Surf bikinis & active swimwear – the best surf bikini brands

We tested the best surf bikini brands in solid overhead waves. All brands listed in this directory are solid & highly recommended by Still Stoked. Use the exclusive discount code & support small, women-owned, independent swimwear brands. 

 

Why is a good surf bikinis so hard to find? How can so many mainstream surf brands NOT make any decent active swimwear for surfing? We’ve spent several years testing the best surf bikini brands and active swimwear, saving you the time, money, and Google searches. 
 

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Best surf bikinis tested & recommended by Still Stoked:

Sensi Graves Bikinis

#1 Sensi Graves Bikinis Code STILLSTOKED

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  • Shipped from USA
  • Sustainable/recycled fabrics – 1% for the planet member
  • Carbon Neutral company

Designed by the professional kiteboarder Sensi Graves alongside a team of female athletes. These bikinis are made specifically for moving, falling and diving in the water. They have a large range of cross-back, crop-top, and one-piece surf bikinis, with one surf suit in the range.

I’m over the moon to be one of their athletes and have designed a fully adjustable triple-cross back surf bikini called THE ALEXA – check it out!

 

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Sensi Graves Bikinis - Sensi ripping on her kiteboard
Sensi Graves ripping in a bikini from her range – So many amazing active bikinis to choose from.
The Alexa surf bikini
The ALEXA Surf Bikini designed by us at Still Stoked, for Sensi Graves Bikinis. Bomb-proof in the waves and excellent for women with a larger chest.

DKOKO Swimwear

 
 

#2 DKOKO Swimwear – Code STILLSTOKED 

I have never received more compliments from any other surf bikini than my DKOKO Retro bikini top and the Sexy surf bikini bottom. The fabric is thick and supportive and they designed each piece with different fabric panels, drawstrings, and ties in ALL the right places. The Retro bikini top is incredibly flattering for girls with larger chest size and although small in coverage due to its lower cut, it was perfect for surfing, yoga and being active. A great alternative to a crop top style bikini without sacrificing support. 

DKOKO is designed in Costa Rica and ethically made in their own sewing shop in Nicaragua. They offer a wide range of surf bikinis, surf suits and one-pieces that are solid. They pay an incredible amount of attention to sustainability. We LOVE them!

 

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The DKOKO Sexy Surf Bikini Bottom and Retro top.

Salt Gypsy

  

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  • Shipped from: Australia. Free international shipping for orders over $300 AUD. $25 AUD flat-rate for orders under $300 AUD
  • Sustainable fabrics and ethical production
  • Read an interview with Salt Gypsy founder Danny on setting up the brand

A very cool independent surf brand from Byron Bay, Australia. Great active surfwear for more girls that like more coverage. Super stylish and functional high-waited surf bikinis, crop-style bikini tops, surf leggings and rashies. I feel like a bad-ass surf chick in their muscle tee and the Winki surf top is unreal. I have had the surf leggings for 5 years now, and they have kept their shape. Excellent quality and produced with sustainability in mind before “sustainable swimwear” became a thing.  Surf Gypsy is also the first brand to make female-specific surfboards – We ♡ their aesthetic and everything they stand for.

 

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surf bikinis by Salt Gypsy
Salt Gypsy turtle neck rash guard and high waist bottoms

OY SURF APPAREL

 
 

#4 OY SURF APPAREL – Code STILLSTOKED

 

OY Surf Apparel makes really solid but simple surf bikinis that are amazing quality. Another brand from Switzerland but made in Java Indonesia, OY recently brought out a range of recycled fabrics that are incredibly soft and luxurious. Their range includes fixed cross-backs, crop, tanks and triangle styles, beautiful swimsuits, longsleeved surf suits, surf leggings and more. The highest quality. We just reviewed the Zana top & LOVED IT!

 

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ZEALOUS Bikinis

 
 

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Another great surf bikini and active swimwear brand out of Germany, although the garments are ethically made in Bali. Zealous has some great fixed back, crop-top style bikinis and do creative collaborations with up-and-coming artists. I met them in Bali and did an interview with them on how they started the awesome surfer girl brand. Super cool girls and a functional and stylish brand that is mindful of their environmental impact. They have just released a range made from recycled nylon. They also offer carbon-neutral shipping. GO GIRLS!

 

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Surfer Girls on a boat trip in Zealous Bikinis
The stunning blueprint collection created in collaboration with artist Lerke Nennemann

Tide + Seek

 
 

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  • Shipped from: The UK. Worldwide flat rate shipping £10, £2 for the UK, £6 for Europe
  • Made with recycled fabric – Repreve
  • Read our full review of the Tide + Seek surf bralette

Tide + Seek is a surf swimwear company out of the UK, making cute surf bikinis from recycled fabrics. They make two styles of surf bikini top, the ‘surf bralette’ and a fixed triangle top (both with adjustable shoulder straps), and one-piece style, in a few print options. They also make the cutest matching hairband accessory. The prints are lightly colour pastels that remind you of water-colours or ice cream! Best suited for a smaller chest or small waves. They look as beautiful on, as in the photos.

 

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blonde surfer girl in surf bikini
The Tide + Seek Surf Bralette.

Bondi Alchemist

 

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An Australian brand with surf bikinis, one-pieces and surf suits with their signature ‘cut-out’ designs. All items ethically handmade and produced in small volumes in Bali. Bondi Alchemist is sustainable, ethical, unique, flattering, AND technically made surfwear for women. We loved the one-piece and the bikini!

 

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Sexy swimsuit - bondi alchemist

ELATION SWIMWEAR

 
 

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  • Shipped from: Australia
  • Made from post-consumer waster – ECONYL® & REPREVE® fabrics

Elation is an up-and-coming brand out of Newcastle Australia, making solid surf bikinis for the local heavy beach breaks. The leopard shark print will receive so many compliments in and out of the water. Their crop rashie offers great coverage & is our go-to choice when we want to be a little warmer (it’s double-lined – pictured below), and their tie-top swimsuits and bikinis are incredibly well designed. 

 

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Girl surfing in bikini - Elation Swimwear
We LOVEEEE this print.

CURMS

 

 

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  • Sustainably made from a fabric made with ECONYL® and 100% regenerated nylon fiber
  • Read our full review of the long sleeve surf suit

Every piece of CURMS is individually hand made by a woman named Carmen from the Netherlands and a man named Pak Barnawi from Indonesia. They use a unique weaving process called IKAT which is an ancient technique used to pattern the textiles. They use 100% regenerated up-cycled nylon from post-consumer waste. Every CURMS piece is a unique work of art. Surf bikinis include fixed triangles, fixed cross-backs, crop tops, and a range of surf suits and leggings. All absolutely stunning and unique.

 

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Sigal Kruithof Curms

CEACEA Swimwear

 
 

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  • Shipped from: Australia. Free Australia shipping. Worldwide flat rate shipping of $12 USD
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CEACEA is an independent label from Perth in Australia making mix-and-match active swimwear that can be worn in the ocean or on land. They are one of the only brands doing biker shorts and surf wear that translates to activewear. We loved their Asteria mid-waist top with a high neck, long sleeves, and inside shelf bra for more bust support. They are making some beautiful surf suits also.

 

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Cea Cea new range of mix & match active swimwear

Hakuna Wear

 
 

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A small indie brand out of the US. Hakuna’s point of difference is great design with pockets! Their one-piece and bikini bottoms all ave hidden pockets so you can go surf with your scooter key, money for a coconut, or even a sun balm. Their reversible Kare Kare sport top has a draw-string around the rips which was a welcomed design feature. Every surfer should own their Cloud9 one-piece – so warm and flattering (with a pocket too!).

 

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Girl in bikini on boat - Hakuna Wear

Anowi Surf

 

 

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  • Sustainably made from REPREVE fabrics – 83% recycled polyester/ 17% spandex 
  • Read our full review of the Anowi Beach Surf top and high-waisted bottoms

Beautiful prints, double-lined high-waisted bottoms, high neck, full coverage style tops with a thick ribband that offers excellent support. This surf bikini and their matching surf leggings (pictured below) are gorgeous for a pear-shaped figure. Very well made.

 

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Awoni Surf bikinis

Monique Rotteveel

 

 

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  • Shipped from: Europe. Free 2-day shipping in the US & Canada + all Worldwide orders over $149USD
  • Sustainable fabrics & 1% For The Planet member
  • Read Our full review in the big surf of Hawaii’s North Shore

Monique Surf and Swimwear are made in Europe in a small family-owned factory. The Eco-Collection is made from 78% recycled PET plastics and the company donates 1% of all profits to environmental causes. Reversible bikini options, gorgeous prints, beautiful rash guards, surf suits, one-pieces, and surf leggings – the whole range will have you wanting to go surf more. The Pura Vida Top has a stunning back detail. The surf bikini became a favourite of Still Stoked after a test in the huge surf of Hawaii’s North Shore.

 

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Surfer girl in Monique Rotteveel surf bikini

 

Read: The Best Surf Sunscreens – Good for you and the ocean

 

 

#13 Patagonia Nanogrip Surf Bikini

  • Shipping: Free US shipping on orders over $75 USD. Check Patagonia online store for other country shipping rates.
  • Sustainable & Fairtrade: 83% recycled polyester & Fair Trade Certified™ sewn
  • Read our full review of the Nanogrip surf bikini

Patagonia makes a range of athlete inspired, pinnacle performance, surf bikinis that have a sticky, microfiber lining for outstanding slip resistance. It’s called ‘Nanostick’ and it’s so good, you don’t need a drawstring to stop the bottoms from falling down – they stay put! They produce a few styles and colourways in this fabric each season. It’s well worth a look either on Patagonia’s Amazon shop or on the Patagonia website –  Available in most countries. 

Patagonia Nano Stick Bikini
Patagonia Women’s Nanogrip Nireta Top.

 

Read: How to get beach blonde surf hair

  

What are your favourite surf bikinis?

Still stoked is constantly reviewing the best surf bikinis, surf suits, surf leggings and surf one-piece swimwear. We will keep adding to this list with more brands and more surf bikini discount codes. Make sure you signup to our mailing list so you can be first to hear of any new brands.

More tips for surfer girls:

For Her Eyes Only – Surf tips for girls. Because all these things will happen to you!
The Do’s and Don’ts of Surf Bikinis
Surf packing list – What to pack for your next surf trip
Surf Hair Care – Pro surfer tips on how to look after beach hair
Surf Hair, Do Care: How to get beach blonde surfer hair
How to lighten hair naturally without bleach and get surfer highlights
Surfer Girl Style – Top 10 surf fashion staples
Best Surf Sunscreen – Full review & breakdown of top brands

 


What do YOU want in a surf bikini?

Do you know if any surf swimwear brands that we should review and include in this list?

If so, tell us in the comments below (or if you’re a brand email me through the contact page. Let’s make this list the one-stop-shop for the best surf bikinis around!

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36 COMMENTS

  1. Hi, I am sorry to be a know-it-all but I have to make a correction about your surprised statement: “seriously, how can an oceanless country have so many good surf bikini brands?”
    Germany does have an estimated coastlength of about 1200km and access to both the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. We might not be known as THE surfing destination in the world but people do surfing here and also kite-surfing is quite popular.
    Anyways – thanks for the nice list!

    • Ahh Tina! YOu are right! I was equally as surprised to find out that German does indeed have an ocean! It’s still amazing that so many great surf bikini brands come out of German (and Switzerland!). I will edit this paragraph so that it is factually correct! Thanks for the feedback and thank you for reading. I hope the list was helpful to you in discovering some new awesome swimwear to go play in.
      Much love x

  2. I now a new brand who made a super comfortable surf swimwear. They made a brightness swimsuits for all girls who use a surfing or wakeboarding, or kiteboarding. It’s really cool items

  3. I found the cenote swimwear to be extremely disappointing. The sizes are not true to size, the lycra is described as being Italian lycra. Italian lycra is soft, luxurious and with a nice stretch. The cenote swimwear that I received was in no way soft, luxurious or had any stretch in them.

    • Ahh I’m sorry to hear that. I only tested the bikinis that gave enough coverage for surfing. The smaller triangle designs wouldn’t be suitable for my body shape. I found the lycra to be decent and it held up over multiple summers. Maybe they changed their production in the last 3 years. I’ll reach out to them and get you an answer on here. Standby x

    • Hi Ella

      Thanks for your feedback. The lycra we use for Cenote bikinis is high grade Italian Lycra. There are many different types of lycra that are better for different purposes. The soft lycras are more suited for fashion bikinis and not designed to be durable, such as those which are better for surf / sports swimwear.. The lycra we have consciously and carefully selected after checking many samples is made from 100% regenerated nylon as we are environmentally conscious. It is also the most durable lycra available which means our bikinis will last not just one but 3 or 4 seasons if taken care of. – again, this is an environmentally conscious decision, as we do not believe in fast fashion and wanted our bikinis to be long lasting and of high quality. Surf bikinis are exposed to all elements so need to be durable.
      It is also the lycra that is most suited to surf bikinis as it is thick, durable, UV50+ , pill resistant and sand resistant which fits with our philosophy – of bikinis that will stay on in the surf. Functionality and Durability is more consistent with our brand than soft high fashion fabric which are more delicate.
      Kelly Christos
      Co-owner / Deigner Cenote Swimwear

  4. imsy swimwear has a couple good tops. I have an Ivy top and a margot top. The ivy top stayed put in double overhead with no issues at all. Margot top is okay for smaller surf..They run small so order a size up. I don’t know how it would work for bustier girls but I honestly think it would keep everything in place but with bigger breasts you might wanna order 2 sizes up instead of one (when I said they run small I meant really small). The bottoms though weren’t as good, once they stretch it’s game over…I’m over it, I’m gonna design my bikini brand made FOR SURFING..stay tuned!

    • Thanks Edith. I’ll check them out. Also thanks for the heads up that they run small. I’m here in Bali at the moment and so inspired to also start my own bikini brand for surfing! Good luck with it and definitely get in touch when you have it ready to show the world! We’d love to feature it on Still Stoked. #HIGH5

  5. cooool, I am always more than greatful to find new brands…you wouldn’t believe how much practicability is traded off for “style” often…sad. Like really, in an average bikini you can’t even jump into the water nad expect that it stays.
    I have some new suggestions:
    – I REALLY miss Zealous-clothing.de (yes, another german!), so well designed and great material
    – and really, we do have a coastline!! (the baltic and the north sea). and we are anyways home everywhere in the world;-)
    – I also really love my CURMS bikini
    – monique rotteveel
    – drika margerita
    – vivida lifestyle (these latter two don’t sell a size L top so I haven’t tested them)

  6. I’m new to surfing and water sports in general. I thought Jolyn was a pretty big deal in the surf community, but I guess not?

  7. i agree, midori has been my go too for about 2 years now! i love them! most of their tops were adjustable in some way and very cute!! the bottoms do tend to roll down as i duck dive, but not a total deal breaker yet!
    although, i am not too psyched about the new styles this year; i am hoping for the best or i will be looking for another company to try out soon.

    • They look good, maybe better for small chests or small waves though, as they don’t have many cross back or thick strap options. I’ll try to test them and write a review. Thanks for the heads up Fraulina.

      • they are kinda slackin this year for us larger busted girls. there is only one top the Koah, that is adjustable. I live on the gulf side of FLA , so the only waves we get are when the conditions are just right. I mostly aqua foo/ swim in mine. i have ordered a kini from Kokoh and a top from Dkoko!!

  8. I own four pairs of dkoko sexy surf bottoms and they are great. The fit is very small be careful. I’m usually a size xs but their size small fits perfect. Those bottoms stay put even in big surf, they look good and cover what needs to be covered!!…it’s nice focusing on surfing and the waves instead of always adjusting your bottoms! I also tried the pavones top but I wasn’t too impressed. (I’m a A cup) Rip curl love and surf cross back bikini is my fave and I have it in 4 colors also. Wish I could shop off the Australian Rip Curl website though cuz there’s more tops that look like they would work than on the US website :/

    • Great feedback Punky, thank you! I’ve been trying to get in touch with Dkoko to no avail! YOu could get a VPN (google it), and then shop on the Rip Curl Aus site! Yeah they make a great bikini with the Mirage! <3 x

  9. How do you surf in a bikini? Am I the only one whose legs get torn up by the wax on the board? I’m also not trying to show my crotch while surfing and the strip of fabric on these bikinis is like ridiculously narrow…maybe my body is some kind of anomaly? Also, all of the board shorts for women that I’ve seen are either ugly or not stretchy- do you have any recommendations for good board shorts?

    • Hey Lauren, Ahh i hear you on the bikini bottoms! The trick is to get them in a small, tight size and make sure they are double lined (or two layers of fabric) as that will help it to stay put, especially in the crotch. The best board short I have ever come across, hands down is the Hurley Phantom short (most men swear by it too). The women’s short is a great cut and the fabric stretches multiple directions. Quick dry and super light-weight too. On wax, make sure it is clean. If you get sand and dirt mixed up in there it’s gonna be like sandpaper on your skin so scrape it off and put fresh wax on. Let me know how you get on! Alexa x

      • ah yeah, keeping wax clean sounds like something I wouldnt be able to do, constantly loading like three boards in my honda civic coupe :)

        I guess I also don’t like being so exposed surfing in a bikini- have had some good ones from Calavera and Seea but your butt is still kinda out, well mine is at least, it kinda just sticks out.
        Agree on the phantoms, I have a pair, but the keep loop broke my first surf and also the colors available aren’t really my style. I think I might get a sewing machine and see what I can come up with to surf in. Leggings are ok but kinda hard to get on and off. Have a good Roxy pair with a drawstring waist. You also need to wear bikini bottoms underneath them bc they are kinda see through….the search continues

        • I feel your frustration! I have thought about making my own bikinis so many times. I have big boobs and they either pop out or I get red-raw from tying them up so tight that the cup stretches under my arm and cuts me…. the search indeed does continue! I have been surfing in one-pieces with long arms here in El Salvador, so far this I have found to be the safest!

          • that sounds so rough! Agree that long sleeve swimsuits are great for coverage and sun protection! a bunch of brands have them, I am kind of obsessed with the Seea stuff

  10. Thanks so much for writing this article… I’ve ordered a few bikinis from the brands mentioned. It’s so frustrating that we can’t find a surf bikini from any of the mainstream surfing brands. You’d think Roxy would make a good one – URGHHHHH!

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