Our editors curated and personally tested some of the most exciting, innovative, stylish and just plain fun products that Summer 2017 has to offer. Here are our top picks for women’s surf.
Why we chose it: Because we could pronounce all of the ingredients.
Why we liked it: Surfers need face protection that won’t rub off, and the Avasol Surfer’s Barrier Stick fits that bill. With all bio-based ingredients and a plastic-free casing, the Surfer’s Barrier provides dependable protection (up to 80 minutes in the water) with less impact on the environment.
Tester Tip: The Barrier Stick isn’t meant to rub in all the way, but with three different tints, you can find a color that matches your skin tone pretty well.
Why we chose them: Fun-sized summer waves beg for equally fun prints, like the ones that Cassandra Rull designs from Kauai, Hawaii.
Why we liked it: The flattering cut will complement any body type as well as provide the coverage you need when lying down on your board. And did we mention those prints? The same cut comes in patterns that feature bananas, pineapples, foliage and many more tropical motifs.
Tester Tip: While the top will cover everything you need covered on those casual longboard days, the fit isn’t tight enough to hold it all in during a turbulent wipeout. If the waves are firing, throw a rashguard on top.
Why we chose it: KASSIA + SURF is the brainchild of one of the best female longboarders in the world, Kassia Meador. The pieces are designed with the experience of a seasoned lady slider, and the prints are dripping with Meador’s artistic flair.
Why we liked them: When the air is hot but the water is still chilly, neoprene leggings are the ticket. These reversible leggings kept us warm and the tie-dye accents were a welcome bit of spunk after a winter of all-black 4mm suits.
Tester Tip: Tight fit. You might want to consider sizing up. Use the drawstring waistband to keep the pants high and tight.
Why we chose it: Because 30 years from now, we are going to thank our young selves for wearing high-neckline suits to avoid wrinkles around our decolletage.
Why we liked it: The Karina one piece was modeled after Seea team rider and graceful lady logger Karina Rozunko. The fit is conservative in the front but keeps it fun in the back with a low cut. Sturdy fabric and coverage in all the right places let us focus on our footwork, not on fiddling with our suit.
Tester Tip: The same Rojas print also comes in a “Frida” v-line cut.
Why we chose it: Because we like the words “handmade” and “repurposed material.”
Why we liked it: L.A.-based surfer and artist Anna Ehrgott sews coffee bean sacks from an organic, fair-trade coffee roaster together with remnant fabric to create these few-of-a-kind, upcycled boardbags. They’re an eye-catching, sustainable way to give your favorite wave-riding vehicle the extra protection it deserves.
Tester Tip: If you see a pattern that you like on the Sagebrush site, make sure to snatch it up quick: each design is limited-run and based on availability of the materials.
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