ALMOST 600 people got naked in a bid to break the skinny dipping world record.
Men and women of all ages gathered at two separate beaches in New Zealand in a bid to smash the previous best of 413.
But despite their enthusiasm and bravery baring all, both fell short of setting a new record.
In Papamoa Beach 299 nudist swimmers turned up at the weekend and at Christchurch’s Sumner Beach another 226 showed all.
But despite the combined total they counted as separate events.
One unnamed skinny dipper, from England, said: “There were a couple of things that made us half think of not doing it, but we did it in the end anyway.”
For the record to count, Guinness World Records required all swimmers to be in the water at the same time for a group photo.
The skinny dips follow a recent court decision that upheld the right to be naked in public for innocent reasons.
Jogger Andre Pointon – who was among those who took part in the attempt – saw his conviction for offensive behaviour overturned last week after he was seen running naked along a forest track.
He hoped the decision will change attitudes in New Zealand.
Andre said: “Hopefully this sets a precedent for people that use their discretion in the naturist world, to go out into the country and be naked.”
The current world record is held by Llangennith in Wales, where 413 skinny dippers took the plunge at the same time.