Del Mar native has missed just one of the city’s annual New Year’s Day swims
By Pam Kragen | Dec. 29, 2015
DEL MAR — Thirty years ago, the very first Penguin Plunge at Del Mar Beach drew just a handful of hearty swimmers for a brisk morning dip in honor of New Year’s Day. Among those Penguin pioneers in 1986 was Tensia Moriel Trejo, who returns to take the plunge again Friday for her 29th time.
“I tease people that I go to get my water blessing at the start of the year,” said Trejo, a Del Mar native who celebrated her 88th birthday in September. “Coming here is part of my life. I’ve been hitting the water here from a very young age.”
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