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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!

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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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    What is your favorite dryland workout? (If you have a specific circuit or Cross Fit workout you like, let us know so we can share): 

    I like to change it up with my drylands and cross training/running so I don't have a specific workout, but my favorite exercise are plyometrics and box jumps!

    What is your favorite water work out (Masters polo practice, ocean swim, surf session, if you have a specific swim set you like, please share): 

    I have so many favorite water workouts! I love night swim training in the Long Island Sound and I love swimming masters practice in new towns and cities while traveling. In the pool when training solo, I have a tendency to make pyramid workouts pretty often which I usually find to be a good challenge. 

    What activities do you do in JOLYN:

    I do everything in Jolyn! Aside from swimming 240+ miles of just competitive open water swimming in 2016 (not including training distances), I love to hike in Jolyn, I wear Jolyn on beach runs, and to be perfectly honest sometimes I wear a Jolyn Tomcat top as a bra.

    What's your favorite JOLYN color:

    My favorite Jolyn solid colors are Mango and Black! I have way too many favorite prints.

    What's your favorite JOLYN style and why:

    I love love love Tomcat tops and Brazil bottoms! Tomcat tops are so great because I love how supportive, breathable, and stylish they are. Guaranteed, I always get compliments when wearing a Tomcat and thats just the bonus to them being comfortable for up to eleven hours of marathon swimming in a race. Brazil cut are my favorite bottoms because, just like my favorite top, the Brazil cut bottoms are so comfortable to wear for hours on end in the water. They are also extremely versatile and I love that I can do anything active in them, or feel good wearing them when just hanging out on the beach. 

    If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 things, what would they be:

    To be practical... I'd probably want to have a hat, a Nalgene bottle, and a knife. I'd just hope I ended up there while wearing my Jolyn! 

    What's your favorite beach that you have been to and what beach is on your list to go to:

    As much as I love spending time on the beaches of Bermuda, I'd have to say my favorite beach I've been to is Playa South Beach Park in Boca Raton, FL because no matter how many places I go and beautiful beaches I discover, that is the beach I grew up on and it will always hold a special place in my heart. 

    I most want to go to the beaches of Palau! Palau has intrigued me for years and has been my number one dream destination to explore!

    If you were 60 years old, what would you tell your children:

    Live! Take every chance, always say yes to positive opportunity, follow your heart, be present, and do what you love. It is amazing where life can take you when you live this way and open your heart and mind to experiencing the world.

    What is the craziest thing you have ever done:

    I have trouble choosing just one craziest thing, but I suppose it would be my first ice mile swim. I did a one mile swim on February 3, 2013 in the Long Island Sound under the rules set by the International Winter Swimming Association (one mile swim in under 5C (41F) water temperature, unassisted, in a standard swim suit, cap, and goggles). The water temperature when I did my swim was 34F/35F and the air temperature was 24F/26F, on a very over cast day with a snow covered ground. I had never experienced a pain as aggressive as the feeling in my hands, like knives were repeatedly stabbing them each time they came into the air to take the next stroke. I experienced severe hypothermia that day but thankfully had no permanent damage. It was such an incredible accomplishment both physically and mentally just to even get into that water. Little did I know that was just the start of my winter swimming, and that years later I would end up in Argentina swimming in the glacial waters of Perito Moreno glacier, the largest glacier in the southern hemisphere in the middle of winter!

    What would we find in your refrigerator right now?

    Lots of spinach, almond butter, oranges... and there would be ben & jerry's in the freezer :)

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

    If I were an animal I would be a sea turtle. I admire their grace in the water and I feel I relate to them in that during their life they travel hundreds of miles but always return to the same beaches from which they were born. I travel the world to swim but I love and appreciate going back to my home beaches, too. 

    What would you spend your last $10 on:

    A margarita pizza with broccoli and a side of butter for the crust. 

    What is the hardest thing you've ever experienced: 

    I did a 25k swim race July 30th, 2016 in Lake Memphremagog in Vermont. The swim race began at the southern part of the gorgeous lake, then the course went across the Canadian border and looped back. It was a hot summer day, but beautiful nonetheless. I started my swim strong with my favorite kayaker, Lizzy, by my side but after about two hours into the swim I started getting sick. I couldn't hold in any of my feeds (CarboPro every 30 minutes), but I kept powering on. At about six hours into my swim, my right shoulder started hurting and eventually gave out on me. By eight hours into the swim, my stomach was cramped up and sore from vomiting for so many hours and I could barely lift my arm out of the water for a full stroke. I was physically broken and had so little mental strength left to get me through, but I did not want to quit. A swim that I should have finished hours faster ended up taking me nearly eleven hours to complete. Despite my pains and discomforts, I realized my true ability to persevere and I discovered how much inner strength I have. This was one of the hardest things I've ever experienced because the challenge put me face to face with myself and challenged me to be the person I am. 

    What is the most important part of a sandwich?

    Avocado, hands down. 

    Any last words or testimonial?

    I am grateful for the role models I have in the sport of swimming and for the strong women role models I grew up with in life. I love being able to live my passion and do what I love, and I only hope I can inspire others the way I've been inspired, in sport and in life. Discovering Jolyn a few years ago changed the way I perform in the water and made my aquatic lifestyle more comfortable and fun, which makes following my passion in swimming that much better!

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