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It's a day at the beach, but not (Credit: Jim Staubitser)

It's a day at the beach, but not for the faint-hearted: The 12th annual Super Bowl Sunday Polar Bear plunge in Long Beach. (Feb. 6, 2011)

2011 Polar Bear Club plunge in Long Beach

Every Super Bowl Sunday, the Polar Bear Club heads to Long Beach for a plunge into the Atlantic Ocean. (Feb. 6, 2011)

It's a day at the beach, but not
(Credit: Jim Staubitser)

It's a day at the beach, but not for the faint-hearted: The 12th annual Super Bowl Sunday Polar Bear plunge in Long Beach. (Feb. 6, 2011)

Long Beach resident Ronni Gilligan, 70, was one
(Credit: Kaitlynn Mannino)

Long Beach resident Ronni Gilligan, 70, was one of hundreds who braved the frigid Atlantic Ocean as part of the Polar Bear Club’s 12th Annual Sunday Splash in Long Beach.

From left, Christopher DeLouise, 25, of Shoreham, Ian
(Credit: Kaitlynn Mannino)

From left, Christopher DeLouise, 25, of Shoreham, Ian Weygand, 25, of Wading River and Seth Walker, 25, of Port Jefferson were among the hundreds who braved the frigid Atlantic Ocean as part of the Polar Bear Club’s 12th Annual Sunday Splash in Long Beach. (Feb. 6, 2011)

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Lifeguards Adam Wiener, 20, left, and Chris Russo,
(Credit: Kaitlynn Mannino)

Lifeguards Adam Wiener, 20, left, and Chris Russo, 17, both of Long Beach. watched over the hundreds who braved the frigid Atlantic Ocean as part of the Polar Bear Club’s 12th Annual Sunday Splash in Long Beach. (Feb. 6, 2011)

A euphoric Linda Davis, 53, gives the thumbs
(Credit: Kaitlynn Mannino)

A euphoric Linda Davis, 53, gives the thumbs up and yells "I did it!" after braving the frigid Atlantic Ocean as part of the Polar Bear Club’s 12th Annual Sunday Splash in Long Beach. (Feb. 6, 2011)

A lifeguard watches over the hundreds of participants
(Credit: Kaitlynn Mannino)

A lifeguard watches over the hundreds of participants who braved the frigid Atlantic Ocean as part of the Polar Bear Club’s 12th Annual Sunday Splash in Long Beach. (Feb. 6, 2011)

Jennifer Rebman, 24, of South Hempstead was one
(Credit: Kaitlynn Mannino)

Jennifer Rebman, 24, of South Hempstead was one of hundreds who participated in the Polar Bear Club’s 12th Annual Sunday Splash in Long Beach.

Revelers run out of the Atlantic Ocean during
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

Revelers run out of the Atlantic Ocean during the Long Beach Polar Bear Club's annual Super Bowl Splash, Sunday. (Feb. 6, 2011)

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From left to right, Long Beach residents Margarita
(Credit: Kaitlynn Mannino)

From left to right, Long Beach residents Margarita Tamarit, 37; Vinny Basile, 36; Valerie Sherack, 33; Megan Gonzalez, 9, bottom, attend the Polar Bear Club’s 12th Annual Sunday Splash in Long Beach. (Feb. 6, 2011)

Time to plunge in! The Long Beach Polar
(Credit: Jim Staubitser)

Time to plunge in! The Long Beach Polar Bear Club dives into its 12th annual Super Bowl Sunday Polar Bear plunge in Long Beach. (Feb. 6, 2011)

Having immersed themselves in the Atlantic Ocean's frigid
(Credit: Kevin P Coughlin)

Having immersed themselves in the Atlantic Ocean's frigid waters, participants in the Long Beach Polar Bear Club's annual Super Bowl Splash emerge, seeking warmth. (Feb. 6, 2011)

As the Long Beach Polar Bear Club's annual
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

As the Long Beach Polar Bear Club's annual Super Bowl Splash gets under way, thousands of revelers fill the beach at Riverside Avenue, bracing for the cold. (Feb. 6, 2011)

Thousands of revelers fill the beach at Riverside
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

Thousands of revelers fill the beach at Riverside Avenue for the Long Beach Polar Bear Club's annual Super Bowl splash. (Feb. 6, 2011)

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Shannon Boyle, 7, left, and Jolie Boyle, 5,
(Credit: Kaitlynn Mannino)

Shannon Boyle, 7, left, and Jolie Boyle, 5, both of Long Beach, attend the Polar Bear Club’s 12th Annual Sunday Splash in Long Beach. (Feb. 6, 2011)

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