How to Surf Big Waves with No Bikini Triage: Lessons from the North Shore from Britt Harrison
Carve Designs ambassador Britt Harris may be an ER nurse by trade, but she’s also a big wave surfer living on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, and she doesn’t have time to perform triage on her bikini. “When I'm going to be surfing anything in the double-overhead range or above, a super sturdy suit that won't move around is essential,” says Britt. “The last thing I want to be thinking about when I'm about to get caught inside or I'm reeling head first after a late takeoff attempt is whether or not my suit will stay on!”
Here are Britt’s top picks for a surf-safe bikini that shows off your style without showing off… anything else.
1. Timor Halter Top “I tie it really tight and the thick straps keep in it place,” says Britt. “It's a V-neck, not a scoop, so it doesn't catch or scoop water. I've never had that top move around at all, plus it's super feminine and cute.”
2. Catalina Bikini Top Sporty and supporting ease of movement with racer back styling, the Catalina bikini top works for a range of water and beach activities. Removable chest pads and fun prints mean you don’t sacrifice style.
3. Sanitas Reversible Bikini Top Britt wears hers when she surfing big waves, but also when she’s hiking or climbing.
4. Isla Boy Short These bad boys can be worn as bikini bottoms, a coverup, or workout wear. Constructed of quick-dry fabric and a stay-put shape, these versatile bottoms will give you all the confidence you need for any adventure that comes your way.
Britt also recommends wearing bright colors when surfing to be as visible as possible, and wearing a size smaller than you’d wear just for lounging to make sure everything fits snugly.
Carve Designs was started to make swimsuits for active women like Britt who want to keep moving and have fun without worrying about a bikini malfunction. “I need amazing suits and rash guards that give me the confidence to not worry about my suit staying on, and the knowledge that I am wearing something that's feminine and flattering. The more confidence you have, the more you can focus on what's important... The waves, surfing, safety, and fun,” says Britt.
Words for the wise.