Surfing is one of your favourite sports and you surf regularly in warm water. During your sessions, you paddle out to the line-up and either duck dive or turtle roll, depending on whether you are on a shortboard or a longboard. You often wipe out and you are used to being thrown about underwater. You want your swimwear to stay in place with each of your movements and not get in your way when paddling.
The two-piece tankini swim skirt is designed for young surfers discovering the waves. Its crossed back straps free the shoulders to improve freedom of movement.
Its cut has also been designed to avoid as much friction as possible between the board and the wax. And the briefs combined with a swim skirt give the surfer good coverage during her sessions
STAYS IN PLACE IN THE WAVES: THE TEST
We design swimsuits that promise to stay in place in the waves. To test them, we use a panel of female surfers with different body shapes who follow a test protocol in a pool at our design offices in Hendaye, southwest France. This protocol aims to reproduce the sensations experienced by surfers when being thrown around by a wave. If this test is conclusive, we go surfing in the sea to test our swimwear in real conditions.
GIRLS' SWIMSUIT SIZES
At Decathlon, we design swimsuits for young surfers by taking into account their growth. It is for this reason that we systematically associate the kid's height with the size, as age is not sufficient to guarantee the correct size. Two 10-year old girls can be of totally different height, weight and shape and have different measurements. We also recommend trying the swimsuits on in store if possible
OUR GIRLS' SWIMSUIT SIZES
Here is the link between age and height on our swimsuit labels:
4 years: from 98 to 104 cm
5 years: from 105 to 114 cm
6 years: from 115 to 124 cm
8 years: from 125 to 132 cm
10 years: from 133 to 142 cm
12 years: from 143 to 150 cm
14 years: from 151 to 160 cm
16 years: from 161 to 169 cm
DRY SIZING AND WET SIZING
To ensure a perfect fit in the water, it is important to choose the right size while you are dry because once they are in the water, swimsuits become looser. We therefore recommend you buy the correct size. The swimsuit needs to fit snugly against your body in the fitting room, and you should feel supported. The elastane content in certain components used in the design of our swimsuits softens and relaxes in the water.
OLAIAN, DECATHLON'S SURF BRAND
Based in Hendaye, in southwest France, OLAIAN is Decathlon's new surfing and bodyboarding brand. In our offices at the water's edge, we can design a swimsuit and then on the same day test it directly in the sea to check it stays in place in the waves.