First Major Nude Ocean Swim Held in Australia

| by Michael Allen

The world's first nude ocean swim, the 'Sydney Skinny,' had over 1,000 people from babies to adults stripping down and swimming to raise about $15,000 for charity.

Participants lined up at 8 a.m. on Sunday to make the 900-meter swim in Sydney, Australia's Middle Harbor.

''There was an 89-year-old bloke, someone flew in from overseas, there were four paraplegics, a double amputee, there were fat people, thin people, young and old,'' organizer Nigel Marsh told The Sidney Morning Herald.

Marsh says the Bondi to Bronte ocean swim, which he made more than 10 years ago, changed his life.

''It was just joyous,'' said Marsh. ''I am floating on cloud nine. It is probably one of the nicest days of my life.''

The final amount raised was around $15,000, which is going to the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife.

Source: The Sidney Morning Herald