4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Dive in, have a mimosa

A history of jumping into cold water

“The L Street Brownies take a plunge” Credit: New England Historical Society.
“The L Street Brownies take a plunge” Credit: New England Historical Society.

Every New Year's Day in the Netherlands, some 10,000 people dive together into the frigid water at Scheveningen. New Zealanders do it in mass at various beaches in late June, which is when winter just starts kicking in down there. In South Queensferry, Scotland, a thousand loonies take a dook. It’s a late December rite of passage for scientists in Antarctica. The idea of jumping into cold water voluntarily makes me wonder who thought it up. To my inward question, it turns out that some European immigrants in late 19th century Boston felt that swimming in cold water and tanning were beneficial to the heart, skin, and circulation.

Past Event

Saska's Polar Plunge

  • Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 9 a.m. to noon
  • Saska's & Saska Sushi, 3768 Mission Boulevard, San Diego
  • $10 - $20

The L Street Bathhouse in South Boston was a popular hangout for those that liked cold water dips and sunbathing. There they swam and sunned, many in the nude, and eventually became known as the L Street Brownies due to their dark tans. The idea of cold water swimming caught on, and New York’s Coney Island Polar Bear Swim Club held the first recorded New Year’s Day Swim in 1903. Though they were the impetus (their club preceded the Coney Island club by decades) the well-tanned Bostonians didn’t hold their first New Year’s swim until 1904— thus the name Polar Bear Plunge. Had the Bostonians officially taken the plunge first, the event now might be called the ‘L Street Brownie Plunge’.

Though the wintertime sea temperature in San Diego might be considered very warm to folks in the locales mentioned above, it’s too cold for me. I might watch those entering the chilly water and have a mimosa or Bloody Mary to cheer their bravery. If either floats your boat, then this New Year’s Day at Mission Beach, Saska’s will be holding their annual Polar Bear Plunge. After the dip in the ocean, participants will return to Saska’s to enjoy complimentary Swell Coffee, a costume contest, raffle prizes, happy hour pricing all day, and a special New Year’s Day brunch buffet.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Jefferson Jay’s San Diego Music Hall Of Fame chooses legacy over the latest

“This is not an award show”
Next Article

The conspicuous Floss Silk Tree has flowers like hibiscuses

The black oak is the only deciduous oak native to San Diego
“The L Street Brownies take a plunge” Credit: New England Historical Society.
“The L Street Brownies take a plunge” Credit: New England Historical Society.

Every New Year's Day in the Netherlands, some 10,000 people dive together into the frigid water at Scheveningen. New Zealanders do it in mass at various beaches in late June, which is when winter just starts kicking in down there. In South Queensferry, Scotland, a thousand loonies take a dook. It’s a late December rite of passage for scientists in Antarctica. The idea of jumping into cold water voluntarily makes me wonder who thought it up. To my inward question, it turns out that some European immigrants in late 19th century Boston felt that swimming in cold water and tanning were beneficial to the heart, skin, and circulation.

Past Event

Saska's Polar Plunge

  • Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 9 a.m. to noon
  • Saska's & Saska Sushi, 3768 Mission Boulevard, San Diego
  • $10 - $20

The L Street Bathhouse in South Boston was a popular hangout for those that liked cold water dips and sunbathing. There they swam and sunned, many in the nude, and eventually became known as the L Street Brownies due to their dark tans. The idea of cold water swimming caught on, and New York’s Coney Island Polar Bear Swim Club held the first recorded New Year’s Day Swim in 1903. Though they were the impetus (their club preceded the Coney Island club by decades) the well-tanned Bostonians didn’t hold their first New Year’s swim until 1904— thus the name Polar Bear Plunge. Had the Bostonians officially taken the plunge first, the event now might be called the ‘L Street Brownie Plunge’.

Though the wintertime sea temperature in San Diego might be considered very warm to folks in the locales mentioned above, it’s too cold for me. I might watch those entering the chilly water and have a mimosa or Bloody Mary to cheer their bravery. If either floats your boat, then this New Year’s Day at Mission Beach, Saska’s will be holding their annual Polar Bear Plunge. After the dip in the ocean, participants will return to Saska’s to enjoy complimentary Swell Coffee, a costume contest, raffle prizes, happy hour pricing all day, and a special New Year’s Day brunch buffet.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Property astir on El Cajon Blvd.

Lafayette Hotel, Red Fox Room, Mississippi Apartments
Next Article

Tom Morey – the Boogie Board's early years

"I don't think it's just a fad"
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Drinks All Around — Bartenders' drink recipes Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Outdoors — Weekly changes in flora and fauna Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Street Style — San Diego streets have style Surf Diego — Real stories from those braving the waves Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close