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Views: 14742 Description: Thousands of Swimmers strip off their clothes for better body image and to make a world record in the Sydney Skinny at Cobblers Beach. Swimmers bared all at Cobblers Beach on Sunday morning for the Sydney Skinny, setting a new world record for the largest nude ocean swim.
In its second year, the event attracted young and old including a man in a wheelchair who was assisted by his carer and two women survivors of mastectomies.
Event creator Nigel Marsh said the event aims to promote a positive body image and was summed up by "unbelievably happy looks" on the faces of the two women who spotted each other out of the crowd of nude bathers and embraced.
Mr Marsh said the community swim was a chance to "be utterly authentic and stick two fingers up at all those ludicrous, airbrushed images of bodily perfection in the magazines".
"This event is easily misunderstood. It's not just about running around naked."
"This event is easily misunderstood," Mr Marsh said.
"It's not just about running around naked. It is about getting people of all ages, sizes, and ethnicities to come together to celebrate life.
"What better way to spend a Sunday morning to celebrate acceptance, joy and understanding.
"No-one really wanted to leave. It was such a lovely, gorgeous day."
With final numbers yet to be counted, it is expected that the event will break its own record set last year for largest nude ocean swim, which attracted about 750 people.
Held at Cobblers Beach, Middle Head, swimmers complete either a 900m course or a 300m novice swim in the buff. The event is ticketed, to ensure like-minded people took part and also to raise money for the Middle Head national park. Bashful swimmers could strip off once they were in the water, with Skinny team members on hand to retrieve and return swimwear before and after entering the water.
Orange sarongs were handed out to all participants as they completed their swim.
The event hopes to raise as much as $50,000 for the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife.
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.
Swimmers get their kit off at Cobblers Beach for the Sydney Skinny. Picture: Britta Campion Source: DailyTelegraph
Hundreds of cheeky volunteers got their kit off for a good cause at Cobblers Beach. Picture: AFP Source: AFP
A competitor emerges from the water at the finish of the second annual Sydney Skinny. Picture: AFP Source: AFP
The Sydney Skinny strikes a blow against negative body image and celebrates all shapes. Picture: AFP Source: AFP
Boat parking advice? A maritime officer giving directions at Cobblers Beach. Picture: Britta Campion Source: DailyTelegraph
After a 'classy' nude swim, participants were given sarongs to cover up. Picture: AFP Source: AFP
Swimmers preparing for the dip with goggles and sunscreen. Picture: Britta Campion Source: DailyTelegraph
Orange sarongs protected modesty out of the water at the event. Picture: Britta Campion. Source: DailyTelegraph
The Sydney Skinny looks set to break last year's world record nude ocean swim. Picture: AFP Source: AFP
Bums bared in bid to break world record for the largest nude ocean swim.....
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