Those who have surfed before know that it’s a full body workout. You’re constantly moving from your stomach to your feet, going over and under waves, and inevitably falling off your board. With all that movement, the last thing you want to worry about is whether or not your suit is going to stay on.
3 Things to Look for When Picking out a Surf Bikini
When it comes to surf wear, there are quite a few options. If you decide to wear a full body suit or rash guard, your body is pretty protected and your clothing is secure. But, what if you want to just wear a bikini when hitting the waves? We dive into three main things to make sure your bikini has if you’re planning on hanging 10.
Triangle bikini cups that are separately attached to a string band is a big no for surfing. This only sets up a recipe for an accidental nip slip. The triangles are bound to move to the sides of the string, leading your chest to be exposed.
The most appropriate bikinis for surfing have cups that are attached to each other, preventing the risk of them moving around. Sports bra style bikini tops that give full coverage are ideal for a sport that deals with unpredictable waves crashing into you. As a tip when picking out a swim top, the less cleavage you can see, the more secure the top will likely be.
Bikini tops designed with thin spaghetti straps might be great when trying to avoid noticeable tan lines, but they are not ideal for surfing. Instead, opt for tops with thick straps that are at least one inch wide.
Additionally, look for a suit where the thick straps cross in the back. A crossed back style doesn’t only provide extra security for your bikini top; it’s also extra support for your chest. The X strap at the back distributes your breasts’ weight and helps in compress them closer to your body as a sports bra does.
Other kinds of tops, especially a halter top bikini, is more likely to add unnecessary strain and pressure on your neck.
Wide Hip Band and Drawstring
As for the bottom half of your surf bikini, the main requirement you should always look for is drawstrings. This allows you to adjust the tightness of your bottom. As you wear it often, it will likely loosen up by itself, so drawstrings will resolve this inevitable problem. The ruched effect of the drawstring on the fabric is also an additional design element.
In addition to this, your swimsuit bottoms should also have a wide band. This will help prevent your bikini bottom from rolling over when you’re duck-diving. If you wear a string bikini, it’s easy for the force of the waves to twist the strings and also push it down your body, leading to a bikini malfunction!
Bonus: Avoid All Strings
For both the top and bottom of your bikini, be sure to avoid ties and strings at all costs! Even with a double knot, these are prone to come undone with the force of the waves. Opt for bikinis that are fully connected all the way around.
When deciding on which bikini to wear next time you go surfing, be sure they include these characteristics we outlined above. These features target function and comfort so you can focus on riding the waves and not worry about having a wardrobe malfunction.
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