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Why Sandy Snakenberg Organizes Naked Skates
In June of 2001, forty skaters gathered in San Francisco's
Golden Gate Park for a nude inline skating photography session
organized by sports photographer Jack Gescheidt and
24 hour world record holder Sandy Snakenberg.
When I first heard about this event I had
many questions for Sandy. Here is how he responded:
AN INTERVIEW WITH SANDY SNAKENBERG
by Kathie Fry
Sandy, was the June 2001 naked skating event
in San Francisco the first group naked skating
event you ever organized?
No, it isn't. My first San Francisco nude skate was in 1996.
Jack Gescheidt took a photo of me skating naked up California
Street behind a cable car. A lot of my friends saw that photo
and thought it looked like fun, so I invited them to share the
experience with me the next time. I was quite surprised to
find out how many people were interested. Since 1996 we have
done several nude photo shoots in landmark locations around
San Francisco, including Lombard Street and the Golden Gate
Bridge. The 2001 skate was the seventh nude photo shoot we
have done in San Francisco and there have been other nude skates
in New York City, Boston, and several other cities.
Why did you organize the San Francisco skate?
I'm always looking for something new and interesting to do.
These nude skates have been more fun for me than anything else
I have ever instigated. It had been two years since the last
skate, so I decided it was time to have a really big one.
I put out the word about two months before the skate, and
there was a lot of interest, from skaters who were totally
into doing it and from others who were interested but
feeling timid. We ended up with forty skaters, and I
believe we might have set a world's record for "the largest
number of people skating naked at the same time".
When did you skate naked for the first time?
The first time I tried it was back in 1984, with the Rad City
Rollers Skating Club in San Diego. I was living in a skating
commune at the time. It was a 13-room boarding house and 11
of those rooms were filled with skaters, 2 or 3 to a room.
It was a fun and carefree time, and that first naked skate
was a spontaneous event that was done for the pure joy it.
Are you planning to organize another naked skate?
We are now doing naked skates every month in San Francisco
and everyone is invited to join us. They are just fun rolls
and they are not necessarily meant to be photography shoots.
The first two naked fun rolls were scheduled for July 4th
and August 19th , 2001, and they will take place monthly
after that. These events will be short nude skates followed
by breakfast with the group. Skaters who would like to
join us can email me.
Won't I be arrested by the police if I skate naked in public?
No. At the very most you will receive a citation and be required
to pay a fine. During our naked skates no one has ever been cited
or fined. The cops have approached us, but all they have done is
ask us to put on our clothes. The last comment made by a cop during
one of our photo shoots was "You KNOW that was your last photo".
Whenever we have had encounters with law enforcement authorities,
they have always been very friendly and good-natured when they ask
us to put on our clothes.
Why should I skate naked?
Skating naked is fun. It brings out a sense of child-like glee
in everyone. It feels good to skate naked and it's fun to do
it with like-minded souls. There are no snobs in a group of
Do I have to be completely naked to join one of your events?
The entire rear side of your body must be nude, but you can wear
pasties or other cover-ups in front if it makes you feel more
comfortable. You should bring a blanket to use as a cover-up
when you're not actually skating. Sometimes it can be cold out there!
Will I always be photographed if I join one of your events?
Not every naked skate is organized as a photo shoot but you always
COULD be photographed.
Copyright © by Kathie Fry of SkateLog.com
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