Clouds, wind and rain didn't stop Sydneysiders from getting off their gear and going for a cheeky dip as part of The Sydney Skinny, an annual charity event aiming to promote optimism and raise money for charity.
Organisers say the event attracted 1400 swimmers at a Cobblers Beach in the Sydney Harbour National Park. Money raised will be donated to the Foundation for Parks and Wildlife and Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.
Neurosurgeon Charlie Teo and Surfing legend Lane Beachley joined the record crowd who swam either 900 or 300 metres in the nude as part of the event.
The Sydney Skinny markets itself as a way to personally challeng yourself to step ever-so-slightly outside your comfort zone.
Beachley spoke to Nine's The Today Show and said the event is ultimately about stepping out of your comfort zone and embracing life.
"We're all born, flesh and blood, and it's a matter of just going outside, having some fun and swimming with thousands of people."
Swimmers were given sarongs after their swim to protect them from the...stiff breeze.
Good morning Sydney 🙏🏻🌤 "I like me better naked. I don't mean that in a vain way... When you put clothes on, you immediately put a character on. Clothes are adjectives, they are indicators. When you don't have any clothes on, it's just you, raw, and you can't hide" - author Padma Lakshmi. An enlightening swim at Sydney Skinny this morning, joining hundreds of like-minded people for the annual swim, a reminder that under everything we're all part of the human race - no matter what age, skin colour, ethnicity, body size, or religion we are. Embrace life, get naked 😆 #sydneyskinny #justdoit #sydney #skinnydipping #swim #sundaymorning #thehumanbody #liberation
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