A reader commented on my complaint that nude beaches are predominantly the domain of older guys. He said that older people have come to terms with their body and it’s flaws and have reached a level of comfort with themselves that we younger guys haven’t reached.

I totally agree with him. I have body issues (decreasing pleasingly as I age) but I haven’t let them stop me getting my gear off on nude beaches since I was 22 or so. Why is it that younger people are so self conscious of being seen nude when in theory, they are the people closer to the popular ideal of beauty? I know peer pressure plays a part but that can’t be all of it. I’m interested to hear your theories and possibly when and why those of you that do go nude, started doing so.