More than 100 people brave the waves for tradition New Year’s Day dip

More than 100 people braved the waves at Woolacombe this morning (Sunday) for a traditional New Year's Day swim.

Hardy souls – young and old – stripped off on the beach and charged into the chilly waters before making an even quicker dash back up the beach for their towels.

New Year�s Day swimmers brave the waves at Woolacombe. Picture: Andy KeebleNew Year�s Day swimmers brave the waves at Woolacombe. Picture: Andy Keeble

The event has been organised by Woolacombe Surf Lifesaving Club every year since 2000 – and club vice-chairman Don Duffield said he thought this year's swim had the biggest turn-out to date.

“I think we had over 100 going in the water – the oldest was 79,” he said.

“We started it in 2000 for a laugh really and it's amazing because I always get to the beach and wonder whether people will turn up.

“But they do and I think this was our biggest turn-out yet.”

Don said he thought the water temperature was just above nine degrees Celsius, with the air temperature around six or seven degrees Celsius.

“It's actually better in the water than it is out of it,” he said.