Best surf bikinis & active swimwear

Plus live discount codes exclusive to Still Stoked


So many surf brands, but no decent surf bikinis! How can so many mainstream surf brands NOT make any decent active swimwear that works for surfing? URGH! Talking to women in the surf and knowing what I want from my surf bikini, I’ve narrowed down the best surf bikini brands and active swimwear to save you the time, money and Google searches.


With surf bikinis or active swimwear, the function is so much more important than what it looks like but there are some great independent brands marrying style and functionality. Many are using recycled, sustainable fabrics and promote and support up-and-coming female surfers.


Stephanie Gilmore getting barrelled

Image of the queen, Steph Gilmore. Courtesy of Roxy


So here you go. From me to you. Surf bikinis and active swimwear that we have tried, tested and recommend. There are some discount codes for you too. You’re welcome x


Discount codes for swimwear

Sensi Graves Bikinis – Use STILLSTOKED for 10% off – Sustainable fabrics
Salt Gypsy – Use Stillstoked10 for 10% off  – Sustainable fabrics
Cenote Swimwear – Use STILLSTOKED for 15% off
Awoni Surf – Use STILLSTOKED for 10% – Sustainable fabrics
Mona Swimwear– Use STOKEDABOUTMONA10 for 10% off – Sustainable fabrics
CEACEA Swimwear – Use code stillstoked for 15% off
Zealous Bikinis – Use stillstokedxzealous for 10% off – Sustainable fabrics
OY Surf Apparel – Use stillstoked15 for 15% off
Glide Soul – Use STILLSTOKED2019 for 10%
DKOKO – Use STILLSTOKED for 10% off
TIDE AND SEEK – Use STOKED10OFF for 10% off


Here are the surf bikinis I love and recommend:


Sensi Graves Bikinis

  • Use STILLSTOKED for 10% off
  • 1% for the planet member
  • Made in the US from sustainable/recycled fabrics

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.

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 – Part of the Sensi Graves Bikini range!


Use STILLSTOKED for 10% off for THE ALEXA or any Sensi Bikini



Salt Gypsy

An independent brand from Byron Bay. They designed the first ever surf leggings out of necessity when the owner Danny, was surf guiding on a boat in the Maldives. The ultimate indie surfer girl brand. Super stylish and functional surf bikinis, 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 4 years and they have kept their shape. Excellent quality. Great active surfwear for more coverage.


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surf bikinis by Salt Gypsy

Salt Gypsy turtle neck rash guard and high waist bottoms



DKOKO Swimwear

I have never received more compliments from any other 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 are designed in Costa Rica and ethically made in their own sewing shop in Nicaragua. They offer a really wide range of surf bikinis and one-pieces that are solid in the surf.



Surf bikinis

The DKOKO Sexy Surf Bikini Bottom and Retro top.



ZEALOUS Bikinis 

Another great surf bikini and active swimwear brand out of Germany. 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!


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Surfer Girls on a boat trip in Zealous Bikinis

The stunning blueprint collection created in collaboration with artist Lerke Nennemann



CEACEA Swimwear

CEACEA are a small independent label from Perth in Australia. My favourite is their unique ‘bralette‘ bikini top (pictured below) with adjustable straps, and a thick band under the bust/ribs. For increased sun coverage, the Asteria mid-waist top with a high neck, long sleeves, and inside shelf bra for more bust support, is a great buy. Their bottoms are also reversible (two colourway options) with a ruched bum but no drawstring, sadly.

I also really like their MAZU surf suit which is double lined with a contoured waistband for extra support. Check them out.


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Surfer Girls

The ACIONNA bralette from CEACEA



Roxy Pop Surf

Roxy has really upped their game in the surf bikini department with their POP surf collection. Neoprene and regular surf bikinis, one-pieces, surf-leggings and strange hooded top things that are street meet surf! Check them out – POP Surf – usually loads of discounts/offers on their web page.



Mona Swimwear

Great to see an independent brand with such a strong focus on using recycled fabrics made from abandoned fishing nets and discarded plastics. Durable fabrics, secure stitching and amazing prints. We tested one of their one-pieces in the heaviest big-wave beach break in the world Puerto Escondido, Mexico. It was solid!



Surfer girl with broken surfboard

Melanie testing the one-piece in Puerto & breaking boards not swimwear!


Read: How to get beach blonde surf hair


Glide Soul

A funky active swimwear brand made from neoprene with funky prints and vibrant colours. I really like a neoprene bikini in the winter to wear under my wetsuit for extra warmth. They do the COOLEST wetsuits for a great price.


Use STILLSTOKED2019 for 10% including wetsuits!

Glide Soul bikini review for surfing by Alexa Hohenberg Still Stoked

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


Awoni Surf

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  • Made from REPREVE fabrics – 83% recycled polyester/ 17% spandex 
  • Free shipping Canada & US. Free International shipping for orders over $180.

A sustainably-minded indie brand located in the heart of the Garment District in Manhattan, NY. All colours and patterns are hand designed in-house and printed digitally (to reduce water waste), out of high-quality REPREVE fibers (fabric name) that are made from recycled plastic bottles. These fibers are then sent to a mill in LA where the 83% recycled polyester/ 17% spandex fabric is made. This thought-out, US-based supply chain means you know #whomademyclothes. 

Beautiful prints, double-lined high-waisted bottoms, high neck, full coverage style tops with a thick ribband that offers excellent support. This 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



Cenote Swimwear

A selection of surf bikinis using recycled lycra, amongst regular bikinis. Designed in Western Australia, made in Bali using regenerated nylon, UV50+, ultra-chlorine fabrics. Adjustable cross back bikinis, thick straps, stunning prints and amazing bottoms: high cut boy-shorts or Brasilian cut, all with a hidden drawstring. I love the cut of their bikini bottoms.


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Surfing bikinis

My Cenote Swimwear bikini is one of my favourite surfing bikinis – use code stillstoked & get 15% off.



OY Surf Apparel

OY Surf is an active swimwear brand based out of Switzerland and Bali. They have fixed cross-backs, triple cross back bikinis and three different styles of draw-string bikini bottoms to choose from. Incredible quality fabrics, really cool prints and long sleeve surf suits and surf leggings that are high on my wish list.

They also sponsor a fair few women free-surfers includeing Mathilde Hamde that I met when surfing El Salvador.


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Oy Surf surf bikini

Photo from OY Surf 2018 Look Book



Jolyn Bikini

Jolyn Bikini has a great range of simple cross-back bikinis and bottoms of varying coverage, all with draw-strings. They even have an active swimwear range for volleyball players! We put a Jolyn Bikini to the test in big waves in Bali and it did just fine.


Jolyn active swimwear and surf bikinis




Other surf bikinis / active swimwear not yet tested:


The Seea

Great selection of surf suits and bikinis that offer more coverage in beautiful contrasting prints and textures. Very classy. Their surf suits may be the best on the market. I’m dying to try one! Always admire girls wearing these in the surf!



Body Glove

Great quality surf bikinis with good coverage – pro surfer Tatiana Weston-Webb rips in them!



Josea Surfwear

Another cool surf brand from Germany (seriously, how can an oceanless country have so many good surf bikini brands?). I want so many of these crop top bikinis!



I’m constantly reviewing surf bikinis and adding to this list so be sure to keep returning or check out the review section for more details on a specific brand.


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 brands that I should review and include in this list?

If so, tell me 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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 (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)

  • 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?

  • 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!!

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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