As part of their annual Body Issue, ESPN The Magazine featured photos of one very nude Coco Ho surfing in Hawaii. Since 2009, the magazine has been running tastefully shot nudes of some of the world’s most esteemed athletes, including Olympians, football players, and soccer stars.
Surfers have been a part of the mix for some time with the likes of Slater, Steph Gilmore, and Maya Gabeira all ditching their clothes for the publication. In 2009, when the Body Issue first hit newsstands, it sold double the amount of copies of a standard issue.
The photos of Coco aren’t overly revealing, but showcase a young athlete in her physical prime. (Read: nope, no full frontal.) From what’s been released so far, there’s a video going behind the scenes of the shoot and a few photos leaked by ESPN.
In the accompanying interview with ESPN, Coco said the body image has taken a downward spiral in surfing. “Because we’re in bikinis all day, we’re really critiqued. After a competition, social media will just be talking about who looked better in a bikini instead of who surfed better. It’s not even about the results anymore, so much is body. And that’s really frustrating at times.” Well, we now know who surfed best without a bikini.
Slater was featured running nude through a grassy field (true story) a few years back. Steph Gilmore posed nude on the beach for the magazine the following issue, and in 2012, big-wave surfer Maya Gabeira went au naturel as well.
While the leaked images from the shoot have been making their way around for the past few days, Coco recently posted this on her Facebook: “I’m proud and honored to be included in this year’s edition of ESPN’s Body Issue. Thanks to ESPN The Magazine for the opportunity. The mag hits newsstands this Friday…I just need to figure out how to keep it away from my dad!”
Read more about 2014 The Body Issue, here