NUDE surfing has never achieved great popularity for two reasons.
Firstly, those pesky public decency laws which ruin everyone's fun.
And secondly the tendency for surfboard wax to accumulate in uncomfortable areas.
Yet it is not always a choice as shown by this unidentified rider at Snapper Rocks pushing 3m Christmas Day cyclone swells.
His story shot to the top of mydailynews.com.au's rankings for three days.
Tweed photographer and beginner surfer Mark Humphry said he could relate to the subject he assumed was a Red Bull Big Wave Tow-in team member.
"There is times when my board shorts almost fall off," Mr Humphry said.
"But he was getting towed in, and it didn't seem like anyone else had noticed.
"I just absolutely started crapping myself laughing.
"I was standing on a tree because the tide was up over the road, and I don't think anyone else would have noticed because of the swell's size."