Nude swimmers take the plunge

01:21, Sep 01 2012
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Nice day for a dip.
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The naked participants get ready to hit the water in Oriental Bay.
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The winner of the nude swim collected $1000.
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But not for too long - that water is chilly.
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And they're off!
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Making a dash for dry land.

Seventeen brave - and naked - souls took to the water in Oriental Bay this morning to welcome in the first day of spring.

And one of them walked away with $1000 for his troubles.

The stunt was part of a radio station promotion, with one randomly-selected winner pocketing a grand.

Nineteen-year-old winner Luke McElwee said the prize was worth the discomfort.

''It was pretty cold. I went a bit numb in there, but it was good. It was fun doing it once you were there.''

Not everyone had quite so much fun though.

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Dave Jarvis, 31, did not win the cash. Instead he left bloodied and bandaged after face-planting his water entry.

''I was pretty excited to have a swim with no clothes on. I dived in. I was a bit anxious to get myself in the water, since I was naked.

''I pretty much just hit the bottom. There were some shells and I cut myself up.''

Mr Jarvis received cuts to his nose, chin, chest, arms, knees and feet, he said.

Despite the mishap, he said "'it was a great morning.''

The event was organised by radio station ZM to celebrate the beginning of spring.

The Dominion Post