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Fogo native hosts travel show 'Skinny Dip'

Are you female, 20 to 30 years old, physically active, outgoing, fun-loving, charismatic, adventurous, a nature lover, a capable swimmer and like to travel to warm climates?

That's the advertisement that peaked the interest of Eve Kelly, a native of Fogo, Fogo Island, to contact Best Boy Productions, an independent production company based in St. John's. From there, 25-year-old Kelly became the host of "Skinny Dip," where unsuspecting strangers are challenged to take a dip in the buff in some of the most stunning natural springs on Earth.

Fogo native Eve Kelly hosts the travel series "Skinny Dip." - Submitted photo

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Are you female, 20 to 30 years old, physically active, outgoing, fun-loving, charismatic, adventurous, a nature lover, a capable swimmer and like to travel to warm climates?

That's the advertisement that peaked the interest of Eve Kelly, a native of Fogo, Fogo Island, to contact Best Boy Productions, an independent production company based in St. John's. From there, 25-year-old Kelly became the host of "Skinny Dip," where unsuspecting strangers are challenged to take a dip in the buff in some of the most stunning natural springs on Earth.

"I had just completed my English degree at Memorial University and was open for employment when the opportunity first presented itself," Kelly said. "I absolutely love to travel, meet new people and I'm always up for an adventure. I had previous experience in front of the camera from working with OZ FM's Summer Cruiser team and I'm certainly not shy. It was a fantastic opportunity."

However, this is Kelly's first time hosting a TV show and she said she is enjoying it to the fullest.

The series was given a green light after a successful pilot episode in the summer of 2008 and Kelley said the feedback so far from the launch of the premiere on Nov. 18 has been really positive.

With regard to ratings, "Skinny Dip" outperformed the primetime audience timeslot for Travel + Escape by as high as 129 per cent.

According to Kelly, individuals don't have to be nudists, college students or exhibitionists to enjoy a skinny dip. In fact, she said people of all ages, body types and genders enjoy a nude dip.

"I travel the globe in search of the world's most beautiful, but hard to reach, swimming holes," she said. "I recruit locals from each location to join me on a trek and adventure. I'm not always sure where I'm going, but that's the fun of it. The skinny dip is the payoff at the end of the adventure. You get to release your inhibitions, put stress of the every day aside and delve into Mother Nature."

Kelly also mentioned that the show may have a jaw-dropping title, but is very tasteful.

"Although the title of the show is a bit cheeky, once people actually watch an episode they'll realize it's a great travel series that focuses on releasing your inhibitions and the adventure involved in getting to hard-to-reach natural springs and swimming holes," she said.

Kelly has braved the Canadian Winter to take a polar-dip with five people and the Bahamas to go skinny-dipping in the legendary Blue Hole.

Skinny Dip will also feature shows from Costa Rica, Australia and New Zealand.

As to what Kelly's friends and family think of her latest globetrotting career, Kelly said they have been very encouraging.

"My family, friends and the community have been very supportive," she said. "They are very proud and look forward to tuning in each week."

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Organizations: Travel + Escape

Geographic location: Fogo Island, St. John's, Bahamas Costa Rica Australia and New Zealand

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  • Susan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Hey Eve, I think it's a great thing you're doing; sounds like a lot of fun! Way to put Newfoundland (and Fogo Island!) on the map! All the best in the future.

  • WTF
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Sign me up for the Costa Rica trip.

  • Steve
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Gerald, why not take a second to congratulate yourself on trying to make someone else feel like crap. Good job jerk.

  • Carter
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    You go girl,don't mind the church goers back in the province,they have nothing else to do only sit and talk about who ever comes along. Make Newfoundlan proud.

  • Gerald
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    I thought you were credible until I saw that you were part of the oz cruiser team. All your credentials (as small as they are) went out the window. I guess with an English degree, what else would you get?

  • Anita
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    Was this done in the 90's ? Yeah, a series called 'Wild On' with original host Brooke Burke.

  • Micheal
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Good for you Eve. Don't mind the religious ultra uptight types back here Eve who might think this is all very naughty. Typical media always looking for a scandal with these types of stories here in NL. Best of luck with the show and the future.

  • Susan
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    Hey Eve, I think it's a great thing you're doing; sounds like a lot of fun! Way to put Newfoundland (and Fogo Island!) on the map! All the best in the future.

  • WTF
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    Sign me up for the Costa Rica trip.

  • Steve
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    Gerald, why not take a second to congratulate yourself on trying to make someone else feel like crap. Good job jerk.

  • Carter
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    You go girl,don't mind the church goers back in the province,they have nothing else to do only sit and talk about who ever comes along. Make Newfoundlan proud.

  • Gerald
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    I thought you were credible until I saw that you were part of the oz cruiser team. All your credentials (as small as they are) went out the window. I guess with an English degree, what else would you get?

  • Anita
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    Was this done in the 90's ? Yeah, a series called 'Wild On' with original host Brooke Burke.

  • Micheal
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    Good for you Eve. Don't mind the religious ultra uptight types back here Eve who might think this is all very naughty. Typical media always looking for a scandal with these types of stories here in NL. Best of luck with the show and the future.