Hundreds of people flock to South Africa's first official nudist beach

South Africa's first official nude beach has finally opened up to the general public. After being surrounded by controversies for over 2 years, the local councilors took the decision of converting this place to a nudist beach. In November last year, KwaZulu-Natal's secluded Mpenjati beach was officially given the green light as the country's first beach exclusive to nudists.
However, the opening of this beach got postponed on several occasions due to objection from other local associations. Earlier, on April 5 this year the beach was opened for a trial run. Things did not go as planned and police had to be called to ward off miscreants and law-breakers. Now that things are in place and the beach is attracting quite a lot of people, the organizers hope that it becomes a connecting ground for nudists from across the globe.

Interacting with the Press, Chairman of the South African Naturist Association Serge Pavlovic couldn't hide his excitement and said, “We are here legally; there is a lot of emotion about this – people don't understand that nudists want to be the one with nature, there is nothing sexual about this.”

He also expressed his disappointment at the dismal run during the Easter weekend, when concerned citizens group, worried about the impact of this on the local culture, decided to contact the cops and called for the arrest of nudists. Despite the fact that this beach has been officially declared as an official beach, a lot of locals continue to be against the idea.

However, the Hibiscus Coast Municipality came to the rescue of nudists and ensured they had a good time there, without any further interference of the locals. In order to ensure naturists have a good time and don't face any other issues in the future, the by-laws for the recognition of the same have been passed.

Another thing that's worth noting is that this is the only clothing-optional beach in the world that has a code of conduct, which is another reason why the South African Nudist Association is very proud of the achievement. Chairman Pavlovic is all set to start an extensive promotional campaign for the website which would ensure more and more people visit this place from all corners of the world.
While there are several nudist beached in the United States of America, Australia and Canada, none of them have a specific code of conduct that prohibits anti-social element to crop into the space. The officials that worked hard to give Mpenjati beach the status of nudist beach have ensured people don't have to face any awkward situation that could compromise their privacy.


No regrets over baring it all, says Nudist

The nudist behind last year's controversy at Penang Mr. Albert Yam Kam Hoong says he has nothing to regret about the incident that happened last year. However, he does regret uploading videos on a popular video sharing website that drew vast criticism from Malaysian politicians and Internet users from across the globe.

He regrets surrendering to the Malaysian police and says all the facts were not made clear to him prior to surrendering. Nonetheless, there is one thing that he isn't apologetic about – being a nudist. According to Albert, he did not offence by baring it all. Nudism is just a form of living and a lifestyle that he prefers to follow. And, every individual on the planet should be given the freedom of following his beliefs.

The 47 year old Albert confesses he shouldn't have practiced this form of lifestyle in Malaysia. “In Thailand of Indonesia, we would have no problems at all”, he said. Albert Yam Kam Hoong along with seven others was jailed over the participation in the “Nude Sports Games 2014” that were conducted in May last year. Every person that was arrested received month-long sentences for public nudity, while Albert was made to serve 6 more months for possession and distribution of pornographic material.

The video that Mr. Yam posted on a popular video sharing platform shows other nudists painting each others‘bodies, dancing and rolling over each other. According to insiders, since his return to Singapore from the prison on January 2, 2015 he has not only been depressed but has also lost a considerable amount of weight in the previous months. Albert said the condition that he had to face in the prison were too harsh and made his life a living hell.

He also said that people misguided him and made him surrender to the Malaysian police. He was told that the nature of the crime wasn't serious and he would get an advantage provided he surrendered. “I didn't expect so much jail time. I suffered a lot in there”, he said. Albert is said to have uploaded a lot of other videos earlier but this is the first time that he got into trouble because of it.

Albert said his intention behind posting of such images wasn't wrong. All he wanted to do was to promote such nudist events and that the videos were for the members'private viewing. The event was eventually cancelled because of this issue and he did not expect the images to be shared by a global audience and become viral. He also agreed on the fact that Malaysians and Singaporeans have conservative views on nudism and cannot accept it. For now, he has started to avoid participating in nudist events so that his family members don’t have to face the wrath.

For nudists in the country which has conservative views on nudity, my advice is try interact with other nudists online, there are many nudist forum, nudist dating site or nudist social sites for nudist like you and  me.

Anyway, they just did the right thing at a wrong place, nothing wrong with nudism and being a nudist!


Let's Go Skinny-dipping!

Nude swimming, also known as skinny dipping is a practice of swimming naked. While people initially preferred naked swimming in natural water bodies, interested individuals have started pursuing this internet in swimming pools and hot tubs. Today, besides online nudist dating site, a lot of nudists prefer hanging out at nude beaches, or at nudist resorts that include segregated swimming areas and private swimming pools.

As a matter of fact, most countries do not have specific rules pertaining to nude swimming and this continues to be regulated either by social conventions or practice of certain groups of people. On the other hand, it is worth stating that some countries across the globe including a majority of Asian nations enforce strict prohibitions on public nudity on grounds of religion and culture.

History behind the rise of nude swimming

Nude swimming isn't a new concept. It dates back to the English town of Bath in 1668. Thomas Guidott, a writer who later became a physical scientist showed interest in the curative properties possessed by waters. His research brought into light the healthy giving properties of hot mineral waters. This was said to be a ground breaking revelation that was deemed to change the way people used water as a resource.
Nude bathing in spring waters became a norm until the 1670s where restrictions were imposed on female bathing. As time passed by several rules were made that answered questions like:

Was it right for both men and women to bath together?

Was it right that clothes be worn white taking a treatment at a spring?

In the 1730s, these natural springs took up the shape of massive resorts. Here, men and boys could swim naked while women were advised to wear loose clothes.

The Victorian period witnessed significant changes in the idea of nude swimming. This era also saw the rise of fashionable bathing suits for both men and women. People bathed naked for pleasure and little did they know that salt waters offered several health benefits too.

The YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association) was set up with a mission to provide healthy sports to men. Men as well as teenagers were encouraged to swim without trunks. However, when the association began to admit females, wearing of bathing suits became mandatory.
Birth of the Naturist Movement

Since the early 20th Century, the naturist movement gained pace in several western nations that emphasized on nudist living without associating it with any sexual flavors. They promoted non-sexual nakedness wherein people could swim, play or go trekking while being absolutely naked. As a direct consequence of this, nude beaches were set up for those who choose to remain clothing-free under the sun.