Brave folk gather in the nude for the second annual Sydney Skinny to promote body image.
Brave folk gather in the nude for the second annual Sydney Skinny to promote body image. William West

Hundreds strip off for the second annual Sydney Skinny

HUNDREDS of people stripped off on Sunday to take part in the second annual Sydney Skinny in an attempt to break the world record for the largest nude ocean swim.

Over 700 people took part in last year's inaugural swim, which aims to promote a positive body image.

Held at Cobblers Beach, Middle Head, in Sydney Harbour National Park, the event sees participants swimming 900m amid the waters of Middle Head. There is also a 300m nudie novice swim.

As well as promoting "greater self-acceptance", the ticketed event also raises money for Australia's National Parks and Wildlife Projects.

Starting at 9am, participants set off in quarter-hourly waves, before celebrating their achievements in the site's festival area.

Creator Nigel Marsh said that people use the Sydney Skinny "to throw aside concerns of body image, to connect with nature and celebrate living with more courage and kindness".

Writing on the event's Facebook page after the swim, Andrew Gee said: "Did everyone enjoy today? Was such a great event. Thank you to all those who took time to organise it - see you next year!"

And Karuna Elliot added: "Such an amazingly fun and well organised event. Thank you to all behind the scenes and those making it smooth today.

"MoMo and I had a REALLY enjoyable swim and fun nudie festivities. We are looking forward to next year already."


Why artwork about whistleblowers has been redacted

Premium Content Why artwork about whistleblowers has been redacted

THE street art had not been there for long when it began drawing very mixed...

‘THIS IS INSANE’: $250,000 win for Ballina cancer survivor

Premium Content ‘THIS IS INSANE’: $250,000 win for Ballina cancer survivor

"You’re joking? You must be joking? Oh my god! Oh my god!"

Man airlifted to hospital after hit by car in 100km/h zone

Premium Content Man airlifted to hospital after hit by car in 100km/h zone

Local man airlifted to hospital after crash on Bruxner Highway