‘Mad Hatters’ do trio of New Year’s Day swims in Surrey, White Rock, Vancouver

To join club, event at Crescent Rock Beach must be done in the nude, with photographic proof

Hundreds of brave swimmers took a cold plunge during White Rock’s Polar Bear Swim last Jan. 1.

SURREY — Are you thick-skinned enough to join the so-called Mad Hatter’s Swim Club?

The club is reserved for those brave enough to do the “Triple Crown” of local swims on New Year’s Day – that is, the events in White Rock, Surrey and Vancouver.

One catch: The chilly swim at Surrey’s Crescent Rock Beach must be done in the nude, with photographic proof.

The original Mad Hatters, a pair of local women, completed the three swims in 2008.

In 2014, Surrey’s Don Pitcairn joined the club, while five people completed the feat without submitting photos.

Club members are saluted at Skinnydipper.ca, a website operated by Skinnydipper Recreation Club.

The club is co-promoted by Surrey’s United Naturists, or SUN, online at Crescentrockbeach.org.

The timing of the White Rock Polar Bear Swim (at noon), the Polar Bare Plunge at Crescent Rock Beach (1 p.m.) and Vancouver’s English Bay (2:30 p.m.) allows for the ‘triple crown’ of polar bear swims to be completed in just 2.5 hours on New Year’s Day.

Registration starts at 11 a.m. for the 46th annual event in White Rock, held east of the pier. Coffee, hot chocolate and hot dogs will be sold at the event, presented by Rotary clubs covering White Rock and South Surrey.

The “Nude Year” event at Crescent Rock Beach, located in South Surrey, is a clothing-optional swim, organizers say. To get to the beach, walk south from the public Crescent Beach 100 metres past the “101 Steps” elevated metal walkway, or take these stairs located at the very west end of 24th Avenue.

Event entry is free, but participants and spectators are encouraged to bring cash donations benefiting the War Amps PLAYSAFE and CHAMPS childhood amputee programs, highlighting the danger to pedestrians trespassing on the adjacent BNSF railway.

“Your one-button bathing suit is the usual attire for this clothing-optional, swim but Santa hats, fake antlers, body paint and limited festive garments are always appreciated, keeping in mind that less is often more,” reads a memo from event organizers. “Foot protection, including secured sandals or aquatic shoes, are highly recommended to help with footing on the small rocks before the sand flats.”

In Delta, the 36th annual Polar Bear Madness swim will be held at Boundary Bay Regional Park on Jan. 1, starting at 1 p.m.

tom.zillich@thenownewspaper.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

How fallen Surrey Mountie’s Stetson ended up in Europe puzzles police

Constable Terry Draginda’s hat is repatriated after being found at a flea market in Hamburg, Germany

Surrey social justice activist wins Sher Vancouver’s Youth Leadership Award

Shilpa Narayan says her work is about ‘ensuring a safe space’ for marginalized youth

Surrey, White Rock players dot Canadian national softball team roster

Organizers expect to hear soon if Surrey has been chosen to host Olympic qualifier tournament

Book a ride on a driverless shuttle in Surrey or Vancouver

Automated vehicle demos are being offered, as the two cities plan pilot projects with the shuttles

Worker injured in White Rock: WorkSafeBC

Emergency crews respond to construction site at corner of George Street and Thrift Avenue

Rare ‘super blood wolf moon’ takes to the skies this Sunday

Celestial event happens only three times this century

Company issues lifetime ban after man jumps from cruise ship

Nick Naydev posted the video last week showing him standing on the balcony of the Symphony of the Seas

Parents in this B.C. city can no longer opt kids out of class for personal beliefs

Change comes as part of ‘big overhaul’ of school district’s learning resources policy approved by board

BC Hydro scammers bilked customers out of nearly $45,000 in 2018

Nearly 2,000 people reported scams to the utility, as they continue to be more common

Good news: Peak flu season over in B.C.

B.C. Centre for Disease Control says that while peak season is over, rates remain high this time of year

Vancouver Whitecaps acquire Canadian international Derek Cornelius

Cornelius earned his first senior cap for Canada in September 2018

B.C. university students dumpster dive to shed light on food waste

Eating only from dumpsters, the students hope to raise money for food banks in Northern Canada

B.C. woman posts to Facebook after she and nephew reported missing for days

Roseanne Supernault says both she and her six-year-old nephew are fine and she has contacted police

Unruly passenger forces B.C.-bound flight to divert to Calgary

Police say charges are pending against a woman in her 40s

Most Read