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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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    What keeps you motivated to be active and healthy?

    I feel best physically, emotionally, and spiritually when I eat clean and live an active lifestyle. I’m addicted to endorphins and love the feeling that a good, hard, fun workout gives me, whether it be running the beach, surfing, or paddling. I’m a vegetarian and it makes me feel good eating sustainably and close to the earth.

     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 love a good mid-distance run in the sand on Wrightsville Beach, with callisthenic stations at each lifeguard stand (approximately every ½ mile). Finish the workout off with 5 sets of 30 abs exercises and a sun salutation to cool down.

    What is your favorite water work out i.e. swimming, water polo, ocean swim, surf session, SUP (if you have a specific swim set you like, please share):

    When the waves are up, you’ll find me in the water all day long. I love to longboard and I am learning how to ride a short board. If it’s flat, I’ll be on my SUP board paddling the waterways and ocean side of Wrightsville Beach. And if the water is really clear and calm, a long ocean swim can’t be beat.

    What activities do you do in JOLYN:

    Absolutely Everything. Lifeguard, Train, Swim, Surf, SUP, Scuba Dive, Run, Paddle, Surfski, Beach Volleyball, Sail, Free-Dive, Hike, Snorkel, Travel….should I go on? I honestly do not leave my home without a JOLYN suit in my bag or car for whatever the day might bring!

    What's your favorite JOLYN color:

    Cabernet, followed closely by Army. Love those Earthy Tones!

    What's your favorite JOLYN style and why:

    The Weston Bottoms are my favorite! Seamless, cheeky, and a drawstring for security. So flattering and cute!

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

    1. Sharp Machete
    2. Snorkel Mask
    3. Potato Seedlings

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

    Favorite Beach: Hatteras Island, Outer Banks NC

    To go: The Galapagos Islands

    Who is your favorite athlete?

    Mia Hamm was so inspiring when I was growing up! She helped lead the USA women’s soccer team to victory and was largely responsible for the huge surge in popularity for women’s soccer.

    What are 3 things on your bucket list? 

    1. Free Dive with Humpback Whales in Tonga
    2. Dive the Galapagos
    3. American National Park/West Coast Road trip

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

    Follow your dreams; you have the capability to do or be anything you want to be. You may not have the same ideas as your parents, peers, or teachers, but your heart and the universe will guide you in making important decisions in your lifetime. Work hard, but find ample time to play, too. Travel. See the world. Take risks, but be smart. Be thrifty, and save your money for experiences, not things. Throw 100% of yourself into everything you do.

    What is the craziest thing you have ever done?

    Sailed to Columbia from Panama on a Tiny Sailboat with a Frenchman and a British guy. We had all just graduated as Scuba Instructors and went on a rogue scuba adventure trip diving on uncharted reefs off the Columbian Coast, living off of Lion Fish Ceviche and fresh Caipirinhas. It was an unforgettable adventure.

    What would we find in your refrigerator right now?

    Hummus, Carrots, Red Stripe, Grapefruits, Speckled Trout (Caught right off the backyard), Brie.

    What nail polish color are you?

    None- I bite mine

    What motivates you?

     My Peers and friends; I’ve been so blessed to be surrounded by women who inspire me every day. My family also; I would do anything for them.

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

    Any bird of Prey for the flying aspect, but I would love to travel around the world’s oceans like the Humpback whales. Imagine what those creatures see in their lifetime!

    What book would you recommend to our readers? 

    Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel 

    What is something that nobody knows about you? 

    I’m really, really good at Super Smash Brothers the video game (N64 and Gamecube version)

    What would you spend your last $10 on? 

    NY Style Pizza and Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin

    What is your signature dish in the kitchen?

    Spicy Thai Green Curry with Fried tofu

    What is the hardest thing you've ever experienced?  

    The death of my Grandmother

    What is your favorite holiday destination?

    I love to travel and try never go to the same place twice, but Koh Phayam in Thailand would have to be up there on my favorite travel destinations.

    What is the most important part of a sandwich?

    The Bread of course

    What is your most embarrassing moment you're willing to admit?

    I was going to make a rescue while lifeguarding and jumped off the stand and completely face planted after mis-stepping. The entire beach was watching me, but at least they all clapped when I brought the guy in.

    Any last words or testimonial?

    I am so thankful to work for JOLYN and with all of the inspiring women who make up our team!

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    JOLYN is the Official Women's Swimwear of GHSA

    We're so pumped to announce that GEORGIA has chosen JOLYN as the official women's swimwear of GHSA (Georgia High School Association). 

    The GHSA strives to make sports available to all high school athletes.  GHSA also promotes and runs state competitions, awarding the best-of-the-best statewide.

    GHSA wants JOLYN suits in competition and practice throughout the state of Georgia, how cool is that?!  

    (also check out JOLYN's FINA-approved Chevy Tiger).


    Georgia is leading the way for states across the US. Hopefully soon all 50 states will host awesome swim meets filled with crazy colors and rad prints on the most functional of suits. Always worn by women who inspire us.


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    JOLYN Does Wodapalooza Miami 2017

    2017 Is a year of firsts for your friends here at JOLYN! This is our first time being a vendor at Wodapalooza, and the first time our activewear line "DRYLAND" has been available to hit the market! For those of you who don't know, Wodapalooza, or WZA, is a huge annual fitness & lifestyle festival that takes place in Southern Florida. WZA boasts spectators of over 25,000 and 1,500 athletes competing from over 30 different countries around the world! With all these primarily "dryland" athletes around,  we thought this was the perfect stage to launch our DRYLAND activewear collection! However, crossfit athletes have been wearing JOLYN for years when they cross-train with a swim set. You can usually catch a JOLYN on top names such as Chyna Cho, Lauren Fisher, or this years WZA winner Camille Leblanc-Bazinet! Check out these photos captured by photographer Lara Stephenson of the event!

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  • Brand Crush: POLER Stuff

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    Looking to escape the city?! Say no more...

    POLER Stuff can get you geared up and ready to go.  With the raddest prints in the camping game, they put a unique spin on everything from tents, to hammocks, to backpacks & cookware.   As a company they aim to bridge the gap between action sports and traditional outdoor activities, recognizing that a modern active outdoor lifestyle encompasses them both.  Their gear combines function & fun in a way we've never seen. We think it pairs perfectly with our swimwear.

    JOLYN Items above from top left to right: Grayson Top and Weston bottoms in Blizzard, Gabriel Onesie in black and white, Nico Onesie in Balmy, Arlin afterhours leggings in liquid black, Fendrick Top in Ace, Sanford Sports Bra in Glazed, Swim Caps in Narwhals, Vent Top in Sunkist.

    And check out the photos from our latest beach volleyball shoot featuring some of their backpacks, canteens and more!

    Photographer Hailley Howard and MUA Marlaine Reiner.

    They also opened a store down in Laguna Beach this year, which is a way is our OC neighbor and you should definitely check out. 1360 S. Coast HWY Laguna Beach, CA 92651

    Let's be real... Poler is the cool kid on the block, and we're totally fan girls :P

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