Photo: Carve Designs.

Photo: Carve Designs.


The Inertia

While there is always a lot that can go very, very right at the beach, there are also a few pitfalls that we’ve all fallen victim to more than once. As I’ve lived and learned, surf leggings have become one of my favorite weapons for preventing beach day malfunctions. Here are five reasons why.

 

No sunscreen, no problem.

Some of the best surf leggings provide SPF 50 that won’t wear off no matter how many waves you ride or how many times you towel off. Added bonus: No crazy tan lines.

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Leave the sand at the beach.

If you surf, you’re probably no stranger to rocking some cheeky bikini bottoms, but you’re probably also no stranger to the chafed skin and sandy souvenirs that we sometimes accidentally bring home. Full coverage swim leggings keep sand where it belongs: not inside your swim suit.

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Versatility like whoa.

Want to hike or jog to the beach? Want to grab a bite to eat afterwards? Planning to head to yoga later in the day? No need to pack extra clothes when you’re rocking the swim leggings. They dry in a flash and look just as at home at the cafe as they do when you’re hanging ten.

 

Because sometimes a girl doesn’t want to commit.

When it’s a bit too warm for a wetsuit, but not quite vacation-in-Bali warm, swim leggings have you covered (literally). The 4-way stretch tricot fabric protects your skin from the elements and eases you into chilly waters just a tad, but the lightweight and breathable design ensure that you’ll still be a cool customer on the beach.

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Flattery will get you everywhere.

A good surf legging has all the right seams in all the right places, creating a long, lean look that shows off your best assets without showing off too much. Slanted side seams create a sweeping vertical line while a custom back yolk detail creates visual lift, and rouching at the leg opening keeps everything playful and fun. These pants just get it.

 

Don’t worry, there will always be a place for bikini bottoms. Some days just call for more coverage and more versatility, though, and swim leggings have quickly become the best multi-tasking wardrobe staple.

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