Australian neurosurgeon Charlie Teo, World Champion surfer Layne Beachley and author/founder Nigel Marsh joined thousands of revellers stepping out of their comfort zone and stripping down for the fifth annual Sydney Skinny. Presented by Nudie Foods, the Sydney Skinny is Australia’s most exhilarating and fastest growing swim event held on Sydney’s spectacular harbour foreshore.
A record 1,335 people joined the life affirming and uplifting event to celebrate courage, acceptance, community, charity and the beautiful Sydney Harbour. The event encourages participants to practice gratitude, adopt a healthy body image and support those around them. May use it as a line in he sand each year to introduce a positive change into their lives.
Clothes, constraints and inhibitions were left on the sans as thousands of people challenged themselves to he invigorating experience. Diving off Cobbler’s Beach, Middle Head, participants were protected by the privacy and stunning surrounds of Sydney Harbour National Park and of course the iconic sarongs given to each swimmer as they left the water.
Nigel Marsh said ‘The Sydney Skinny is a fantastic day out with lots of laughter, a supportive vibe and a focus on happiness. Everyone emerges from the water ready to take on life with a more optimistic, happier and connected perspective’.
It’s not about being seen nude or seeing anyone nude, its about kick-starting a new and exciting chapter in life. The aim is to raise money for a number of Australian charities and causes, including the event partner Charlie Teo’s Cure Brain Cancer Foundation and the Foundation of National Parks & Wildlife.
While the swim is reserved for adults only, families and kids are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy the food on offer and free music at the specially designated event area.