This blogpost contains some of the best photos that qualify for both ‘active’ and ‘naturist’. It was prepared for the 4th of July, but instead of finishing it on time, I went to the beach 🙂 Well, I guess most of the readers in US did the same anyway, so one day delay is OK. Moreover, now I have this photo with historic American flags to add. Thanks to the nice couple who brought these flags and my friend Andre, I got a little lesson on American history right on the beach (I wish all history classes were like that, I would probably have learnt way more). Although I’m not a US citizen or a big fan of any sorts of patriotic celebrations in general, it seemed appropriate for the Independence Day to take a photo with the 13 star “Betsy Ross” variant of the first (or second?) flag of the USA, as well as the Gadsden Flag. Actually, I liked that according to Wikipedia contemporary significance of Gadsden Flag includes its use as “a symbol of disagreement with government, or a symbol of support for civil liberties”; given unfortunate recent developments with closure of some nudist beaches around New York and anti-nudity law in San Francisco, for example, this rebellious interpretation seems more appropriate for a nudist beach. Well, I don’t want to get carried away with this topic for now, I promised some of the best active naturist photos 🙂
So, the visitors of Sandy Hook’s Gunnison Beach may have encountered quite astonishing situations with some crazy people ‘flying’ around, sometimes upside down.
One of them is certainly to be my gymnast friend David, who just cannot sit still for too long. His moves are impressive from the beginning
to the end,
but of course it’s what happens in between that draws attention!
David can do most major exercises of floor gymnastics and tumbling and is eager to demonstrate his prowess,
for which I have to thank him, as it inspired me to take gymnastics classes too.
I’m still struggling with front handspring though.
However, I could show a one-arm cartwheel…
or a three-leg-one-arm cartwheel 😀
A handstand isn’t a problem either 🙂
I wasn’t the only one inspired; when we were tumbling last year during Tacoboy’s Beach Fest, we were joined by Amanda, and she learned how to do a handstand!
Another fun activity that we’ve engaged with at Sandy Hook was capoeira.
We are yet to get big enough group to arrange a proper roda (capoeira game), but it’s fun even with just two (this time with Fardo), only more tiring as there is nobody you could rotate with and rest in between.
At least we had the advantage of not being constrained by clothes and doing it in the fresh sea air 🙂
Playing on the wet sand felt nice (pretty close to the matted floor that we usually have in classes), but it sort of added a ‘secret weapon’ to some of the kicks, when the sand would get off the foot during the kick and fly into your opponent. Oh well, but capoeira game is all about surprise moves and being unpredictable.
Here’s a video that sums up all this fun, hopefully more and more people will get inspired!
PS I’ve just realized, my Independence Day blogpost last year was also about Sandy Hook (check it for directions and general description), it’s probably going to be a tradition!
13 thoughts on “Gymnastics and capoeira at Sandy Hook beach”
At one with nature, you lucky chaps. Thank you again for such inspiring photos and words.
So liberating, healthy and free – wonderful post indeed!
Thanks for yet again another great blog post and photos.
Love the photos! Glad to see Sandy Hook is open again!
You inspire me 🙂
I’m going to Sandy Hook one day soon. I miss Lighthouse beach. But I guess Sandy Hook will be just as nice.
btw I’m going on Sunday again, and then on the way back, I’ll just switch ferries and go to Governors Island gig of Dirty South (the DJ that provided soundtrack to our video ;-)) who else is going to be there?
You guys are having too much fun! Wish I could have joined you. One thing I learned on my very first visit to a California free beach was that it’s not a good idea to do somersaults in the nude. You get sand in the most uncomfortable places. 😉
hm, don’t think we had that issue. I anyways like to lie in the sand as opposed to a towel. actually, what are you talking about exactly? sorry if it sounds dumb… I’m just trying to imagine where you get sand while doing a somersault, as it’s in the air???
Perhaps gymnasts are able to do somersaults in the air, but those of us who are more vertically challenged usually do them by lying down and rolling, end over end, as it were, and that gets all kinds of sand up between your cheeks, the lower cheeks that is.
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