Women's gear, up first
Whether you're surfing, river rafting, wakeskating, or running on the beach, the right apparel can make or break your day. Here are eight excellent watersport wardrobe options:
Athleta Surfabout Halter Tankini
Athleta Mix Match Surfabout Halter Tankini
Horny Toad Chaka Skirt
Horny Toad Chaka Skirt
Athleta Mix Match Surfabout Halter Tankini ($59; athleta.com), Sporty Shirred Bottom ($42), and Mix Match Surfabout Oceanside Short ($49). Athleta’s ever-expanding line of mix-and-match swimsuits are designed for surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, volleyball, or just messing around in the water without worrying about losing your suit to a rogue wave. The flattering nylon-spandex halter with UPF 50+ protection and removable cup pads goes well with a solid color bottom. If you prefer more coverage, pair it with the Mix Match Surfabout Oceanside Short, which has an internal brief.
SeasonFive Siren rashguard ($99; seasonfive.com). If you’re like me and get giant purple bruises on your inner arms every time you surf, I recommend a long-sleeve rashguard like the stretchy, water-repellent Siren. The Siren is designed to keep water off your skin, but still release your body’s heat and vapor. And it’s an excellent barrier against the inevitable chill after a few hours on the water.
Revo Guide Sunglasses ($179; revo.com). New this summer, the polarized Guide has taper-corrected optics, which means your eyes will feel no strain or distorted vision even after a full day of paddling or sailing. For additional protection, the super-durable serillium lens has three coatings, one that repels oil, water, and dirt; one that eliminates light bouncing off the inside of the lens (further protecting your eyes); and a final mirror coating that optimizes usable light, allowing you to see all those hot surfers with even more clarity.
Teva Gnarkosi ($100; teva.com). With its “Drain Frame” perforations in the heel and toe, think of this fully enclosed shoe as a colander for your feet. You may not be a pro wakeskater like the people who helped Teva design the Gnarkosi, but if you are on the river all the time and want a flat outsole and more coverage than a sandal, the Gnarkosi is your next step.
NXE ActiveSleeve ($30; nxeproducts.com). Gadget addicts will want this breathable, moisture-wicking arm sleeve, which comes in three sizes, slips over your bicep, and keeps any device, from an iPhone to an MP3 player, in place and sweat free. Each pack comes with a black and white sleeve.
Horny Toad Chaka Skirt ($56; hornytoad.com). After a clothes-free day on the beach, the Chaka feels great. The organic cotton/tencel blend is so soft that you can barely feel it next to your skin. Plus, the gathered waistline and A-line silhouette flatters almost every body type, whether you throw the skirt over your swimsuit or dress it up with heels.