulay from Reunion Island claimed the Surfrider flag.
Art McQuade and Mike Groot from Whistler embrace after daring to dip into the frigid ocean.
Ryan, Liam, and Marcus huddle up with the Masked Mystery Swimmer.
A stampede of polar bear swimmers brave the chilly waters at North Chesterman Beach on Jan. 1, 2020. (Nora O’Malley photo)

About 100 revellers took the frosty plunge at North Chesterman Beach today to celebrate the New Year.

Hosted by Surfrider Pacific Rim with support from the District of Tofino and Tofino Yoga, the 10th annual Polar Bear Swim was greeted with sunshine and big waves.


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