The Bude Christmas Day Swim

2013-12-25 10.04.30Many thanks to our on the spot ‘reporter’, Horace, for this rather more official report on Bude’s fabulous Christmas Day Swim.

A massive surf failed to deter another massive crowd turning up at Crooklets Beach for Bude Surf Life Saving Club’s ‘Mike Moyle Christmas Day Swim’.

With a good 8 to 10 foot surf running on high tide, safety was a key factor in the event continuing and the clubs surf lifeguards did a great job in patrolling the swim area, allowing the dip to go ahead, leaving no disappointed festive swimmers.

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With the air temperature and sea temperature both hovering around the 10 degree centigrade mark, there was little difference in or out of the water; some thought this made the water feel warmer than normal, although a lot would probably dispute that statement!!

As usual on the whistle blast at 11 am, the stampede down the beach is a sight worth witnessing. 500 to 600 people all running into the chilly Atlantic Ocean, on a small, but stony patch of sand in North Cornwall, on Christmas Day. With the swimmers who take part in the event and thousands of spectators watching from the beach and the sea front, it has to be one of the biggest and quickest arrival and departure of a large crowd, in North Cornwall.


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The swim is organised by Bude Surf Life Saving Club, to raise funds for the future development of the young surf life savers, within the Bude area. This year has been a very special year for the club, as they are celebrating their 60th anniversary and what better way to finish the 60th year off, than with another brilliant Christmas Day Swim.

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Many thanks go to all involved in making this event and all other events throughout the year so successful.

Indeed, well done to all involved. And as a spectator (with camera) I was doubly pleased to see the lifeguards in the water for those rather scary seas as, while my 12 year old daughter – who did the swim –  is keen on surfing, I was still bothered about the impact of the waves during the stampede!

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