Nudists Seek Out The Young And The Naked

Nudism is back — sort of. Douglas Belkin reports for the Wall Street Journal:

OXAHATCHEE GROVES, Fla.—On a recent Friday morning, Jessi Bartoletti arrived at the Sunsport Gardens Nudist Resort here in a T-shirt and shorts.

By evening, the 19-year-old had stripped down to a string of purple Mardi Gras beads and was dancing around a bonfire with about 200 young nudists, many of them first-timers.

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“I don’t think I’ve ever felt this free,” Ms. Bartoletti yelled over pounding drums.

That’s good news to the nudist resort industry, which is desperate for young nudists like Ms. Bartoletti to augment its clientele of graying baby boomers.

Membership in the two big nudist umbrella groups has been flat or declining for years, prompting a youth-recruitment effort that includes reverse-strip-poker nights, volleyball tournaments, naked 5K road races and music festivals like Nudepalooza and Nudestock.

One new group, Young Nudists and Naturists of America, this month is having a naked dinner party in a loft in New York’s financial district to recruit members.

“The whole lifestyle will just disappear unless we attract a younger crowd,” said Nicky Hoffman, head of the Naturist Society, one of the two big organizations of U.S. nudists. “The problem is, most of these resorts aren’t geared to young people. They’ve become like retirement homes; they’ve sort of calcified.”

John Whitehead, 22, visited the Sunsport Gardens resort for the first time last year. He enjoyed being naked until he spotted a man his father’s age he knew from work, then spent the day avoiding him…

[continues in the Wall Street Journal]

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18 Responses to Nudists Seek Out The Young And The Naked

  1. Chaorder Gradient May 6, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    Funny thing: there’d me more nudists of all ages if there were more nudists of younger ages

  2. Chaorder Gradient May 6, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    Funny thing: there’d me more nudists of all ages if there were more nudists of younger ages

  3. justagirl May 6, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    hey mutterz… there’s a penis in this pic. xo

  4. justagirl May 6, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    damn i’m good.

  5. justagirl May 6, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    hey mutterz… there’s a penis in this pic. xo

  6. justagirl May 6, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    damn i’m good.

  7. mutterhals May 6, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    While I am a fan of outdoor nudity, I am terrified of people who proclaim themselves nudists.

  8. mutterhals May 6, 2011 at 5:21 pm #

    While I am a fan of outdoor nudity, I am terrified of people who proclaim themselves nudists.

  9. jinsk May 6, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

    That joke about people that always want to take off the clothes are never the ones tha you want to see whithout them comes to mind of anyone?

  10. jinsk May 6, 2011 at 8:46 pm #

    That joke about people that always want to take off the clothes are never the ones tha you want to see whithout them comes to mind of anyone?

  11. GoodDoktorBad May 6, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

    I love being naked as much as possible because its comfortable. I don’t want to hang around with my dick hanging out just cause “everybody is doin it” any more than I want to hang out on monkey island and fling poo at my buddies.

  12. Anonymous May 6, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

    I love being naked as much as possible because its comfortable. I don’t want to hang around with my dick hanging out just cause “everybody is doin it” any more than I want to hang out on monkey island and fling poo at my buddies.

  13. Simiantongue May 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm #

    Were all nude. People with clothes are just in denial.

  14. Simiantongue May 6, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

    Were all nude. People with clothes are just in denial.

  15. Nyxynox May 6, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

    Hello… Have these resort owners ever heard of Burning Man? Who doesn’t get naked at Burning Man?

  16. Nyxynox May 6, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    Hello… Have these resort owners ever heard of Burning Man? Who doesn’t get naked at Burning Man?

  17. Mr. Coffee May 7, 2011 at 7:35 pm #

    Oh.

  18. Mr. Coffee May 7, 2011 at 11:35 pm #

    Oh.

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