Wedgie proof in waves.
That pretty much sums up The SEEA, anew swimwear line started by 32 year-old surfer/designer Amanda Chinchelli Greer out of San Clemente, Calif.
“I’m not 18 anymore, and I wanted something cute and functional — something that didn’t wedge and move around,and I wasn’t really down with surfing naked,” said Amanda of the inspiration for the line.
The designer (pictured below) who grew up half in Brazil and half in Italy learned to surf in the powerful, cold waves of San Francisco’s Ocean Beach when she moved to California at 26 years old.
She relocated south to San Clemente four years later, and after getting a first-hand taste of the gentle swells and nostalgic vibe of breaks like San Onofre, she was hooked.
A fashion designer by trade (she’s worked with skateboard brand Deluxe Distribution and currently designs bags for Linus Bikes), Amanda started making her own suits while going on a surf trip to Costa Rica.
Sewing a halter top to boy shorts and adding suspenders earned her a lot of looks. Random women on the beach constantly asked her to sew them a suit.
After returning home, Amanda went right to work, testing most suits and deriving a good portion of her inspiration right at San Onofre.
” I sometimes ride smaller boards, but I mostly longboard,” says Amanda.
“I just love the feel of the retro-style and how Southern California must’ve been back in the day and the whole culture of the 1950s. Being an Italian not from here originally, it just seemed too cool, so I wanted to represent that.”
Currently Amanda uses all stock fabrics (end- rolls that would otherwise end up in landfills). She manufactures all of her suits and rashguards locally in Los Angeles, California.
Watch the video or see more at www.theseea.com.