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Marine Modesty From Surf City's Splashgear

Huntington Beach, California is known as Surf City USA®.

Numerous surf lifestyle and swimwear brands have come from this Southern California seaside community, from TYR and Katin to Quiksilver and Roxy.

Cool, hip and fashionable, these swimwear and surfing brands have forged their way into the swimming, marine sports and beach-going communities over the decades.

Now Huntington Beach and its surfing and marine sports mindset have had an influence on a completely different swimwear market.

Shereen Sabet had a need and an inspiration when she founded Splashgear.

A devout Muslim woman, Sabet has combined the fabrics and feel of marine sports swimwear with the modesty and religious requirements of Muslim and other conservative women.

Sabet is a scuba diving hobbyist and found her inspiration for Splashgear based on a marine sports lifestyle with a modest, full-coverage twist.

"In the surfing community, quick-drying fabrics and designs are very important. Same with our Splashgear products which have to be modest both in and out of the water."

Founded in 2006, Splashgear designs, manufactures and markets modest and full coverage swimwear primarily targeted towards Muslim and other religious women including conservative Christian and Jewish women as well as women with physical abnormalities or who do not prefer to wear the conventional bathing suits.

"Splashgear was established because of the lack of swimwear for religiously-observant women who must remain modestly dressed in mixed company," explains Sabet. "According to Islamic beliefs, both boys and girls who reach puberty must cover up their sexuality in front of unrelated members of the opposite sex and must do so throughout their adult life. Due to the difference between males and females, the dress code is different. Women must cover their entire body except for their face, hands, and feet; while men must cover at a minimum the area from their navel to just below their knee. Furthermore, clothing cannot be skin tight, revealing, or transparent for both men and women."

As she balances her religious beliefs with the needs of people in the ocean, Sabet designed a women’s line that includes six different garments. "We sell each piece separately to allow the customer to mix and match styles in order to suit her tastes. Splashgear differs from the other Islamic swimwear companies because we base our swimwear designs on modern, Western surf wear including men’s rash guards and board shorts. This deliberate design style was chosen in order to help women integrate more easily into the mainstream at the pool or beach by wearing something that looks familiar to the non-Muslim public, despite the unusual full-coverage."

Sabet's clientele also includes women who are allergic to sunscreen or have skin cancer concerns. "Our swim shirts and hair covers are made of 100% polyester/PBT fabric that is inherently chlorine-proof and offers UV protection of at least 40, depending on the color: the lighter the color, the lower the UV protection; while the darker the color, the higher the UV protection. Our swim bottoms are constructed from 100% microfiber peached polyester fabric that provides UV protection of 50+."

As a diver, Sabet understands the importance of the swimwear not impeding movement in the water or reducing buoyancy. "The microfiber woven fabric is known in the apparel industry as the first generation fabric for the men’s mainstream classic board shorts that surfers commonly wear. The synthetic fabrics do not absorb water and do not weigh down the swimmer, thereby offering a lightweight product that is safe to use in-water."

Splashgear offers two different styles of hair covers: the Swim Hood and the Swim Cap.

The Swim Hood is a 3-panel design based on the 2-panel hood design of NeoSport. The hood covers the hair, ears, and neck, therefore providing full-coverage of the head and neck. Traditionally, the hood is used by warm water snorkelers and scuba divers to protect their head against stinging marine animals. The hood looks very similar to what many Muslim women wear as a hijab and, for this reason, quickly became a part of the Splashgear line.

The Swim Cap is also a 3-panel design and is larger than current swim caps on the market. They cover the hair and ears, but not the neck, and are considered less conservative than the swim hood due to its less coverage.

Splashgear's Island Shirt is based off the NeoSport rash guard and is a long-sleeved, looser fit than the current rash guards on the market. Its double-lined front panel provide modesty in the chest area.

The longer, tunic-length Resort Shirt is a modification of the Island Shirt. It was designed based on customer demand for a longer shirt that provides coverage over the buttocks. The Resort Shirt has a drawcord waist with cord lock that allows the swimmer to tighten the shirt while in-water to prevent the looser shirt from riding up and exposing the torso.

Splashgear's Resort Pants are a pair of board pants that are a longer version of the popular men’s boardshorts that go all the way down to the ankle. Modesty features include straight-leg styling as well as interface contained within the pant leg cuffs that prevent immodest sticking of the wet pants to the legs. Safety features include an internal drawcord waist with cord lock, a mesh pocket for water drainage, and pant legs that do not fall below the ankle in order to provide clearance, or freedom of foot movement, during swimming.

The La Femme is a one-piece garment that combines an A-line skirt with a pair of swim pants. This garment was designed for women who do not feel comfortable wearing pants or trousers in mixed company. The skirt falls above the knee and has a side slit for safety reasons to allow freedom of leg movement during in-water activities.



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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

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The Global Open Water Swimming Conference is a conference on the sport of open water swimming, marathon swimming and swimming during triathlons and multi-sport endurance events.

The conference which has been attended by enthusiasts and luminaries from 6 continents, is devoted to providing information about the latest trends, race tactics, training techniques, equipment, psychological preparation, race organization and safety practices used in the sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons.

The conference's mission is to provide opportunities to listen and meet many of the world's most foremost experts in open water swimming, and to meet and discuss the sport among swimmers, coaches, administrators, event organizers, sponsors, vendors, officials, escort pilots, and volunteers from kayakers to safety personnel.

Dozens of presentations at the 2014 Conference at the Mount Stuart House cover numerous aspects of the vast and growing world of open water swimming where attendees can learn and share the latest trends, race tactics, training modalities, swimming techniques, equipment, race organization, logistics, operations, and safety practices for open water swimming as a solo swimmer, competitive athlete, fitness swimmer, masters swimmer, triathlete, multi-sport athlete, administrator, race promoter, sponsor or referee.

The conference was first held in Long Beach, California as part of the 2010 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships. It has since been held on the Queen Mary in California, at Columbia University and the United Nations in New York City, and in Cork, Ireland. This year in September, it comes to another iconic location, the Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.

"The Global Open Water Swimming Conference was started due to the desire and need for athletes, coaches, referees, administrators, race directors, promoters and sponsors from around the world to share, collect and learn information about the growing sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons," said founder Steven Munatones. "Other swimming conferences usually offering nothing on open water swimming or perhaps a speech or two, but we thought open water swimming deserves its own global conference. It is great that the community shares its information via the online social network, but there is nothing like meeting other open water swimming enthusiasts face-to-face and talking about the sport from morning to night."

Speakers at the conference include English Channel swimmers, ice swimmers, record holders, renowned coaches, world champions, professional marathon swimmers, renowned race directors, officials and administrators from the Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

"Because the audience is passionate and educated about the sport and its finest practitioners, the Global Open Water Swimming Conference is also the location of the induction ceremonies for the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the annual WOWSA Awards that recognize the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, and the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year. Special Lifetime Achievement Awards are also occasionally presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport over their career."

The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Programme

Wednesday, September 17th
Leave Glasgow to commence 2-day tour of Scotland [closest international airport is Glasgow]

Thursday, September 18th
Stay Mainland, North of Scotland

Friday, September 19th
14:00 - Swim Loch Lomond
17:00 - Head to Isle of Bute
19:30 - Scottish Banquet
21:30 - Dinner Dance

Saturday, September 20th
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
12:20 - Lunch and WOWSA Awards
13:40 – Speeches
15:40 - Round Table
19:00 - International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony

Sunday, September 21st
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
14:30 - Swim in St Ninian's Bay on the Isle of Bute

The luminaries of the open water swimming world who will be honored in Scotland will include:

* Sandra Bucha (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Jon Erikson (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Claudio Plit (Argentina), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Judith van Berkel-de Njis (Netherlands), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* David Yudovin (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Mercedes Gleitze (Great Britain), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* George Young (Canada), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Dale Petranech (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Contributor
* Melissa Cunningham (Australia), 2013 Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award winner
* Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* James Anderson (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Dr. Jane Katz (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Indonesian Swimming Federation, , International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Organisation
* Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
* Olga Kozydub (Russia), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
* Bering Strait Swim (international team), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
* International Ice Swimming Association (Ram Barkai, founder, South Africa), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year

For additional articles on the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, visit:

* Olga Kozydub To Be Honored In Scotland
* Pádraig Mallon To Be Honored In Mount Stuart Castle
* Mount Stuart House, Splendid Setting For Swimming
* Colleen Blair To Kick-off Global Open Water Swimming Conference
* The Man Who Swims Better Than He Walks
* Joining In The Sea Goddess At The Hall Of Fame
* Mercedes Gleitze To Be Honored In Scotland
* The Incredible Career Of Merceded Gleitze
* Jon Erikson To Be Honoured In Florida
* The Incredible Career Of Mercedes Gleitze
* St Ninian's Bay To Host International Swim Conference

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