For several decades, among the rituals of initiation for the New Year we have started noting a first dive into the water, a great way to start the year with a sporty, healthy, and energetic manner and of course, in a swimsuit.
These collective dips occur in more and more cities and countries. Lisbon in Portugal, gathers its daring bathers on the beach in Carcavelos, Cascais, since 1943. What began as a challenge among friends today gathers thousands of people every year.
From Ottawa, Canada, the bravest challenge freezing temperatures during the so-called ‘Polar Bear Dip’.
In the Netherlands, this adventure takes place on the beach of Scheveningen, The Hague, where tradition also calls to wear an orange hat, signature color for the country.
Germany offers its own spin, where dozens of people bathe with torches in the icy waters of the Lech River in Fussen, Bavaria.
In Spain, with Barcelona as a pioneer, more and more cities that join tradition, such as Valencia and Gran Canaria.
Among better temperatures, this traditional bath on 1 January also takes place on the beach in Muizenberg, Cape Town.
This collective madness brings together daring swimmers who stand the cold and run into the sea to shake off the remains of the year gone by and welcome the next. And after a swim, nothing like a good meal to warm up again.
Is there a better way to start the year than to do it in a swimsuit? It’s always summer somewhere. Make it. Wear it.