Porthcawl Christmas Swim: Hundreds turn out for annual tradition


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More than 1,000 brave Christmas revelers headed into the sea at Porthcawl for the 49th annual festive swim.

1,044 people registered, some raising money for charity and others plunging into the freezing sea for fun. Lots were in fancy dress, some in trunks and some even donned thongs.

James Stroud, whose father Ian is on the Porthcawl Christmas Swim committee, joined his dad in the water at 11am.

“The weather was fine and the sky was blue. I’ve come down to the beach every year of my life and I’ve been in about 10 times. Each year I don’t do it I’m always disappointed,” said the 28 year-old from Porthcawl who braved the cold with cousins Lee and Paul Bodenham and brother, Richard.

“There was a lot of camaraderie on the beach. We run in up to our waist, then dive in to get our heads under – otherwise you’ve not done it properly.”

Denis Pepping said: “I have done the swim four times, and without it, it wouldn’t be a Welsh Christmas to me.”

Fifty-six year-old James Marks from Porthcawl has done the Christmas swim 23 times. He said it was a “wonderful Christmas tradition”.

Article source: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/porthcawl-christmas-swim-hundreds-turn-6445888