Nude Ocean Swim Draws Hundreds

At the second annual Sydney Skinny

Nearly 1,000 naked people plunged into Sydney Harbour National Park on Sunday for the Sydney Skinny, the world's premier—and largest—nude ocean swim, the New Zealand Herald reports.

All of this hullabaloo is meant to promote "greater self-acceptance" and a positive body image. The ticketed event, which allows participants to choose between 300-meter or 900-meter swims, also raises money for Australia's National Parks and Wildlife Projects.

Creator Nigel Marsh told that the Sydney Skinny is a chance to “be utterly authentic and stick two fingers up at all those ludicrous, airbrushed images of bodily perfection in the magazines.”


Companies such as Sony, China-based Huawei, and Apple are expected to enter the fitness band world in the immediate future. Sony unveiled its Core fitness tracker and SmartBand accessory at CES last month and expects to release the device globally next month. Rumors are also circulating that Apple will make a big push into the market with the next version of iOS, with the upcoming iWatch in mind. This wearable device could be capable of tracking blood pressure, hydration, heart rate, and steps, according to

Yet, despite their increasing popularity, fitness bands aren't for everyone. Some customers using Fitbit Force have compained that the device causes a skin rash. The company has issued a recall and halted the sale of its Force wristband on Friday.


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