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My Bikini Summer Tour 2014
Meet the girls, go surfing, and have fun.
Featuring: Bethany Hamilton, Nikki Van Dijk, Pauline Ado, Tyler Wright, and Alana Blanchard
This July, Rip Curl invites you to be a part of the Rip Curl My Bikini Tour, an East & West Coast US tour with 5 of the world's best surfers. Join Bethany Hamilton, Alana Blanchard, Tyler Wright, Pauline Ado, and Nikki Van Dijk as they surf their way into summer!
Dates & Locations
Wednesday, July 16th, 4:00pm
Jacks Surfboards Team Signing
101 Main St.
Huntington Beach, CA., 92648
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The Rip Curl My Bikini Tour Day 1 Kicks Off at Jack's Huntington Beach
What could be better than a sun-drenched summer day to start the My Bikini tour?
Rip Curl's My Bikini Tour shines a sunny spotlight on the talent and the amazing lifestyle of Rip Curl's top female athletes. Fresh off a week long surf trip to Mexico, Alana Blanchard, Bethany Hamilton, Tyler Wright, Nikki Van Dijk and Pauline Ado were excited to launch into the West Coast section of the My Bikini Tour.
Junior team riders Bailey Nagy, Brisa Hennessy and mini-grom Alyssa Spencer joined the crew for a full day of surfing and meeting fans at Jack's Surfboards in Huntington Beach.
After a quick breakfast, the team hit the waves at Trestles with paparazzi in tow. Even though they didn't exactly have the playful swells to themselves, a full female shred session went down. With the sets coming infrequently, the girls spread out in the lineup to maximize their wave count.
"It was really funny because we all met up at Rip Curl and got dropped off to surf, and we were all just so frothing to go out and surf, and then we saw down the hill how many people were out and it was just, like, 'Uh oh!' and then, 'Whatever!" We ran down the hill and just scrambled around and because it was so crowded, it made it funny," Nikki said afterwards. "We were hustling like little five year-olds just trying to get waves. We all had a lot of fun and it was nice to be together with all the girls just playing around in the waves."
With so much talent in the water, wave selection and strategy mattered. From sitting out the back to paddling circles around the groms on the inside, full psych-out tactics, splitting the peak and playful paddle-battles, the fun level was at an all-time high.
"It was extremely crowded, but I got one good wave at the end, and I got to surf with Bailey, Alyssa, Alana, Bethany, Nikki, Tyler and Pauline and it was really fun," said Brisa. "I think it's amazing that I know them, it's really cool. The girls are all so nice and awesome to hang out with."
After grabbing a quick bite, the girls headed back to Huntington Beach to chill out before meeting fans at Jack's Surfboards and enjoying Sambazon acai bowls and Wahoo's Fosh tacos.
"The signing at Jacks Surfboards was crazy, it was probably the most crowded I've seen, people were lining up at 10 a.m.," Alana said. "It was really cool to see that much support for women's surfing and everyone was really stoked to meet us, and it made us all really enjoy what we were doing!"
It was junior team rider Brisa's first autograph signing, and she looked a little nervous before we started so we made sure to check in with her after to see how it went!
"I was the first one to write the names and I was really scared. I blanked out and I might have misspelled a bunch of names!" Brisa said. "But it was an awesome opportunity and I got to meet a lot of people, and they were really nice."
The crew wrapped up the day with a sushi dinner, and everyone went to bed early in preparation for an early morning and day two of the tour.
"I'm really just looking forward to having some good times with the girls," Alana said about the rest of the tour. "I'm excited to see Rip Curl's fashion show and I've never been to Florida before, so I'm looking forward to all of it!"
Thursday, July 17th
Travel Day - Los Angeles to Cocoa Beach
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Rip Curl My Bikini Tour Day 2 - Los Angeles to Cocoa Beach
Rise and shine! Day two of the My Bikini Tour dawned bright and early as the girls had an 8 AM flight to catch out of Los Angeles. After touching down in Orlando, Florida, the crew piled into a massive van and hit the road towards Cocoa Beach…or so we thought! After a few wrong turns (and tolls), we were soon passing palm trees, white sand beaches and Florida swampland. Serious questions such as 'Do you think I can get a selfie with an alligator?' and 'Are we driving on the wrong side of the road?' had everyone laughing before we hit the local market to stock up on healthy snacks.
Since travel is an important part of their day-to-day lives, we asked the girls for a few pro tips for living life out of a suitcase:
Alana's Travel Tips
I have so many tips for traveling! I would say drink a lot of water because being on a plane dehydrates you and you'll feel a lot better if you remember to drink water. Bring some snacks, that's key, because you don't want to be hungry on a plane, it's the worst. I always download a bunch of movies and TV shows so I'm not bored. I definitely spend a lot of money on iTunes! I feel like airplanes are the one place in your life where you can tune out, forget everyone, and just relax.
Nikki's Travel Tips
It's hard not to get bored when you're on a plane, but I really like it when I can sleep. Get a blanket and just snuggle up and try to sleep.
Bring your own snacks and fun little nibblies. I hate airline food, so I like to bring my own. My favorite snack depends where I am in the world --I can't always get kale chips!
Always get up to stretch. Sometimes I go to the back of the plane and just hang out and annoy the flight attendants because I get too cramped.
You definitely get jet lagged. Try to plan your sleep schedule ahead, but jet lag is hard to avoid --it happens and you just have to deal with it when you're there. I remember this one time in Peru, we arrived in the morning and we hadn't slept in three days, and we got to our place and it was lunch time, and my sister and I slept until 9 PM and then we were wide awake -- being jet lagged is kind of funny, you're just delirious but you'll figure it out.
Get as comfy as you can. I always wear leggings and comfortable clothes to lounge around in. I basically have a go-to outfit for traveling. I always take my toothbrush and face creams and face wash to freshen up.
Pauline's Travel Tips
Try to stay asleep for as long as possible. I always pack a sleeping pillow, ear plugs and an eye pillow in my carry-on. Make sure you have something to read or watch. Long flights are actually where I find the most time to read.
Try to board your flight at the last minute so you don't end up on the plane any longer than you need to be.
I always bring the basics --toothbrush, deodorant, another shirt because sometimes you end up not having your bag. I didn't get my bags for four days once. I had to go shopping!
Eating healthy and staying active will help your body adjust to a new time zone faster. If you arrive at your destination early in the morning, just try to stay up and stay active during the day. Or if I know I'm arriving at night, I try not to sleep the whole flight before.
Tyler's Travel Tips
I always have headphones and music on. Airplanes get really cold, so I like to wear a hoodie and bring a beanie to pull over my eyes.
Friday, July 18th, 1:00pm
Ron Jons Cocoa Beach Store Signing
Ron Jon Surfshop
14151 N. Atlantic Ave.
Cocoa Beach, FL., 32931
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Rip Curl My Bikini Tour Day 3 Heads To Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach
How to Stay Healthy on the Road with Nikki & Alana
The Rip Curl girls' informal motto is 'Live the Search for healthy food.' No joke, these girls are on a mission to find the absolute best and healthiest food wherever they travel. While their favorite vegan, vegetarian and raw food options are plentiful in some places, it isn't always easy to eat right on the road.
Know Before You Go
"Plan ahead," says Nikki. "Alana and I use an app called Happy Cow. I always want to make sure that I end up in a place where I can get what I want to eat."
Having a strategy –whether it's finding the healthiest local restaurant or hitting up the local farmer's market –is key to avoiding a late-night trip to McDonalds. On Friday, the girls navigated the crew to a health food market in Cocoa Beach to stock up on healthy snacks and hydration before heading to the team signing at Ron Jon's Surf Shop.
"Make sure you're getting enough water," says Alana. "Bring a couple pieces of fruits and some nuts. Bring snacks, even if you're not hungry at that moment, because you never know if you're going all day. And you never know what food is going to be available at your destination, so snacks are important."
The girls had a blast meeting their East Coast fans at Ron Jon's Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach, snapping selfies on their GoPros and checking out Kelly Slater's home town.
After the signing at Ron Jon's, Alana, Tyler, Nikki and Pauline chowed down on organic salads at The Green Room Café in Cocoa Beach.
Do It Yourself
Sometimes, life on the ASP World Tour takes the Rip Curl girls to places where it's easier to just prepare the food they want to eat by themselves.
"It can be challenging to eat right," says Nikki. "Especially when you aren't supposed to eat a salad overseas. We tend to buy our own veggies, wash and prepare them so we know its safe to eat."
Work It Out
Staying healthy while traveling means eating right and taking care of your body. Alana and Nikki suggest searching out the local gym or best rated fitness classes when you arrive in a new place. A nice, sweaty vinyasa flow or high-energy spin class is a great way to get comfortable in a destination you've never been before.
"Stretch a lot," recommends Alana. "Fit in a little workout, even if it's just swimming. It makes your day that much better."
When In Doubt, Eat Garlic
Sometimes, even the healthiest routine can't beat a head cold or virus.
"If you're feeling run down or have something going on with your body, electrolytes can be good," says Alana. "Be prepared and take some stuff that makes you feel good. And if everything else fails, there's always garlic!"
Saturday, July 19th
Miami - Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim
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Rip Curl My Bikini Tour Day 4 – Miami
Saturday was Alana, Nikki, Tyler and Pauline's first time in Miami, which meant the girls were excited for a down day and some free time to explore a new city before attending the My Bikini Rip Curl fashion show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim.
In the morning, the girls met up and hit the beach to hide a My Bikini and Go Pro prize pack, then announced the scavenger hunt on their social media.
"We all didn't think anyone was going to come, but within five minutes these three guys came sprinting down the beach to come grab the goodie bag," laughed Alana.
The guys were even more stoked to find the girls watching nearby –so they shot a few group pics on their new Go Pro.
After the scavenger hunt, everyone headed out to explore the city – Alana and Nikki enjoyed a Vinyasa yoga class and a relaxing massage, Pauline and Nikki visited the Lincoln Road Mall for some shopping and sightseeing, while Tyler chilled out soaked up the sundrenched Miami vibe. Everyone agreed; the people-watching in Miami was absolutely epic.
The girls arrived early at the My Bikini Rip Curl fashion show, part of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim, the global swimwear industry's main event.
After picking up their all-access badges, Alana, Nikki, Tyler and Pauline headed backstage to hang with the models and get their makeup done by the pros.
"It was really cool to get to see the backstage, how busy it was and how organized," said Pauline. "We went to a room with maybe 20 people in there doing hair and makeup. It was kind of intimidating, but really fun!"
Looking extra glam, the girls slipped into their front row seats and watched as the models confidently charged the catwalk in Rip Curl's colorful Spring 2015 line. The music was pumping and the audience cheered as the models blew kisses, winked and posed for the cameras.
"It was so fun," Nikki said after the show. "All the models were basically dancing and just strutting along and owning it. And Rip Curl's bikinis are next level!"
"Rip Curl is pretty fashion-forward for a surf brand," agreed Pauline. "I want all the bikinis in the show, I can't wait for next year. Spring 2015!"
"My favorite part about the show was seeing all the hard work that the global Rip Curl design team has put into such an amazing product," said Tyler. "For the designs to be displayed in such a cool way, that was pretty incredible. I also really liked just seeing how psyching Anna and Mary [the designers] were."
"None of us had been to a fashion show before, so it was really exciting," said Alana. "All the looks were so amazing. It made me really appreciate riding for Rip Curl and being a part of everything that they're doing. The fashion show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim put Rip Curl's swimwear into a bigger perspective. I loved just seeing the designs on the models and seeing how good everything looked in the context of the international swimwear industry."
Each year, Alana joins the Rip Curl International design team at ‘Design Camp,' a weeklong collaborative event that unites Rip Curl's global design team and draws inspiration from the exotic and always-changing destinations where the camp takes place.
"It's really cool having a say in the designs, and I love working with Rip Curl's talented swim designers Anna and Mary," said Alana. "I've been working with them since I was 18 or 19, but I'm still always surprised that they want my input because they are so good at what they do."
After congratulating the Rip Curl My Bikini designers and event team, the girls headed out for a walk to soak up the essence of Miami nightlife.
"My favorite part about Miami was just the vibe, it was basically just a party town and I reckon everyone was just vibing. Everyone there was just going crazy. It was funny because we didn't actually party, but we felt like we did because of the atmosphere!" said Nikki.
Sunday, July 20th, 4:00pm
Hansens Surfboards Team Signing
1105 S. Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA., 92024
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Day 5/6 – Hansen's Surfboards & Mauli Ola Foundation Surf Session
Goodbye Miami, that was fun! After a whirlwind weekend, the Rip Curl My Bikini Tour headed back to the West Coast for a signing at Hansen's Surfboards and surf session with Mauli Ola Foundation.
"We were exhausted from traveling, but meeting all of our amazing fans made the trip totally worth it," said Alana. "And I just want to say thanks to Bethany, Bailey and Brisa for signing for two hours before Tyler, Nikki, Pauline and I got there after we missed our flight!"
The next morning, the girls met up at Eli Howard Surf School at San Elijo State Beach for a beach yoga class, where Tyler discovered savasana and almost didn't make it into the water.
"My favorite yoga position was 'sleep on the beach,'" Tyler joked afterwards. "But seriously, I've started incorporating stretching into my cross-training routine, which also includes ballet, and I feel so much better now. Being flexible is a great way to prevent injury in the water."
After yoga, the girls joined the surf instructors of Eli Howard Surf School for a surf lesson with Mauli Ola Foundation. The Mauli Ola Foundation creates surfing opportunities for children with cystic fibrosis. Not only is surfing a fun experience for the kids, but the salinity of the ocean is a natural therapy for their lungs.
"Surfing with the kids of the Mauli Ola Foundation is so special because we really want to give back by sharing our passion. I already know they're going to love it," said Nikki before grabbing a board and hitting the waves. "It's a perfect day for them to learn, there's tiny waves and hopefully we put a smile on their faces."
The girls jumped in the water for a longboard session in the miniature waves at San Elijo State Beach. There were party waves and cheers as first waves were ridden, the Rip Curl girls cross-stepped to the nose and rode tandem with their new Mauli Ola friends. The playful session definitely put huge smiles on everyone's faces.
Eryn, age 12, was thrilled to be paired with Alana Blanchard for her Mauli Ola surf experience.
"Surfing with Alana was amazing!" Erin said after spending an hour in the water, catching waves and sharing a surfboard with Alana. "My favorite part about surfing is the rush you get when you get a wave. I definitely knew who Alana was before today because she is my favorite surfer. In one word, my experience today was magnificent!"
The other girls agreed; spending the morning in the water with their new friends was exactly where they wanted to be.
"It was so good for us to go surf with bigger boards and just enjoy being in the water with all the girls and the kids from Mauli Ola Foundation," said Pauline. "Everyone was so stoked, it was a bit different because usually when we surf, we're either training or competing. It was really fun to surf without any pressure."
Surfing with Mauli Ola Foundation at San Elijo State Beach was the perfect way to wrap up the My Bikini Tour.
"It's really cool to make other kids happy and share the stoke of surfing," Brisa said. "Being in the water is just magical and it makes me happy to share that with other people."
After the surf session, the crew enjoyed acai bowls from Sambazon and fish tacos from Wahoo's.
Bethany hid a prize pack full of her signature gear at the Cardiff "Kook" surfer statue nearby, then posted an Instagram announcing the scavenger hunt.
"Y'all are lagging!" she posted after five minutes had gone by and the prize pack was still hanging from the statue. Running footsteps were heard and suddenly two young girls raced towards the statue from San Elijo State Beach campground.
"Congratulations, you found it!" Bethany cheered as she ran up to meet the lucky winner and snap a pic together for Instagram.
Wednesday, July 23rd
My Bikini Summer Tour 2014 Wrap-up
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My Bikini Tour In the Rearview
That's a wrap! After six fun-filled days of laughs, adventure and friendship, the Rip Curl My Bikini Tour came to an end in San Diego. From road tripping through Florida to meeting fans at the team signings, scavenger hunts, a live #AskSurfline Twitter chat, surfing with Mauli Ola and checking out Rip Curl's new Spring 2015 swim line at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, there was never a dull moment on the My Bikini Tour.
There had been so many great memories created (and selfies taken) by the Rip Curl girls. It was hard to believe that the My Bikini Tour was finally over and it was time to return to normal life –surfing, training and traveling on the ASP World Tour.
Nikki summed it all up when she said, "Favorite moment on the My Bikini Tour? That's really hard because it was all so fun! The surf session with Mauli Ola just perfectly topped off the My Bikini Tour…so many smiles and it was such a beautiful day, everyone just had such a fun surf. Right now I'm standing on the beach and I'm already missing everyone."
Alana, Tyler and Pauline agreed; the My Bikini Tour was so much fun, but with the Vans US Open of Surfing just around the corner, it was time to get serious about training and competing.
"There were so many good memories," said Alana. "I really enjoyed hanging out with the girls and just doing something different. I really liked taking the kids surfing on the last day –it was kind of a perfect day. Now that the tour is over, I'm back in Newport just trying to surf and get ready for the US Open craziness."
Don't forget to drop by Huntington Beach to cheer on Alana, Tyler, Nikki and Pauline at the US Open of Surfing next week!