"That wave tossed me around like a laundry machine. It was honestly one of the scariest moments of my life."
"Yeah so imagine that but ALSO worrying about your bikini falling off."
Me, Bailey, attempting to take some of our first action photos in the first bikini we ever put on our website. Shot on an iphone by my beautiful friend on a paddle board on a terribly wavy day (thank you so much). @ OCEAN PARK BEACH, SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
It all started with a beach, an unsatisfied kite instructor (me), and an obvious necessity. I was becoming just another one of those women who complained about how hard it was to find a suit that actually stayed put while doing water sports (oh, and not to mention one that I actually wanted to be in for several hours every day). When all of the supposed "active suits" failed to meet my fairly basic criteria over and over again, I thought, REALLY? are women just doomed to malfunctioning active suits forever? Well, NO. Ultimately, we deserve better, and the beach DEFINETELY doesn't deserve to get free crash-flashes on a regular basis. So alas, a passion for sustainability and a determination to design a better functioning swimsuit ended up giving life to Ocean Park Swimwear. What Started as some rough sketches, a sewing machine, and a wonderful seamstress in my living room in 2020, is now a rad team of four - designing, testing, and sewing swimwear with eco-conscious fabrics at our workshop just a few blocks from Ocean Park Beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
(Left) Giana sewing some of our first pieces in our living room workshop, under the strict supervision of our office manager, Olea. (Right) Our team is growing with Christopher and Shakira (not pictured) and we have a bigger workshop on Calle Loiza, where all of our suits are handmade with eco-conscious fabric. @SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Our vision is to live in a world where women can focus on what's in front of them and not on their garments. So when you wear Ocean Park Swimwear, know you are backed by a community of women all fighting for the same thing: to find out what we are truly capable of.
So, crash hard, Water Woman, we've got you covered.
XO, Bailey (founder of Ocean Park Swimwear)