Malia Manuel Surfs the Waves in Neon Swimwear in Turks and Caicos

The athlete and one-time SI Swimsuit model was photographed by James Macari in 2020.

Malia Manuel was photographed by James Macari in Turks & Caicos.

Professional surfer Malia Manuel was featured in the 2020 SI Swimsuit Issue after being photographed by James Macari in the beautiful Turks and Caicos. In 2008, she made history as the youngest surfer to ever win the US Open of Surfing.

“I think as athletes, we always want to set a new personal record with whatever it is, and I think there’s a way to do both: to look good and have grace and style and still look strong and surf in incredible waves,” the Hawai’i native said while on location during her SI Swimsuit photo shoot.

Today, the 29-year-old is cofounder of the sclpt co, an eco-friendly activewear and workout accessories brand.

Below are six gorgeous photos from Manuel’s 2020 photo shoot.


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Ananya Panchal


Ananya Panchal is a NYC-based Lifestyle & Trending News writer at SI Swimsuit. Before joining the Swim team, the Boston University Alum worked for culture & entertainment beats at Bustle, The San Francisco Chronicle and the TODAY Show. When Ananya is not writing or doom-scrolling on social media, she can be found playing sudoku, rewatching One Tree Hill or trying new restaurants. She's also a coffee and chocolate (separately) enthusiast.