Great day for a chilly dip draws a crowd

Jazz Fraser relishes the icy water during the Polar Plunge at St Clair Beach yesterday. PHOTOS:...
Jazz Fraser relishes the icy water during the Polar Plunge at St Clair Beach yesterday. PHOTOS: GERARD O’BRIEN
Participants revel in the cold waters at the Polar Plunge yesterday. PHOTOS: GERARD O’BRIEN
Participants revel in the cold waters at the Polar Plunge yesterday. PHOTOS: GERARD O’BRIEN
Lucielle Downing (6) leaves the water dressed as Cinderella.
Lucielle Downing (6) leaves the water dressed as Cinderella.
Ruby Nicolson (11) and Harlow La Hood (10) run from the surf after a chilly swim.
Ruby Nicolson (11) and Harlow La Hood (10) run from the surf after a chilly swim.
Bringing their children along for the polar experience are Darren Freeman holding Charlie (8) and...
Bringing their children along for the polar experience are Darren Freeman holding Charlie (8) and Mark Christmas-Oliver holding Theia (4).
Hudson Scott (7) warms up in a spray of water from a fire truck.
Hudson Scott (7) warms up in a spray of water from a fire truck.
Spectators who chose not to take part watch as swimmers take the plunge.
Spectators who chose not to take part watch as swimmers take the plunge.
Lewis Forrester, of Dunedin, tries to warm up after his plunge.
Lewis Forrester, of Dunedin, tries to warm up after his plunge.
Eager participants charge towards the water.
Eager participants charge towards the water.

More than 100 dressed-up Dunedinites braved the cold water at St Clair Beach for the 92nd annual Polar Plunge yesterday.

Participants waded into the water and submerged themselves before quickly running back out again.

While some only dipped their toes in the surf before dashing back to the warmer beach, others took their time in the water and even went back for a second swim.

Hundreds of spectators watched from the Esplanade.

Seven-year-old Jazz Fraser said although she had already been in the water once while dressed as Rapunzel, she was planning on getting back in and "going even more far out".

"It’s not even cold."

A warm hosing off by local firefighters and a sausage sizzle greeted swimmers when they left the water.

St Clair Surf Life Saving Club member Cam Burrow said he was thrilled with the weather and the turnout.

"You couldn’t have asked for a better day.

"This event is always an opportunity to bring the community together. It gets people to the beach and today we’ve certainly got a good number here."

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