Well Being

That Girl: Meet Surfer And Natural Model, Bo Stanley

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Because we adore women of all shapes and sizes who excel in all sports, we are excited to celebrate this week's That Girl, Bo Stanley. Bo is not only an avid surfer, but she is also a model and ambassador for Healthy is the New Skinny, a movement dedicated to bringing messages of true health to the beauty and fashion industry, regardless of size. We love that! Know what else we love? Bo's philosophy about ice cream! Take a look:

Meet:

Bo Stanley

Carpinteria, California

Age 22

Surfer/model/ambassador for Healthy is the New Skinny

Fitness/health accomplishment you are most proud of:

My biggest accomplishment so far in my career as a competitive surfer is finishing top 20 in 2011 on the World Qualifying Series of Womens Surfing. I so wish that my sponsor at the time, Billabong, would have stepped up to the plate so I could have continued traveling the world for contests and dominating on the WQS. It is so sad that instead of supporting me financially, Billabong decided it was more beneficial to give other girls the financial support because they were a size 2 and thus could model for their brand as well. It is a shame what the womens surfing world has turned into. That is why now my biggest health accomplishment is teaming up with Healthy is the New Skinny to help fight for equality among all female athletes, not based on looks or size.

What inspires you to get fit every day?

What inspires me to get fit everyday is the feeling I get after a long run, a day of surfing, or a long swim. There is no better feeling than feeling healthy and fit. I know that staying fit will keep my mind, body, and spirit in line. I am inspired daily to keep healthy and fit to show women that a size 2 doesn't always equal healthy and fit. I am a healthy size 6/8 and this is where my body rests naturally when I am in peak performance for surfing, swimming, paddling or running.

What do you do when you don't feel like working out?

I am never too hard on myself. If I don't feel like working out, I'll take a day off and just relax. Lots of sleep and little stress are recipes for a healthy and happy life. I have learned that pushing your body past the point of exhaustion only has negative results, so just take a day or two off and when your ready to work out again you will actually enjoy it. Staying mentally healthy is just as important as staying physically healthy.

Favorite energizing meal:

I love keeping it lean and green. Lots of proteins, vegetables and fruits. I try to stay away from too many sugar or carbs as it tends to slow me down, but I am never too strict. I tend to eat what my body is telling me to eat, and if that means an ice cream cone, well than I am going to have an ice cream cone! 🙂

What's your favorite way to chill post-workout?

After a long run I love to jump in the ocean cool off and then lay in the warm sand. If I have just done a long swim in the pool, it is straight to the shower and then read a book or just relax in the sun. I love getting dirty so that I can get clean, and a long workout calls for a long chill out!

What is your top kick-ass workout?

Running is my weakness so when I beat my top mile on a run it always feels like I just kicked some ass. Every run you do you builds more endurance so I am continuing to work on my improving my pace. It's not easy, but you sure feel accomplished afterward! I love to challenge myself on my weak athletic points because there is nothing better than to watch yourself improve, and when I improve my workouts on land, I always surf better in the water!

Where is your favorite/most unique place you've ever exercised?

Since I travel a fair bit, I am always finding ways to work out while on the go. Once I was down in Mexico and found a tanning bed made of wood so I started doing some lunge jumps on it. But the third jump ended up with a huge gash on my leg when I skimmed the edge of the wood bed and should have gotten stitches. After that I decided maybe it was best to just lay on the tanning bed instead. Now I have a huge scar on my leg to remind me. Haha.

What's the biggest lesson you've learned through sports?

The biggest lesson I have learned trough sports is to never take any sport too seriously. There is a fine line between pushing yourself to be better and losing the fun of the sport. I have learned to always keep a balance of attention between your mind and your body. Both are equally so important to me so that I can continue to surf the rest of my life and enjoy it just as much as the first time I stood up on a board!

Photo credits:
Photography: Michelle Moore http://www.michellemoore.com
Styling: Stacy Zimmerman http://www.szstyling.com
Hair & Makeup: Amy Clarke http://www.amyclarkemakeup.com/
Bathing Suits: Roxy