Coco Ho rides naked for ESPN The Magazine's 2014 Body Issue

July 9, 2014 | Surfing
Coco Ho: the water's cold without wetsuit | Photo: ESPN The Magazine's 2014 Body Issue

Coco Ho appears naked on ESPN The Magazine's 2014 Body Issue.

The 23-year-old wave rider born in Honolulu, Hawaii, joins Kelly Slater, Stephanie Gilmore, and Maya Gabeira, in the list of surfers who dropped their clothes for ESPN's Body Issue.

"I think I always admired the athletes for stripping down and portraying strong bodies as beauty - not as sexy nude shoots," explains Coco Ho.

"I really do see the integrity in ESPN as a whole and think of it as something so prestigious, like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I've always wanted to be a part of."

The Body Issue was launched in 2008 to answer Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue. It regularly features and focus on the physical structure of athletes from multiple sports.

Coco Ho's naked body is the result of a professional surfing career. The daughter of Michael Ho started catching waves at only seven. Since then, she won more than 25 trophies.

"To me the ESPN Body issue doesn't play into the 'sex sells' theory because I'm being photographed alongside 20-plus highly respected athletes portraying a body's strength as beauty - not caked in makeup, laying on a bed."

Coco Ho is 5'3'' (1.60 meters) and weighs 122 pounds (55.3 kilograms). ESPN The Magazine's 2014 Body Issue is out July 11th.

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