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Swim Suits for Every Body Type
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Here are the top ten free extensions that will allow you to make your online store do more without burning a hole in your pocket: Most Common Fitting Types Small Chest? No problem. This is a fairly easy fix and usually you can find a plethora of suits with ruffling or a little extra padding to give you some extra oomph. You can also choose string bikini styles; though they are a bit more revealing, they can add shape where one piece suits wouldn't. Go for color, like bright patterns. Combined with ruffles, ruching or padding, your figure will look much fuller. Bigger than a C? Stay away from the ruffles. With your ample chest, adding ruffles or padding will only allow your chest to enter the pool area before you do. Don't choose sizes like S, M, or L – to give the support your girls need to look their best, find tops that have actual bra sizes. Thicker straps and molded cups can offer more support, keeping the girls in place while you swim or play water sports. Bralette styles are extremely flattering and perfect for surfing, too. Small Top, Curvy Bottom? This is the typical “pear shape” of the fashion world, but, for you, let's simplify to find you the best suit. Ideally, you want to draw the eyes to your top while flattering your curves. Choose low cut or decorative tops with feminine additions like bows and ruffles. To minimize your lower half, pick out a suit with a skirt that falls just below the widest part of your thigh. Steer clear of boy shorts and thick banded bottoms, as it won't help you balance your body shape. High cut, full coverage bottoms also can elongate your hips and mid-section, creating the illusion of narrower hips. Athletic or Tomboy Figure? You are the envy of many women, as most suit styles fit your body type. However, for the most flattering look, you may want to check out feminine, flouncy type swim wear. In your case, less is more, so string bikinis with floral patterns and side ties add more curves to your figure. Monokinis or strategic cutouts in one piece suits can add curves exactly where you need and want them. Want to Hide Your Tummy? There are a variety of suit styles to choose from if you want to hide any extra weight in your middle, often referred to as the “apple shape.” You can go one piece or tankini, high waisted or swim dress, and flatter your figure. Go for a plunging neckline to keep the focus up and away from your tummy, or you can choose a suit with ruching in the middle, which hides any bulges in the gathered material. Uncommonly Common Figures Built Like a Linebacker? If you have broad shoulders, this can make finding a swimsuit that draws compliments challenging, but one of the prettiest looks is the asymmetrical, one shoulder top. Because of your awesome shoulders, you carry this look perfectly while keeping the focus looking to the side instead of taking in your breadth. Choose a solid colored suit or one with prints along the sides to enhance an hourglass shape to your body. Booty Lacking? Some women choose suits with full coverage thinking the more material, the bigger their behind will look, when in fact it's the opposite. You were blessed with a small behind, and you get to show it off with higher cut, cheeky bottoms. Pick out a loud print or vibrant color to give the illusion of a bigger bottom. Ample Backside? Minimizing your rear can be done in several ways, such as solid colored bottoms with printed tops. This creates a balanced body look. Also, picking something with full coverage as opposed to skimpy or string suits will make you feel more comfortable. Skirted suits also offer a fun, flirty look while keeping your bottom covered. Got Love Handles? Who doesn't hate these annoying tidbits? The best way to tuck them away is to wear a high-waist suit. The key is to choose one that comes up above your belly button so that you can avoid the other dreaded look, the muffin top. Loose cut tankinis can help provide coverage as well, giving you a fun look for the beach. Short Body, Long Legs? Extend the look of your torso with two tips – wearing a low rise bottom combined with a halter top. This will make the appearance of your torso being longer than it is. Showing more skin and maximizing the flattering look in the right suit, and you will be rocking the beach! Looking for a Flat, Smooth Back? It's tough to hide back fat in a swim suit, since most of them are geared toward showing more skin, especially in the back. To hide these extra folds, choose a suit with wide straps, as the thin ones will only dig into your skin and create more folds than you have. Also, choose a one piece with a high back for a sleek, sexy look that will be sure to turn heads in the surf. Short Legs? Suits with high cut bottoms will extend your legs to look longer. If you also happen to have a long torso, choose two separate colors for top and bottom to cut the length of your body. Combined with the high cut bottom, you will even out your body shape. Burnin' Up? The sun is cruel to those with fair skin, and especially so if you love being out on the water or hanging out on the beach for the day. Try a rash guard, which comes in all kinds of fun colors and patterns. It will protect your skin from the sun, and from any harsh rocks if you roughhouse in the water. When you head out to your favorite store to pick out your new summer look, be sure to try on a variety of suits. It's always best to find as many different designers as possible, as the sizes and styles may vary slightly from season to season. Remember that suits stretch out when they are wet, so, if you are in doubt as to the size, go smaller. Snug fitting suits always look better, especially when wet. 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Surfing in Any Season: An Introduction to Indoor Surfing
Even those of us who live in the most idyllic of locations aren’t always able to surf whenever we’d like. Daily life and its obligations get in the way; we have to allow time for rest and injury rehabilitation; and―the least manageable of variables―the weather doesn’t always cooperate. What are we to do during long spells of rain, snow, or the threat of hurricanes? Yes, there are fitness classes that mimic the moves and physical feel of surfing, but the environmental feel of the stoke and euphoria of being out on the water is noticeably absent from these offerings. While our bodies feel the benefits, our hearts and minds aren’t tricked so easily. Luckily, in the last few years, a formidable and frothy alternative is gaining in popularity: indoor surfing. The advent of wave machines and artificial waves is allowing indoor surfing to scratch that itch, while reducing the role weather plays in our decision making. Effortlessly simulating the swells we spend so long chasing out in the ocean, indoor surfing is an efficient way to get out on the water, without actually getting out on the water. How It Works Indoor surfing locations are typically powered by SurfStream technology, a standing wave machine designed to vary the types and intensity of waves available, making it easy for surfers of multiple degrees of experience to participate safely. SkyVenture, a New Hampshire-based indoor adventure park, is one user of the SurfStream system, marketing it to prospective consumers as an experience that lets you use a real board while learning skills that are transferable to the real-life waves when the time comes. In fact, the waves they produce are so realistic, they are able to host indoor surfing competitions using this equipment. Selecting a Location As with any indoor adventure location, you should seek out locations that not only have exciting offerings, but which also have strong safety protocols and procedures demonstrated through their marketing and informational efforts. Do they list for whom these activities are safe or unsafe? If you have questions or concerns, is contact information readily available? Consider, also, restrictions that these facilities may have in place for age (do you have especially young surfers with you?), size, or time. Are the facilities you’re considering able to accommodate you? Look for locations that have staff who are willing to answer these questions with a smile and the information you’re looking for. How Does It Feel? It can be hard to believe that an indoor surfing experience could be anything like the real thing. Lenny Nichols of the Eastern Surfing Association of Northern New England has said as much after trying these machines, remarking that indoor surfing “isn’t meant to replace outdoor surfing; it’s a complement.” However, for many years the same was true of indoor skydiving experiences, and now the popularity of those excursions rivals that of its outdoor predecessor. And, indeed, the same could gradually be coming true for indoor surfing. Using real boards, and waves real enough to facilitate competitive surfing, we may be getting close to an all-season alternative to open water that satisfies even the most discerning of surfers. At an April 2016 indoor surfing competition held in Quebec (an area not typically known for its fostering of surf culture), Cheyne Magnusson seemed impressed. “The performances from amateurs of all ages and the top pros who traveled north of the border were totally epic and the atmosphere was electric all day long,” he shared. He went on to say, “It was rad to see how surf culture can thrive in a freezing, landlocked, area of the world!” It is that added benefit―that of accessibility―which may be where indoor surfing facilities and technology will provide the most benefit. Those that live on the coast near high-quality waves and frequent access may not exercise this option unless their standard options are taken offline by environmental concerns. For frequently cold, landlocked, or otherwise surf-challenged areas, the availability of indoor surfing locations could open up access to the sport for those otherwise “closed off” to the opportunity. And, who knows? In years to come, we could see surf champions who got their start, or maintain world-class skill, through training at these facilities. For now, we urge you to give them a try and see what the increasing hype is all about.
Preventing Surfing Injuries
Those who have taken to the waves with gusto, only to feel exhausted and sore the morning (or mornings!) after, can tell you that surfing is unquestionably a sport that is incredibly demanding on the body. The strength and athletic prowess it requires is not lost on anyone who gives it a try. Just as other athletes participate in a comprehensive regimen to keep their bodies fit and injury-free, so, too, can surfers. If you’re starting out as a surfer and want to prevent injury, you’ll want to pay attention to the following tips to keep you safe and strong in the water. Warm Up! Just as with other sports that will engage your muscles and challenge your cardiovascular system, it is important to arm up before paddling out. This is a piece of the puzzle that is incredibly easy to skip, but regrettably also a step that causes problems later on, so don’t skimp on it! Even a brief ten minute period dedicated to stretching (while doing other things, like perusing surf reports or talking to fellow surfers) could pay dividends later on in prevention of overuse injuries in the shoulders, back, and neck. Strength Training Developing strength in the core, as well as in the shoulders and neck, is crucial for long-term success as a surfer. The Recovery Room for injury prevention confirms this notion, particularly as it pertains to shoulder muscles: Surfing requires long periods and frequent bouts of high intensity of shoulder activity, and external rotation could be a predisposing factor for S[houlder] I[mpingement]. Strengthening the rotator cuff and improving scapular stability should alleviate SI in swimmers. Although these muscles can be developed in the act of surfing itself, they should also be incorporated into a regimen that includes cross-training. This way, the body gets used to a number of different types of movement, reducing the risk of overuse injuries. As you add strength training into your mix, be sure to not do so at the expense of our next method: flexibility training. Flexibility Training Important to the success of a surfer in need of the ability to be nimble and agile in the unpredictable water is a high degree of flexibility, particularly in the neck and shoulders, hip flexors, and core/back. Powerful waves can pull the body in a number of directions; an ability to sustain this tossing and turning with minimal injury is crucial for injury prevention. The aforementioned warming up can assist with this in the short-term, but flexibility training (through extended stretching sessions, yoga, tai chi, or other stretching exercises) as a part of your athletic regimen can ensure that one’s range of motion is wide and comfortable, further preventing injury. Other Tips for Protection in the Water Preparing the body to surf safely is but one piece of the total “safe surfing” package. Here are a few of our other essential tips for making each surf outing a safe and enjoyable one: For beginners, ride a soft top surface board. They are far more forgiving when they land on you, and can reduce the chance of severe injury if you’re struck by your own board or if someone else is struck by yours. As you advance your level of surfing you will realize that a soft-top board limits your abilities in the water and should choose “hard” surfboard (typically one coated in fiberglass). However, with advanced skill level you will also be less dangerous in the water, negating the need for a soft top board. There are other ways that our boards can hurt us. Their fins or noses can become dangerous bludgeons when we’re forced from their tops. Protect yourself from these dangers by sanding down your fins to dull the edge and equip your board’s nose with a guard. Leashes can also be a cause of injury if tangled or wrapped around you in a moment of high intensity. Practice separating from your leash quickly; this way, when you find yourself in a moment where it is more of a liability than an asset, you can escape in a short time. Wipeouts happen to all surfers, no matter how skilled. To reduce the likelihood of catastrophic injury when they happen, train yourself to wipeout with your arms crossed over your head. This stance will prevent your board from hitting you in the head directly, and can protect your head and face from making contact with the sea floor or a reef. Surfing is one of the most relaxing and healing sports to pursue, and is worth it for all the moments of relaxation and reward it can provide. However, like any sport, it also holds the potential for injury. By first recognizing this reality, and then acting to minimize some of the most common threats, you can improve your time spent on the water.