Published on January 1st, 2013 | by Christopher Moriarty0
Naked Ambition – The No Pants Subway Ride and the best naked events of 2013
If your New Year’s Resolution is to strip naked more often in 2013, then you’ll be pleased to know that there are plenty of opportunities for you to do so without feeling like the odd one out. Combine the freedom of nakedness with the thrill of racing, riding, or simply travelling to work with our pick of some of the best places to bare all this year:
Caught with your pants down – The No Pants Subway Ride, New York and elsewhere, January 13
The first thing to remember is that this is ‘pants’ in the American sense, so don’t go whipping off your undercrackers before you get the Tube to work on January 13, it will probably end in prison. Keeping your underwear firmly on though, you can join the other wacky travellers spicing up the commute, following in the bare footsteps of New York ‘prank collective’ Improv Everywhere, which started the tradition 12 years ago before going on to encourage others to join them on the same day each year in cities across the globe.
A whole new ball game – Nude Beach Olympics, Maslin Beach, Australia, January 20
Forget London 2012, let the real games begin. Resurrected after a five year hiatus, this once-annual sports day on a nudist beach on Australia’s sunny south coast will see competitors going au naturel before competing in events such as the naked marathon, the best bum treasure hunt, water balloon throwing and the rather frightening sounding Tug O’ War Sack Race.
Sexy and you snow it – The Naked Ski Pig Festival, Nanshan Ski Resort, Chinam March
Thousands of sledging fans around the world are already reeling at the news that the naked sledging competition held annually in the German town of Braunlage will not officially go ahead in 2013, after fears the crowd numbers were beginning to get out of control. But fear not, there are other places to get your fix of semi-naked people in the snow. You may have to travel a little farther afield for this one, but the delightfully named Naked Ski Pig Festival is full of all sorts of bizarrely decorated half-naked people speeding down the pistes. The season-ending party will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2013.
Tunnel of love – The Great Annual Nude Tunnel Run, Milford Sound, New Zealand, April
Want to experience the freedom of stripping off but too shy about other people seeing you in your birthday suit? Well, you could always do it in a dark tunnel. Not in a creepy, stalker kind of way, but in an organised, everybody’s-doing-it-so-it’s-fine kind of way. Every year, around 100 brave souls strip off and run through The Homer Tunnel, the drain-like 1.2km granite tunnel through the mountains that leads to the beautiful Milford Sound. The sight that awaits is certainly worth it, even if the sight of your fellow runners is less appealing.
Blazing saddles – The Brighton Naked Bike Ride, Brighton, June
Set up originally as a protest against the oil industry and the domination of cars on the roads, it’s a great excuse to whip off your clothes and go for a ride by the sea. Hundreds are expected to join the eighth annual naked pedal through the park this June, and agreement with the local police means full on nudity is allowed. Just make sure you’ve got a comfortable saddle.