From a leading man’s midsection to our gold medalist’s abs, to the fairer sex’s sun-worshipping… Kick-start your own beach-ready transformation.
By MH Staff - Posted on 12th November 2013
From a leading man’s midsection to the fairer sex’s sun-worshipping… Kick-start your own beach-ready transformation.
1 Brooklyn Decker
The sun is no joke. Seriously.
But it's also your friend, especially when you manage to convince a girl as hot as Brooklyn Decker that you're doing her a favour by applying some SPF to her skin.
Just remember these tips on how to turn sunscreen into massage oil.
2 Ryan Botha
Durbanites pretty much live in boardies, which is fine if you have a rig like Ryan Botha's.
If not, well, feel free to peruse the following 9 lifeguard lessons.
3 Candice Swanepoel
More famous for filling out the lingerie in a Victoria's Secret catalogue, our homegrown honey does an equally good job stretching out two itsy bitsy bits of lycra. Our only problem with this pic is that it wasn't snapped on one of our beaches.
4 Juan de Jongh
Jeans to the beach? Not exactly, but at some point you're going to have to smarten up your boardshort and flip-flop look. Check out our guide to denim and the only thing left to think about is where to go for sundowners.
5 Johry Batt
Our December cover guy, and 2012 Cover Guy Competition winner, is a trainer, teacher, sportsman and gym owner. Which explains why he fills out these yellow shorts so nicely. His takeaway tip: "If you're forcing yourself to train then something's wrong. It should be part of your lifestyle and you should see it as your daily escape, your 'me' time to think and reflect."
6 Melinda Bam
From swimwear model to beauty queen; our reigning Miss South Africa is a princess, and a national treasure.
Bam's tips on approaching her at the beach?
"Definitely don't ask to oil me up (I've had some weird introductions from some creepy guys). Offer me something or aks if I'd want to join you in a game of volleyball or bats and balls. Bring over an ice cream - anything to get anormal conversation going - without just sitting down next to me. Once you get a girl to do something with you, the battle is half won."
7 Francois Hougaard
You know what's even better than December holiday touch rugby at low tide? Playing with a bona fide legend. The one year we spotted Brent Russel on the beach and spent the day putting him into gaps. This year we're going to be on the lookout for Hougi .
8 Doutzen Kroes
The Dutch are famous for bicycles, liberal drug laws and Vegas style bachelor parties. Thanks to Doutzen they can now add beach babes to that list.
9 Cameron van der Burgh
There was some murkiness around Cameron van der Burgh's gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games. To the naysayers we offer up an illegal dolphin kick to the nuts. What they can't deny are his gold medal abs. Put in the time and you might just grow up to be a breast-stroking champ, too. And, yes, that's open to interpretation.
10 Christina Milan
Showing off her curves in a snake-print swimsuit, Christina Milan hits all the right notes while enjoying the warm Miami waters.
11 Shemar Moore
The Criminal Minds actor looks as if he's been carved out of balsa wood. If you're also young and restless why not try out some high intensity interval training?
12 Jessica jane Clement
Glamour models are best left to the third page of tabloid newspapers and the Brits. However, when they look this good in a bikini we can't just leave them to premier league footballers and reality TV producers.
13 Chris Hemsworth
14 Ciara Price
Playmates are sexy, sure, but it's only when you see one in the flesh that you really appreciate these genetic lottery winners. Usually while biting your fist and with steam whistling out of your ears like a cartoon wolf's.
Want to know what to do if you actually spot one of these creatures this summer?
Fret not, Tanit Phoenix has you covered.
15 David Hasselhoff
The Shaka - middle fingers down, extended thumb and pinkie finger - encapsulates everything that's right with beach culture. And, sure, he may not fill out his boardies quite like he used to when Pam was at his side, but knowledge of self and confidence goes a lot further than a carb-free diet. The Hoff knows whats up.
16 Phoebe Tonkin
That moment when a girl has put her beach bag down, laid out her towel and starts stripping down to her bikini...
Ah yes. Summer.
17 Max Mmethi
With a 32" waist, 100cm chest and the type of stomach that women in the olden days used to wash their bloomers on, it's no wonder Max is smiling. This is his moment, showing off all that hard work. Hopefully you've been reading the mag, putting in the work, and are all set to enjoy your place in the sun.
If not, that's fine 2013 is going to be your best year ever.
New Year, New You.