Wetsuit Shaming in San Francisco Divides Bay Space Swimmers

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SAN FRANCISCO—A year ago, Adele Gower used to cherish daily 90-minute swims in the frigid Bay here. Now she can only stand it for 30 minutes.

She abandoned her wetsuit after being shamed by fellow San Francisco Bay swimmers—a peculiar, zealous breed, jump off boats near Alcatraz Island and swim with seals in the city’s Aquatic Park.

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