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Roxy Pros Reveal How You, Too, Can Rock The Waves and Teeny Bikinis

Written on May 7, 2013 at 9:17 am , by

When asked her favorite surfing destination, Monyca gushed about Mexico’s fun waves but as far as culture goes, she said, “I think Bali is really rad.” (Photo courtesy of ROXY)

“Follow your heart and dare!” The DVF Loves Roxy Spring 2013 line’s motto perfectly describes the collaboration’s bold prints and playful silhouettes. In celebration of this laid-back but confident surfer sprit, Roxy pros Kelia Moniz and Monyca Byrne-Wickey flaunted the new bikinis for the camera after lending a hand in the design process. We sat down with the two gals to hear about their recent epic ride. Read on to learn about Kelia and Monyca’s swimsuit requirements, bikini-friendly diet and why fitness is not just a passion, but their lifestyle. 

How did you two get into surfing?

KM: My dad was a professional surfer, so it was in the family. We were raised going to the beach—pretty much on the beach. My mom homeschooled us so surfing was a big part of my life. Every day after school (and during school!) we’d go to the beach and surf. And I have four brothers—it was something we did for fun. Being in Hawaii, there’s not much to do so the beach is pretty much our playground.
MBW: I grew up in a really small town—like literally two general stores, one gas station. There’s not a ton of stuff to do and so the beach is kind of like our playground. That’s where everybody goes after school to have fun. My family didn’t really surf. My sister surfed a bit, but I mostly learned from my two best friends growing up…they’re all boys and boys usually pick up surfing a lot easier than girls do so I always was trying to be as good as them and keep up. They’d really push me.

What do you look for when searching for the perfect suit?

MBW: Comfort is very important, especially in the water because you need something that’s tight to stay on, but at the same time you don’t want it digging into your neck or imprinting on your sides. You want it to stay on so a cross-back top is always really good. Something that’s not adjustable here [points to rib cage] so you’re not flying open. As far as bottoms go, I prefer regular—no ties or anything like that—because a lot of times you’re standing up on your board and you could get them caught on your hand…I want something that’s functional, comfortable and also looks cute on the beach. So if you’re going to the beach, the waves aren’t looking good and you decide you’re not going out, you’re still going to be really cute. And just as cute as all the other girls who aren’t surfing. I also prefer a smaller bottom just because I think it’s more flattering and you don’t get as crazy tan lines.

Do you draw your color/pattern inspiration from Hawaii or other places you visit during competition?

MBW: Sort of. I feel like there are some places we go that there’s definitely more of a style that we don’t see at home in Hawaii. In Australia, all the girls wear structured tops, like mostly bra tops and florescent colors. I do like a bra top, but I feel like for surfing, if you’re going to be out there for hours it can get really uncomfortable. It’s super cute; I still love it. I prefer pastels, florals and solids mostly. All the girls we travel with and all the girls on our team completely enjoy a different thing and the great thing is we’re all with Roxy and they have such a wide array of all that—there’s a print for everybody, there’s a style for everybody and there’s a color for everybody.
KM: [Monyca] loves, just like she said, a cross-back and I love triangle adjustable tops. I love tie sides.
MBW: And we’re super different surfers. I ride a short board and she rides a long board so she could even get away with wearing a bandeau because it’s not as rough.
KM: I’m above the water most of the time and I’m not duck diving where my top’s going to come off so I wear bandeaus all the time, especially to stay away from tan lines. Read more

The Boys of Summer

Written on April 9, 2013 at 10:00 am , by

(Photo courtesy of fahertybrand.com)

It’s that time of year in NYC when everyone is restless and so over winter. We’re all chomping at the bit for warmer weather. I’m not gonna lie—I’m a total beach bum. The last week I’ve been working on swimsuits for our July/August cover shoot, strategizing over what cool sporty bikini will look best on our cover girl. But yesterday when the temperature hit that 70* mark I was ready to start thinking about what I’d like to be wearing on the beach in Miami while I stand behind the scenes of the Fitness cover shoot. It’s an easy answer after my meeting with the Faherty twins. They just launched a brand of swimsuits that is everything I love: surf-inspired, in yummy mixable prints, that give killer coverage for an active girl (running back and forth between wardrobe changes requires a suit that keeps my girls put!). I should also mention that the brand offers the softest swimsuit fabrics I’ve come across so far.

So this morning before getting to work I went on fahertybrand.com and ordered my swimsuit for next week (this top, and this bottom..how cute?). I’m so ready for Miami—now I just have to wait for the Faherty’s to launch their T-shirts and rompers!

5 Crunch-Free Moves for Bikini-Ready Abs

Written on June 20, 2012 at 8:29 am , by

Today is officially the first day of the most belly-baring season: summer! While we may be tempted to chill out by the pool with a tasty drink, it’s not the time to slack off on staying fit and strong (but when is?). We asked Jill Miller, trainer and creator of the new Coregeous workout DVD, to share five of her favorite, unique moves that tone the midsection.

Add them to your routine this week and hit the beach with confidence all summer long!

Magician’s Assistant on a Ledge

  1. Place your right hip on a brick and right elbow on the ground.
  2. Engage your side-waist muscles to raise your legs to hover four to six inches above the ground. (Make sure that your shoulders, pelvis and ankles line up with each other, and that the two legs remain glued together.)
  3. Sustain the position while breathing deeply for one full minute, then switch sides and repeat.

WHY? “This exercise targets the internal and external oblique layers and a deep low back muscle,” Miller explains. “You will feel this one tomorrow!”

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Be a Polka Dot Bikini Babe

Written on June 17, 2011 at 9:52 am , by

It’s itsy bitsy, teeny weeny, yellow, polka dot bikini season and everyone here at FITNESS is so ready to hit the beach. And we’ve heard from many of you who are too! According to a recent poll done on fitnessmagazine.com, 42 percent of participants said polka dots/other options were tops over sequins, florals and stripes, when asked to name your favorite bikini print.

So to honor your selection, the fashion gals have decided to showcase some of the coolest polka dot bikinis that are available this season. Whether you’re strutting these spots on the beach or sporting them poolside, you’ll be rocking what our readers think is the cutest bikini look this summer!

1. J.Crew top $52, bottom $50

2. Asos $69

3. Island Company top $62, bottom $62

4. Tomas Maier $130

5. Roxy top $34, bottom $34

6. JETS by Jessika Allen top $145, bottom $82

7. L*Space top $73, bottom $70

8. Etoile Isabel Marant $165

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