DozensÂ ofÂ crazed residents dove into the New Year atÂ the annualÂ Polar Bear Plunge in Burien’s Three Tree Point on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.
What started out as a small neighborhood tradition in 2002 has turned into one of Burien’s funnest events, with people coming from all around to participate.
The winner of the much-coveted Polar Bear Plunge award this year was Andy McCurdy of Auburn, who took home the prize after showing much exuberance – both in and out of the cold water – while wearing a Seahawks-themed Luche Libre mask:
BTB Founder/Publisher Scott Schaefer shotÂ this video, which was broadcast live at the time on our Facebook page:
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And here’s a point-of-view GoProÂ clip of former South King MediaÂ Intern Sterling Smith, who braved the waters in costumeÂ as a Baby New Year (along with Father Time of course); be sure to watch the slow-mo replay closely for the hilarious faces made as the cold water hits:
Also, here’s a great video shot and edited by Cameron Johnson, a proud grad of Highline High School and freelance videographer from Burien who recently returned from Chicago: