Friday, June 8, 2012

Triple-S: Sun. Style. Swag.

LF Team Rider Claire Lutz shows off her kite scoop.
Now shut your mouths boys, that's not polite. ;)
Ok... so maybe that's not what REAL Kiteboarding's Triple-S Invitational stands for (Surf, Slick and Sliders) but on Thursday June 7, the hottest action by far was found off the water.

That evening marked the second annual Sunset Swim Charity Runway Event.  All the models were (quite awesomely) fellow kiters! My favorite photo is of the front row guys gawking at Liquid Force rider Claire Lutz as she strutted her kite scoop across the runway. Even more bonus for supporting these lovely ladies, all proceeds from the auction went to support Athletes For Cancer. KB4C has their annual Hood River event during RoSham this July 13-15th, whoop! 

Props of the night go to LF and REAL team rider Sensi Graves. Not only did she win a wild card competitor position, her new bikini line SENSI --for kiters by kiters-- showcased in the fashion show. This girl's got mad skills and an even bigger heart.

Becky Willard strutting her stuff in original
 Gretta Kruesi hand-painted SENSI bikini
Sensi asked me while we were on Maui last winter to hand paint one of her bikinis as a donated item for the fashion show/  auction. I've done shoe art, street art, and board art...but this was my debut on swimwear. I found it a bit tricky with the ruching already sewn in. Fabric paint is pretty thick and difficult to use, which is why it's best known popularity was in the 80's and early 90's as puffy paint and tie-dye. However. As cool as I used to think my big sister's custom sweatshirts were, I opted for using a brush technique, to soften and add sophistication to the neon generation of wearable art.

In the end was happy to see it quickly bid upon, raising money for the cause. And stoked to have my first swimsuit worn by, and hometown of Charleston represented by fellow Naish rider Becky Willard.

For the Triple-S being such a bro-fest, Thursday night was all about the ladies.

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