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See photos from the 2015 New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge

Grab a hot drink, then take a look at the shivering crazy folk who started the year with a splash in Coney Island

By Nick Leftley |
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Most of us prefer to get through our New Year’s Eve hangovers by binging on new movies on Netflix, but some people take a slightly different approach to New Year’s Day: hurling themselves face-first into the frigid waters at Coney Island. It’s a tradition that the Polar Bear Club has been keeping up since 1903 and each year just keeps getting bigger (check out these vintage photos for proof). This year saw a multitude of brave souls charge into the freezing ocean, but if you’re not ready to face the outside world just yet, you can sit back on your nice warm couch and just enjoy the slide show below.

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