Polar Bears invited to brrrr-ing it on Saturday


Billy Spencer poses for a photo before taking to the water for his first ever Polar Bear ride. Photo provided by Billy Spencer

The Canyon Lake Ski Club invites residents to brave the chilly water temperatures and “feel the thrill of the chill” at its annual Polar Bear Day tomorrow, Jan. 6, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Sunset Beach. Wetsuits are not allowed for this event. Boats and crews will be provided.

This free event is open to all Canyon Lake residents. Pre-registration is not required.

Participants can warm up with complimentary hot drinks by a warm fire on the beach afterward.

Residents who choose not to brave the chilly water are encouraged to cheer on the “polar bears” from Sunset Beach and lakefront homes.

For more information about Polar Bear Day, contact Ski Club President Tom Nathan at 951-264-4053.

The Canyon Lake Ski Club is represented by a diverse group of individuals. The demographics include male and female skiers ranging from ages four to over 80 with skill levels ranging from novice to national champions. Many of the members are native Californians while others are from as far away as Europe and South America. The common denominator of the group is a passion for the sport and the camaraderie it brings.

As one of the first organized clubs in Canyon Lake, it has worked since 1970 to earn a solid reputation within the community through service and facility development. The Ski Club has also established itself as one of the nation’s most successful water ski clubs through the hosting of tournaments and the production of 3-event water ski officials as well as champions and record holders at both the regional and national levels.

The primary purpose of the club is to promote the sport of water skiing. Activities of the club include hosting ski tournaments; maintaining, beautifying and policing the north causeway and ski jump areas; performing a community ski show; hosting Breakfast with Santa; sponsoring Polar Bear Day and hosting Learn to Ride Day.

For more information, visit the club’s website at canyonlakeskiclub.com.