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    Here at JOLYN our slogan is "For Women Who Inspire Us", so naturally International Women's Day was a big deal to us. We are a company filled to the brim with strong, intelligent, and creative women and we celebrate and support each other every dang chance we get. Our suits and DRYLAND gear are tailor-made for bad ass women  to go out and kick butt at anything they set their mind to while looking and feeling great. But enough about us, here are 5 brands we think do a great job of supporting women and International Women's Day!


    1. BIRCH BOX

    Birchbox is a monthly subscription beauty box that comes with 5 samples of hair, skin and make-up products hand picked for you! For International Women's Day they offered a discount of 20.4% OFF because that's the average difference in pay between men and women. They also partnered with The Girl Project and donated 5,000 boxes of goodies and $15,000. In addition if you sign up now you get a second box free for someone you think is #PrettyMighty. Very cool company.


    2. 31 BITS

    31 Bits is a jewelry brand thats mission is to use fashion and design to empower people to rise above poverty. Their products are handmade by women in Indonesia and Uganda. Every women that enters their Uganda Program is put on a 5 year plan and is given a job, a community, and an education, plus help in developing a plan for the future.



    You've seen a lot of this shirt recently. Otherwild is a studio, a store and a gathering, workshop and event space created by a vast multi-disciplinary community of inspiring artists, craftspeople and designers. They are committed to utilizing our resources to provide sustained support to their staff, vendors and suppliers, as well as grassroots and national social justice and health care organizations. They dedicate means within our business model to support ethical practices, advocacy and activism.




    Krochet Kids is a clothing and accessory brand that features crochet pieces handmade by people living in marginalized societies. They received non-profit status in 2008 and employ over 150 people in Uganda and Peru. They offer mentorship programs to women and provide them with jobs, education, and tools to create a sustainable cycle of employment and empowerment.


    5. TOMS

    Aside from Toms’ well-known one-for-one shoe program, the brand also tackles other important global causes. Purchase of a Toms bag helps support the brand’s partners around the world in providing safe birthing conditions for mothers and their babies. Toms is able to deliver necessary materials and skills training needed for safe birthing conditions and so far has been able to support safe birth services for 70,000 mothers.

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    Katie Berry is a young surfer from Huntington Beach.  She has been surfing since she was a little girl and was on the surf team at Huntington Beach High School.  After she graduated high school, she attended SFSU but later had to move home due to her sickness.  She continued school from home, but on January 4, 2016 around 6:30 AM, Katie had a heart attack due to Addison’s disease.  This attack almost caused her to lose her life, but Katie is a strong fighter.  She is unable to do the same everyday activities, but she has made tremendous progress and is still making improvements every day.  Katie is an inspiration and living miracle.  Join yur gurlz from JOLYN HQ out surfing in solidarity for our fellow water sister to help Katie and the Berry family on life’s journey!

    Join Katie and the Berry family on March 4th by joining us as we all come together at a family hosted surf contest to help pay for her treatment!

    For more INFORMATION and to SIGN UP go to:


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    Here's our latest DRYLAND look book shot in the Everglades by photographer Joey Wright, make-up artist Kate Blake, stylist Mallyce Miller, and model Janessa Gornicheck!

    JOLYN Items Pictured Above: Printed Ren Velvet Leggings- Tried

    JOLYN Items Pictured Above: Printed Ren Velvet Leggings- Laterz

    JOLYN Items Pictured Above: Printed Ren Velvet Leggings- Laterz

    JOLYN Items Pictured Above: Printed Nelson Training Short- Glazed

    JOLYN Items Pictured Above: Printed Silas Velvet Shorts- Bond

    JOLYN Items Pictured Above: Jonesie Capri- Navy, Solid Sanford Sports Bra- Black

    JOLYN Items Pictured Above: Jonesie Capri- Black

    JOLYN Items Pictured Above: Clark Sports Bra- Silver

    JOLYN Items Pictured Above: Clark Sports Bra- Silver

    JOLYN Items Pictured Above: Clark Sports Bra- Silver

    JOLYN Items Pictured Above: Sanford Sports Bra- Black, Printed Martin Leggings- Tourin/Dahlia


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    Here's our latest swim look book shot in the Everglades by photographer Joey Wright, make-up artist Kate Blake, stylist Mallyce Miller, and model Janessa Gornicheck!

    JOLYN Items Pictured Above: Highlighter Yellow Tomcat Top, Black Brazil Bottom

    JOLYN Items Pictured Above: Solid Chevy Onesie- Pine

    JOLYN Items Pictured Above: Printed Triangle Top- Hamptons, Printed Andy Bottoms- Pineapple

    JOLYN Items Pictured Above: Murray Fixed-Back Onesie- Pine

    JOLYN Items Pictured Above: Printed Gavin Onesie- Flok

    JOLYN Items Pictured Above: Solid Adrian Top- Red, Printed Andy Bottoms

    JOLYN Items Pictured Above: Solid Tomcat Top- Hot Pink

    JOLYN Items Pictured Above: Solid Harrison Top- Strawberry, Solid Andy Bottoms- Ocean

    JOLYN Items Pictured Above: Solid Triangle Top- Sunkist, Kyle Bottom- Sunkist

    JOLYN Items Pictured Above: Printed Jackson 2- Tourin

    JOLYN Items Pictured Above: Solid Vent Top- Mango, Solid Softy Bottom- Citrus

    JOLYN Items Pictured Above: Printed Vent Top- Glazed


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    Finding Pleasure in the Pain


    A lot of people ask me why I do the things I do… why I paddle 32 miles in the middle of the ocean, get in the ocean when it is freezing cold, or push myself as hard as I do… The answer is simple… its truly because I love it.  I find a pleasure in pushing my personal limits and seeing where not only my body can go, but most importantly my mind. 

    Ultramarathoner Dean Karnazas takes the words out my mouth.  I just replaced the word “runner” for “paddler” to relate it to my sport.  He says,

    People think I'm crazy to put myself through such torture, though I would argue otherwise. Somewhere along the line we seem to have confused comfort with happiness. Dostoyevsky had it right: 'Suffering is the sole origin of consciousness.' Never are my senses more engaged than when the pain sets in. There is a magic in misery. Just ask any [paddler].

    Just a few months ago I had the chance to really experience these personal limits when I traveled to the island of Bora Bora for the Ironmana Liquid Festival.  This isn’t just any ocean festival, but one where you know you are going to be paddling and swimming a total of about 60 miles in four days.  The thing is you don’t know how this will done… As race and event director Stephan Lambert says best, “Expect nothing, be ready for everything.”  Stephan does not tell you what the event each day will be until immediately before.  All you know is that there will be one long prone paddling day, one long swimming day, one combo day, and one extremely long SUP day.  The challenges have an element of adventure to them as they become much more about the personal challenge than racing your competition.

    I was fortunate enough to go with my best friend and business partner Jess Rocheleau who decided beforehand she was going to complete all the challenges, even with hardly any paddling training.  Jess is a tremendous athlete in her own sport of swimming and triathlon, but knew she would be relying on her underlying fitness and mental strength to get through this event.  I had been training a fair amount for this event, but Jess’s support became a major reason that I was able to push through those times I wanted to quit.

    The first day was one of the hardest… a 22 mile prone paddle around the island of Bora Bora in every condition you could ask for… pouring down rain, wind, and some sun.  After finishing this paddle with spaghetti arms we knew that three more days of this would take more than just physical strength, but even more mental and psychological toughness.

    That night we even had a second challenge… a sunset/night SUP paddle… but this became so much more about taking in one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen.

    We woke up the second day and were greeted with sunshine! It was the swim day and Jess was especially ready for this.  The swim ended up being a little over 6 miles completed in four stages all around the island.  Thankfully we had a little break to swim with the sharks during this!

    It was during the second day we really got to know the local Tahitian competitors.  The Tahitians are born and bred water people as the ocean is such a part of their history and daily lives.  Outrigger canoe paddling (also called va’a) is the most popular sport in Tahiti and this translates extremely well to SUP paddling as well.  Still the Tahitian competitors were extremely strong in the prone paddling and swimming events and most importantly did it all with a positive spirit. 

    The third day we woke up again to rain in paradise and were greeted with a challenge that involved both forms of paddling, swimming, and running up a motu (small island).  This event really allowed those to shine who were good at a wide variety of crafts.  We were all still holding our breaths for the final day…

    The fourth and final morning we all knew would be the most challenging.  We were greeted with a 30 miles SUP paddle (at least it was broken up in 3 different stages!).  For me this was the most difficult by far as SUP is my weakest craft of the three we competed in.  This was also BY FAR the longest I had ever paddling on a stand up board.  But when the physical pain became real, I couldn’t think about how much longer I had to go, but come back to the moment and focus on each stroke at a time.  This intense focus allows one to go into a state of FLOW which is a very peaceful psychological state to be in and almost like a meditation.  Nothing else matters accept that PRESENT moment on the water.  For me, this is why I find so much pleasure in the pain.


    Well… Jess and I both made it… and it couldn’t have been any better moment to complete such an intense journey with your best friend.  Bora Bora will always have a special place in our hearts as this experience really showed both of us who were really are and why we do the things we do.

    I want to give a special thanks to Jolyn for always supporting me in my adventures and keeping me looking and feeling great in the best swimwear out there.   Thank you also to all the people who made this trip possible and helped out along the way including Stephan Lambert, Air Tahiti Nui, Sofitel Bora Bora, Surftech Tahiti, SUP the Mag, Donald Miralle, Tim Mckenna, and Tahiti Fly Shoot.




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