Surf style has never been as cool as it is right now.
Surfers are reaching celebrity status, so David Beckham better make room for a swell of surf babes who are as stylish on land as they are in the water.
The likes of bronzed goddesses Lee-Ann Curren, Bethany Hamilton and Hamilton’s bestie, Alana Blanchard, are making waves (figuratively and literally) in the style department. (Think boho-chic mixed with athletic attire from beach brands like Roxy and Billabong.)
Brands and designers like Stella McCartney, Tommy Hilfiger and Club Monaco are also taking a cue from surfer style and creating surf-inspired attire with tropical prints, neoprene racer-backs and mesh.
Surf culture has managed to gain celebrity fans like Cameron Diaz, Mini Driver, Gerard Butler and Helen Hunt but let's focus on a new wave (no pun intended) of talented girls who have become celebrities for conquering the ocean in style.
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French surfer Lee-Ann Curren (C) poses with the Spanish windsurfers Daida (L) and Iballa Moreno during the Quicksikver flagship inauguration at Bercy Village on May 10, 2011 in Paris, France.
Lee-Ann Curren of France won her Round 3 heat of the Rip Curl Pro Search Puerto Rico on October 31, 2010 in Rincon, Puerto Rico.
This image released by Starpix shows professional surfer Bethany Hamilton at the Cantor Fitzgerald Charity Day event, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 in New York.
Professional surfer Bethany Hamilton arrives at the 2011 VH1 Do Something Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on August 14, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
Sufer Bethany Hamilton arrives at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards held at the Gibson Amphitheatre on August 7, 2011 in Universal City, California.
Surfer Bethany Hamilton attends the 'Soul Surfer' photocall at Nikki Beach during the 64th Cannes Film Festival on May 13, 2011 in Cannes, France.
Surfer Bethany Hamilton arrives at the 46th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards RAM Red Carpet held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 3, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Surfer Bethany Hamilton attends the premiere of TriStar Pictures' 'Soul Surfer' at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome on March 30, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
Hawaiian surfer Bethany Hamilton, 20, poses with her surf-board on the beach in Soorts-Hossegor, western France, during the Swatch Girls pro competition, a stage of the surf world qualifying series. Hamilton is known for surviving a shark attack in which she lost her left arm, and for overcoming the serious and debilitating injury to return to surfing.
Alana Blanchard of the United States of America exits the surf during the Roxy Pro Gold Coast 2013 on March 4, 2013 in Gold Coast, Australia.
Alana Blanchard advances into the Quarter Finals of the Womens O'Neill World Cup of Surfing on November 24, 2010 in Sunset Beach, Hawaii.
The French native is the picture of surf girl chic, describing her style as “simple but edgy” and has even designed a capsule collection for Roxy. The blond beauty, who is also in a rock band called “Betty the Shark”, can usually be seen in casual shorts, fun t-shirts with prints and of course, a little polka dot bikini.
Evidence of the rise of fashionable female surfers includes Lee-Ann’s recent profile in Nylon magazine where she discusses her sport, music and fashion.
Many of us recognize Bethany Hamilton as the brave girl who lost an arm in a shark attack at the young age of 13 but returned to surfing against all odds.
Bethany became a celebrity after her autobiography was made into the film “Soul Surfer” starring Helen Hunt and "The Carrie Diaries" star AnnaSophia Robb.
But the 23-year-old still rocks beach appropriate, comfortable clothes when she's not at a movie premiere.
You’d think that Alana Blanchard and Bethany Hamilton, who have been best friends since childhood, would have the same aesthetic. While Bethany has innocence to her surf girl style, 23-year-old Blanchard, also a world-class surfer, has become somewhat of a sex symbol working as a bikini model. The hottie also has her own bikini collection with surfer company Rip Curl.
The Hawaii-native's style is a great blend of laid back island girl and sexy city slicker.
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