The Vans US Open of Surfing started two days ago in Huntington Beach, California—the world's largest surf competition and lifestyle festival welcomes half a million people over a course of nine epic days. With the best surfers in the world—Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Andy Irons, Brett Simpson, Julian Wilson, Alejo Muniz, Sunny Garcia, Stephanie Gilmore, Carissa Moore, and Courtney Conlogue—competing for one of the biggest prize purses in the industry, the atmosphere is electric.
While the guys and girls battle it out to gain essential points in their bid to become crowned the world's best surfer, I've been thinking about the image of the quintessential surfer girl. It wasn't until the late '50s/early '60s that the sport, which originated in Polynesia, became a mainstream America fixation.
Enter the surfer girl, who became part of song, film, and fashion that endlessly inspires today. The same girl who somehow makes a rashguard and a wetsuit seem like functional apparel. She's healthy, sun-kissed, natural, and best of all, she epitomizes summer cool. Surfer girls spritz lemon-infused water in their hair, moisturize in avocado oil, and when they get scorched from the sun, apply organic yogurt and aloe vera gel straight from the fridge to take the sting away. At least that's my theory.
The sun's come out to play for me and I'm whipping up fresh papaya face masks and sugar scrubs, thinking of exotic locales from Fiji to Brazil, coconut scents and marine-derived ingredients. So what's a girl got to do when she's dreaming of summer loving? Stock up on these necessities, so when the time comes she's good to go.
Shiseido Sun Protection Stick Foundation SPF 35 in Beige: Doesn't budge in water.
Phyto Plage Protection Sun Veil: Protects and makes hair infinitely sexier.
Alba Botanica TerraTints Sheer Moisturizing Lip Colors: Gives the most natural hint of color with UV protection.
Green Ban Insect Repellent: All-natural mosquito spray.
Peppermint Oil: A few drops mixed in with organic yogurt helps soothe sunburned skin.
Laurel California Body Oil: Smells so fresh and jam-packed with sun-protecting avocado, raspberry seed, and rosehip oil.
Deborah Lippmann Pretty Young Thing: Nails will look like coral seashells with this nail polish line that removes formaldehyde resin and camphor from their ingredients.