Thursday, August 11, 2005

This One Really is About Wreck Beach

Nudists rule the roost
Robyn Dickens - 24hrs
August 10, 2005

During the hottest stretch of the year, many head to the beach to cool down.

But for Wreck Beach goers, it's about more than cooling off. It's about shedding your clothes - and your inhibitions.

Wreck Beach is widely known as one of the best nude beaches in the world, and the people there weren't shy about telling 24 hours why.

"It's the forested cliffs by the sea where you have the sense of illusion of being in the wilderness, even 15 minutes from the downtown metropolis," said Judy Williams, smothered in sunscreen and bathing in her glory. "That's the mystique of it."

And she would know; she's visited nude beaches across the globe, but always comes back here.

"Maybe our sand isn't as white as some places, but nothing can beat us for scenery. And nothing beats us for the sense of family we have here," Williams said.

And inside the "anti-textile casino," a square of beach sectioned off by logs where dice games and nudity prevail, people were more than happy to talk about their nude experiences here.

"It's much freer here on this beach than any other place in the city," explained Kelly, who preferred to be called by his first name since most people who frequent the beach are on a first-name basis.

"I think, for me, the draw is the ease and exposure of myself and the acceptance of myself," said Dora from across the sand.

"It's like a temporal place. When you come down here, you don't bring anything with you, so it's a freedom," she added.

But while you're welcome to remain clothed on Wreck Beach, there are certain things you should be mindful of when sharing the sand with nude bathers.

"One of the main things is don't be taking pictures. People don't come here to be on someone's website," said Steve, a regular Wrecker.

"And if you're obviously just sitting there gawking, you're not welcome. You're kind of shoo-ed away," added Kelly.

So, if you're thinking about heading down Trail Six to experience the draw of Wreck Beach, leave your cameras at home and make sure you're wearing sunscreen - everywhere.


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