Posted: Oct 8, 2009
No, there won't be a torch-lighting -- someone's short hairs might get singed -- but all the Olympic sports you love are coming to Baker Beach sans those pesky jerseys, leotards, or other articles of apparel.
George Davis -- former nudist mayoral candidate and "naked yoga guy" -- has organized the second annual Nude Beach Olympics, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10 at noon. It's free and anyone who wants to drop by to ogle, or, perchance, outsprint the field and take home top honors, is welcome to attend.
At last year's inaugural Nude Olympics, Davis estimates the historic event drew around 15 competitors and not many more spectators -- answering, once and for all, the age-old koan, "If you hold a Nude Olympics and no one comes, will there be another?" Oh yes. In fact, Davis is optimistic he can get twice as many participants this time 'round -- "easy." In time, he believes his event can grow to eclipse both Bay to Breakers and Burning Man in popularity (an ambitious claim, as even the real Olympics may not rival Burning Man these days).
Events include the 100-, 500-, and 1,000-meter dashes (though, on foot and in the sand, "dash" may be the incorrect word. Would "jangle" work?); ancient Greek wrestling ("No slugging, kicking, biting, or gouging"); sumo wrestling (same set of forbidden moves); discus (actually, a frisbee is involved); broad jump (nude broad-jumping ... make your own pun); volleyball; and touch football. The last sport is contingent upon 10 participants showing up and someone remembering to bring a ball, Davis says. While, yes, all the participants in the original Olympic games were nude, there's no urns or sculptures that captured the touch football exhibitions put on by the nude Kennedy family of the era.
In the future, Davis adds, he hopes to add chariot racing. Oddly enough, while the chariot-riders will be nude, the horses will be fully clothed.
Winners receive "honor and glory" -- and wreaths Davis said he'll make himself out of olive trees near his apartment.
Posted: Oct 12, 2009
|San Francisco Nude Olympics + San Francisco Weather = No Olympics|
George Davis -- a former mayoral candidate known around the city as naked yoga guy --had pretty high ambitions for the second-annual Naked Olympics. Scheduled for Saturday, the competition was supposed to include barefoot races, ancient Greek and sumo wrestling, discus, broad jump, volleyball, touch football, and a kickboxing exhibition.
But the overcast, 50-degree Saturday didn't much appeal to the nudist crowd. When the games were supposed to begin, only eight stripped-down, goosebumpy guys had arrived. Among them was Rocky Angel, a beefcake who painted his face to look like a Mexican wrestler mask. But there was nobody to challenge him.
So instead of moving forward with a half-assed event, the host called it off.
"I'm still thinking of doing it next year," said Davis, who believes strongly that the Naked Olympics will eventually take off and explained this to SF Weekly last week. "What we are doing makes more sense and could easily become more influential than Bay-to-Breakers or Burning Man," he claimed.
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