The 50 Sexiest Water Sports Athletes

Scott HowardContributor IJune 19, 2011

The 50 Sexiest Water Sports Athletes

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    Summer is upon us and that means regular trips to the beach, lake, or river for some wet and wild fun in the sun.

    What better time to reflect on those women who make a living out of wearing bikinis, playing in the water, and putting on sunscreen.

    The best part about these girls is that not only do they look good, but they also do some things in the water that defy all logic and rationale.

    Although they're not so bad out of the water either. Here are the 50 sexiest water sports athletes.

50. Rosanne Hodge

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    The second-ranked South African in the world is tall at 5'10".

    Hodge was named the most improved surfer on the world tour in 2009.

49. Dara Torres

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    We all know that Dara Torres is hot for an older woman, but I'm here to say that she's just hot. Period.

    Sure she may be in her 40's, but we all know this just means she has a lot of life experience.

    Those 12 medals (four of each) also give her considerable novelty.

48. Shelby Kantar

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    Shelby is a wakeboarder from Sacramento who had her coming out party in 2007 when she won the women’s Pro Tour title and the Female Athlete of the Year award.

    She also has quite a "situation" going on in her abdomen. Don't mess with her.

47. Summer Sanders

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    Better known to the younger crowd as the co-host of Inside Stuff and Nickelodeon's Figure It Out, Sanders was also a pretty decent swimmer.

    She won two golds, a silver and a bronze in the 1992 Olympics. She slowly moved to TV where instead of competing at the highest level she was tasked with keeping overzealous Nickelodeon pseudo-celebrities in check.

46. Nicola Butler

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    Nicola is a South African wakeboarder who, according to her website, had "the best ever 2008 season by a female wakeboarder in history."

    I know nothing about wakeboarding, so I can't really say either way. All I can say is that there's no place for humility in the sport.

45. Leisel Jones

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    Leisel Jones is an Australian swimmer who has won five medals in her last three appearances at the Summer Olympics. 

    I might add, she is also very attractive. I wouldn't mind saying G'Day to her.

44. Cathy Williams

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    Cathy Williams is one of the pioneers of women's wakeboarding, and she retired at the ripe age of 27.

    She doesn't have a lot of pictures out there, but  here's a video where you can clearly see her hotness on display.

43. Tyler Wright

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    Tyler Wright is a hot young surfer who has won a Junior championship. She also gets major credit for having the same name as the surfer chick from Point Break.

    There's no way that's a coincidence.

42. Layne Beachley

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    Okay, so she may not be the most traditionally "hot" girl on the list, but she has something that most of these other girls don't: skills.

    She's won seven World Championships, including six straight from 1998-2003. She was also the first woman ever invited to a men's tournament.

    Okay, now look at the picture again. See? Hotter?

41. Sage Erickson

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    Sage is a 20-year-old surfer who was raised between Ojai, California and the famous North Shore of Oahu.

    She's obviously taken some model photos, but she's no slouch on a surfboard either. She won the 2007 bronze medal at the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Portugal.

40. Bruna Schmitz

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    This Brazilian hottie has taken the surfing world by storm. She qualified for the ASP Women's World Championship tour in 2009 as an 18-year-old.

    She was only the third South American to make the tour and has been romantically linked to French surfer Jeremy Flores.

    Since other surfers love her, that gives her instant credibility.

39. Guo Jingjing

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    Guo Jingjing is a Chinese diver who has become the best in the world at her craft. She has tied a record with five Olympic medals, including two golds in 2004 and a gold in 2008.

    I bet she doesn't get bad scores out of the water either.

38. Melissa Wu

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    This Australian diver was 16 when she made a name for herself at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but she's 19 now so no need to worry.

    Wu won a Silver Medal in Beijing for the synchronized 10m platform, becoming the youngest Australian ever in history to win an Olympic medal in diving.

    She also enjoys movie premieres, apparently.

37. Paige Hareb

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    Paige Hareb is a surfer from New Zealand who became the first woman from her country to qualify for the ASP World Tour also known as "The Dream Tour."

    I wonder if she knows the Hiphopapotamus and the Rhymenocerous.

36. Coco Ho

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    All jokes about her last name aside (Google "Coco Ho" and you may find several pictures of Ice-T's wife in different states of undress), Coco is one of the top young surfers out there.

    The Hawaiian comes from an extensive surfing family where two of her uncles and her brother are all pro surfers.

    You know how protective surfers are of their turf, so imagine how protective they are of Coco.

35. Laure Manaudou

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    Laure Manaudou is a French swimmer who found herself on the "naughty" list in 2008 when several compromising pictures of her appeared on the internet.

    The pictures were reportedly leaked by her angry ex-boyfriend, but what takes this story to the next level is that there's also a video floating around.

34. Keala Kennelly

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    Keala Kennelly is a professional surfer who made the leap into acting as well. She started off by starring in a surfing documentary called 7 Girls in 2001.

    She also played herself in the most famous female surfing movie of all time, Blue Crush, before costarring in the short-lived,  extremely strange HBO show John from Cincinnati.

    Keala definitely has that "I'm a tough chick, but I'm also hot" thing going that really works in the surfing world.

33. Laura Enever

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    This Australian surfing hottie made her debut as an 18-year-old in 2009.

    Since then she's been following in the footsteps of her mentor, Lisa Andersen. She may not have hit it big yet, but she's already one of the hottest surfers in the world.

32. Stephanie Gimore

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    This Australian surfer has won four consecutive Women's ASP World Tour Championships, from 2007-2010.

    Success definitely makes a girl hotter, but Gilmore doesn't need much help in that department.

31. Federica Pellegrini

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    Federica Pellegrini holds three world records in swimming, and has a gold and silver medal to her credit.

    Talented and beautiful? A winning combination.


30. Maya Gabeira

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    What makes Maya so hot (besides her bikini body, of course) is the fact that she is a big wave surfer.

    In 2009, she took home the ESPY for Best Female Action Sports Athlete and later that year she surfed what is considered to be the largest wave any female has ever ridden, a 45-footer at Dungeons in South Africa.

29. Natalie Coughlin

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    You know what they say about big lungs?

    Yeah, me neither.

    The swimming federation had to create a line that swimmers had to break the water and stop underwater swimming, because Coughlin was able to hold her breathe for nearly 3/4's of the pool.

    Coughlin has won 11 medals in two Olympics, including three golds.

28. Lee Ann Curren

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    Lee Ann Curren has surfing in her blood-- she's the daughter of three-time ASP champion Tom Curren.

    She was born and raised in France, so she's case you didn't think she was hot enough already.

27. Megan Abubo

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    Growing up in Hawaii, surfing was second nature to Abubo, who joined the professional tour in 1998.

    She was runner-up for the world championship in 2000, and she has been on the tour ever since, winning five titles in the process.

26. Sally Fitzgibbons

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    Another Australian surfing hottie, the 20-year-old Fitzgibbons is a fresh face on the women's surfing scene.

    She was the fastest ever to qualify for the ASP World Tour, and she's looking to replace good friend Stephanie Gilmore as the world's No. 1 female surfer.

    Fitzgibbons definitely has the focus, as she is famous for being totally sober. In fact, she's never taken a drink in her life.

    Now that's dedication.

25. Daize Shayne

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    Daize is a California native that does everything you would expect out of a California girl. She surfs, sings and models.

    She's a two-time longboarding champion, so she definitely has the ability. We enjoy all of her talents, but I'd have to say I have a personal preference for the modeling side of things.

24. Serena Brooke

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    Serena Brooke was one of the best surfers of her time, winning Women's Rookie of the Year in 1995.

    She also held the No. 1 ranking in the world for a period of time in 2001 and achieved a No. 2 ranking twice more.

    Serena doesn't spend as much time surfing anymore, but she sure looks good when she does.

23. Emily Copeland Durham

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    Emily Copeland Durham is a member of Team Nautique, and she has apparently won every women's wakeboarding competition at some point in her career.

    Emily keeps a strict diet and training program...and it definitely shows.

22. Charlene Wittstock

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    This former South African backstroker may not have won any medals, but she certainly is a princess.

    No,really...she's a princess. She's married to Prince Albert of Monaco.

    If she's good enough for a prince, that's good enough for me.

21. Lani Doherty

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    Lani recently turned 18, so there's no reason to feel guilty. She's a young up-and-coming surfer who's been on a board as long as she can remember.

    The Maui native grew up in a surfing family, and she was a member of the USA Surf Team in 2009.

Top 20...

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    For the top 20, I've decided to do something special. In addition to a photo of each girl in her natural hotness, I'm also going to include a bonus action shot.

    Sometimes we get distracted by the looks and forget that these girls are actually world class athletes. Enjoy.

    P.S. - Here's an extra hot unnamed surfer chick...just because...

20. Anastasia Davydova and Anastasia Ermakova

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    These two synchronized swimmers work in harmony so well that they won gold in the 2004 Summer Olympics in the duet competition, and then moved over to the Russian national team to help them win gold in the 2006, and 2008 Summer Olympics.

    Apparently having the same first name gives them some sort of magical powers.

    I'm told Anastasia Davydova is on the right and Anastasia Ermakova is on the left, but does it really matter?

Anastasias in Action

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    All I can say is...these girls sure do clean up nice.

19. Monyca Byrne-Wickey

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    Monyca, in addition to having a uniquely spelled first name, is a surfer from the Hana side of Maui. She's been romantically linked to male surfer Ola Eleogram.

Monyca in Action

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    Monyca carving a wave.

18. Jenny Useldinger

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    Jenny Useldinger is a professional surfer and will be appearing in the soon-to-be released documentary Isolated.

    It's got to be great for these hot surfers who always have a career in modeling or television waiting for them—and we're right there to watch them.

Jenny in Action

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    Here's Jenny riding a monster wave. That does not look safe.

17. Holly Beck

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    Beck didn't take up surfing until she was 15 but has made up for lost time.

    Other than her surfing career, Beck has appeared in Rolling Stone and Teen People as a model and on the 2003 reality TV show Boarding House: North Shore.

    And apparently she's really, really into slicing vegetables.

Holly in Action

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    It really is Holly's world.

16. Dallas Friday

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    I don't know a lot about wakeboarders, but if I imagined one, her name would definitely be Dallas Friday.

    The name screams "outdoor sports," and her body screams "I want to watch."

    Not only is she hot, but she's also good. The former gymnast has won an X Games silver medal and has an ESPY on her mantle.

Dallas in Action

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    She even looks good upside down.

15. Haley Cope

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    Cope won a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics.

    In 2004 she also appeared in Playboy. For that she deserved the gold!

Haley in Action

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    Here's a shot of Haley from her college days.

14. Karina Petroni

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    Standing at nearly six feet tall, Karina Petroni could easily be mistaken for a supermodel. In fact, she's one of the best surfers in the world.

    She finished second to Stephanie Gilmore at the 2007 US Open of Surfing and finished 15th on the tour in 2008.

Karina in Action

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    This doesn't look like it follows the laws of science.

13. Missy Gibson

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    Gibson has been one of the favorites on tour for years but has recently taken up a new venture.

    She's in a rock band named Breech that plays heavily in the L.A. area.

    A hot surfer combined with a hot rocker chick? This is too good to be true.

Missy in Action

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    An up-close and personal view of Missy riding a wave.

12. Erica Hosseini

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    Hosseini has made the popular transition from professional surfer to bikini model. I mean, it's only natural.

    Don't get confused though: Hosseini is a surfer first. She's won numerous titles, including placing first at the Volcom Championships in 2008.

    But still...let's hope she sticks with the modeling.

Erica in Action

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    Erica manages to take some time to make sure she looks good in the middle of a ride.

11. Christa Alves

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    This 21-year-old Florida native turns heads on the beach and on her surfboard. She won two Junior titles in 2006 and 2008, and she's also won some distinctions for her beauty.

    She's been featured in's Top 10 Female Surfer list and was a finalist for TransWorld SURF's 2009 model search.

Christa in Action

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    It's amazing what these girls can do in the water.

10. Veronica Kay

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    You have to love a surfer who knows that she's hot. Veronica Kay has no problems showing off her body, as she has appeared in both Stuff and Maxim.

    She tells Maxim about the many times that her bikini has come flying off in the water. I need to find out where this girl surfs.

Veronica in Action

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    She earned her spot in those magazines based on her surfing, not her looks, ok?

9. Amanda Beard

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    When you think of hot swimmers, you have to think of Amanda Beard. After Michael Phelps, of course.

    She is the poster girl for being hot and talented, and she's definitely not afraid to show off that finely-tuned Olympic caliber body.

Amanda in Action

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    She's so fast she has time to pose for pictures at the bottom of the pool in the middle of a race.

8. Alana Blanchard

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    This 21-year-old has gained fame for both her surfing and her hotness, as she was named "the hottest surfer in the world" by TW Surf.

    Blanchard is also famous for being with fellow surfer Bethany Hamilton when she was attacked by a shark and lost her arm.

    Blanchard and her father helped get Hamilton to the hospital after she lost about three liters of blood.

    A saint, a good surfer and a hottie? Sounds like the total package.

Alana in Action

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    I really need to start going to more women's surfing events.

7. Malia Jones

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    I'm not going to lie: Malia Jones is probably the biggest reason why I made this list in the first place. Jones has mixed ethnicity but was born in California and raised in Hawaii.

    Her surfing career wasn't spectacular, but it put her in the spotlight, and she turned that into a pretty lucrative modeling career.

    Jones can be found on many lists of the hottest female athletes...with good reason.

Malia in Action

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    I don't know how they got this photo, but it's awesome in so many ways.

6. Hailey and Sierra Partridge

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    Okay, so maybe each should have her own entry, but how could I split up twin sisters that do everything together, including surfing and walking the dog?

    What's not to love about these two? They surf, they model and, of course, they're seriously hot. And there's two of them!

Hailey and Sierra in Action

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    There are no pictures of them surfing on the same wave at the same time (if that's even possible), so here's a picture of Sierra by her lonesome.

5. Bia and Branca Feres

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    More twins!

    I don't think synchronized swimming had ever been considered a "sexy" sport until Brazilian twins Bia and Branca Feres joined its ranks.

    These girls can even make swim caps and nose plugs look hot.

    Technically they should take up two slots, but since in our minds they're always together, we might as well just count them as one person.

Bia and Branca in Action

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    Imagine going for a swim in your pool and being surprised by these two popping out of the water? Merry Christmas.

4. Sonia Garcia

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    Let me introduce you to Sonia Estela García Correa. She's not only ridiculously hot, but she's also a nine time national champ in Panama.

    I wasn't aware that Panama had such a prolific surfing culture, but if they keep churning out girls like this I bet everyone will know about them soon.

Sonia in Action

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    I didn't believe that this girl was actually a surfer. This proves me wrong. Wow.

3. Stephanie Rice

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    This Australian beauty is pretty good at swimming. She won three gold medals at the 2008 Olympics, and holds the world record in the 400 m individual medley.

    She was also rumored to have been dating Michael Phelps. I hope they end up breeding because they're kids would be born with gills.

Stephanie in Action

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    She looks much different in the pool, but it's just as impressive.

2. Maeghan Major

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    Maeghan Major is another name that screams wakeboarding. Her refusal to spell her name in the conventional way displays her non-conformist attitude.

    Major has to her name. She is the Guinness Book of Records co-record holder for "most major wakeboarding titles held at one time" (the people at Guinness are getting pretty desperate).

    She was also, according to her website, the first woman to land a "tootsie roll, switch crowmobe, and tantrum to blind in competition."

    I don't know what any of that means, but I assume it's pretty good.

Maeghan in Action

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    Oh yeah. I do this move all the time. Don't you?

1. Anastasia Ashley

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    How could a girl named Anastasia Ashley not be hot? We don't know the answer, because this girl is absolutely smokin'.

    I'm not sure how good of a surfer she is, but she is definitely good at taking pictures in a bikini.

Anastasia in Action

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    Yes, she actually surfs! She's not just a model.