Attention, Polar Bears: HB Surf City Splash 2010 Wants You!
There's still time to give in to your desire to strip down to your bathing suit--the one you always wear under your jammies during the winter--and walk, run or dive into the chilly Pacific Ocean near Huntington Beach Pier with other die-hards at high noon New Year's Day.
Would knowing the nuttiness helps a nonprofit sway you to join?
The 10th annual HB Surf City Splash is free but participants are encouraged to make a minimum $10 donation to benefit the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum. Online entry forms are available here, or you can register in person from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday.
Printed entry forms are also available at Rockin' Baja Coastal Cantina at the Bella Terra shopping center through Friday. Also through that date, 15 percent of all "Surf & Turf Bucket" bucket sales will be donated to the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum (mention "Surf City Splash" while ordering your bucket.)
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Also raising funds through food and the splash is the Lion's Club of Huntington Beach, which holds a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the south side of Zack's concession stand at Huntington Beach Pier Plaza. It's only $5 to enjoy delectables from the all-you-can-eat pancake bar. Proceeds benefit various Lions Club charities, including the surf museum and Canine Companions for Independence.
"It's amazing to see what started out as a small gathering of people 10 years ago, turn into a New Year's Day tradition for hundreds of friends and families in Southern California," says Lee Love, the Surf City Splash founder and organizer who also appreciates the charity tie-ins.
The schedule follows . . .
9:30 AM Lions Club pancake breakfast begins
10:30 AM Lifeguard informs group where the safest spot to enter the ocean
Last-minute registration for Surf City Splash at HB Pier Plaza
11:30 AM Participants and media gather near the shore
Master of Ceremonies: Lee Love
* Introduction of special guests
* Introduction of Michael Pless of M& M Surfing School
* Introduce "Rocky" the Lobster Mascot from Rockin' Baja Coastal Cantina
* Present and recognize volunteers
* Recognize youngest participant
* Recognize oldest participant
* Recognize most creative costume
* Recognize international guests / those who traveled furthest to participate
12:00 NOON COUNTDOWN & SPLASH INTO THE NEW YEAR!
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