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Why you should pay very close attention to Silvana Lima

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Who? If you’re a young reader, chances are she hasn’t been on the tour since you’ve been paying attention to it. If you’re like the rest of us, chance are you don’t care about women’s surfing anyway. It’s cool, I agree… the guys are generally more exciting to watch. But Silvana Lima is the exception to that rule. Here’s why:

http://youtu.be/7c1ErQMX1B4

2.) Every wave is over head.

She’s a whopping 4’9” tall, maybe 100 pounds soaking wet. You know how those 12-year-old groms can rip apart knee high slop on a potato-chip shortboard without sinking? So can she. AND SHE’S 30! Days one and two of the Roxy Pro at Snapper this past week only confirmed that.

http://youtu.be/sM2HtZv9fMg

3.) She’s the reigning world champ’s polar opposite.

Take everything you know about Stephanie Gilmore and flip it upside-down, then put the two side-by-side in the same heat. It’s actually somewhat comical. Everything about the two from hair color to height to surfing style to native language clashes dramatically. After her world title last year, Steph admitted to me in an interview that her air game needs work. Silvana’s is already solidified. So far in the Roxy Pro, Silvana and Steph have had two heats together and have gone blow-for-blow. We’ll get see them duke it out once more in the quarter final too, and many more times this year I’m sure. Where Steph (5’10”/146) has to awkwardly pump out momentum in dwindling conditions, Silvana can throw her fins out the back and power through snaps on soft faces. The only thing the two have in common is an infectious smile.

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4.) She’s tactfully anti-establishment.

She’s not sponsored… Anymore. She used to be, back in the day. Billabong picked her up young as a rising star, but they dropped her cold turkey after she blew out her knees without thinking twice. (They’re going to be kicking themselves when she wins the world title this year – yes, I’m calling it.) She hasn’t had any interest in modeling from the get-go; she just wants to be the best surfer in the world. After being dropped she crowdfunded her way through her knee rehab and back into competition relying on people who supported her as a person rather than corporations who use their female riders for their bodies. I am so happy that she hasn’t signed back on with a major corporate sponsor; her blank board is essentially a big FU to Billabong every time she launches it. Anyway, instead of walking away from the sport, she’s been scrapping her way back into it one unfunded step at a time only adding fuel to a fire that Billabong didn’t believe in. She’s also just plain DIFFERENT. Instead of bouncing into the water in a bikini posting Instagram clips showing more booty than barrels, Silvana usually runs into the water in shorts and a T-shirt, has a tattoos (really awesome ones actually) all over, and warms up with capoeira (martial art). Her Instagram (silvanalimasurf) consists only of some really rad surf shots/clips, her french bulldogs, training moments, and some funny selfies with her friends. It’s so clear that she’s doing what makes her happy, and kicking serious a** at it.

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5.) She started from nothing.

Silvana is actually one of those stories. She grew up in Paracuru, Brazil She learned to surf on a piece of wood. When she did have money to spare with her early success on the tour, she gave it back to where she came from – She took care of her family first, obviously, but after her runner-up year she donated her winnings back to her city’s surf team.

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I’ll admit that I’m a bit of a superfan… but you should be one too. She’s a complete game-changer. Even though she’s been cast out of the spot light for the past few years, she’s now back in full force and better than ever. Watch for this tiny Brazilian spitfire to be the much needed spark that women’s professional surfing needs to push the limits today and for years to come.

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Surfing Sexism Overshadows Talent

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Image via: http://sweatforit.com/fit-girls/surfer-girl-alana-blanchard/

Alana Blanchard.
Photo URL: http://sweatforit.com/fit-girls/surfer-girl-alana-blanchard/

 

Have you ever heard of Alana Blanchard? What comes to mind when you think of her? Howbout Anastasia Ashley? Be honest guys. How many thought “dat a*s” before carves or hacks?

 

On the flip side, have you ever heard of Silvana Lima? If you have, chances are your impression of her is “the fiery little Brazilian who throws those crazy airs!”

Photo URL: http://www.zigzag.co.za/news/contest/bianca-interferes-rio-womens-pro-day-2/

Silvana Lima.
Photo URL: http://www.zigzag.co.za/news/contest/bianca-interferes-rio-womens-pro-day-2/

 

Here is the sobering reality of women’s professional surfing: bums sell better than barrels.

Yes, I know the athletes are 80% naked while performing, but surf magazines shouldn’t be comparable to a Playboy. First and foremost, surfing is a sport and an art – and it deserves to be respected as such. The women’s surf industry, in particular, has faded from its roots. It’s now watered with profits generated by selling its athletes’ sexuality.

Don’t get me wrong! Silvana is a mulher bonita! During her career and her post-injury comeback, however, she has never put herself out there in a way that allowed sex appeal to overshadow her skill. The girl just wants to be the best surfer in the world and bring the title to Brazil (and bust an air or two over your head in the process). She is currently sitting comfortably on top of the QS this year with 25 heat wins – and she’s doing all this without sponsorship (anymore).

 

Take a look at Dimity Stoyle (11th/10 heat wins) and Johanne Defay (8th/13 heat wins). Both of these ladies absolutely rip and have been performing well despite their lack of major sponsorship. These ladies scrap to travel from one event to the next in order to compete professionally in the sport they are passionate about.

Johanne Defay.

Johanne Defay.
Photo URL: http://ist2011.over-blog.com/article-interview-johanne-defay-3eme-au-world-junior-2009-86862370.html

Dimity Stoyle. Photo via: http://www.tracksmag.com/dimity-stoyle-five-feet-high-and-rising/

Dimity Stoyle.
Photo URL: http://www.tracksmag.com/dimity-stoyle-five-feet-high-and-rising/

 

Meanwhile, Blanchard (17th) has not won a SINGLE HEAT this ENTIRE YEAR. Judging by some of her post-heat interviews, she doesn’t really seem to care either. Rip Curl continues to back her with ringing endorsement and modeling gigs, throwing money her direction so she can travel the globe. Why SHOULD she care?

Yes, I know, Blanchard can actually surf alright. But it’s tough to look up to her or even take her seriously. You have to ask yourself, did she win the 2013 Surfer Poll because she charges (she was ranked 11th at the time)? Or did she win it because of sex-appeal publicity? Does she deserve to be held up to the likes or Rochelle Ballard (2000-2002), Lynne Boyer (1979), or Lisa Anderson (1992, 1994-1999)? Is this title about progressive surfing accomplishments? Or should we change the name (since that seems to be the thing to do in professional surfing these days) to something more suitable, like ASP Prom Queen/King?

2013 Winners: Alana and Kelly. Both have contributed about an equal amount to professional surfing... right? Photo courtesy of: http://www.surfermag.com/features/surfer-poll-results/

2013 Winners: Alana and Kelly. Both have contributed about an equal amount to professional surfing… right?
Photo URL: http://www.surfermag.com/features/surfer-poll-results/

 

At the end of the day, I understand that professional surfing needs the financial support of the major surf brands to survive. Surf brands need to generate profits to survive. In order to generate profits, they have to sell desirable products and market those products desirable ways. That’s just business 101. But is this the reality? Or is “the marketing” actually changing the mentality of “the market”? Is the women’s surf industry promoting the wrong standards and ideals for the up and coming generation of athletes? You decide.

Carissa Moore.

Carissa Moore.

Maya Gabriera 2 MH June 2011

Maya Gabeira Hot Photos Part II

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Maya Gabeira….we featured her the other day on the ‘stoke.com after we read her interview in Men’s Health magazine.

Our friends at Men’s Health were kind enough to send us some more photos so here you go, people.  Maya is one of the world’s best big wave riders, and she is a natural surfer having started late in Brazil.  She then just picked up and went to Hawaii and in just a few years conquered some of the biggest waves there.  Her parents are also famous, with her dad being a big politician in Rio.  But I digress, photos and more photos for our readers…

Maya Gabreira 1 MH June 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pipeline Isn’t the Only Rad Thing About Surfing…

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…Smokin’ hot dumb blonds are one of the best things about surfing. Watching and talking to them rules. This is Tashia McIntosh, and she’s trying to win “Miss Transworld Surf”. Which is the magazine’s never-ending search for hot chicks in bikinis, I.Q. not an issue. Her-ray! Down below you’ll find a video interview with Tashia, and this has to be my favorite quote from the adorable little piece: “I think I was born naked”. Priceless. I love her. She’s answering Chris Cote’s question as to how comfortable she feels in a bikini. Tashia thinks she might have been born naked…and feels she should have been born in a bikini instead. Yep, it’s even better when you see it. I think she should have been born in this bikini last night in my dreams, but I didn’t know of Tashia then and I don’t think my brain could have come up with that quote. Chris Cote, being the funny guy he is, responded with “I think I was born in a 3-piece suit”, and she’s oblivious to the joke at her own expense.

Classic..

I love you, boo! Best of luck…

You can see more exciting interviews with other swim suit hopefuls here.

Jennifer Aniston Surfing Makes Me Jealous

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I recently came across a celeb-surfing story about Jennifer Aniston.  The paparazzi made damn sure to document every move she made on and off her surfboard, complete with pictures of her looking amazing in her bikini….which is where my jealousy factors in.  Is there anything Jennifer Aniston can wear or do where she looks ugly or foolish?  That said, I am not crazy about her choice of surfing bikini – why wouldn’t she have gone with board shorts? One more thought…I wonder if she uses the Vasa paddling machine to keep her arms toned when she’s not paddling on a board…

Kelly Slater’s girls

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Bar Rafaeli is amazingly hot.
Most of us love Kelly Slater’s surfing and wish we could be this guy. In and out of the water, he has a life most of us can only envy. A charmed life, as we learned in our interview with Kelly. Wanted to take a few moments to point out in photos a few more reasons to worship this guy. I’m sure I’m missing a few good ones, and he’s probably had a slew of “regular” girls, some of which probably even top these in the hotness department. Take careful notice of his appreciation of Leonardo DiCaprio’s ex’s. Kelly Slater had two of them.A few reasons why it’s good to be king:

Pamela Anderson is hot, too.

Cameron Diaz and Kelly Slater on the links. They surf, too. Just friends.

Slater got in some sh!t defending Gisele Bundchen from the Papparrazi.

Kirsten Dunst

Not one of his proudest dating moments:

Introducing Sonia Garcia – the world’s hottest competitive surfer?

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Plenty of magazines and online sites (Dailystoke included) have written articles about this or that up and coming hot professional surfing chick.  Up-and-coming stars like Bruna Schmitz (hot), Alana Blanchard (hot), Kassia Meador (hot) and Erica Hosseini (hot) are names that you will frequently hear associated with surfing hotness.  There are a few notable others, and then other online and print references to beautiful surfer girls usually focus on some fine lady paddling on an SUP (gag!) or inadvertantly standing prone in a king’s stance on a foamie longboard in the whitewash.  Occasionally we stumble upon some surfing hotness that truly turns heads.  Such is the case with Sonia Estela García Correa of Panama.  This soon to be 35 year old is not only smoking hot, but also a nine time national champ in Panama.  How she has escaped the wider surfing world’s attention for so long is absolutely beyond me.  Why her sponsor Oakley hasn’t made her their poster girl is beyond understanding.  Bringing her to the attention of surfers everywhere is my civic duty.  Enjoy, guys and gals… and remember, she surfs too!

She’s going to be riding for a long time to find surf

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hot surfing girl looking for surfThis hot surfing chick is doing everything right. She’s got a nice little surfboard. It’s strapped to her bike. It’s an environmentally-friendly method of surf transportation. It’s a sunny day. Schweet. We’re just thinking that for this photo shoot, all that they’re missing is a tiny little bit of surf coming through. She’s going to be riding that puppy for a long time before she finds any. 🙂

Daily, non-obtrusive, amazing doses of stoke from DailyStoke.com

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hailey and sierra partridgeWe’re getting hip to this Internets thing. Now you can follow our every move along with healthy dose of the incredibly smokin’ surfer girl athletes that we’re profiling. Sign up for our daily email blast from DailyStoke over on the right side of any article page or the homepage. Sweet! Pictured here are the amazing Hailey and Sierra Partridge. The Partridge Sisters! They’re ambassadors for Ocean Minded. Photo: Ocean Minded.

The effect of women in the surfing lineup

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I’m probably going to chatch sh!t from Hot Wahine or Julia is Stoked for this, but what-EEVVVer! Women, girls, female surfers, surfer chicks (or just surfers, I guess) in the lineup have an interesting effect on the lineup, largely because where I surf, for every girl, there are ten guys. The effect is that guys generally stop peak hoping, dropping in, glaring, yelling or otherwise bitch at each other. I think this is because the girls have a calming effect on the other surfers. You’re not going to yell and swear at other surfers if a girl is next to you. You might call out a kook from time to time, but even in that case you’ll do it politely. When I surf, it’s not that there’s a ton of testosterone in the water, it’s just that there’s more of a feeling of “every man for himself”. That leads to getting dropped in on more frequently than not. In any event, the effect is positive I think. Guy surfers should recruit more girl surfers. Dudes, bring your girlfriends!

Erica Hosseini is perfect (other than the fact that she’s goofy foot)

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She’s from Newport Beach, California, she surfs way better than you, and… oh yeah… she’s pretty friggin hot too.  If there is any imperfection in this otherwise perfect human, it’s the fact that she’s goofyfoot.  We’ll let her slide on that for now.

Need to see more proof?  Check out her personal website, which is oozing with photos, videos and personal details:

http://www.ericahosseini.com/

Erica has all intentions of making it to the big leagues.  After a long and impressive run as a junior, she showed her abilities in 2008, finishing at 27th on the World Qualifying Series, a position she’s sure to top this year.  Erica is currently sponsored by Vans, Jack’s, Smith Optics, Sharp Eye Surfboards and Sector Nine Skateboards.

As if her looks and surfing weren’t enough… For my fellow tech geeks, rejoice in the knowledge that Erica has a technology fetish.  She loves gadgets and surrounds herself with the latest in music, web and otherwise.

Looking forward to seeing more big things from Erica, and wishing her the best of luck on this year’s WQS.

Interviews with Surfers we’ve done – I know, know “We Rock” etc.

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Surfers – we’re always looking for cool surfers, shapers, posers, lovers, haters and anybody else that wants to talk to us. Some you’ll know, some you won’t and some you should know about:

Chris Cote and the Transworld Surf-led SUP revolution
Mark Healey has got brass balls
– Off-season Q&A with Taylor Knox
– Queen of the Ocean Layne Beachley, from Hawaii
– An interview with the original comeback kid Gabe Kling, from Hawaii
– An interview with Kelly Slater
– Checking in with Tom Curren
Rabbit Bartholomew on the ASP World Tour
Rabbit Bartholomew, Surfing Warrior
– Chillaxin’ with Donavon Frankenreiter backstage
– The German Dude on Tour – Marlon Lipke Interview
Jason Baffa, Director of One California Day