Hundreds slim dip in Hobart to mark Australia’s winter season solstice

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    Mass nude swim in Hobart to celebrate solstice

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    The mass slim dip commemorates completion of the southern hemisphere’s winter season solstice (Picture: EPA)

    Hundreds of naked swimmers were imagined swarming Tasmania’s River Derwent on Tuesday early morning to mark completion of Australia’s winter season solstice.

    The tilt of the earth’s axis indicated Monday was the longest day of the year in the UK however the fastest day of the year down under.

    Many Tasmanians flock to the Dark Mofo music and arts celebration which commemorates the darkness of the southern hemisphere’s midwinter.

    Some 1,500 individuals removed off in air temperature levels of around 3C and waded into the water as the sun increased following completion of the longest night.

    The water temperature level was around 13C – which is obviously cold for Australians.

    Brady, 31, from Brisbane, informed The Guardian: ‘When you get in, you just run in screaming. You can’t truly feel it till it’s far too late.

    ‘The skin starts to sting. (And) it does shrink.’

    Speaking to ABC News, Portia Predny, from Sydney included: ‘I was quite eager from the start, as quickly as I understood it was a thing.

    epa09292367 A picture taken with a drone shows people participating in the 2021 Dark Mofo Nude Solstice Swim at Sandy Bay beach in Hobart, Australia, 22 June 2021. EPA/ROB BLAKERS AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

    Nude swimmers swarmed the River Derwent at Sandy Bay beach in Hobart, Tasmania (Picture: EPA)

    epa09292377 A picture taken with a drone shows people participating in the 2021 Dark Mofo Nude Solstice Swim at Sandy Bay beach in Hobart, Australia, 22 June 2021. EPA/ROB BLAKERS AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

    They braved ‘cold’ temperature levels of 13C to mark completion of the longest night of the year (Picture: EPA)

    epa09292372 A picture taken with a drone shows people participating in the 2021 Dark Mofo Nude Solstice Swim at Sandy Bay beach in Hobart, Australia, 22 June 2021. EPA/ROB BLAKERS AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

    The occasion marked completion of the Dark Mofo celebration which brings in revellers from all over Australia (Picture: EPA)

    ‘It was fabulous … You don’t even observe the cold a lot, you simply observe that it’s bracing and exciting and adrenaline-inducing, and you simply require to move as quick as possible.’

    Another reveller from the mainland explained the experience as a ‘baptism of freezing fire’.

    The mass slim dip was developed for the very first edition of the celebration in 2013 and has actually quickly grown in appeal because.

    About 2,000 individuals participated in the mass slim dip in 2019, however the celebration was cancelled in 2015 due to the Covid pandemic.

    The 2021 edition was topped to lower numbers to assist preserve social distancing.

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