Page-Lake Powells 3rd Annual
This year's2004 event was a small private affair while we rethink liability issues.
The Carolina "Penguins" win the 2004 Page Polar Bear Super Bowl ceremonial coin toss
2004 Press Release
Frigid weather conditions greeted the small gathering of 2004 Page Polar Bear Club participants for the 3rd annual event. Snow pellets, strong 25 mph winds and an air temperature of 39 degrees separated diehards from fair weather polar bears.
"We hoped all year for some artic-like weather and the weatherman delivered right on cue" said Polar Bear event organizer Paul Ostapuk. We had below freezing temperatures for the 2002 event but when the sun is shining it takes the edge off a Polar Bear event. This year had the dramatic flair of an approaching storm front which produced an angry sky complete with blowing dust, ice pellets and black, cold water.
Repeat Polar Bear Jason Adams proclaimed, "It was much harder this year. When I stood on the dock and looked into that cold, black water...I was thinking that jumping straight in wasn't such a good idea. I was worried that I might freeze up in the water and I wasn't sure I could make the swim back to the shoreline."
The entry was then modified to a "run-and-dive" event versus the more traditional plunge off the launch ramp. "The water was so black and choppy. We could not see the bottom. So we entered the water the old fashioned way....head on", said Ostapuk, noting that to be an official Polar Bear you must submerge your head underwater.
To help make the water "Minnesota Cold", a ceremonial bag of ice was broadcast into Lake Powell so that participants could literally say they "broke the ice" when entering the water. Following the plunge event...a Super Bowl coin flip projected that the Carolina "Penguins" would reign supreme in next Sunday's Super Bowl contest.
In previous years, an actual game of water football was played to project the winner of the Super Bowl. This year's small event precluded those traditional activities. This is second time in 3 years that the Page Polar Bear Club has picked an underdog to win the Super Bowl. Two years ago New England was an 18 point underdog against the St. Louis Rams yet came away with victory. This year, Carolina is a 6 1/2 point underdog.
Reflecting upon the long odds for a Carolina victory, Ostapuk just pointed to the sky. "Who would have predicted snow for this year's Polar Bear event?"
PAGE AIRPORT 1 PM CLOUDY TEMP 39 WIND NW13G25 PRESSURE 29.79R WIND CHILL 31
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