O’Neill’s One Way Runway names a winner!

Last week I was invited to attend the One Way Runway competition for O’Neill in Ibiza! Unfortunately I had already agreed to a trip to the United States and if I could have changed it believe me I would have! This was a modelling competition like none we have ever seen before. Models were not just expected to turn up with their books, walk a runway and wait for the results! They had to walk a runway in a O’Neill Superkini and cliff dive into the water below when they reached the end of the catwalk! That takes some serious guts. But then again if you’re going to be an O’Neill model you can’t just be your average girl. 

Twelve finalists made the cut to be be cliff divers for the day after having submitted their pictures on O’Neill’s Facebook page for the competition. They included (in alphabetical order):
ALICE IVAN (USA)
AURORE MORISSE (BE)
JENNIFER VAN DER TOORN (NL)
KARYCIA IGLESIAS (ES)
NATASHA FOOTMAN (GB)
SARAH EBSTEIN (FR)
SOPHIE FERCH (DE)
SOPHIE JASPERS (BE)
STEVIE BREEZE (AU)
TATJANA MAUL (NL)
TEREZKA PROUZOVA (CZ)
VALENTINA VALENTE (PT)

And the winner was…drumroll please…Dutch contestant Tatjana Maul!!! Tatjana will star in the Spring Summer 12 campaign for ONeill and has also won a modeling contract with Next Model Management.

“I can’t believe this whole experience,” said Tajiana. “At the moment it doesn’t feel real. I think when I go back to Holland and take a breath I will realise how amazing these few days have been,” she said. “I just can’t believe I won!!!” 

Here’s a look at a video of the competition. Very impressive if I may say so myself (and yes I am totally kicking myself that I wasn’t able to go…)!

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