Who doesn’t wish they could wear yoga pants all day? When we designed our active wear line that was exactly what we were asking. Why can’t there be more exercise gear that you could wear out to coffee, shopping and maybe even *gasp* to work?
When Jill Berry over at 5 Minutes For Mom reviewed our Long Sleeve Full Zip Top, she lamented how easy it was for kids to exercise. “Pretty much whatever they are wearing will do. No need for fancy workout gear for little ones.”
And when she started working out in our top, she noticed that maybe she could do just that.
I worry about sunburn so I frequently wear a long-sleeved rashguard shirt in hot weather so I chose a Long Sleeve Full Zip Top. I found it to be more stylish than other rashguards and I wore it as I walked from one activity to the next, both inside and out.
Thanks so much Jill! We’re thrilled you feel stylish in our gear. Read the rest of the review or just head on over to our site to shop.
Our new active wear features yoga pants you’d wear outside the studio, hoodies that fit right in during cool nights at a BBQ and more. Less clothing changes mean more time to enjoy life! It’s like the fountain of youth for your closet.
A few years, paddler and SUP Chicks So-Cal member Debbie Church was sick of the standard-issue women’s rashguards from surf wear companies: long sleeve or short sleeve in the same solid colors of black, white, pink or blue. She started searching online and discovered Girls4Sport, which not only had fantastic prints but also offered a variety of cuts, including sports tanks, cap sleeves, half sleeves, and more. “I didn’t even realize that it had a shelf bra until I received it. I love that! I can wear them without a bra or swimsuit underneath,” said Church.
Church began paddling six years ago, after she bought her husband a SUP surfboard for Christmas. She wanted to try it, but she couldn’t carry or pick up the board since it was so heavy and wide. Plus, she couldn’t paddle it past the surf, so she was dependent upon her husband. “He would paddle it out through the surf in Del Mar, and I would swim out to hop on,” recalled Church.
Now, with lighter board designs and handles for carrying, Church is free to paddle on her own. And when she’s paddling through the surf, Church’s clothing of choice is a rashguard. Sometimes, she’ll wear a long sleeve rashguard for sun protection, and other times, she likes to wear a sleeveless style. Girls4Sport offers her the options she wants in great prints and the added bonus of a shelf-bra.
Church shared her Girls4Sport finds with fellow members of the SUP Chicks So-Cal. The San Diego-based group was founded three years ago as a way for women who are into SUP to connect with other women. The members range from beginners to sponsored racers, and they’re into any form of SUP that involves a board or a paddle: flatwater, surf, tour, race, and distance paddling. The group meets up every Wednesday for weekly paddles in Oceanside. In recent months, the group has stepped up their community involvement by participating in H2O Patrol’s beach trash removal efforts. Then in May, the group raised $10,000 for Stand Up for the Cure in Newport Beach. They also apparently share clothing recommendations.
SUP Chicks So-Cal member Carla Stoner learned about Girls4Sport SUP clothing from Church. “From Debbie it spread to the others,” said Stone.
Stoner began paddling five years ago after she and a friend took a lesson from Diane Wenzel of Westwind Sailing in Dana Point. A couple of weeks later, Stone made her family out go again for Mother’s Day, and she’s been hooked ever since.
For Stoner, comfort is huge when it comes to selecting SUP clothing. She looks for quick-drying, moisture-wicking fabrics that keep her cool. Looking good and sun-protection are also important factors. “I like Girls4Sport’s sleeveless and racerback styles. They’re comfortable, look great and are perfect for SUP,” said Stoner.
To check out Girls4Sport’s sun-protective rashguard swim tops and coordinating bottoms for SUP, visit Girls4Sport.net.
Isn’t it interesting how when a movie is based on a real story, it suddenly seems so much better? There is something about hearing someone’s story, whether it’s inspiring, educational or just plain zany that can’t really compare to fiction, no matter what wonderland an author can dream up.
She’s been all over the world and has a great outlook on life. Girls4Sport sat down with her to find out what’s new (ever heard of Ride and Tie?) and of course, get some inspiration!
Tell us about your athletic achievements.
I did my first Ironman triathlon in 2006. Completed the Leadville 100 mountain bike race. Have climbed Mt. Blanc (France), Mt. Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) and Pico Orazabi (Mexico). Swam the length of Donner Lake. Won the 12 Hours of Humbolt Mountain Bike race. Won the Muir Woods Marathon, Won the Biz Johnson 1/2 Marathon Athletic.
So you like to travel! What’s your favorite vacation spot?
Anywhere tropical, with warm sandy beaches, good waves and good scuba diving would be ideal. I like to go to new places, so my new favorite place is the next place I am going.
Steel cut oatmeal with fruit and nuts or avocado on toast.
Favorite Girls4Sport wear?
I love the long sleeve rash guards. The colors and fabrics are so original and the long sleeves are actually LONG. Yeah!
Training for the Ride and Tie World Championships. Two runners, one horse – get all three acoss the finish line. The races are typically 25 to 35 miles. This sport is a crazy amount of fun, with very warm, welcoming people. There is always camping and BBQ involved.
P.S. Anyone can go to the World Championships, so don’t be too impressed. ; ) But we were last year’s short course (22 mile) World Champions.
Love to swim with friends, whether in the pool or the ocean, but especially in the ocean.
That’s a tough one. It would have to be either to time travel or to be able to fly. I would love to go back in time and see all the geological formations evolve, like the Grand Canyon or Victoria Falls; see the ice age develop and recede; see the dinosaurs; etc. That would be very cool. Of course, who wouldn’t want to be able to fly?
Being with good friends. I love go out with a group of friends to swim, surf , boogie board, whatever, then hang out after.
Join a Master’s swimming program at a local pool. Having a coach will help you improve your stroke, making friends will keep you showing up, and a planned workout will warm you up, cool you down, and get you swimming more laps than you thought you could.
The more confident you are in a pool, the more you will enjoy ocean swimming. Find people to swim in the ocean by joining a Triathlon club or a swim club. Find out where in your community people open water swim and hang out there; there are usually morning time, lunch time and afterwork regulars you can hook up with. Swimmers are very approachable people, so don’t be afraid to ask someone if you can tag along.
Just get out and do it. Don’t worry if you’re not a star. It’s about who shows up. If you show up, you’re a winner.
Thanks for sharing your photos, time and insight with us, Siobhan! We appreciate it.
You can read more about Siobhan and more stories like hers in the Girls4Sport Community pages. What inspired you about this story? Do you have one you’d like to share? Tell us in the comments!