Surf gear made by women for women
It’s no secret that surfing is a predominantly male sport. And as such, it can be difficult to find gear specifically designed for women. But over the past decade, more and more women-owned businesses have sprung up. Here, we’ve rounded up seven of our favorite businesses started by the fairer sex and a favorite piece of equipment from each.
Akktive is a recent venture by Big Wave World Champion Keala Kennelly. The company’s flagship products are high performance boardshorts designed specifically for women, made with high quality super stretchy material for maximum performance. They look great too, with the perfect length cut for women, but with Keala at the helm the focus is on performance, of course. Equipment we like: Women’s High Performance Boardshorts.
Founded by professional freesurfer Anna Gudauskas in 2014, Sagebrush offers a collection of sustainably manufactured surfboard covers. Designed with the environment in mind, the bags are made with coffee bags sourced from organic and fair trade coffee roasters and leftover or vintage fabrics, which means limited runs of each print. Designed and hand-sewn in Southern California, the bags come in a variety of sizes, from 5’6″ to 10′ and are built to withstand any adventure you throw at them. In addition to the bags, Sagebrush offers ponchos, masks and changing hats. Equipment we like: 9′ Flowering.
As a professional kitesurfer, Sensi Graves knows the importance of a swimsuit that stays in place. In 2012, she founded Sensi Graves Swim with a mission to design swimsuits that are not only fashionable but also highly functional. The swimwear line includes bikinis, one-pieces, crop tops, leggings and skorts that fit a wide range of body types. In an effort to be as eco-responsible as possible, Sensi Grave wetsuits are made from recycled fabrics, are packaged in compostable bags and 1% of sales are donated to environmental groups. Designed for “women who rip”, Sensi Graves swimsuits stay in place, whatever the adventure. Equipment we like: Crop top.
Seea was founded in 2011 when Amanda Chinchelli became frustrated that wetsuits for female surfers didn’t consider form or function. To combat the blues of traditional swimwear, she designed suits specifically for women, emphasizing elegance, athleticism and surf aesthetics. The goal was to provide women with a costume that connects them to themselves, their community and the planet. In order to be as eco-friendly as possible, all of Seea’s suits are made within a 70-mile radius of the brand’s headquarters, and they incorporate the latest recycled materials into the swimwear and apparel line. . Today, Seea’s line of surfwear includes wetsuits, bikinis, one-pieces, rashguards and wetsuits. Equipment we like: A Hermosa piece.
Danielle Clayton founded Salt Gypsy in 2012 with the aim of promoting sustainability and women in surfing. The women’s surf lifestyle company aims to celebrate the athleticism, diversity and style of women’s surfing in the lineup. Offerings include tops, bottoms and surf shirts, all made ethically from recycled and reclaimed materials. In addition to surf wear and apparel, Salt Gypsy’s line of surfboards have been designed for the everyday female surfer. The Salt Gypsy quiver features a double fin, mid-length hybrid journal, and single fin, so they can be ridden in a variety of conditions. Equipment we like: Mid-tide.
The inspiration for September the Line came when designer Erika Seiko Togashi became frustrated with the lack of timeless, stylish and durable surfwear and swimwear. She decided to create a simple, feminine costume that stays in place while surfing and is made from durable materials. Sustainability is at the heart of the brand and as such their suits are made from reclaimed nylon and recycled fishing nets. Plus, the combinations are made in small batches, the swing tags are made from 100% recycled card stock, and everything is packaged in a compostable bag. Featuring a variety of bikinis and one-pieces in a neutral color palette, September the Line swimwear can be worn all year round. Equipment we like: High Eden.
Founded in 2015 by professional longboarder Kassia Meador, Kassia + Surf was created to create functional wetsuits, accessories and lifestyle gear with minimal impact on the planet. The brand focuses on quality over quantity, working towards sustainable solutions while pushing the boundaries of women’s surfing culture, lifestyle and design. In addition to sustainably produced wetsuits and wetsuits, Kassia + Surf offers a wetsuit recycling program in partnership with Suga to create upcycled yoga mats from old wetsuits and neoprene scraps. Customers get a discount on their next purchase after handing in a wetsuit. Designed specifically with the female body in mind, Kassia’s suits hug all the right places while keeping you toasty warm. Equipment we like: Yamamoto limestone not so long ago Jane. While you’re at it, check out Kassia Definitive Guide to Longboarding 2.0 on Inspire courses.
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