Surfer Girl(s) Wow.

Via on May 31, 2012

Girls can’t surf! …uh, Nevermind.

Surfing is beautiful. It’s also tough as hell. Same with these athletes.

Their beauty is full of strength. Obviously, male surfers show a lot of skin, too. In any case, check the videos–these are sexy, inspiring, literally awesome women.

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“…Her name is Claire Bevilacqua, born January 29, 1983, nickname “Bevo”. She’s a professional surfer from Perth, Australia. Her mother is Australian while her father is Italian. In 2003 she was crowned as the Australian Junior Women’s Champion. In 2005 she joined the World Championship Tour (WCT) of the Association of Surfing Professionals, finishing with a 10th ranking. Since turning pro she has won several competitions…”

Claire Bevilacqua.

Images: Imgur.

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90% of the comments online about these photos and videos are “wow.” But, a few are concerned about their sexuality. In response to a reader’s question:

Amen. I left out most of their overtly sexualized photos–and there’s a lot of those. Look at my ass! Look at my boobs! No: the photos I included were those that I thought showed their strength, skill, and, yes, their human beauty. They are in really good shape, and that’s inspiring and beautiful. For that matter, the gents are sexy, too, and show even more skin, often. Nothing wrong with beauty, as long as it’s not pinup stuff.

Check the videos, these women are inspiring, and have got the skills, as you say.



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Love this video, love this song, love this.

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Alana Blanchard.

Below: Bethany lost an arm to a shark. She came back, and is competing again.

Bethany Hamilton & Alana Blanchard.

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Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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12 Responses to “Surfer Girl(s) Wow.”

  1. MamasteNJ says:

    Just intro'd on FB to: Health & Wellness, & Family.
    ~Mamaste

  2. JulesGalloway says:

    Love Bethany Hamilton – she's freakin' awesome and so gutsy.

  3. Kirsten Gustafson says:

    I would have loved to have seen some surfing, not just beautiful girls frolicking in the waves. Would this video look like this if it was a guy surfer?

    • elephantjournal says:

      I thought it was a beautiful, fun, inspiring video. If there's videos you'd like added, leave a link here and I'll add it in. Be constructive!

  4. Kim says:

    Many of the pics portray these amazing female athletes as objects of sexual interest rather than focusing on their athletic ability. This is a really belittling culture that female athletes have to battle constantly making it very difficult for them to get recognition without being sexualised. This culture has been shown to alienate women from sport and lead to the already rife problem of poor body image amongst females of all ages. It would be great if we could celebrate these amazing women without the implied sexual expectation or connotation.

    • elephantjournal says:

      I think they look strong. I've done blogs on male surfers–and they too are wearing hardly anything, and in some cases are topless. ;) Beautiful but empowered is okay by me. Sexual but unempowered, I think we can agree, is not so okay. These women seem powerful to me, and we've included their stories, not just their readily apparent and inspiring, powerful beauty.

      • Tamar Ben-Moshe says:

        Alana and most of the girls may start off as surfers, but eventually, they find out that they, unlike the men, cannot make a living off of their "surf skills" and they end up using the surfing as a way to sexualize themselves and push into the modeling careers. Bevo doesn't do it because she's gay. The straight girls who don't look butchy (except for Bethany) all do it. It is sad and unfortunate, but the truth is, they can't surf an entertaining surf like the men do. They don't come close. In fact, they are pretty boring to watch unless you edit the shit out of their videos and cut to quick clips of some of the very nice maneuvers they can pull off.

  5. sabine says:

    elephantjournal : you can do better…..yawn….its sexualizing…its not sexualizing……
    if you want to show the athlete – show the athlete – don't pretend and show us the usual …..

  6. Brett says:

    I find this post to show the beauty of the human body, which is typically most evident in powerful athletes (for obvious reasons), and that is an amazing thing to behold. Nice post

  7. i am annoyed by these pictures. not sure why. sexy and not in a good way…

  8. Karen says:

    Believe it or not, curvy, plus sized women also surf, and surf well. They also do yoga. Imagine that. :)

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