She may look like a bikini model, but Erica Hosseini has the surf skills it takes to compete on the world stage. In 2002, at 14 years of age, she became the youngest surfer to ever make an ASP final with her second-place finish in the Foster’s Cup at Lower Trestles in San Clemente, California. Her career trajectory has taken off ever since with five NSSA titles in 2003 and top-five finishes in more than a dozen contests in the decade that has followed.
A self-proclaimed tomboy, Hosseini grew up spending time in the mountains of Lake Tahoe, California, and the beaches of Southern California. As a child, she honed her competitive spirit in traditional sports like tennis, baseball, soccer, basketball, and volleyball before picking up a surfboard at the age of 11. That choice opened the door to her current profession. Today, Hosseini is active as a pro surfer with sponsorships from Oakley, Casio Watches, Sector 9 Skateboards, Flip Flop Shops, Jack’s Surfboards, Pro-Lite, and COOLA Suncare. Additionally, she hosts a weekly video news roundup called Weekly Grind on GrindTV.com.
With all this time in the limelight, it’s no surprise that Hosseini has a few tips for the rest of us as we run full speed ahead into summer and bikini season. “Being a pro surfer and model, I’m in my bikini from January to December, so I definitely do have a pre-bikini regimen,” says Hosseini in a GrindTV exclusive. “I try to stay fit and healthy all year.”
Work It Out
“There really is no such thing as ‘bikini season’ for me, but I still get inspired,” says Hosseini. “Regardless if it’s for a trip, photo shoot, or just a special event I want to feel extra-good for, I step it up a notch and add a daily 30-minute cardio blast—a run, tennis, elliptical, or, basically, anything that is a solid 30-minute sweat.”
What it’s good for: “I try to surf a couple times a day, so that alone keeps me fit on a regular basis,” says Hosseini.
Works: Whole body, including toning arms, shoulders, core, butt, and legs.
What it’s good for: Cardio blasting.
Works: Increases bone density, burns calories, and strengthens and tones legs, glutes, hamstrings, quads, and abs.
What it’s good for: Staying limber, keeping toned.
Works: Depending on the poses you choose to do, yoga can tone and strengthen your entire body.
When she’s not in the water, Hosseini puts on a favorite playlist and gets her day started. For a little inspiration next time you’re in the gym, check out her mix.
With a life in front of the camera, Hosseini has been known to occasionally amend not only her workouts but also her diet from time to time. “My daily lifestyle is very active and I eat healthy as is,” she explains. “But for that extra ‘somethin’ somethin’ ’ these two things do the trick for me: no sugar and no carbs. I go cold turkey for about seven to 10 days. By cutting those two things out of my diet—and adding an extra daily cardio blast—I see really quick results and feel way more confident jumping into my Oakley suits. It gets rid of that extra bloat and flattens the tummy to rock those super-cute bikinis.”
When it comes to food, however, Hosseini isn’t all about deprivation. She’s actually really into cooking and making healthy eats for herself and friends. In fact, when we caught up with her she’d just purchased a mandoline slicer and was singing its praises. “I can’t believe I’ve never owned one of these before. You can make anything with it and it turns out so fancy, ” she says. With that in mind, here are two of her favorite recipes using her new favorite kitchen tool.
Vegetarian Taco Lettuce Wraps
“This is super healthy, vegetarian, low-calorie, and extremely filling,” says Hosseini.
1. Grate a head of raw cauliflower with the mandoline to turn it into cauliflower “rice.”
2. Pat dry the raw cauliflower rice with a few paper towels to excrete any excess moisture.
3. Cook the cauliflower rice in a large skillet to soften it up.
4. In a separate skillet, sauté onions and peppers.
5. Once everything is cooked, mix it all together with a few shakes of taco seasoning and some garlic salt.
6. Serve wrapped inside iceberg lettuce cups with a side of low-calorie sour cream or black bean salsa.
“Another favorite that is quick and easy that I’ve been doing lately is spaghetti squash,” says Hosseini. “It’s amazingly tasty and low-calorie spaghetti.”
1. Get yellow and green zucchinis and use the mandoline to make them into spaghetti strings.
2. Put the strings in a large skillet and sauté.
3. Add spaghetti marinara sauce and Parmesan cheese.
4. Serve warm.
Erica Hosseini is pictured wearing the following products: Oakley Halo printed triangle top and Halo printed side-tie hipster bottom; Oakley wetsuit that is custom-made for athletes only; Oakley Continuity bra and Power capris.