I am probably the antithesis of a surfer girl. I am pale, remarkably mediocre at athletics, and have an undying fear of sharks. Accordingly, when I had the opportunity to hang with the Billabong women’s surf team (or the girl gang of water goddesses, as I privately refer to them), I jumped at the chance to learn their cool-girl secrets. After getting a very supportive and non-scary surf lesson from the team, I sat down with each one to get the scoop on all the style lessons that are second nature to someone who goes to work in a swimsuit.
From the bikini bottom cut that’s truly the most flattering to the truth behind effortless, beachy hair, scroll down for all their insider tips.
1. How to make your butt look amazing in a bikini:
“You want to look for a bottom that cuts in a little to show just a peek—not super-small like a Brazilian bikini bottom, but not full coverage either, which surprisingly doesn’t look good. A cut that shows just a little of your rear is super-flattering for people who still want a bit of coverage.” –Courtney Conlogue
“To get the perfect beach hair, just go to the beach and get in the ocean. The saltwater seriously gives me nice curls, so I don’t have to do anything to my hair. If you’re not near an ocean, use sea-salt spray for sure.” –Felicity Palmateer
Our sea-salt spray pick: Bumble and Bumble The Surf Set ($28)
“I live in Sydney where we constantly go from the beach out to restaurants and little bars, so I’ve come to learn how I can wear all types of beachwear as streetwear. I love wearing a long cover-up, which you can pair with a nice pair of strappy sandals or even wedges. You can belt the cover-up to give yourself a bit of shape. Billabong has a lot of really nice cover-ups, and ones that coordinate with the bikini as well.” –Laura Enever
“I always pack my massive, oversized sarong or beach towel. It is so versatile—you can use it as a head wrap, as a sarong, or a perfect beach blanket. Billabong has some amazing beach blankets. They are coming out with a circular one, which I am really stoked about.” –Felicity Palmateer