On Saturday, July 10, Alex and I traveled to Ocean Isle Beach, NC to participate in the World Skinny Dip Record Attempt. Getting dressed on Saturday morning, I actually wondered if I should put on a bathing suit under my t-shirt and shorts, since I was just going to be taking it off later. I decided to put it on anyway.
Upon arriving at Whispering Pines Nudist Resort, we were greeted by a man in a neon green “Event Staff” t-shirt, who was very welcoming and directed us to sign in at the clubhouse. Upon entering the gates, we saw what we, for whatever reason, had not expected. The resort is a campground, so as far as the eye could see were RVs and campers, and walking amongst the campsites were people of all ages and shapes…completely nude. A nude man grilling hamburgers wearing nothing but an apron. A nude woman driving a golf cart sitting on a towel. A nude man strolling towards the pool with a towel thrown over his shoulder.
Attempts were made at composure, but by the time we managed to park the car, we were both howling with laughter due to nervousness and shock. We had to stay in the car for a short while to quash any other giggles, and began making our way to the clubhouse. We were given a short orientation in the rules of the organization and signed our names to be a part of the 2010 AANR World Skinny Dip Guinness Record Challenge. Gathering up chairs, coolers, and towels, we made our way to the pool. All this time, we had remained fully dressed, and were pretty much the only ones I saw that had on clothing. We found a space next to the pool, set up our sunning equipment, and with a look at one another recognizing the inevitable moment was upon us, began peeling off our clothes. I felt silly taking off the bathing suit, although perhaps that’s better to take off in front of people than underwear. Although we usually travel prepared, we forgot coozies, so Alex purchased some official Whispering Pines Nudist Resort coozies, as well as the official “It’s Hip to Skinny Dip” t-shirt for the 2010 skinny dip record attempt (ironic that t-shirts would be sold for an event that celebrates nudity?).
Everyone we encountered was very welcoming and kind, which helped in putting our nervousness at ease. While it became easier to sit in our chairs in the buff, it was a challenge to do most simple tasks. Walking to the bathroom or bending to get something out of a cooler reminded us of how very naked we were. The original skinny dip item on the list is to “Skinny Dip at Midnight” (#83) but by far its a much bigger challenge to skinny dip in broad daylight!
Alex and I were concerned the pool would get rather crowded for the actual world skinny dip (people could opt to jump in the nearby pond as well, which was not attractive to me), so we began making our way to the pool around 2:15pm. The countdown began and at 3:00pm, everyone threw up their arms and we were part of a simultaneous skinny dip around North America!
After the official attempt, we were given “Certificates of Appreciation,” but the clouds that had been threatening all day became more menacing and Alex and I began packing up our stuff and making our way to the showers. It was very liberating to take a shower in the open shower “house” (although it was just me and Alex), and, forgetting myself, I wrapped a towel around me to return to the car to get dressed. Just as we finished dressing, it began to rain, and we jumped in the car and drove away.
We haven’t heard a final count and don’t expect to for a few weeks yet. However, Whispering Pines had fewer participants this year, only 180, down from 260 last year. Searching results for other resorts it seems most others’ attendance were down as well, so I have to hope that there were more sites that participated this year and/or some resorts had excellent turnouts. Even if we don’t get in the Guinness World Record book, the purpose of the list first and foremost is to force myself out of my comfort zone, to have little adventures, to experience all that life has to offer. Well, I’ve lived to tell the tale that visiting a nudist resort is one way to achieve that!
(By the way, my mother knows I went, so again, I stand by the motto that if I can tell my mother about it, its ok.)