17th Annual Dolphin Dip | New Year’s Day 2019
Photo/Video Credit: Unique Media Design
After the chaos of the holiday season it might be tempting to catch up on some well-deserved rest. Take our word for it though, you’ll want to go easy on the champagne and not stay in bed for too long this New Year’s Day. At noon sharp the horn will sound at the Roland Avenue beach access in Surf City. It is then a race to the water to wash away the old and start the new year afresh. Along with a few thousand of your closest friends you too can usher in 2019 with a cold, ocean plunge for the 17th annual Dolphin Dip Extravaganza.
The Dolphin Dip is Surf City’s answer to the Polar Plunge. It is more than just a chilly swim though. Early in the day many come out to the beach to dolphin watch. Before noon there will be beachfront entertainers such as acrobats and belly dancers. Watch out for the occasional pirate in the crowd as well. Some of the best entertainment comes just from people watching. The event also includes a costume contest to be judged at 11:30. Whether it’s that Santa get-up still sitting out or something completely unique, make sure it is family friendly and okay to get wet.
Best of all, it’s free and everyone is invited (including Fido). The t-shirt design is chosen from entries by Topsail High School students and will be available for sale. Proceeds benefit a local charity. This year the Dip will support Share the Table. Past proceeds have gone to such causes as Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Habitat for Humanity, and Hope for Warriors.
Share the Table is a collaborative effort by nine churches in Pender and Onslow Counties. They not only provide community meals, a food pantry, a school backpack program which benefit over 850 people weekly, they also provide fellowship with meals to make sure Share the Table feels like home. With the devastation from Florence still being felt in many parts of our region, the service that Share the Table provides is more important than ever.
Every year the Dolphin Dip Extravaganza becomes more and more popular. This year an estimated 7500 people are expected to show. Come out for the fun, the food, and the frosty swim to discover why so many families treasure the precious memories they have made during past Dips and continue to support this surf side event as an adored tradition.
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