Watersports clothing and gear

Top Watersports Gear for Summer

As the waves roll gently into shore and the sun glints on the Pacific, there may be no better way to immerse yourself in the Southern California lifestyle than to take to the water with a surfboard, paddleboard, or kayak in hand.

Malibu is a mecca for watersports enthusiasts, and with summer nearly upon us, a wash of new swimsuits, wetsuits, and watersports accessories have taken center stage. To better outfit you for your next getaway at Malibu Beach Inn, here are a few of our seasonal favorites:

The Coastline Paddle Suit

Coastline Paddle Suit swimwear by lululemon

Both stylish and functional, the Coastline Paddle Suit by lululemon is perfect for an active lifestyle in Malibu. With a zipper at front and a cutout back, this perforated suit with sleek lines is made for hanging out in the lineup on your surfboard or paddleboarding around Malibu Pier.

Photo: lululemon

A Locally Chosen Surfboard

Surfboard Malibu

When it comes to choosing the right board, simply ask a longtime Malibu resident. Places like Zuma Jay’s Surf Shop have knowledgeable teams that can make suggestions based on your skill level and style. After finding your perfect match, famed surf spots like Surfrider Beach and Little Dume await.

A Portuguese Beach Towel

A dip in the Pacific wouldn’t be complete without a luxuriously oversized beach towel to wrap up in when you return to shore. This one by Tory Burch is spun from thick, soft brushed cotton on special looms in Portugal. It is highly absorbent, and the reversible woven jacquard pattern with fringe is sure to stand out on Carbon Beach.

Board Shorts with Style

johnnie-O Boardshorts

Embodying the West Coast lifestyle, johnnie-O brings high-quality, preppy prints to men’s swimwear with recent favorites like the Riptide Surf Shorts and the Cove Surf Shorts. Although the designs may appear similar in structure to previous releases, this new line of board shorts is actually half elastic to cover you in any active pursuit.

Photo: johnnie-O

Chic Shades

A sweeping brow line and diamond pins characterize these Zim x C&G Sydney Sunglasses, a collaboration between Zimmermann and Cutler and Gross. The Crystal Black- and Rose Chinoise-tinted specs were handmade in Italy and provide excellent UV absorption to combat bright days on the Pacific.

Sustainable Sea Swimwear

Everything But Water swimwear

There’s nothing like a new lineup of swimwear to start the summer, and when it comes to this Sustainable Sea One Piece from Everything But Water, it’s all in the details. Designed by Vitamin A, an open back and high-cut hips make this piece a standout whether practicing your paddleboard yoga or kayaking Leo Carillo State Park.

The swimsuit is part of an exclusive, six-piece collection made from recycled plastic bottles, and through Everything But Water’s newly launched ocean conservation initiative, Water is Everything, 25 percent of every purchase is donated to the 5 Gyres Institute, a California nonprofit fighting plastic pollution.

Photo: Amanda Pratt, courtesy of Everything But Water

An Innovative Wetsuit

O’Neill’s sought-after Technobutter 3 technology is back with this new series of wetsuits. Three layers of fabric include the skin-hugging interior jersey, the foam rubber core for feather-light warmth, and the exterior jersey with hydrophobic yarns to keep you dry. Built to last, any of the recently released suits will keep off the chill during early summer in Malibu.

A Classic Straw Hat

Channel your inner lifeguard with a straw hat from johnnie-O. Accented with a woven johnnie-O logo patch, this quintessential piece will protect your skin and keep the sun out of your eyes while you paddle the California coastline.

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