WHAT IS SURF CLOTHING?
Sportswear or surfwear is clothing, including footwear, worn for sport or physical exercise. SURF clothing is worn for practical, comfort or safety reasons.
Typical surf clothing items include board shorts, shirts, jackets and shoes. Specialized garments include board shorts (for surfing), wet suits (for diving or surfing) and ski suits (for snowboarding). Sports footwear includes Vans, Uggs, flip flops, etc. Women’s surf clothing includes bikinis and some crop tops and undergarments. Sportswear is also at times worn as casual fashion clothing.
For most sports the athletes wear a combination of different items of clothing, e.g. sport shoes, pants and shirts. In some sports, protective gear may need to be worn, such as helmets for surfing shallow reef area around the world.
Sports fabrics are technical materials which help to keep the wearer comfortable during use. The type of fabric required will depend upon the intensity of the exercise and the activity. Performance clothing for outdoor sports in the winter or water sports ought to use breathable fabrics with very good flexibility properties.
Surf clothing is typically designed to be lightweight so as not to encumber the wearer. The best athletic wear for some forms of exercise, for example surfing, should not create drag or be too bulky.
On the other hand, sportswear should be loose enough so as not to restrict movement. Some sports have specific style requirements, for example the board short used in surfing.
Standardized surf clothing may also function as a uniform. In competition, the individuals are usually identified by the colors of their jerseys.
Surf clothing is commonly used as a means for the promotion of sponsors of a sportsperson or team. In some sports, there are regulations limiting the size or design of sponsorship brand names and logos on items of clothing.
Surf clothing design must consider the thermal insulation needs of the wearer. In hot situations, sportswear should allow the wearer to stay cool; while in cold situations, sportswear should help the wearer to stay warm.
Sportswear should also be able to transfer sweat away from the skin, using, for example, moisture transferring fabric. Spandex is a popular material used as base layers to soak up sweat. For example, in activities such as skiing and mountain climbing this is achieved by using layering: moisture transferring (wicking) materials are worn next to the skin, followed by an insulating layer, and then wind and water resistant shell garments.
Moisture-wicking fabrics are a class of hi-tech fabrics that provide moisture control for an athlete’s skin. They move perspiration away from the body to the fabric’s outer surface where it can evaporate. These fabrics typically are soft, lightweight, and stretchy—in other words, they are perfectly suited for making surf clothing.
SALES TRENDS FOR SURF CLOTHING
A woman wearing sports bra and boyshorts, which were conventionally women’s sportswear but are now also worn as casuals or athleisure by women in the West.
As surf clothing becomes more fashionable and more popular with consumers, sales have increased. Total U.S. sales of men’s and women’s activewear rose by 3.2% in the 12 months ending in March 2011 compared with the previous period, to $48.6 billion, according to consumer tracking firm NPD Group Inc. For all of 2011, activewear sales increased 6.7% from 2010, compared with women’s apparel gains in 2011 of 3.1%, also according to NPD Group.
IN SHORT, SURF CLOTHING ROCKS
As you can see, not only is surf clothing unique and attractive, but it maintains a high-level of quality, required for the extreme functional performance demanded from it. Buy it, wear it, use it and ENJOY IT.
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