A Big Thank You to The Naked Volleyball Group – Tiki Tomba
We spent last weekend at Penn Sylvan nudist club in Pennsylvania. This was no ordinary weekend at PSHS, for during this weekend about 100 young volleyball players descended on this club for a weekend of nude volleyball and late-night dancing. The group is called Tiki Tomba, and they’ve been putting together tournaments at various nudist clubs for the last 5 years.
Over time it has grown into a wonderful community of young volleyball players and supporters. The games accommodated all levels, and had high-level players for very competitive games. The weather we had was absolutely perfect. While they all played in the buff, for many it was their first introduction to social nudity. I just wanted to take this opportunity to share my thoughts directly with the attendees of this naked volleyball weekend!
To All the Tiki Tombas,
For many of you, this past weekend was a first time experience with social nudity. In a society that perceives the human body as shameful and dirty (but glorifies sex and violence) being open and free with your body, while in a very public setting, is not as simple as removing your clothes. It takes copious amounts of courage to be able to break through such social taboos. Not to mention the fact that for many, nudity is accompanied by feelings of vulnerability. Dealing with such issues on a personal level is one thing but let’s not forget that this was a social gathering and it takes just as much effort to be accepting and sensitive towards others.
Over the course of the weekend, I spent a lot of time talking to many of the nude volleyball revelers. I would like to thank all of the people who took the time to answer my questions, which at times might have been quite personal. But the openness that people exhibited and the positive energies that they exhibited were quite uplifting. I learned a lot, and I am forever grateful to everyone.
You are a beautiful, compassionate and enthusiastic group! While I was a bit apprehensive at first, every single person in the group behaved perfectly. You all exhibited the core behavioral ethics that we would expect and no one I spoke to felt uncomfortable. I hope you take away from this weekend, not only the fun memories, but also the values that you exhibited. I hope you can take some of your experiences and share them with your friends and family. Change does happen, too slowly for most of us, but if you change one person and impact their life in a positive manner then you have done more than most people will ever do.
We all hear about issues that pertain to body image. We all know that in society today, people are quick to judge individuals based on what they do or how they look. But when the playing field is leveled and social status symbols are removed – we are equal and still unique. That is what Naturism and the YNA ideolog is all about – The Love.
I hope to see many of you in the future. While most YNA’ers are not competitive players, we do enjoy naked volleyball. So if at anytime, you want us to incorporate a game during any of our gatherings then just let us know. Who knows, we might even score a point!!!
So once again, I just wanted to take this opportunity to not only say congratulations for creating such a wonderful group, but to say thank you for letting us be part of the festivities.
Lots of love to all our beautiful new Tiki friends,
From Jordan, Felicity and the entire Young Naturists America Family.
The next Tiki Tumble will be July 18-20 at Sunny Rest Resort in PA, so save the date!