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.”