6 Swimsuit Brands making High Performance Bikinis for Surfer Girls

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The conundrum is this. If your bikini stays on, it likely looks like it belongs in the lost and found section at the community pool. If your bikini is stylish, it likely will be found floating (without you) in the whitewash after one big wipeout. Where many people see a stylish scrunch-cut bikini bottom, we see an interesting take on doing a bottom turn. This is why I and many other surfer girls often look at bikinis marketed towards surfer women with a skeptical eye.

To have a swimsuit that looks awesome and stays in place through wipeouts, duck dives, and waves is the holy grail of swimwear. Fortunately, there are a few brands out there that offer swimsuits that are both stylish and comfortable.


Zealous is a Bali-based clothing and apparel brand that creates a range of sustainable products for watersports enthusiasts. The label was founded by Marie-Kristin Krause, a surfer originally from Germany, who decided to combine her two passions – designing clothes and surfing. The Zealous swimwear range is highly functional and designed to meet the demands of serious surfers, swimmers and kitesurfers. We love their “surf-proof” approach, which means you can rest assured that your swimwear will withstand the roughest of conditions, while still looking good. Zealous is committed to ethical manufacturing and their website even features all of their key Balinese employees. They’re also pioneering the use of pre and post-consumer plastic waste as key ingredients in their Ocean Surf bikini products, while supporting grassroots beach clean-up initiatives in Indonesia.

Swimwear to try: Zealous x Zala Surfsuit

Noserider Surf Club

NOSERIDER Surf Club is a new label created by a surfer girl, Emma Bukowski, in February 2022 in Canggu, Bali. Her mission is to design swimwear that works for your body, not against it. 

From designing the fit and style, picking out the fabric type and color, to testing it out in the water – so much thought, care, and passion is sewn into each piece.

Swimwear to try: Tanjung An Surf Suit in Black  

This one piece surf suit has a wide neckline, 3/4 length sleeves, and a cute peekaboo back. The bottoms are tastefully cheeky with a high hip.

Salt Gypsy

Salt Gypsy has helped popularize surf leggings, lycra pants that offer sun protection in hot weather climates without the warmth of neoprene. Their simple-style apparel is designed to stay in place, even in the heaviest conditions.

We focus on developing stylish & long-lasting products for discerning women of the sea.

The winning combo: Luna Surf Crop paired with the Betty Bottoms or Libby surf leggings

Project Blank

Project Blank crafts swimwear specifically for girls on the go. Their marketing targets surfers, swimmers, climbers, kitesurfers, and just about anyone else who worries about swimwear staying in place while doing what they love. 

With performance in mind and sustainability at heart, our products are designed to keep you in the water for longer.

The winning combo: The Athletes Bikini Top paired with the Athletes Bikini Bottom

Max out your beach time in and out of the water with the Athletes Bikini. 


The best thing about Athleta is that they offer a style that suits nearly every body type and size at an affordable price. Most of their tops are clasp style, a nice change from knot-tied swimwear. Athleta also has a stellar return policy if the bikini ends up fitting differently to how you’d hoped.

Our mission is to ignite the limitless potential of all women and girls.

The winning combo: Longline Plunge Bikini Top and Clean Full Bottom by Athleta


Sensi bikinis are specifically crafted for kitesurfers, who often struggle with the same swimwear woes as surfers. Nearly all their pieces are sturdy and built like sporting equipment but have the bonus of fun patterns and feminine cuts.

Our core mission: to design swimwear that’s both fiercely functional and fabulously feminine so that you can feel confident and awesome.

The winning combo: The Issu Eco Friendly Strap Back Surf Bikini Top paired with the Jenifer Eco Friendly Cheeky Botom

With the help of wave-friendly swimwear, there will be more wave riding and less wedgie picking along our coastlines.