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Sydney Fringe Festival Nude Night Surfing
Bondi Beach
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


...for the past several years. That’s right, nude surfing. It could be the most outrageous expression of freedom and exhibitionism ever created.

Every January, Nude Night Surfing contestants flap, bounce, and jiggle their bare essentials in the wind—until they reach the chilly Pacific surf, where things shrivel, shrink, and get all goose-bumpy. But competition is stiff, so to speak, first prize is two nights at a nudist resort.

Thousands of revved-up spectators join a small army of tabloid photographers in extensive yelling and cheering when dozens of brave buck-naked souls attempt to catch the perfect tube. If you plan to participate, you better be looking your best; footage of last year's contest was broadcast in thirty-eight countries. Male contestants outnumber the ladies about four-to-one, but everyone is invited to show their goods (and surfing skills).

The difficult task of judging is done by a panel of surfing and entertainment celebrities.

The contest rules demand all participants be "ordinary humans . . . no professional nudists." The action takes place at Sydney's notorious Bondi Beach, a laid-back resort community that is home to local and international "surfies" who flock here year-round for the famous waves.

"What about the surfing?" you ask. Well, let's just say the emphasis is not just on hanging ten, nor on board maneuvering skill. Judging for this "expression session" is based on surfing skill and the ability to entertain. You may be wondering how the experts prepare for competitive nude surfing. "Have no shame, have a good tan and no unsightly blemishes on your behind," notes Farrell.

Spectators at Bondi are a mix of "slinky foxy babes with pierced belly buttons, bemused Japanese tourists, rock stars, foul-mouthed Cockney tabloid photographers looking for a front-page boob-shot, poseurs, lost families, and feral young grommets," according to Farrell. "And the nude surfing spectator is pretty savvy these days," he adds. "They can smell fear in a competitor, sensing if the rider fails to glide close to shore standing proud and erect without a hint of embarrassment." So shed those clothes and prepare to shred!

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The Nude Night Surfing Contest is part of the beloved Sydney Fringe Festival, which takes place every January. This hip alternative to the more stuffy Sydney Festival offers everything from dance and music to theater and an independent film festival. And no, none of the other Festival events are held in the nude. After the contest, there's usually a "fully clothed" after-party at the nearby Festival Club, featuring the Nude Night Surf Award Presentation and special guest bands.

CNN 27th Jan 1998

Surf's up, suits off: Nude surfing events in Australia


January 27, 1998
Web posted at: 1:42 p.m. EST (1842 GMT)
NEW SOUTH WALES, Australia (CNN) -- They are so steamed up about the lack of a nude bathing beach at Byron Bay that they're taking it all off to protest-- and then, bottom's up, literally.

Dozens of people gathered on the sizzling El Nino-warmed sands of Belongil Beach on Monday for the annual nude-surfing event. Crowds of supporters stood around as the competitors made their point and rode the waves. Police were there too but seemed to turn a blind eye to the event, despite the fact that the swimmers got a lot of exposure.

Organizers say only a tiny percentage of residents of the former hippie enclave on the northeast coast of New South Wales oppose establishing a beach head for so called "nudies." Even critics who attended the nude-surfing contest said the idea of a local nude beach is fine as long as the main beach can remain a bastion for bathing suits.

Most states in Australia have nude beaches and across the country nude surfing is quite popular and growing more so despite the obvious hazards. There's even a nude-surfing champion.

At Sydney's famous Bondi Beach, two-time winner Rod Cox was stripped of his title, thanks to a cold current and some stiff competition on Tuesday. Todd Haywood claimed the top spot before a crowd of some 3,000 onlookers. The judges were apparently quite impressed with Heywood's ability to ride the surf sitting like a Buddha.

Yahoo Groups Legendary Surfers

Hey, Greg... Nude surfing is certainly as old as the sport itself.
The subject would make a good article, but which of the surf mags
would print it?! More likely a skin mag, but then again, who knows
what THEY would do with the story...

Malcolm

In legendarysurfers@y..., Greg Tingle <greg_tingle@y...> wrote:

G'day
Whats the history on nude surfing? It was big in Australia. I have this shot of a babe doing the wild thing down a wave!
http://www.AustralianSportsEntertainment.com/surfingnude.html ps: not that wild : )
Greg Maroubra Beach, Sydney, Australia

 

Nude Surfing and Performers Rights: 97.4

Nude surfing and performers rights
Tara Gutman, Legal Officer, Art + Law 97.4

Performers’ rights are the very limited rights given to all amateur or professional performers who perform a musical, literary, dramatic work, dance, circus or variety act. They do not offer performers the same protection as copyright. They are neighbouring rights, found in the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth), which were introduced to address the problems of bootlegging - the sale of unauthorised recordings of the performances. A performer’s consent is required to record or broadcast a live performance or deal commercially with an authorised recording or use an unauthorised recording on a soundtrack. A performer’s consent must be sought for any of these uses within 20 years of the performance.

Usually film makers seek the permission of all participants in film to ensure that their use of the work is not in breach of a performer’s rights (a sample Performer’s Release is available from the Centre). The Centre was contacted by the Sydney Fringe Festival who run an annual Nude Night Surfing event at Bondi Beach. The event was recorded by a film maker who incorporated the footage into a newly released Australian film without permission.

Although the film maker did not seek the permission from the Nude Night surfing participants there is no breach because performers’ rights do not cover sporting events. This inconsistency in the Copyright Act arises from the fact that protection is only given for performances of work protected by copyright (eg music, literature, drama etc).

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