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  • Finally... FINA approved: introducing the Chevy Tiger

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    What is FINA?  FINA is the international governing body of swimming, diving, water polo, synchronized swimming and open water swimming.

     

    What does their approval mean?  The FINA stamp on a swimsuit provides 100% assurance that times earned while wearing it translate to state, national, and international stages/contests.  (USAS 102.8.1)

     

    How was the CHEVY TIGER approved & how did we achieve official FINA vendor status?  We took our bestselling "Chevy" and performed minor tweaks to fabric & construction.  From there the suit was submitted to FINA who performed rigorous testing to ensure the suit met their high standards... WHICH IT DID and we couldn't be more STOKED!

     

    Competition & Team Suits:  Due to its certified status, the Chevy Tiger is our official recommendation for any group orders intended for competition.  For training trips and practice suits you can go crazy with prints, logos, and style.

     Contact grouporders@jolynclothing.com if you wanna get the JOLYN party started!

     

     

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  • Socal Inspired Prints by fellow San Diegans // ORANGE & PARK

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    To say that JOLYN was "proudly" founded in San Diego is an understatement.  We LOVE our hometown and the outdoor lifestyle that our perfect weather and sandy beaches afford.  Our friends at ORANGE & PARK, a fellow SD founded company, take weekend trips to baja, national parks, and standout local surf spots. They in turn combine their lifestyle & experiences to create inspired prints that can be found in homes, restaurants and offices around the globe.
    Here is a quick Q&A with their co-founder John McCauley and a sneak peek into their inspiration!
    JOLYN: Coronado is a pretty cool but small coastal community.  How did your southern californian roots influence your first prints and how have they evolved since?
    JM: Growing up and living in Coronado is a privilege that is hard to ignore. We have an incredible beach on one side, an incredible bay on the other, and we're 5 minutes from a major urban center. It's unique in so many ways. We're spoiled. Orange and Park started off focused on Coronado and San Diego because that is what inspired us and what we knew. Over time, we shifted to other subjects - maps and objects - that are iconic in their own way and have special meaning to us. What I find interesting is our most successful products are related to California. I think, given our upbringing, there is a subconscious authenticity to the CA inspired products that's impossible to articulate but resonates with our customers.

     

    JOLYN: It looks like you and the boys have a lot of epic weekend adventures.  What's your favorite destination and how do these trips inspire your art?
    JM:  David Klinker (O&P co-founder) spends a lot of time in Spain, with a special attraction to the Granada region. I love adventures in Baja. To me, Baja is the last frontier, an area where traveling is as much about the journey as the destination. Our travels impact both the design and subject matters in our products. We both love a minimalist aesthetic, which is largely influenced by the design community in Europe. In terms of subjects, we tend to design for what we know, it creates a more authentic result that we hope resonates.

     

     

    JOLYN: What is your favorite O&P print and why?
    JM: Wow, that's a hard one. I love the VW prints because they remind of a great period in my life when I had my first car, a 1971 VW Squareback. Today, Orange and Park owns a 1973 VW Bus. It makes us smile, it's great. I also love Swellvetica. There's a playfulness to this print and the design is so uniquely David.
     

     

    JOLYN: I need one for my bedroom... and office & bathroom & kitchen. Where can I shop the Orange & Park Collection?
    JM: The best way is from our website www.orangeandpark.com. We also have some great retailers. Please visit them, they are rad hard working people that we are so appreciative of them. Thank you, JOLYN, for the support! 

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  • Meet Mother, Fitness Model & Open Water Swimmer: Micha Shaw

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    Name: Micha Shaw
    Instagram: @michashaw
    Brief description of yourself:  I’m a mom and sports model living in Huntington Beach. My pre-baby days were spent competing in Open Water swimming and Lifesaving competitions. I trained for the 2008 and briefly for the 2012 Olympics in the 10K Open Water event. I swam at Cal (GO BEARS!). I grew up all over the place…Washington, England, South Africa, but I consider myself an Alaskan at heart. That’s where I spent most of my time growing up. 
      
    What is your favorite dryland workout?  My favorite dryland workouts are yoga, boxing, hiking. Probably my most favorite workout would be when my husband and I work out together in our  garage or at the beach. I love box jumps, pull-ups and the TRX. If we are at the beach, I like to add sand sprints to really torture myself!

     

    What is your favorite water work out?  Ocean swims and surfing in warm water. Swimming anytime. Honestly, now as a mom I find it hard to be consistent with one particular workout. Anytime I can get out of the house by myself, it’s usually for a workout. I dream of one day joining a masters team, and being the overly competitive old chick that tries to keep up with the young kids. 

     

    Describe your dream day at the beach: My dream day at the beach would include my best girl friends, we would body surf, surf, paddle and swim until the only thing we have energy for is lifting a nacho to our mouth and holding onto an ice cold bud light. I imagine this would take place in Sayulita.
    What activities do you do in JOLYN? Play in the sand with my kids, swim, paddle, surf…I once did a crossfit competition in JOLYN!
    Favorite JOLYN color: Cabernet
    Favorite JOLYN style and why: Softy bottom, if I had to choose just one. But I’m pretty sure I never met a JOLYN I didn’t like ;)
    If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 things, what would they be: Since bringing my family is not in their best interest…I would bring a bikini, Sunblock and a giant jar of peanut butter

     

    What's your favorite beach that you've been to and what beach is on your list to go to?  Dream Beach, Lembongan Island. Noosa Heads, any beach off the Great Ocean Road, Australia. All the beaches in Bali. I got married in Changuu, Bali in 2009. Currently on my travel list is Sayulita, Sri Lanka (swimming with Blue Whales!!), and Turks and Caicos…which I will be traveling to in 32 days with my husband, but who’s counting?
    Who is your favorite athlete? One of my best friends, Natalie Coughlin, who showed me what it means to be a true bad ass. 
    What are 3 things on your bucket list: Swim with blue whales, travel to Morocco, drive across country in a custom airstream

     

    If you were 60 years old, what would you tell your children: Always choose love. Regret nothing. Travel as much as possible.
    What would we find in your refrigerator right now: Salsa, eggs, peanut butter, blueberries and some forgotten leftovers!
    If you had to be an animal, what would you be and why:  A Dolphin, so I could know what it's like to be fearless in the waves.
    What would you spend your last $10 on: Coffee, chips and salsa and a lottery ticket.

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  • MOTIVATIONAL MONDAYS // JULIANA BAHR-THOMSON

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    Motivational Mondays // Juliana Bahr-Thomson

    If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 things, what would they be:
    Coconut water, underwater camera and surfboard

    What's your favorite beach that you have been to:
    I have had the pleasure of paddling almost the entire east coast of Australia, to choose a favorite beach is one of the most difficult questions. But I’d have to say the points of Noosa and the National Park is my favorite other salty home.

    What beach is on your list to go to:
    I dream of going to Morocco, Taiwan and the Greek Islands to explore their coast lines and culture.

    Who is your favorite athlete:

    I have a lot of athletes I look up to but Siri Linley, Laura Bennett and Rebekah Keat are my fav. They have all been personal mentors for me at some point during my triathlon career.

    -What are 3 things on your bucket list: Simply to travel and discover new cultures, I have quite a list of places i'm still yet to
    visit.

    If you were 60 years old, what would you tell your children:
    Enjoy every day, you work your entire life you may as well love what you do. Chase good times not money and things.

    What is the craziest thing you have ever done:
    Probably paddling a board out as sea for 43 days, 202 hours and covering 1000km from Newcastle to Noosa.

    What's your favorite JOLYN color:

    I love the smokey grey color, I have a bikini top in it!

    -What's your favorite JOLYN style and why:

    I really like the 1 piece swimmers, they are a great cut and the subtle detail with the back
    straps as well as the side panels amazes me!

    What motivates you:

    Others stories of adversity and how they overcame obstacles, seeing people push limits and reading autobiographies of successful people.

    If you had to be an animal, what would you be and why:

    I’d be a Macaw parrot, I’ve always loved birds and I’m all about color!

    What activities do you do in JOLYN:

    I actually wear them as my work lifeguard uniform, I also train in my JOLYN 1 pieces and board paddle and surf in my 2 pieces.

    What's the most inspiring race you've ever seen:

    I think some of the best races that have inspired me have been the 1989 Ironman Triathlon world championship battle between Dave Scott and Mark Allen, and then again in 2010 with a very similar finish taking place between Chris McCormack and Raelert.

    How do you like to cross train? or What is your favorite cross training activity:

    I absolutely love running, only issue is I’m recovering from a major ankle surgery so I haven’t run properly in 1.5 years and I’m just relearning to jog and run all over again now.

    What book would you recommend to our readers:

    The 5 love languages, it is something everyone in life should read. It is such a great book and helps you reconnect with friends, family, work colleagues and partners on a much better level.

    What inspires you:

    Books, I love reading so much. I have my particular themes I stick by and I get so much out of reading and being able to relate to them.

    What is something that nobody knows about you:

    I get really shy so I’m not overly social and I keep to myself

    What would you spend your last $10 on:

    Maybe a sharpie pen and a coffee so I could sit in a café and sketch.

    What is your signature dish in the kitchen:

    My giant salad which is a mix of fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds.

    What is your favorite workout or gym exercise:

    TRX it’s a very versatile training tool and I make it a lot of fun not always taking things too seriously.

    What is your favorite holiday destination:

    California, I have spent a lot of time there over the years and I truly love it there, but I honestly have so many favourite places. Hawaii, Thailand, Caribbean, Singapore,
    Germany, Switzerland and Fort De France have all been amazing places to visit. I have too many favorites!

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  • JoPro // Charger Carter: The Importance of Community

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    JoPro // Charger: The Importance of Community

     Having a best friend was something I always wanted throughout my whole life… I had “best friends” through high school and college, but no one that compares to Jess.  Jess and I met each other through lifeguarding when her family moved to Coronado.  We instantly clicked with our similar backgrounds as collegiate swimmers and our passion for health and fitness.  It wasn’t for another two years though that we actually became best friends.

     Jess and I are now inseparable as we thrive when we work together in all aspects of our lives.  We motivate each other to get up early to train on those days when we just want to hit the snooze button.  We learn from each other and talk about the recent podcasts we have listened to or books we have read.   We try new recipes and cook together.  We lift and paddle together.   We work at the beach together and bounce ideas off each other for our business Live Your Masterpiece.  We help each other be the best versions of ourselves.

    Community is also extremely important to me as I strive to lead a sustainable healthy lifestyle.  My hometown of Coronado is a very small and tight community because it is an island!!  I just started work as a personal trainer at Coronado Fitness Club where my coworkers have made a huge impact in my development as a trainer.  In addition, I am a fifth year beach lifeguard here and my coworkers at the beach have become like family.  Both of these workplaces have been extremely positive in my journey.

    Whether it is a best friend or a group of people, surrounding yourself with people with similar mindsets is critical to reach your personal goals.  Find that workout buddy to go to the gym with on a daily basis.  Write down a list of goals you want to achieve this next year and give it to a family member who can motivate you.  Be honest with your coworkers and ask for their advice or help in reaching your career aspirations. 

    Having a person or people to hold you accountable to what you say will be one of the most significant factors in making these dreams your reality. 

    Jolyn stands for this community I am talking about.  The company brings together women who are aspiring to be their best in and out of the water.  I am so thankful to be a part of a group of people who share my values and support me in my goals and dreams. 

    STAY STRONG and CHARGE ON (and always wear Jolyn!)

    XOXO

    Charger

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