Sylvi at P-Pass. Photo: Kotch
As much as we’re thrilled to interview pro surfers and take pics of them standing next to white wall looking moody, a chance to find out why Hungarian Playmate, model and surfer Sylvi Bodi loves riding waves was a terrific diversion!
HOW DID YOU GET TURNED ON TO SURFING FIRST OF ALL?
My first trip to Bali 5 years ago I took my very first surf lesson with my friend. I was still a beginner when I made a trip to G-Land two years later but I had no fear of the waves. First wave I got smashed, hit the reef, buckled my board. But I’m not a quitter, I’m a fighter so I went back out and caught another set wave and made it all the way down passed Speedies reef. That was the best feeling I have ever had, that’s when I fell in love with surfing forever.
WHAT’S THE HUNGARIAN SURF SCENE LIKE? MIKI DORA WAS HUNGARIAN!
I know a few Hungarian surfers but they all have to travel far to find waves since we are land-locked. I’m trying to promote and show how exciting surfing culture is. ‘Da Cat’ was definitely a legend and the surfer that made surfing culture what it is today. I don’t think the world knows that he was Hungarian…
YOU LIKE TO GO ON SURF TRIPS?
I’ve surfed many waves but my favorites have been Cloudbreak, Restaurants, North Shore Kauai, P-Pass, Playgrounds, Mainland Mexico, Cokes, Lakey’s and Teahupoo.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR RECENT SURF TRIP TO HOSSEGOR…
It was a very unexpected trip. When I got there I met up with some of the boys that I surfed with in Tahiti, I ended up signing a contract with Creatures of Leisure and Sexwax. Besides the fact that the waves were not great when I was there it was a very successful trip, I was stoked.
IS SURFING GOOD PHYSICAL TRAINING FOR MODELING? GOOD FOR THE SOUL?
Honestly surfing is not good physical training for modeling because you mostly use your upper body and for modeling you need to focus more on your ass and legs.
As far as models and Playboy bunnies go, I don’t think surfing the waves I surf would be good for their soul or their career… But for me, I don’t mind a few scars.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE SURFERS? IF KELLY SLATER HAD HAIR LIKE ADRIEN TOYON, WOULD THE WORLD BE A BETTER PLACE?
I was wondering why most of the stylish surfers have long hair! Rob Machado, Adrien and one of my favorites and good friend Asher Pacey, I have never seen anyone ride the alaia as good as he does in heavy barrels. It is all about the style. It doesn’t mean the bald guys are left out… Of course I love Kelly and Dorian!
DID YOU FOLLOW THE DEBATE SURROUNDING THE ROxY PRO TEASER LATELY? DO YOU THINK GIRLS PRO SURFING IS TOO SEXY OR NOT SEXY ENOUGH?
One of my favorite things about surfing is to be close to nature. It’s funny when I see guys in the line-up wearing the full gear (helmet, booties, wetsuit). I love when the water is touching my skin. If I could surf naked everywhere, I would. I like to wear as little bikini as possible. Not only to be sexy but in Hawaii I learnt a little bikini gets you more waves.
WOULD YOU RATHER READ A SURF MAG OR A FASHION/GLAMOUR MAG?
I would much rather read your mag than any fashion/ glamour mag. The only time I’m flipping through the pages of Vogue is to get some inspiration to design dresses for my own clothing line, Sugarbird. Besides that I’m always reading Surf Europe.
WOULD YOU ADVISE YOUNG GIRLS TO PURSUE A CAREER IN MODELLING OR A CAREER IN SURFING? WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUNG YOU?
I think both careers can be dangerous and very competitive in different ways. In modelling you are in the media’s hands. You have to be strong inside because for a young model there are many people trying to take advantage of you. The good side of it is you are creating art and expressing yourself, inspiring other people. In surfing you are in nature’s hands which to me is much safer than being in any other hands. You’re taking more physical risks but the rewards come much quicker. Whatever career you choose it has to come from inside. My advice to all young girls is to pursue your dreams, whatever they might be.