VIDEO: New Decade & Year Begins With Three Tree Point Polar Bear Plunge

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Story and Video by Scott Schaefer

As if on cue, the sun made a brief appearance, the rain stopped, and during a nice lull on an otherwise typical, windy New Year’s Day, 29 people braved the chilly waters of Puget Sound and kicked off the new decade and year at the annual Three Tree Point Polar Bear Plunge in Burien.

With air temps hovering around a mild 50 degrees, and the water temp not far below, this was the biggest turnout that we’ve ever seen for Burien’s annual festivity.

This event also served as a fundraiser for the Highline Food Bank, and according to co-organizer Bob Hubbs, netted 100 pounds of food donations and $50 in cash.

Carol O’Kennedy (along with her dog Kaya) was awarded the Polar Bear Plunge trophy, which consisted of a piece of driftwood, a small Polar Bear and a plaque. To see Carol and her dog, be sure to watch the video below.

Our own intrepid Sales Dude Bart Bryan also participated (after first getting some “fortification”), utilizing our exclusive, customized and waterproofed “Polar Bear Plunge POV” video camera, and here’s our video of the day’s event:

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8 Responses to “VIDEO: New Decade & Year Begins With Three Tree Point Polar Bear Plunge”
  1. Terry says:

    What a great video of an amazing event! I ALMOST wish I had participated in it.

  2. Andy says:

    Great video!! Best turn out ever this year!

  3. Fuzz says:

    What a riot! Congratulations to the organizers of the event – 29 people is outstanding and the amount of food and money raised for the local food bank was quite an accomplishment to be proud of too!

    A few Angle Lake residents also were able to muster the courage for their own plunge.

    Happy New Year!

  4. leah & lucky ruona says:

    we enjoyed the footage and are excited to participate next year!!!!

  5. alison says:

    What a fun video. I think Bart is the bomb! Happy New Year!

  6. Stacy Phipps says:

    Lol… this is great!

  7. amy says:

    Bart is such a hottie, I would have given him a nice smack on the lips too if I could have seen that in person. That was AWESOME – great vid, thanks for sharing.

  8. Laura Beth says:

    Scott, great job with that! You picked perfect music.

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