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Abalone Restoration Sun Suit

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10% of profits donated to Get Inspired

Known for the psychedelic patterns found on their inner shells, abalone (sea snails) feature unique colors that are created by nacre, hexagonal platelets of aragonite also known commonly as “mother of pearl” and found on a variety of mollusks. Our print features the piercing blues of New Zealand’s Pāua, the Māori name given to three species Haliotis iris, Haliotis australis and Haliotis virginea.

    1. UPF 50+ sun protection (max rating achievable)
    2. Fibers mechanically engineered for quick-dry, moisture-wicking and breathability
    3. Resilient 4-way stretch and recovery for shape retention in and out of the water
    4. 100% chlorine, sun, salt water, and sunscreen resistant
    5. High neck collar, thumbholes at wrists, and medium back booty coverage
    6. Back zipper for easy entry, with a long paracord pull for easy zip up
    7. Raglan cut sleeves for great range of shoulder movement
    8. No shelf bra or padding. For more support, we suggest wearing a bikini top underneath
    9. Tag-less for comfort
  • Main fabric: 88% Repreve® RPET (recycled polyester made from post-consumer plastic bottles), 12% spandex

    Zipper: polyacetal resin (tough, high strength thermoplastic)

    Zipper pull: high tensile strength nylon paracord

ADVOCATE APPAREL INSPIRED BY The sassy sea snail

Abalone is the common name for a variety of marine snails that are found throughout the world’s oceans. Sought after for their meat and their beautiful shells, populations have declined rapidly and some species are now critically endangered. Our relationship with abalone illustrates the challenges of overexploitation of the marine environment. Until the 1980’s, it was widely thought that abalone populations were resilient and could effectively rebound from harvesting activities. Unfortunately, that has not proven to be true.

Abalone are “broadcast spawners,” meaning that two individuals must be within three feet of one another to sexually reproduce. This type of reproduction makes population recovery very challenging, driving the need for humans to intervene. Marine biologist Nancy Caruso is doing just that, and founded Get Inspired, a non-profit organization that specializes in marine conservation & education.

Besides physically growing juvenile abalone along California’s coast and populating them back into the coastal kelp forest marine habitat, Nancy recognizes that protecting the ocean in the future requires educating children today. That is why she has launched a 10 year initiative to grow 100,000 abalone in classrooms across the golden state and restore them along the southern California coast, inspiring and utilizing the help of the next generation of scientists along the way. 10% of profits from your purchase will be donated to this restoration effort.

Nancy Caruso holding green abalone (Haliotis fulgens) off the coast of California.

Growing juvenile abalone. Once they reach adulthood, they’ll be released into the wild along southern California’s coast.

High school student divers trained by Nancy to participate in the abalone restoration efforts.

The next generation of scientists measuring abalone in their classroom nursery.

Photos used to create this print were taken by Alyssa Frederick, a PhD researcher, science advocate and communicator. Her PhD research focuses on how disease and temperature stress affect abalone.

Made from recycled materials

We strive to create high quality products with the least environmental impact possible - VISIT OUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT PAGE HERE TO LEARN MORE

SEE THEM IN ACTION ON OUR INSTAGRAM - USE @WATERLUST TO BE FEATURED


Customer Reviews

Based on 19 reviews
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I.H.
Just the most beautiful thing.

Lovely quality, love the print, & details like the thumb holes in arms. Would like a longer zip pull. Beautiful

V
V.N.
So incredibly beautiful!

The print is exquisite! The fabric is lovely. Fits beautifully.

P
P.W.

Terrific material, terrific fit! Love it!

M
M.R.
Great suit

I purchased this suit for a trip to Hawaii. I loved that I could avoid excessive sunscreen and still enjoy snorkeling and swimming in the ocean. It was as the first time I avoided a burn somewhere on my body while in the strong tropical sun. The suit fit really well and was easy to put on and it dried well. The suit also provided enough support for me and I didn’t need a bikini top underneath.

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D.B.
Love this Sun Suit!

Six months ago I had back fusion surgery so I've been looking for a swimsuit to wear under my wetsuit, and/or in the pool, to hide my back incisions while also protecting them from sun exposure. I am amazed at the quality of these products - this is not your flimsy Lycra suit, it is a hefty yet very soft fabric! I'm 70 and was concerned about butt coverage so I also ordered the shorts and now I'll be warm and cozy in my wetsuit. I am 5'8" and 128 lbs and ordered the S (Strong) thinking I would likely need to exchange it. But it fits perfectly and I can't wait to wear it diving. My next order will be a pair of the leggings, probably more useful in our Iowa winter than the sunsuit :-). Sadly we cancelled our St Lucia dive trip due to COVID, but we will get through this pandemic and be able to travel safely again. I especially love that these products support research and educational outreach about environmental conservation, and I'm anxious to learn more.

h
h.
LOVE IT!!!

Amazing quality - thicker and sturdier than I imagined, which is great because other brands I have tried don’t seem like they will last as long as this should. I ordered a small based on the measurements of the Director/model shown. I am similar measurements, but might have preferred a medium - good enough fit though that I won’t be exchanging. All around very happy with the pieces I received and would definitely recommend/purchase again!

Customer Reviews

Based on 19 reviews
89%
(17)
5%
(1)
5%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
I
I.H.
Just the most beautiful thing.

Lovely quality, love the print, & details like the thumb holes in arms. Would like a longer zip pull. Beautiful

V
V.N.
So incredibly beautiful!

The print is exquisite! The fabric is lovely. Fits beautifully.

P
P.W.

Terrific material, terrific fit! Love it!

M
M.R.
Great suit

I purchased this suit for a trip to Hawaii. I loved that I could avoid excessive sunscreen and still enjoy snorkeling and swimming in the ocean. It was as the first time I avoided a burn somewhere on my body while in the strong tropical sun. The suit fit really well and was easy to put on and it dried well. The suit also provided enough support for me and I didn’t need a bikini top underneath.

D
D.B.
Love this Sun Suit!

Six months ago I had back fusion surgery so I've been looking for a swimsuit to wear under my wetsuit, and/or in the pool, to hide my back incisions while also protecting them from sun exposure. I am amazed at the quality of these products - this is not your flimsy Lycra suit, it is a hefty yet very soft fabric! I'm 70 and was concerned about butt coverage so I also ordered the shorts and now I'll be warm and cozy in my wetsuit. I am 5'8" and 128 lbs and ordered the S (Strong) thinking I would likely need to exchange it. But it fits perfectly and I can't wait to wear it diving. My next order will be a pair of the leggings, probably more useful in our Iowa winter than the sunsuit :-). Sadly we cancelled our St Lucia dive trip due to COVID, but we will get through this pandemic and be able to travel safely again. I especially love that these products support research and educational outreach about environmental conservation, and I'm anxious to learn more.

h
h.
LOVE IT!!!

Amazing quality - thicker and sturdier than I imagined, which is great because other brands I have tried don’t seem like they will last as long as this should. I ordered a small based on the measurements of the Director/model shown. I am similar measurements, but might have preferred a medium - good enough fit though that I won’t be exchanging. All around very happy with the pieces I received and would definitely recommend/purchase again!