Hundreds of competitors prepare to bare all for glory at annual Maslin Beach Nude Games
While hundreds of people strip off at Australia’s oldest nudist beach this weekend for the annual Maslin Beach Nude Games, a nude aficionado has said Australia’s naked history comes from much more than fleshy frivolity.
- The nude games will be held at Maslin Beach in South Australia
- Hundreds of nudists will compete in a range of events, including the best bum competition
- A nudist historian says nudism in Australia was influenced by German settlers
Instead, keen nudist historian and editor of Australia’s nudist magazine “TAN” Stuart Whelan said Australia’s fondness for nude beaches stemmed from war and German settlement.
Australian troops once used nudism to mollify “putrid, humid” conditions in the Pacific, he said.
“During the World War [II] the soldiers often bathed and swam naked,” Mr Whelan said.
“A new generation came back with this experience which they wanted to try and emulate here.”
Mr Whelan said the affinity with nude swimming was “reinforced by European migration”, especially German settlers who saw nudism as more normal.
“They brought those ideas and wanted to experience them in their new country and that was the start of the [nudism] movement in Australia.”
The large migration of Germans to South Australia likely influenced the creation of some of the country’s oldest nudist clubs.
“I’m sure that was one of the things that made the establishment of the earlier clubs a lot easier,” Mr Whelan said.
“It was something wanted by the German community.” Continued…Read full original article…
Original publication 11 January 2019
Posted on NatCorn 15th January 2019