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An American Tradition

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With The AANR World Record Skinny-Dip less than two weeks away, media interest is heating up. So far, the American Association for Nude Recreation PR team and affiliated club spokespersons across North America have been interviewed for online news features, print media articles and radio and television interviews. Upcoming features based on recent interviews will appear in major print newspapers before the event on July 11.

 

With all the positive publicity building, there have been a couple of articles written by people who aren’t aware of the history behind skinny-dipping. One San Francisco blogger writes that he is not aware of any art work that depicts skinny-dipping and questions why the Skinny-Dip has no designated location in San Francisco.

 

Since the Skinny-Dip is being coordinated by AANR, the event will take place at participating AANR clubs (there are over 260) in North America and legally sanctioned nude locations such as Haulover Beach in Miami, Florida. And even though there are no AANR clubs located in San Francisco, there are nine California locations that are participating, so we welcome this blogger and anyone else who would like to take part to find a sponsoring AANR club near them.

 

Secondly, skinny-dipping is a wholesome activity that harks back to the ol’ swimming hole that is a part of early Americana popularized by Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Norman Rockwell’s painting No Swimming graced the cover of the Saturday Evening Post in 1921. And who can forget the little girl in the original Coppertone ad whose dog pulled her bathing suit below her bare bottom? Until the early twenty-first century when the ad was changed, no one gave it a second thought it was so ingrained in popular culture. Historical figures such as President John Quincy Adams regularly went skinny-dipping in the Potomac.

 

So on July 11, make sure you are part of what is sure to be another historical marker in skinny-dipping lore, The AANR World Record Skinny-Dip, a Guinness World Records™ event. The American Association for Nude Recreation serves thousands of members who prefer their outdoor activities be clothes-free. It is simply more comfortable and fun that way no matter what the weather forecast might be.

 

Click here to find a location near you.

 

 

 

 

 

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