From Surfing To Running On The Beach, Fake Your Summer Sport Prowess With These Essential Tips

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It’s all about confidence

It’s not about the bikini body or getting slim for summer. Our goal is to be prepared for any sport that comes our way, whether it’s a chance to go for a run on the beach with your girlfriends, or borrow a surfboard and head out with a hot date—or crush them on the mini golf course. You’ve got this… But just in case, we chatted with a few experts about the best ways to fake expertise in these traditional summertime activities.

Running on the Beach 
Even if you’ve put in solid miles pounding the pavement, running on the sand is a whole different animal. You’ll find that it’s a lot more muscularly demanding and you get tired really quickly. To get faster and enjoy it more, aim to be closer to the water, where sand will be firmer. Low tide makes this a lot easier and helps you avoid running on a slant. Because you will inevitably be on a slanted surface though, make sure you do an out-and-back route, so your muscles get the same work on both sides. Expect to feel a lot more tired than a normal road run. To start, cut your distance way down and plan in some walking breaks. Your muscles will really feel it—don’t be shocked if you’re sore the next day! And take advantage of the ocean to take a quick post-run ice bath to decrease inflammation (and cool down).   

The biggest mistake newbie surfers make, says Shaun McGrath, founder of Summertime Surf & Paddle Schools, is just grabbing a board and trying on their own. Before you and your friends try to imitate Blue Crush, go out with an instructor or experienced friend to save a headache and injuries. And, McGrath notes, have someone explain the etiquette—you don’t want to snake someone on a wave by accident. McGrath also adds that it's best you ID yourself as a newbie. Say "I am a kook,” he adds, so you’re speaking surf lingo. "Identify yourself as a beginner, you will get a lot more respect that way from experienced surfers,” he adds. "Nothing worse than someone who pretends to know what's up." 

Before you go, McGrath says you can pregame the time on the board by doing planks and push-ups to build strength. 

Once you’re in the water, pause and take a calming breath before you pop up. Can’t seem to stand? "Enjoy the environment and go boogie boarding instead,” he says. “It's all just getting out in nature and enjoying the sensation of riding the waves.” 

Mini Golf 
If you’re not a pro putter and the clown’s mouth is super intimidating, play one obstacle at a time. Like a game of pool, you wouldn’t try to sink three balls at once, right? Same goes in mini golf. Focus on one thing at a time: making it through the windmill, making it over the weird edge, and then, finally, making it into the cup. And try to hit the ball squarely, for the most accurate aim; tapping it sideways is just begging for it to spin out. (Last tip: If you’re going with mini golf regulars, ask for a handicap!)

Bike Ride 
If it’s been a while since you’ve pedaled for fun, don’t be intimidated: The low-impact sport of cycling is the perfect summer activity for pretty much any level of athletic human, from couch potato to CrossFit guru. Don’t opt for the widest bike seat you can find, unless you’re only riding for a few minutes at a time. Beach cruisers might look comfy, but after a mile or so, you’re going to be feeling some serious hurt as your hips shift to accommodate that beefy seat. Pick a bike that’s suited for your ride or mention your plans to the rental place or bike shop. Long ride planned? Buy a pair of bike shorts with a padded chamois: It’ll look and feel a little silly at first, but your lady parts will thank you.   

SUP Yoga 
SUP can be crazy enough on its own—that’s stand-up paddle boarding, for those not up on summer sport terminology. You essentially use a paddle on a massive surfboard, standing up on it as you navigate lakes, rivers, bays, and oceans. SUP started gaining popularity a couple of years back, but now, activities surrounding the sport have started popping up, like SUP Yoga, which is exactly what it sounds like—yoga while positioned on one of these boards. Sounds terrifying, but it’s really not. Actually, if you have a background in yoga, you’re more likely to be good at it as compared to regular SUPers, says Tara Van Ness of Grow Yoga NJ. "Don’t be afraid of getting wet,” though, she adds. You’ll likely fall in: In fact, Van Ness tries to start most of her classes by making women get into poses that will likely land them in the water. “Once you fall in once, you realize that it’s fun!” she says. And since the classes are conducted in shallow water, you don’t need to be an amazing swimmer.  

You’ll flow through a slow series of poses—moving faster if you’re in an advanced class, but Van Ness says she tells people to go at their own pace and do what’s comfortable for them. That might mean an hour in savasana working on your tan instead of downward-dogging the whole time.  

Her pro tip: "If you fall off the board and the water isn’t shallow, grab the other side of the board with your hands, and slide your legs on to get back up," she says. 

So, does this mean bikinis are required? Heck, no. Van Ness says she’s seen it all in yoga class. Wear whatever is comfortable—but know that it’ll probably get a little wet, so heavy fabric might not be comfy!

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And I need to see the rest ASAP

As excited as we already are for Olivia Wilde's directorial debut, Booksmart, to hit theaters next week, we just got even more desperate to see it. Why? Well, the first six minutes of the film were just released, and every minute is incredible.

The film opens on Molly (Beanie Feldstein) meditating and listening to a motivational tape telling her she's better than everyone else, and to "fuck those losers." Her room is decorated with pictures of Michelle Obama and RBG, so we know her head is in the right place. We learn she's the class president when she arrives at school with her best friend, Amy (Kaitlyn Dever).

It's there that we get a glimpse of the social hierarchy in which Molly and Amy exist—but somewhere down near the bottom, way below the popular kids, the theater nerds, the stoners, and even the annoying class clown.

The film officially hits theaters on May 23, but Annapurna Pictures is holding advanced screenings across the country today, May 17—we're actually holding two of them! So, if you're in L.A. or New York, check them out.

But also, you can watch the first six minutes of the film, below, and prepare yourself to watch the whole movie in a week.

BOOKSMART | Uncut First 6 Minutes

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Her hypocrisy would be mind-blowing if it weren't so predictable

It's been just over two years since Tomi Lahren appeared on ABC's The View to assert that, despite her ultra-conservative bona fides, she holds one position more normally associated with the left wing: She's pro-choice. In that talk show appearance, Lahren made clear then that her pro-choice views were consonant with her self-identification as a "constitutionalist," further explaining:

I am someone that's for limited government. So I can't sit here and be a hypocrite and say I'm for limited government but I think the government should decide what women should do with their bodies." I can sit here and say that as a Republican, and I can say, "You know what? I'm for limited government, so stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well."

Back then, we noted the hypocrisy inherent to that position, since Lahren was an ardent supporter of President Trump—who made no secret of his desire to appoint anti-abortion judges to the Supreme Court and other judicial benches—and Vice-President Pence, whose anti-abortion views are even more ardent.

Since Lahren's appearance on The View, she has appeared in the anti-abortion film Roe v. WadeRoe v. Wade, which co-starred fellow execrable conservative troll, Milo Yiannopoulos, and, um, Joey Lawrence. Though the film has not yet been released, it is alleged to contain "several graphic scenes depicting aborted fetuses," and also the acting styles of Jamie Kennedy, so we're not sure for whom it will really be appropriate.

But while Lahren's role in that film would be enough to make anyone question just how committed she is to her alleged pro-choice stance, the recent news about de facto abortion bans in Alabama and Georgia has incited Lahren to speak out about her views once again.

On Twitter, Lahren opened herself up to "attack[s] by [her] fellow conservatives" and spoke out against the Alabama abortion ban as being "too restrictive." And, indeed, her "fellow conservatives" did quickly attack Lahren for not actually caring about human life, and for having too liberal a position on whether or not a woman should be forced to continue a pregnancy that resulted from rape. But then also, as Lahren must have known would happen, other people supported her for... not having one irredeemably monstrous position amongst her arsenal of irredeemably monstrous positions.

But, let's be clear: Tomi Lahren is not—no matter what she tweets—pro-choice, and neither is any supporter of the Republican Party. There is no doubt that there are Republicans who are in favor of safe access to abortion—particularly when it comes to themselves and their family members having said access. But by supporting the Republican Party, they are showing how little it actually matters to them, and showing what it is that they really prioritize over women's safety and freedom: namely, access to guns, bigoted immigration policies, the continued disenfranchisement of voters across the country. I could go on, but there's no need.

Lahren's tweet doesn't reveal in any way that she's an advocate for women's rights, all it reveals is her hypocrisy and that of anyone (Meghan McCain, hi), who would love to have a world created specifically for their needs, and who is willing to sacrifice the rights of the less privileged in order to secure their own. It is despicable and dangerous and incredibly predictable. But, at least, it might give Lahren something to talk about on the red carpet with her fellow anti-abortion movie costars, if that film ever gets more than a straight-to-video release.

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Diplo, Vince Staples, and Rico Nasty also appear

Lil Nas X went all out with the visuals for his hit "Old Town Road," tapping all of his newfound collaborators and friends, like Billy Ray Cyrus, Diplo, Vince Staples, and Rico Nasty, to star. The movie travels from 1889 Wild Wild West to the modern-day city outskirts, so saddle up and come along for the ride.

As the visuals start, Nas and Cyrus gallop away with a bag of loot, obviously having pulled off a heist. The trio of men on horseback that were in pursuit of them come to a halt, unable to catch up, and Chris Rock—the leader of the group—states, "When you see a Black man on a horse going that fast, you just gotta let him fly." Just as Nas and Cyrus think they're able to relax in stranger's home, it turns out the homeowner isn't so friendly. Nas jumps into a hole to escape, only to end up hundreds of years in the future on the other side.

Forget trying to figure out the logistics of time travel, and just embrace the hilarity of Nas' horse also having wound up there, and in peak racing condition. He impresses the locals not only in the race (with Vince Staples losing money in a bet against him) but with his sweet square dancing skills. Once he and Cyrus (yes, he time traveled too) trade out their old-timey duds for some fresh, rhinestone-adorned outfits, they enter a room playing bingo with Rico Nasty in it. Diplo is playing the washboard, I feel like I'm losing my mind, and this is probably the best music video I've watched this year.

Watch the movie for "Old Town Road" again and again, below.

Lil Nas X - Old Town Road (Official Movie) ft. Billy Ray Cyrus

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They really "don't care" about how this was edited, do they?

Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber used the name of their song as inspiration for the "I Don't Care" music video, and have presented what is essentially a long blooper reel of the pair messing around with a green screen.

The visuals show how dedicated the two are to proving just how much they don't care, because I'm pretty sure they did the editing on this video as well. They dance around in costumes, as an ice cream cone, a panda, a teddy bear, and more. I have a clear vision of Bieber and Sheeran raiding a costume shop just an hour before setting up a tripod and going to town on this one. They also juxtapose their faces on top of a ballerina, a skydiver, and a corn inside the husk.

Blink, and you'll miss the funniest moment of all in the video: Ed Sheeran gets married to a cardboard cutout of a young Bieber with swoopy hair.

Watch the visuals for "I Don't Care" below.

Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber - I Don't Care [Official Video]

Photo by Jena Cumbo

Her new LP, 'Take Me to the Disco,' is her most personal work yet

Meg Myers isn't afraid to admit she's still figuring out who she wants to be. Originally from Tennessee, Myers moved to Los Angeles at the age of 19 to dedicate her life to her music career. In 2012, she released her first EP, Daughter in the Choir, which set the groundwork for the releases of Sorry (2015) and Take Me to the Disco (2018). Well-known for her poetic lyrics, crude vocals, and cover of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill," the honest singer-songwriter makes a point to tell me that self-acceptance is a process. After listening to her deeply personal LP, Take Me to the Disco, I know she's not wrong.

In the middle of producing her new forthcoming music, the star opens up to NYLON: "I've always been able to channel [more painful moments in life] into my art. Music always stood out to me as the easiest way to capture all the emotions at once in one piece. Music for me is wild and free." It's clear that it is this fearlessness to self-reflect that not only makes her body of work so authentic but also what motivates her to continue to grow.

Below, we speak with Myers about her new music, self-love, and her ever-evolving relationship with creativity.

The Great Eros Pants, Chae New York top, Schutz shoes, and Via Saviene rings. Photos by Jena Cumbo

How did moving to Los Angeles influence the artist you are today?
I feel more safe here. I've been tapping more into my truth and expressing myself on a deeper level here. Growing up, my family was very chaotic, and I never knew what was about to happen. I have four brothers and a sister, and we grew up basically as best friends, making fun out of the chaos and always creating some type of art from it. I've always been able to channel [more painful moments in life] into my art.

Music always stood out to me as the easiest way to capture all the emotions at once in one piece. Music for me is wild and free.

What are some of your biggest influences?
I think all the barbecue and shrimp and grits [in Tennessee] really adds a smokiness to my music.

My queerness gives me a lot of material to create with. It's allowing me to be more playful and not take every little thing so seriously.

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Tell me about your new music. Why is it different than anything you've ever created?
This EP is going to have a lot of similar vibes to my last album, because I wrote it at the same time with the same producer about a lot of the same struggles and self-discoveries as my past music. I'll share more with you on my third album.

I'm such a fan of your cover of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill." Why did you gravitate toward that song to cover?
It's such a powerful song! Kate Bush is magic. It's almost like I've been being guided to cover that song for a long time. I don't know how to explain it in words, as they can feel so limiting, and this song is beyond words to me. It's just a deep inner knowing, and it makes my heart flutter.

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Are there any other songs you feel really connected to?
I would love to collaborate with Active Child. The songs "Hanging On" and "Johnny Belinda" are also otherworldly to me. I've been listening to this band called Walk the Moon a lot. I also love Phoebe Bridgers. I have a crush on her. I generally listen to instrumental music and classical. If you look up 432hz music, it's incredibly healing, and solfeggio frequencies have helped me with a lot.

What does self-love mean to you?
It's been a process for me. It's been quite the journey. Right now, I would say [self-love for me] is about accepting myself, and having love for all the experiences that have led me to where I am. It also means being grateful for growth. It's also been about learning to be in the present moment. It's been learning to trust myself and not listening to what others think I need to be doing. As I learn to do this, I also learn how to love others deeper. All this being said, it's a process.

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What advice do you have for someone struggling to find happiness right now?
Spend some time in solitude if you can, or with a really safe person who you feel you can express yourself freely with. Find someone who has no expectations of you and is supportive. In that present moment, ask yourself, What feels good to you? What do you feel like doing? Use your imagination. Daydream. Find what it is you enjoy doing. I promise you can unlock magic inside yourself. It just takes patience.

*This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.