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Where to take a polar plunge for a cause New Year’s Day 2018

A New Year’s Day tradition will continue in 2018 with several area beaches and events planning polar plunges. (Port City Daily file photo/ MICHAEL KANE)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — With each New Year comes a new batch of bold souls willing to brave the Atlantic Ocean.

Plunge for a purpose, freeze for a reason or kick off the morning after aches this New Year’s Day.

Are you among the spirited, freezing bunch? Here are events around the Port City where you can plunge into polar waters for a cause.

2018 Wrightsville Plunge

The third annual Wrightsville Plunge will kick off at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2018, with the mass exodus into the Atlantic taking place at noon.

Event organizers hope people will help plunge for a purpose, and maybe even run into a porpoise.

The band Signal Fire will help jam away the winter blues immediately afterward

Long sleeve shirts are guaranteed for the first 300 registrations, so sign up soon if you plan to take the cold dip. Individuals cost $25 and students get a discounted fee of $10.

Fees support Communities In Schools of Cape Fear, a non-profit that helps guide at-risk students toward graduation.

Dolphin Dip in Surf City

For those in Pender County, the Dolphin Dip has been a staple in Surf City for 15 years. This Jan. 1, Surf City will host the 16th annual dip into the sea.

The event expects more than 7,500 people to attend, according to its website.

From 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., people will head out to the ocean from the Roland Avenue beach access. Free to attend, the event’s Facebook page says dip will take place at “noon sharp.”

Donations and shirt sales will benefit Share The Table, a faith-based food pantry program.

(Update: This article has been updated to remove an event involving the Goat & Compass.)

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