Winter solstice 2021 Australia: swimmers

‘You run in screaming’: nude swimmers brave cold to mark winter solstice at Dark Mofo


Some 1,500 skinny dippers took plunge in Hobart’s River Derwent in act of purification to signal end of arts festival

After a year off because of coronavirus, Hobart’s Dark Mofo nude winter solstice swim has returned to a nippy River Derwent.

Some 1,500 people braved the 3C air temperature to strip off at 7.42am on Tuesday and mark the shortest day of the year. The water was a comparatively warm 12C.

“This is the first time we’ve done it,” said Brady, 31, who hails from Brisbane.

“It was great to see how many people there were. When you get in, you just run in screaming. You can’t really feel it until it’s too late.

“The skin starts to sting. (And) it does shrink.”

About 2,000 people took the plunge in 2019 but the 2021 version was capped at a lower level because of Covid-19 protocols.

Tickets for the free swim, which signals the end of arts and food festival Dark Mofo and is considered an act of purification, were snapped up in a matter of minutes.

The dip began in 2013 with about 230 participants but has grown considerably in popularity since.

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Source: The Guardian

Original publication 22 June, 2021

Posted on NatCorn 4 weeks ago

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