HERE’S THE SCARIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO BREE KLEINTOP, PRO SURFER

Check it out...Fun interview with the babes over at galoremag.com  xoxo

Bree Kleintop doesn’t have as much time for surfing, now that she’s also a full-time model, but hey, the U.S. Surf Open only comes once a year! Originally from the East Coast, Bree’s settled in California, where she’s able to work with swimwear designers, surf as much as she can, and still find time to curate her website Breeology. Catch up with Bree before she heads to celebrate the Surf Open with Galore at Chuck E. Cheese, below.

Can you tell us about one of the scariest moments that you’ve experienced surfing?

The one moment that really changed my respect for the force of Mother Nature was one day surfing in Hawaii. I was about 15 and thought I was basically invincible as most teens do! Swell size builds really quickly there and seems to come out of nowhere. It had been a solid day out, I took a fun wave and kicked out to avoid a long paddle back…when I looked over my shoulder there were huge mountains of water headed for me and I wasn’t near the channel. I got one deep breath and dove down as deep as I could and kept diving under to avoid being caught up in the washing machine of water above me. There was only a brief second in between before the next set wave hit that I could rush to the surface and catch a breath to try to keep from drowning. I remember seeing so many other surfers heads peaking up gasping for air in the white water trying to do exactly what I was. I could feel I was getting sucked away. When the seventh massive wave in the set hit I didn’t think I could hold my breath any longer it’s a very surreal feeling, drowning. The sheer force of that amount of water pounding down had already snapped my leash and ripped my board out. I must of blacked out I only remember a guy dragging me up onto the rocks, I had been sucked all the way into the nearby harbor. My friends said they had watched the whole thing helpless. The lifeguards kept counting the surfers heads trying to keep track of who was coming up for air and who wasn’t. There were about 20 of us who got hit by that fluke massive set. The weirdest thing, the guy who rescued me that day in Hawaii knew who I was and was from my hometown in Virginia. I’ve never seen him again, but I now believe in guardian angels.

If you’re not scared of waves/deep water like normal people, what are you scared of?

For some reason snakes want to befriend me, I run into them literally everywhere I go and I’m absolutely terrified of them…It’s really messed up! #SnakeWhisperer

How have your feelings about surfing changed over your career?

When I was younger I would surf all day every day, but lately I’ve been traveling more for modeling so I don’t get to be in the water as much as I would like to be…those wetsuit tan lines are tricky to cover up for shoots!

How do you keep your hair and skin healthy when the sun and sea are so damaging?

Sunblock…sunblock…and some more sunblock! Haha, and coconut oil is a must for both. Soaking my hair with fresh water before jumping in the ocean is a great trick I learned and I love using It’s a 10 leave in spray, it’s a miracle worker.

Do you date other surfers?

I’m a lucky girl! I date Mr. Eric Geiselman, he’s a gorgeous one and an incredible pro surfer.

How different or similar is your life from Kate Bosworth’s in Blue Crush?

It’s so funny, I went to that movie premiere when I was super young, I think we all wanted to be Kate Bosworth, so in my preteen mind I was secretly her. They definitely nailed the fun times we have, waking up to the sound of the waves and throwing on a bikini to get out there. It’s all about the love for the ocean.

Which kind of athletes have the best bodies?

Are we talking about girls or guys? I’m going to go with guys and say surfers, their backs & shoulders are on point! But if we’re talking girls then definitely ballerinas, so feminine and graceful. And of course I need to give surf girls creds!

What’s your favorite sad song right now?

“Wild Horses” by The Rolling Stones has always been my go to when I’m feeling down.

Do you have any tattoos?

I appreciate them on others…Just not for me yet, I haven’t been inspired by anything enough to ink myself with.

What great surfing advice is applicable to daily life?

Fear is your greatest enemy. Don’t hold back.

What aspect of the Surf Open are you most excited for?

For sure hanging with all the Kitten babes at Chuck E. Cheese eating pizza, playing arcade games….going to be good times!

Stab Mag // A SURF GAL WE ADORE: BREE KLEINTOP

I had the pleasure of chatting with my some of my favs at Stab Mag and this was the outcome Xx

Oh boy we love biting off more than we can chew! Bree Kleintop’s been on our radar for ever and a day, because… do we need to explain? @Breekleintop’s a dreamy follow. After much ado we finally tracked down a taster of her latest modelling output, and fired questions away without expectation. What came back was more candid and insightful than we could have hoped. We went for aesthetics, and stayed for the banter. The brain truly is the sexiest organ!

Are you a surfer/model, or a model/surfer? Growing up I was always a surfer girl surfing all day. Then around 13 my sponsor pulled me onto a campaign shoot. After that things really took off. I was given amazing opportunities to travel as a lifestyle surfer/model, and modelling agencies soon came knocking. I’ve kept growing taller which has helped build my modelling career. It’s become something I really love doing and I’ve gotten to work with amazing clients from all over the world. It’s a bit of a juggle between the two worlds, I wear a lot of sunblock now! At heart I’ll always be that surfer girl.

Who’s your surf hero? My dad Kleiny for sure. He’s still the biggest grom, and he rips! He still hassles me in the water to this day.

Professional female surfers either have to be pretty or on the tour, right? There’s only 17 girls on the elite tour, and a world full of amazing female surfers. The industry’s changing and creating different avenues for varying types of female surfers. You could be a girl who’s a talented competitor and has sponsors backing you to be on tour, or you could be the girl who can surf great, and’s really marketable freesurfing and living the lifestyle. I like that companies are incorporating girls that bring different things to the table it’s very cool and gives diversity to the sport.

You’re dating the gorgeous Eric Geiselman, how did he sweep you off your feet? The first time we met was at Lowers. He called me into a couple waves, and had such a great vibe about him. Later that afternoon I went to play a round of golf with a mutual friend of ours, and Eric came driving up in the other golf cart. I remember thinking, oh my, he’s possibly the sexiest man I’ve ever seen. The next time I saw him was months later in Hawaii at a party. When I leaned in to hug him hello it felt like a full on electric current between us. He asked me out on a date, and from that point on he swept me off my feet. He wooed me in every way and stole my heart completely. That was over two years ago, he still gives me butterflies.

Does he let you have waves, you him? Always, or else he knows he’ll be in the dog house! We paddle right next to each other and split waves, it’s the best.

You’ve got a strong social following, and you obviously put a lot of time and effort into your social game. How essential is that to your success as a brand? Social media has become very important in building your own personal brand, it’s a business in itself, it’s crazy! It has always blown my mind a bit how many people follow along with me through my day to day adventures. It means a lot to hear from followers who reach out and are stoked for me though!

Your site Breeology is aesthetically wonderful, what’s the story behind it? It’s the study of what I’m lovin’ and feelin’. Whether it be traveling, health tips, music, images from recent shoots, fashion, recipes, or something that moves me. It’s fun letting people get a peek into my life and sharing what’s on my mind.

We get a lot of heat for sexualising female pro surfing. We believe that we’re simply celebrating the beauty of the female form, in a tasteful way, and the fact that the girls happen to rip is an added bonus… I think it’s rad making the girls feel feminine and sexy, and showing a different side to them. It’s very empowering. It’s also the underlying fact that these girls aren’t just gorgeous, they absolutely rip! Part of being an ambassador for your sponsor is shooting in their swimwear, the same as surf guys do in boardshorts.

Do you see yourself as a role model to younger girls? I really hope so, that’s always been a goal of mine. I love answering the sweet emails and comments I get from girls who look up to me, and I try to encourage them in anyway I can. It puts the biggest smile on my face and means a lot to know I’ve been able to make a difference.

What about the role of social media in the lives of teenage (and younger) girls today. Is is a positive thing that exposes them to fit healthy, positive role models such as yourself, or is it a dangerous overload of information to the vulnerable mind? Social media’s definitely a tricky thing. There’s positives and negatives, depending on the type of girls you follow. It’s awesome in a way that you can see fit, healthy women living a great lifestyle that inspires you to get out there and do it. But on the downside, when girls think everything they see is real it can be overwhelming. For girls to feel like unattainable beauty is the standard can be quite unhealthy. The key’s to not always believe all that’s put out there, be healthy, get outside and enjoy life! To me that’s what makes a girl beautiful.

La Boheme Spring '15 collection x Bree Kleintop

Spent a lil time chatting with the great babes at San Lorenzo Bikinis...One of my favorite brands to shoot for, their bikinis are super cute! Check out the video from our shoot together & my interview below! Xx

-B

 

She’s a professional surfer, model, bikini lover, one of our new favorite girls to shoot, and she always seems to inspire us in one way or another. Can you guess who we’re talking about? If you guessed Bree Kleintop, you’ve got it! We wanted our SL girls to get a chance to know the gorgeous blonde bombshell, so Bree sat down with us to talk about her experience living in different places, how she keeps her amazing bikini-ready body, and of course to give us a few words of inspiration.

Hi Bree! Thanks for joining us. Tell us a bit about yourself. 

B: I’m originally from the East Coast, now residing on the West Coast in the cool little town of San Clemente. I was a competitive surfer when I was younger, which gave me amazing opportunities to travel the world and shoot campaigns with my sponsors. As I’ve gotten older I’ve been lucky to be able to transition into a lifestyle / free surfer. I also signed with a few Modeling Agencies and get to work with amazing clients like San Lorenzo! I love to travel, dive into new experiences and do things that put a smile on my face… Laughter is key!

Living in SoCal and being in Hawaii all the time, you know all the ins & outs of both places. What is your favorite part about Hawaii and California?

B: Hawaii is such a beautiful magical place…Every morning I wake up to the sound of the waves crashing and I can jump right out of bed and hop into the warm water for a fun surf. I love going for runs along the bike path, and grabbing my fav lunch at Pupukea Grill, so yummy. You wear bikinis everywhere and there’s not really a care in the world or any stress, you’re just happy living the life. California on the other hand is much faster paced but so many more opportunities. There’s always a new place to explore or some fun event going on in LA. It’s good to have the juxtaposition between the two…they are total opposites but both inspiring and good for the soul in different ways!

When you’re not surfing or looking pretty in pictures, what do you enjoy doing?

B: When I’m not working or in the water, you’ll usually find me outdoors doing something with friends, reading a good book, cooking a yummy meal or messing around on my guitar. Filming surfing and cool lifestyle pieces is also a passion of mine. I have an amazing boyfriend who always keeps me laughing, goofing around and up to something fun!

Surfing, modeling, traveling the world and your personal life, it all sounds so exciting! How do you keep a balance of it all?

B: I have some really great people who manage my schedule and keep me straight! But for sure there are days that I have to push myself to fit it all in and making sure I take time to do something for myself helps keep everything in perspective, even if it’s just a redbox & froyo

We know you love sweets (ehemm.. snacking on some Cinnabon before shooting last December!) How do you keep your body bikini ready all year round?

B: Haha I love to cook for my boyfriend & friends! Of course I had to have some sort of goodie for you guys to start the shoot right. It’s important to splurge every once in while and enjoy life. I just make sure to go to an extra spin or barre class, which I’m addicted to lately! But I listen to my body and give it what it wants, I just try not to overindulge and always being outside getting active is the name of the game!

Do you have a favorite bikini from the La Boheme collection? 

B: I have many! But I have a lil extra love right now for the Braided Thong…the Ruby Red color pops & makes me summertime happy!

Okay, last but not least. Can you share some words of inspiration for our loyal SL babes?

B: The trick is to enjoy life! Don’t wish away your days waiting for better ones ahead. One of my favorite quotes that always rings true is…’And above all…watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you. Because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic…will never find it.’

Thanks Bree for the interview! We love to watch you do your thing. Your positivity and great attitude towards life inspires us here at SL. You are truly beautiful, inside and out. See you at the beach!