On Christmas morning, hundreds of intrepid swimmers from across Cornwall and beyond will go for a refreshing dip in the sea to help raise money for the Northern Hemisphere’s oldest Surf Life Saving Club at Crooklets Beach, Bude.
This year the organisers of the Mike Moyle Memorial Swim are aiming for their biggest ever turnout, setting a target of 600 sponsored swimmers from all age groups. Organised by the Bude Surf Life Saving Club, the community-spirited act of madness is rapidly growing as a spectator event, making Bude seafront remarkably busy on Christmas morning with thousands of spectators and well-wishers lining the beaches and cliff tops.
Grin and bare it!
Swimmers of all ages (from 8 up if accompanied by an adult) are welcome to take part in the mad cap splash but only those 12 and under are allowed to wear wetsuits! To stave off the cold, swimmers will be led in a group warm-up on the beach by the club’s resident fitness trainer, David Herman, before the klaxon sounds at 11am to signal the dash for the waves.
In honour of the fun headgear worn by many, this year there will be a competition for the swimmer with the best Christmas hat. A winner will be chosen from among the under 13s, under 21s and ‘senior splashers’.