Water cold, air colder for Hermosa Beach Polar Bear Swim 2022

"The surf looked like snow, but felt colder," said Chupacabra Swim Club's Jack Bryant. PHoto by Kevin Cody

The Hermosa Beach New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim deserved it’s name this year. The air was 50 degrees and the ocean water was 58  degrees at the Hermosa Beach pier. 

“I do it for penance. I did a lot of bad things last year,” said Sharron Thompson, a Torrance School District swim coach, and member of the Chupacabra Swim Club.

The Chupacabra Swim Club, named after a mythical reptile, has met every Saturday morning at the Hermosa Beach pier for the past 25 years to swim one to two miles in the ocean. Most of the members have also competed for two decades, or longer, in the International Surf Festival Dwight Crum Pier to Pier Swim, in August. ER

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