When those in Speedos and bikinis are the most appropriately
dressed it must be the annual polar plunge.
About 400 people braved the chilly breeze and 11degC
temperature to dive into the surf at St Clair Beach
At noon, people dressed as prisoners, cows, penguins and
those in more traditional swimming apparel sprinted
side-by-side towards the waves.
It was 8-year-old Payton Wells' first plunge and she said it
She described the event as ''cold, warm and freezing''.
When asked why she joined in, she said: ''Mum asked me
yesterday and I said: `Yeah'.''
Zandra Davis, dressed in a cow onesie, said the plunge was
''Awesome, just awesome''.
''It was fun,'' she said.
''I have gone to this eight times ... and I have been here
when it's colder.''
Hitting the waves in the middle of winter was
''invigorating'', she said.
Englishwoman Tina Owen said the water was ''like an English
St Clair Surf Life Saving Club past-chairman Antony Mason
said $2000 was raised for the club by the event.
He joined in the fun and said the water was ''cold''.
It was one of the biggest turnouts he had seen at the event.