For open water swimmers, even chilly, choppy water beckons

Many beaches won’t open for weeks, but already one dedicated group is quietly pacing the shore.

You might not have noticed them, but these quiet few are the ones who seem most keen on noting the shifting tides, the current, the wind. They’ll gush about the color of the water, the angle of the sun, the shape of the clouds. They are the first to plunge in when those on the shore are still shivering in sweaters. And they are the last to, very reluctantly, call it a season in late fall. And occasionally not even then.

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