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One Presidential Candidate Had a Chilly Start to 2020

Tulsi Gabbard rode the waves in Hampton, NH
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2020 8:20 AM CST
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Supporters watch as Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, surfs the Atlantic Ocean in Hampton, NH, on Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)
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(Newser) – Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard chose New Year's Day to get back on her board. Decked out in a full winter wetsuit, the Democratic presidential candidate surfed the Atlantic in Hampton, NH, watched by several supporters carrying signs, per NBC News. "History is being made!" yelled one, who claimed Gabbard was the first presidential candidate to surf in the early primary state. "There is absolutely no better way to start the day and to start the year," the congresswoman told CBS News' Nicole Sganga.

Gabbard "surfed nearly every day growing up in Hawaii, but this is her first January surf in the Atlantic," Sganga wrote on Twitter, describing "sub-40°F waters." Gabbard told Surfer Today about her love of the sport a year ago. "Once you get in the water, you immediately wake up to feel energized," she said. "Literally, every time I come home, my first stop is the ocean," either for a swim or a surf, she added. "That's my number one priority." (Her time away has prompted a call for her resignation.)

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