Cross back bikinis are the bomb. They put less strain on your neck and shoulders, they work better under wetsuits (no annoying straps digging in/letting water in) and they look great too.
The only annoying thing about cross backs is that they’re a nightmare to find. No stores categorise their bikinis by strap type, so it’s a case of searching through until you hit gold. With the summer now over and the sales on (and a warm water surfing trip to buy for, yew!), I’ve been hunting for some new cross backs to add to my bikini selection, here are some of the nicest ones I found…
My Calavera bikini is still the best surfing bikini I own – it’s the only one I truly feel secure in. Props for their bodies built with passion, not photoshop mantra, too.
Sadly you have to get them shipped from the US, but they’re worth it, I think!
Billabong has a good selection of cross backs and they are also very affordable, the Sol Searcher Athletic top is currently in the sale at Two Seasons for £11.50.
And a bonus find…
Now, I can’t help thinking that this bikini may have been “inspired” by Mikoh, but at £12.99 it’s hard to say no. I can’t say how useful this would be for actual surfing, but it could be good for under wetsuits or apres-surf beach hangs.
Main image credit: Calavera shot by Alberto Guglielmi.