HUNTINGTON BEACH ( — A crowd lined the shore of Huntington Beach, some with the steely determination of warriors and other dressed in hilarious costumes, but all trying to prepare themselves for the nerve-wrenching moment to come.

Hundreds went on to run into the frigid waters of Huntington Beach on New Year’s Day for the 15th Annual Surf City Splash.

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Participants say they do it to start the new year fresh — literally.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

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“That’s how it got started: was just a bunch of crazy people wanting to jump in the water and start the new year by washing off the old and starting the new with a splash,” Surf City Splash founder Lee Love said.

Several visitors from Canada said this plunge was less cold than ones they’ve tried at home — and that’s why they were eager to do it.

Many Southland residents came out of the water exclaiming they were cold and, some, invigorated.

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The Surf City Splash, or polar plunge as it’s called in other cities, raises money for the International Surfing Museum and local surf school clubs.