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New Years Splash Event



Surf City Splash, formerly HB Polar Plunge, and HB Pier's Polar Plunge New Year's Day Jan. 1


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Photos by Chris MacDonald, Story by Lee Lovee

It was clear & sunny on New Year's Day in Huntington Beach as hundreds of locals and visitors ROARED into 2009 with a huge SPLASH to kick off the Surf City Centennial. Huntington Beach Host Lions Club is celebrating 70 years of Service, and raised over $1,500.00 at this event (over twice the funds raised ever before)!

Pre-Splash Ceremonies were conducted by Lion-Costumed Lee Love. Members of Miss Huntington Beach Queen's Court graced our event, as well as HB City Council Member Gil Coerper. The award for the "Youngest Splasher" went to 5-month-old Luke Levassar of Huntington Beach. His dad, Local Scott Levassar, says the Splash is a family tradition. Local Kathleen Ellis is registered as the "Oldest Splasher" (let's just say she's over 60), and the "Largest Organized Group" was awarded to the HB Lions. We had two winners for the "Greatest distance Travelled to Participate": Roland Wimmer from Asselfingen, Germany, and 10-year-old Kyle Yule from Glasgow, Scotland. Local 4-year-old Zack Vuncanon won the "Most Creative Costume" award by dressing as a New Year's Surfer "Baby". Our Lifeguard John Bebe & Chris "Mr. Huntington Beach" MacDonald performed the final countdown after a very long line was drawn in the sand.  Text Written From Lioness Lee Love.

1. Huntington Beach Host Lions Club President Hank Lopez With Huntington Beach City Historian Jerry Person.
2. The Crowd That Ran In The Water At High Noon At The Event.
3. Nicole Vuncanon With Laura Cunningham Who Is One Of The Huntington Beach Princesses.
4. Huntington Beach Downtown Business Improvement District Ambassador Chris MacDonald With Huntington Beach City Council Member Gil Coerper And Huntington Beach Resident Dale Stinson.
5. Surf City Splash Event Coordinator Lioness Lee Love With Huntington Beach City Council Member Gil Coerper.
6. Huntington Beach Princesses, Samantha Gallo, Laura Cunningham And Arroya Karian.
7. The Guest Of Honor The Event's New Year's Kid Zack Vuncanon.
8. Huntington Beach City CouncIl Member Gil Coerper With The Huntington Beach Lions Club Mascot.
9. Native Huntington Beach Resident Stacha Khatib With Huntington Beach Host Lions Club Member Lioness Lee Love
10. Huntington Beach Lions Member Scott Quinlan.