It was this time last year, halfway through our third surf season working in the Maldives, that I had to get all DIY-on-it and have some surf leggings made up. You see, growing up in the Land of the Long White Cloud, we have a whopping big hole in the ozone layer so these days you burn in less than 10 minutes. 30+ years of sun exposure, coupled with 3 tropical surf seasons under my belt, equates to a lot of sun damage no matter how hard you try to cover up and be sun smart. Throw in the fact that the Maldives is a Muslim nation and a bit of modesty becomes even more appropriate.
But let`s be honest, surf guide wages don`t stretch very far so when my only options at the time were Skins Compression leggings at NZD $160+ a pop, or the graphic digital prints of Black Milk Clothing (some of which we love and whose range is expanding exponentially), it was a case of looking like an Olympic athlete wannabe or full-fashion-trendo. Neither of which is our style. Our bespoke surf leggings were born and now we`ve started to see other crew follow suit.
Here are our current picks for protecting our pins and saving our pants from falling down….
Muther of All Things (Byron Bay) in and out of the water
We`re a sucker for neon yellow and black so if we ever go night surfing under UV lights, we`ll be wearing these.
More we love:
Have fun in the lineup ladies!
*Photos sourced from each respective website: