OK, where’s the ESPN ombudsman? Further blurring the line between “mainstream” sports sites, blogs and, well, skin mags, the WWL rolled out a piece on Wednesday entitled “They’ve Got The Look,” which chronicles the up-and-coming sport of female surfing. And what would an in-depth ESPN take on surfing be without zillions of photos of attractive girls in bikinis?
You’re not fooling anyone, ESPN, with your bikini surfer chicks and your pro volleyball coverage and your Erin Andrews. You’re just as prurient as the rest of us. Also, it has come to my attention that many of the girls pictured in your feature are not yet 18. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s just that you’re ESPN; you’re supposed to look down your nose at that type of thing. But let’s get right to the ESPN article, with quotes which remind us more of the Penthouse Letters Forum than anything. And more photos from a VANITY FAIR shoot of the girls below.
Excerpts from the ESPN article by Christina Scannapiego:
“I do surf in small bikinis,” said Alana Blanchard. “But they’re not that small. That’s just what we wear in Hawaii.”
“It’s great that VANITY FAIR is backing us. It’s a huge magazine and to be recognized by them is a big deal,” said Courtney Conlogue, a high school senior. “My dad didn’t really know who they were — but a lot of people do.”
That sort of familiarity in front of the lens coupled with leading such a healthy, active lifestyle can get a girl pretty far in the world of entertainment and images. In fact, before the VANITY FAIR shoot, Conlogue flew out to New York to participate in a “how to dress for an athletic body type” bit for TEEN VOGUE.
The magazine called her out as “The Blue Crush,” to put it into laymen’s terms. The girl can obviously throw her tail with the best of ‘em but some say that the size — or lack thereof — of her bikinis may not harm her cause with mainstream media, either.
(Sage Erickson & Malia Manuel)