Cynthia Rowley‘s passion for surfing — which was sparked more than 10 years ago — has carried over into her professional life with both a wetsuit line and super sleek scuba-inspired dresses and leggings that can be found in her sale on Gilt today. We recently caught up with the designer (that’s her above!) who shared her top summer must-haves, favorite places to surf, and what makes her happiest.
SF: What brought you to start surfing?
CR: I bought a little shack by the beach in Montauk a little over ten years ago, which prompted me to start surfing. Everyone said, “You can’t be out here and not be in the water.”
SF: Where are some of your favorite surf spots around the world?
CR: There are so many great spots! Barbados, Trinidad and the DR are some of my favorites — and they’re easy to get to in the winter via direct flights. I also like far-flung locales like Essaouira in Morocco, Chile, and Peru.
SF: What are your top summer must-haves?
CR: My large cotton scarf that has many uses (blanket for the beach, sarong, sun blocker), Redken Water Wax, waterproof sunscreen and mascara, and my favorite wetsuit.
SF: What’s your typical summer day?
CR: We spend our weekends in Montauk. We stay at the beach the whole day, and will pack a lunch. If there are no waves, we might go on a friends’ boat and wakeboard and waterski, maybe a little bike ride at dusk.
SF: Finish this sentence… “I’m always happy when…..”
CR: … I’m in the water with my family.
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