Kaua‘i girls get nationwide O-exposure

LIHU‘E — Some of these girls surf better than you, others can hit a ball in a way you will never be able to. All of them look incredibly fabulous.

O The Oprah Magazine features in its June issue quite a handful of Hawaiian female athletes, the majority of them from Kaua‘i.

The women participated in a fashion piece shot at St. Regis Princeville Resort on Kaua‘i’s North Shore. “Making Waves: Surf-Inspired Fashion,” shows the women fashioned in tropical prints, neoprene, racerbacks, mesh and more.

The Kaua‘i wahine include pro surfers Bethany Hamilton, Keala Kennelly and Alana Blanchard, surfers and former models Sanoe Lake and Lila Metzger, soccer player and surfer Mariko Strickland, Jeff Hakman’s niece and soul surfer Jasmine Jones, fitness guru and former beach volleyball champ Gabrielle Reece, and Ala Vierra, daughter of Kaua‘i Ocean Safety Bureau supervisor and big-wave rider Kalani Vierra.

The photo shoot also includes Maui pro surfer Talia Gangini and California pro longboarder Kassia Meador.

Although most of the featured women are already famous in the surf community or sports circle, O will broaden their fame.

The magazine sold an average of 2.38 million copies monthly — 396,000 on newsstands — in the second half of 2011, besting other traditional publications such as Rolling Stone, ESPN Magazine, Glamour, Vogue, Vanity Fair and Martha Stewart Living, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulation, which ranked O  in 20th place nationwide in average sales.

Visit www.oprah.com/style/Female-Surfers-Model-Surf-Inspired-Fashion for more information.

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