Saturday, March 6, 2010
Big Joe Henry Polar Bear Plunge 2010 edition
The Big Joe Henry Polar bear Plunge is turning into an annual event. I first checked out the madness in 2007, went with an upgraded video camera to get some better footage in 2009, and now back again in 2010.
This time around, a friend wanted me to film his first time plunging into the waters, but unfortunately they wouldn't allow me on with an orange wristband. finding him in the crowd area this late in the game would be impossible, so I wound up going to the Big Joe Henry broadcast area.
The space was kind of confined. Lots of people cramped in for a great view of the action. Hence why you see some shaky shots. Unfortunetly from our vantage point, it looked like NO ONE was going into the water at all! That's why Big Joe is kind of confused, and everyone else is shouting and almost jeering the plungers for not going in!
According to stats, almost $1,000,000 was raised, with 4,000 plungers and a estimated crowd of 20,000 people. Probably half of which may have come to see the Jersey Shore house just down the block. Next year I may just interview some of the crazy folks in costumes to get their story...like the group we saw following us to the event, the Numb Nuts. Wonder how long it took to think up that name? :)