It doesn’t get any cooler than this

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Icy dip . . . Noah Roddis races out of the surf after a dash into the ocean during the Waikuku Beach Invigorator, a Waimakariri Festival event hosted by the Waikuku Beach Surf Life Saving Club. His mother, Lainie, is behind him. The Roddis family won the Best Dressed competition. Photos: Shelley Topp

By Shelley Topp

The Waikuku Beach Surf Life Saving Club’s annual mid-winter dip proved a hot ticket at Waikuku Beach last Sunday morning.

Time to warm up .. Jen Feutz, left, her daughter Lola, Petra Lamont, with her dad, Phil, after their ocean dash.

Hardy souls turned out for the popular Waikuku Beach Invigorator event, dressed in all manner of costumes, from casual day wear to a beekeeper’s protective clothing and even skimpy “budgie smugglers”.

They all made a mad dash across the sand into the chilly surf just for the fun of it.

Afterwards, they were treated to a hot shower, some hot soup, or sausages wrapped in bread, to recover from the cold winter chill.