In Photos: Communities In Schools’ 2021 Wrightsville Plunge

Some plungers brought their kids along with them during the dip via piggyback. (Port City Daily photo/Alexandria Sands)

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH – Hundreds of brave people kicked off 2021 with an icy dip into the Wrightsville Beach surf on this mid-50s New Year’s Day.

For the sixth year, Communities In Schools of Cape Fear held its Wrightsville Plunge to raise money for its programs that support vulnerable students in local public schools. This year the event was held in a socially-distanced fashion, with participants diving in smaller groups, and three different plunge times to limit crowds (plungers briefly removed their masks before running into the water and masked back up upon return to land).

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People could turn out to the in-person event at Crystal Pier Friday or participate virtually by snapping a photo of their plunge at any location.

Below are some shots from the event.

Plungers hype themselves up before the dive begins. (Port City Daily photo/Alexandria Sands)
A shirtless man shivers as the wind blows on the beach. (Port City Daily photo/Alexandria Sands)
Plungers make a run for it. (Port City Daily photo/Alexandria Sands)
It was around 55 degrees by the time the second group of plungers made it into the water. (Port City Daily photo/Alexandria Sands)
Some plungers went in as a team and wore costumes. (Port City Daily photo/Alexandria Sands)
A kid escapes the frigid surf. (Port City Daily photo/Alexandria Sands)
Two men opted for a formal look as they dove in. (Port City Daily photo/Alexandria Sands)
A plunger splashes to shore. (Port City Daily photo/Alexandria Sands)
While some people enjoyed the refreshing waves, others were ready to get out as soon as they got in. (Port City Daily photo/Alexandria Sands)
Plungers frantically return to the warmness of their towels. (Port City Daily photo/Alexandria Sands)
Last year’s event raised more than $27,000 for Communities in Schools. (Port City Daily photo/Alexandria Sands)
Children do the “floss” dance before the plunge begins. (Port City Daily photo/Alexandria Sands)
Onlookers cheer on the crowd of plungers from Crystal Pier. (Port City Daily photo/Alexandria Sands)

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