Sustainable Swimwear: OY Surf Apparel

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OY Swimwear, paddlexaminer, review, keep it green

Sustainable, stay-put bikinis for every occasion.

Founded in 2012, OY Surf Apparel was born from a desire to fill a niche that was missing in the surf industry—stay put swim and workout gear made from high quality materials.

Production originally began in Bali in 2012 but in an effort to minimize their carbon footprint, has since switched to Portugal as the recycled fabrics are sourced from Europe. The suits are first developed and designed in Switzerland and then are manufactured in Portugal through a small family business working under fair labor conditions.

OY Surf Apparel strives to make products that are both functional and environmentally friendly. Bikinis tops are designed to have a secure fit as well as a stylish design and most have fixed or crossed straps to ensure they stay in place. Bottoms come in a variety of different coverage options but include a drawstring, allowing the suit to be cinched tight to your particular preference. All suits are made from recycled Econyl yarn or recycled polyester–in the future OY hopes to reach a circular economy where suits can be fully recycled to 100%.

As an avid surfer and standup paddler, I am always on the search for the perfect stay-put suit and OY really hit the nail on the head with their designs. On a recent trip to Fiji I had the chance to try out the Malea top and Brasil bottoms from the new collection as well as the Faya top and Sumba bottoms and was very impressed. 

OY Swimwear, paddlexaminer, review, keep it green

All of OY’s pieces are beautiful and the quality is quickly apparent at first glance. As promised, all of the pieces fit perfectly and I am a big fan of the crossed back tops and the drawstring on the bottoms for an extra secure fit. Another thing I really like about OY is that every single one of their pieces offers a secure fit, whether it’s a full coverage top or cheeky bottoms, which is something I haven’t found elsewhere.

In addition to swimsuits, OY offers leggings and workout gear as well as the occasional surf retreat, so they’ve got you covered on all fronts. 

Rebecca Parsons
Rebecca is a seasoned writer and longtime ocean lover. A resident of Orange County, CA, she can be seen paddling and surfing at many of Southern California's most scenic coastal locations. Rebecca is interested in sustainability and environmentally friendly initiatives and heads up "Keep it Green", our column on the environment.

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