Skinny dipping record attempted
Sat, 01 Dec 2012 6:10p.m.
By Dave Goosselink
A few hundred Cantabrians stripped off this afternoon to try to break the world record for the most people skinny dipping.
Participants say it was all a bit of fun, and a recent court decision has backed the idea of innocent public nudity.
It was no time to be shy, with hundreds of brave swimmers joining the crowd on Sumner Beach.
“I didn't expect to go nudie swimming with hundreds of people,” says one participant.
Two-hundred-twenty-six people signed up for the record-breaking effort. Some almost got cold feet as the reality of swimming nude with hundreds of strangers hit home.
“There were a couple of things that made us half think of not doing it, but we did it in the end anyway,” says one skinny dipper from England.
Guinness World Records rules required all participants to be in the water at the same time for an official photo.
Despite the warm day, there were mixed reviews about the water temperature, with some saying it was “bloody freezing” and others saying it was “fantastic”.
Participants say it is harmless fun, but others disagree. Groups like Family First have objected to similar public displays of nudity.
But this week, the High Court in Tauranga upheld an appeal by naturist Andrew Pointon. It overturned his conviction for offensive behaviour, after a woman complained when she saw him running naked last year along a forest track.
“Hopefully this sets a precedent for people that use their discretion in the naturist world, to go out into the country and be naked,” says Mr Pointon.
He hopes the court decision will help change attitudes in New Zealand.
Organisers of today's skinny dip say they took measures to ensure the event was safe.
“It was well notified today so that anyone in the area that would find it offensive, they had the chance to clear out,” says radio host Dom Harvey. “It was a sanctioned event.”
It finished a few hundred short of the world record of 413, but another attempt will be made in Tauranga tomorrow afternoon.
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16/05/2013 9:51:13 p.m.
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6/01/2013 9:11:49 a.m.
I agree with Di what is good for the goose is good for the gander. Very prudish
31/12/2012 11:42:52 a.m.
Di, the day that TV video shows female genatalia up close then I'm more than happy to see a flaccid clock. I'd rather see soem pert breasts anyday though
3/12/2012 5:03:31 p.m.
Isn't it fascinating that McCoskrie has so much to say about a group of intrepid adults braving the chilly beach in Christchurch but very little about real issues affecting really vulnerable New Zealand families- like Pacific Island families and problem debt?
3/12/2012 8:59:39 a.m.
I thinks this is great but why is it OK to film the female nude but censor the male? I find that unfair and prudish and is sending a message that its ok to look at a woman but not a man?
3/12/2012 1:32:51 a.m.
Malcolm Boura wrote:
I would have more respect for the views of Family First if they would, as has been requested many times, provide any credible evidence, any at all, that nudity harms children. Conversely there is strong evidence tha the attitudes they are promoting result in widespread and often serious harm. It is no coincidence that the most body censorious western nations have ten times the teenage pregnancy rate of those with more wholesome body-attitudes.
It is not how much skin is shown, or even which bits of skin, it is how it is shown that matters and censors the world over seem unable to comprehend that.
Policy must be decided by objective evidence. Children are too importent for it to be decided by the prejudices of pressure groups, not matter how worthy their motivation may appear to be.
2/12/2012 8:15:07 a.m.
Rebecca Gertner wrote:
3 News blurred/censored the given video report - they expect that New Zealanders will break the world record when their national broadcaster displays such a prudish attitude!
2/12/2012 7:20:03 a.m.
Good for the people of New Zealnd it;s about time the western worlds culture started to change it;s attitude about nudity
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