Skinny Dippers Strip Down for World Record Attempt

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Hundreds of people took part in a year-end skinny dip on December 31, 2009 in southern France.

More than 400 people bared it all for the record books.

Sunday morning off the coast of Wales, it was a sea of skin as hundreds ran into the chilly waters. The 400 people gathered on a secluded beach on the country’s southwest coast to vie for the world record.

Setting aside their clothes – and their embarrassment – attendees from all over the world gathered to take part in the 7 a.m. skinny dip. The early meeting time at the hidden Rhossili beach was chosen to make the clothes-free swimmers feel more comfortable as organizers hoped to keep away gawkers.

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The massive skinny dip was more than meets the eye, though. The swimmers, laughing and splashing in the frigid water, were helping to raise money for the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity. To break the record, bathers had to wade into the water up to their waists and endure for 10 minutes.

The event has yet to be verified by Guinness, but organizers believe they’ve broken the previous world record of 250 skinny-dippers. That’s one record that’s sure to bare some attention.

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