Every New Year’s Day, the Newport Polar Bears invite anyone crazy enough to join them at Easton’s Beach for a swim in the frosty North Atlantic Ocean. Hundreds of brave individuals took advantage of the invite and embarked into the 40 degree water off of Easton’s Beach on Sunday at noon. 

All proceeds and donations from the event benefit A Wish Come True, a local nonprofit that grants wishes to medically qualified children who havelife-threatening illnesses and live in Rhode Island and in areas of SE Massachusetts.

Below is some video coverage of the event, as well as some Instagram photos from the event.

Video via David Stewart Productions


Hover over each photo to see the caption and who on Instagram took the photo!

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).