Thursday Jul 10, 2014

Coco Ho, Jamie Anderson, Travis Pastrana Get Naked for ESPN

ESPN The Magazine’s The Body Issue goes on sale tomorrow, July 11th, but already the pictures have done the rounds on the internet.

And it’s no surprise the shots have been sort after. Especially with action sports stars like snowboarder Jamie Anderson, surfer Coco Ho and all round extreme pioneer Travis Pastrana taking the shoots by storm.

The unique issue of the magazine has continued to grow in popularity since it first appeared in 2009 but has also garnered its fair share of criticism.

Why? We aren’t really sure. While obviously ESPN realize that sex sells the Body Issue is like no other photo shoot in the world.

Initially the concept was created to rival Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue but The Body Issue takes a different tactic, emphasizing what these naked bodies are capable of, over what they look like.

So, rather than lying on a bed, beach or chaise longue the subjects are pictured doing what they do best! Scroll down to see Anderson, Ho, Pastrana, Mrs Pastrana and Nigel Sylvester like you’ve never seen them before!

Hawaii's Coco Ho surfs on the ASP World Tour, won Rookie of the Year in 2009 and currently sits 10th in the 2014 rankings. "I'm extremely proud of myself for being comfortable in my skin to do this," she told ESPN.

Pro BMX rider Nigel Slyvester told ESPN: "Posing nude is just another challenge for me. I challenge myself on my bicycle every single day. It kind of goes hand in hand with what I do as a competitive athlete."


Snowboarder Jamie Anderson is a four-time X Games gold medalist and the reigning Olympic slopestyle champion. She made one of the unique covers of the Body Issue.

The 23-year-old said in her interview with ESPN: “I've never done any naked shoots, or even bikini shoots, so it was new for me to do that.

“At first I was a little bit terrified but it was really good practice for me to accept everything about myself and love my body and not judge the little things that we do as women."


Travis Pastrana is one of the world's most famous extreme sports athletes and has an incredible eight X Games gold medals to his name. His wife, skateboarder Lyn-Z Adam Hawkins, is a three-time X Games gold medalist.


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