For more than twenty years at Las Olas Surf Safaris for Women, I’ve seen my share of surfwear malfunctions. I’ll keep details to myself, but I’ve witnessed enough to inspire me to write about it. Keep reading for colorful, innovative, and practical options for the modern day wave rider.
Today, modesty is the new cool for surfers who want to stay classy during wipeouts. (Which still happens to even the most experienced wave riders.) From UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) swim tights to long sleeved one-pieces, there are plenty of choices for women surfers and paddle boarders beyond bikinis and boardshorts— none of which sacrifice fashion for function.
Rashguard by Seea 📷 Camilla Fuchs for Las Olas
Surf Leggings by Carve 📷 Brigid Lally for Carve
The Surf Leggings
Surf Suits by Seea 📷 Lucrecia O’Keefe for Seea
The Surf Suit
One Piece Suits by Seea 📷 Dylan Gordan for Seea
The One Piece
Surf Bikini by Seea 📷 Lucrecia O’Keefe for Seea
The Surf Bikini
(not to be confused with the bikini seen floating in the surf)
Under your rashguard, choose a bikini top with supportive straps across the back, plenty of bust coverage, and elastic support that stays put. For bottoms, look for an elastic waist instead of the seamless finish. They’ll stay up better in the whitewater and cover your derrière for style points.
📷 Salt Gypsy
On The Horizon
Our research has led us to a super exciting discovery. Many swimwear and apparel companies are making fashionable and eco-friendly threads. For example, the swimsuit above by Salt Gypsy uses 100% regenerated nylon yarn made from consumer waste materials including ghost fishing nets, plastic ocean and land-based waste and carpet and textile offcuts mixed with Italian lycra.
So, throw your reusable water bottle in your reusable tote bag, and pedal your butt to the beach.
Want to find functional activewear made with socially responsible practices–and fashion–in mind? Look for more in upcoming posts, and follow Las Olas founder, Bev Sanders @getdressedgo on Instagram.
For one stop shopping, check out some of our favorite finds here: Swim Outlet
Links to brands listed above and a few other great finds:
Seea – Supreme style for lady sliders, Seea suits are a locally crafted, 100% Californian product. You can see I’m happy to be wearing one below.
Swell – California based on-line surf shop, established in 1999.
Carve – Founded in 2003, our Nor Cal surf sisters have grown a complete beach lifestyle brand; offering gear for surf, swim, yoga and more.
Reformation – Designs and manufactures the majority of their limited-edition collections in downtown Los Angeles.
Salt Gypsy – Salt Gypsy uses 100% regenerated nylon yarn made from discarded ghost fishing nets and other ocean and nylon waste.
Mara Hoffman – Simple textural pieces highlighting artistic and powerful feminine aesthetics.
WDLK – Sonja and Mauricio Palma, a wife and husband duo, are creators of Woodlike Ocean, a sustainable (stylish) brand for surfer girls.
Patagonia – Founded more than 40 years ago, this pioneering company stood for sustainability long before it was popular.
Prana – Versatile, stylish, and sustainable clothing and accessories for surfing and other shenanigans.
Athleta – With the resonating slogan of “Power to the She,” this long standing company has offered women’s active wear since 1997. Did you know Las Olas coaches were featured on their catalogue covers for three years running?