Surfing is your favourite sport and you surf regularly in warm waters. 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 surf waves bigger than one metre and you can do tricks. 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.
We created the Baha crop top so that young surfers can surf without worrying about losing their swimsuits in the waves. With its crossed back straps and wide elastic under the bust, the swimsuit has been designed to give freedom of movement while paddling.
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 will follow a test protocol in a pool at our design offices in Hendaye. 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.
WHAT ARE PADDED CUPS?
A padded cup is a piece of foam that is inserted into the swimsuit. It lets teenage girls protect their modesty. Through our observations and interviews, we have seen that it’s not always easy for girls to accept their bodies at this age. The padded cups hide the nipples, which can be seen when the swimsuit is wet. The pads are removable, leaving it up to the wearer whether to leave them in or take them out.
GIRLS' SWIMWEAR 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 child'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 if possible.
OUR GIRLS' SWIMWEAR SIZES:
Here is the link between age and height on our swimsuit labels: Here is the link between age and height on our swimsuit labels:4/5 years: from 105 to 114 cm
5/6 years: from 115 to 124 cm
7/8 years: from 125 to 132 cm
8/9 years: from 133 to 142 cm
10/11 years: from 143 to 150 cm
12/13 years: from 151 to 160 cm
14/15 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, you should feel supported. The elastane contained in certain components used in the design of our swimsuits softens and relaxes in the water.
DO YOU WANT TO EXCHANGE YOUR SWIMSUIT?
Is the size or style not suitable for you? Would you like to exchange it at your Decathlon store? No problem, just be sure not to cut off the label of the swimsuit in case you want to exchange it.
OLAIAN, DECATHLON'S SURF BRAND
Based in Hendaye, in South West 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.