Judy Rae

Beach people – Hermosa Polar Bear swim

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Neighbors on 16th Street in Hermosa Beach celebrated the 30th Annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim on Wednesday, under the watchful eyes of Los Angeles County Lifeguards. The tradition was started by longtime 16th Street walk street residents Ed and Terry Kushins in 1990. 

The Kushins cajole their neighbors to jump into the cold water by inviting them to their home after the swim for hot chocolate, mimosas,  muffins, lox and bagels and Terry’s famous egg and caviar torte. But the real draw is the opportunity to catch up on what’s happened over the past year with neighbors and former neighbors who return for the swim.

Photo by Kevin Cody

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