Monthly Archives: June 2015

Events: Ventura Surf Rodeo

SR-95This summer, Ventura, California, will celebrate the return of the  Surf Rodeo music and surfing festival on July 11-12, 2015. Complete with a kid’s area, live music and rodeo games, there is something for everyone at Surf Rodeo. Get your surf on in the surf/obstacle course or check out musical acts including Pato Banton and The Aggrolites.

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How to Choose a Surfboard



Union Surfboards and hyper-cool surf blog Indoek have partnered together to create this great visual flow-chart that will help you choose your favorite summer surfboard. Apparently this summer I should be riding an Alaia. And you?

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Malia Jones Debut Swim Collection


Photo credit: Heidi Tappis

Surfer girl Malia Jones has graced the covers of more than a dozen magazines and also earned been named to the lists for People Magazine‘s “Most Beautiful” and Esquire‘s “Sexiest Athletes.” Now this surfer-turned-model has created a gorgeous new high-end swimsuit line that features modern lines and sexy silhouettes. 

Tell us about your swimsuit line. How did it come about?

I live in a swimsuit, but I didn’t have that go-to brand of swimsuits that I always knew I felt great in. I wanted to put together a collection of timeless swim styles that fit great with beautiful fabrics that you feel good in. There are neutral colors and seasonal prints that you can mix and match, but the styles will carry over to the next season so you can always go back and get the suits you love and know that fits you great. The kaftans and tunics in the collection are simple and easy. They are ready to be thrown in a weekend bag and taken to any beach or resort. Everything is very modern, beautiful and understated.

As a model, mother and new designer, do you have much time to get in the water? 

Luckily I live in Hawaii and going to the beach is just part of the lifestyle here. We live near the ocean so I do get to jump in the water every day. My little boy is starting to surf as well so it’s a whole new love for surfing watching him catch waves and being a part of his love for the ocean. 

MJAs a former competitive surfer, what is surfing like for you now?

I’m not sure if I’ll ever surf as much as I used to. When you’re younger with no responsibility and no one to look after, surfing two to three times a day is just what you’re used to. Waking up and wondering what the waves are like and where you’re going to surf today is definitely a luxury you don’t even realize at the time. To be young and so carefree! 

But now I definitely appreciate my time in the water more. I’m usually on a schedule so I enjoy every second while I’m out there. I think I almost enjoy it more now than I did growing up. 

I was never that into contests. I guess surfing has never been a sport to me, but a lifestyle that just becomes a part of who you are. 

What does it mean to you to surf like a girl?

Image 2My hero out in the water was always Rell Sunn. I looked up to her in so many ways as a female surfer. She ripped but she also owned her female energy. She was powerful but graceful. That’s why they call her the Queen. Women add a different energy to the lineup. Having her as a role model taught me to embrace it.

Malia’s designs can be found at select retails shops and online at

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The Surfer Girl and Skin Cancer: Prevention

After two melanoma diagnoses, I will now spend the rest of my life preventing extraneous sun exposure. The first and most obvious prevention method is to stay out of the sun. As a surfer girl, and basically as a human, this is impossible for me. But there are ways to practice sun safety.

Surf Early: I have started limiting my time at the beach to off-peak hours; the sun is the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so before and after are more ideal times to frolic in the ocean or on the shore. The good news is that the waves are better in the morning. So in the future I will plan to be out of the water at 10 a.m., and I will make sure I am am in the shade under an SPF rated umbrella if I remain on the beach.

sportsspf45-webWear Sunscreen: The next thing to do is to make sure to wear an SPF broad-spectrum sunscreen year-round. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends an SPF of 30 or higher that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Until recently, I have just picked up the ubiquitous drug store brand, but I am now more conscious of the how chemicals can affect me—and the earth—and I check the ingredients on sunscreens to be sure they’re safe. The Environmental Working Group offers a great list of the best sunscreens for you and your family. Lately, I have been using Suntegrity (created by a daughter who lost her mother to skin cancer) and I often share my two-year-old daughter’s Alba Kids SPF 45 when we are out and about. When applying sunscreen, make sure you put on enough (about two tablespoons) and reapply every two hours.

Cover Up: As I round the corner of 40, I am perfectly happy to put my two-piece bikini days behind me. I still want to look stylish on the beach, so I have started checking out SPF clothing lines, such as Coolibar, Cabana Life, and Mott 50. I purchased the ZnO Pants from Coolibar, along with their swim tights that I will try out in Hawaii this summer. I also bought a pair of swim tights for my daughter and will pair that with a rash guard for her. I have yet to find the perfect sun hat. It needs to be cute and cool, block the sun but not my vision—and I want to be able to throw into a beach bag without crushing it. If you have any suggestions, be sure to send them my way!

When I surf, I almost always wear a full suit and I have a 3:2 and a 4:3 that work perfectly for me in the cool California water. And, okay, fine, I will probably get a dorky surf hat, or at least surf during the morning hours with a water-resistant sunscreen on my face, hands, and feet.

Check Yourself: Finally, it’s recommended that you perform a monthly self-examination of your skin, and be sure to get an annual examination by a dermatologist. It could save your life!

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