It’s one of the more unlikely stories we’ve heard: a London-based investment banker hits up a surfing camp with her leftover vacation days, falls in love with the sport, quits, moves to Costa Rica, and goes on to help revolutionize the swimwear game. Yet, somehow, when Sweden native Anna Jerstrom ditched the city for sunnier shores, she must have already known that female surfers were in need of a better swimsuit—namely one that fit well and stayed put no matter what the ocean threw at it. At least, that’s the abbreviated version of how Calavera Swimwear came to be, and why it paved the way for a slew of like-minded independent swimwear labels offering snug and sexy bikinis made with athletes in mind.
While the first Calavera collection, released in 2011, was borderline tomboyish in design (think solid silver, black, and red), the 2013 collection is decidedly more feminine, mixing in shades of violet, orchid, and lilac and flirting with more glamorous shapes like a twist top and “skimpy” bottoms. But that stay-put structure and dependability is still there, and Calavera is proving it with their newly released short film, “Water Warriors.” Watch as pro surfers Evie Johnstone, Danielle Ciminero, and Jordan Hundley put on their Calavera and battle the waves (with face paint and everything):