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W.Va. resort will join attempt to break world skinny-dipping record

By Charles Young

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - This weekend West Virginia's only "clothing optional" resort will join in the effort to break an unusual world record.

Avalon Resort in Paw Paw, Morgan County, will participate in a nationwide attempt to break the world skinny-dipping record on Saturday.

The challenge is jointly organized and sponsored by the American Association of Nude Recreationists and the Naturist Society, the country's two largest official nudist societies.

During the event, titled "Wear Zip, Let's Skinny Dip," participants will shed their swimsuits and squeeze into Avalon's Olympic-sized outdoor pool.

More than 80 other nude and clothing optional resorts around the country hill host similar events and the numbers will be combined.

Avalon contributed to setting the standing record of 14,110 when 242 nude guests crammed into the pool in 2010.

Nicky Hoffman, a spokesperson for the Oshkosh, Wis.-based Naturist Society, said the record attempt is part of Nude Recreation Week, a 30-year-old nationwide celebration of nudist culture. 

"It celebrates the nude body, the nude form," she said. "Across the country at nude beaches and resorts we host celebrations that recognize nudity and the body."

Hoffman said events at nude beaches were open to anyone willing to strip down, but events at resorts are only open to members of the officially recognized clubs.

Although most of the participants are experienced nudists, Hoffman said the events are welcoming to curious newcomers.  

"We do get some first timers and most of them come back and become card-carrying members," she said.  

Hoffman couldn't say exactly where the members keep their cards.

For more information on Avalon Resort, visit or call 304-947-5600

Contact writer Charles Young at or 304-348-1796.

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