Elise and Marie going out for a surf in Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast, Australia

Over the past 13 years I have gained experience in designing and creating surf swimwear. In this time, I have received feedback from sea lovers with different surf skill levels and body shapes, and personally tested Dkoko products in all kinds of waves around the world.

The other day a friend of mine asked if I could create a guide on how to choose the best surf bikini. My friend’s seemingly random request made me realise this precious information is second nature to me and I have been taking it for granted. I hadn’t considered that there are women out there who are confused by the ocean of swimwear options.

So if you are one of these women, I am writing this for you, the ultimate guide on how to choose the best swimwear for surfing.

Let’s start at the beginning...

Dkoko team girls before an epic surf session in Pavones, Costa Rica

1. One Piece or bikini?

Why not both?!

Dkoko bikinis and one piece suits are all made for surfing so whatever you decide, we’ve got you covered.

I personally like them both, it all depends on how I’m feeling at the time. I like a small bikini for minimal tan lines and when I’m feeling sexy. If I want to be ultra-comfortable or am feeling more sporty, I choose a comfy one piece.

These days I’m more of an early morning or late afternoon surfer but if I do find myself in a midday surf session when the sun is at its hottest, I wear a full piece surf suit with long sleeves to protect my skin.

Surf Bikini tops sports top inspired for large bust

2. Bikini Tops

The most important thing to consider when choosing a top for surfing is your body type. The bigger the bust, the more support needed under the chest and in the straps. It is also important to have enough coverage to keep the girls in place so we can focus on our floaters.

If you have a smaller bust you can get away with any of our surf tops, including a smaller coverage triangle top. But if you’re on the bigger side like me (I measure 82 cm under bust and 95 cm around the bust), I recommend choosing a sports-inspired surf top so you’ll be able to enjoy the waves without worrying about wardrobe malfunctions.

All Dkoko surf tops have a wide and strong band under the bust. This gives support to the bust and stops the top from being pulled upwards when we duck dive or get worked by a big set.