beachgoers break skinny-dipping
in Haulover Beach
and wet, more than
800 nudists paraded into the waters of
Haulover Beach Sunday afternoon in an attempt to break the Guinness
World Record for most skinny-dippers at a single venue.
skin-baring event drew 805 people, breaking the previous record of 729
people set this past July on El Playazo Beach in Vera Playa, Almeria,
world record, still pending approval from Guinness, took several
hours, two counters and an independent supervisor.
Mason, president of the South Florida Free Beaches Association, which
sponsored the event, said preparation was strenuous. In addition to a
list of signatures, Guinness required everyone to enter the water at
the same location, creating a “gateway,” according
to Mason. Two
11-foot steel rods and a “Guinness Gateway” sign
like herding cats,” Mason said.
the Haulover Beach nudists, the third time was a charm. Mason said a
previous attempt in 2009, which attracted 879 people, did not meet all
of the requirements. And an attempt earlier this July, during National
Nude Recreation Week, was cancelled because of stormy weather.
wanted to delay it until the end of hurricane
season,” Mason said of Sunday’s third attempt.
were given a wristband and counted before heading into the water,
according to Perry Silver, the event’s supervisor and a
director at the
free beaches association. He plans to submit the official paperwork,
among which includes “video footage and high-quality color
photographs,” to Guinness this week.
said this world
record, if it holds, is a milestone for Haulover Beach, which became
clothing optional almost 23 years ago.
never get the recognition,” he said.