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The best swimsuits for summer sports

Working out on the beach requires swimwear that's both fashionable and functional.

For many of us, spending time at the beach means working on more than just a tan. Whether you're a fan of beach yoga, a sea-side volleyball player, or someone who runs on the sand, you're going to need a swimsuit that looks good—but also tailored to your summer sport. These six suits will give you all the style and support needed for all types of warm-weather workouts.

running: athleta maldives bikini top and kata swim short

This sporty crop-top ($54) gives you the same level of support as a high-impact sports bra—and it’s made from Xtra-Life Lycra, a superstar fabric that boasts UPF 50 and a long lasting fit. The top has a matching mid-rise brief, but we’re fond of pairing it with the Kata Short ($44), which has rear pockets, a built-in brief and a split-leg design a la old-school track shorts.
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stand-up paddleboarding: calavera rashguard 2.0 stripy top and siren bikini bottom

Calavera takes its swimwear seriously: All suits are tested by surfers, swimmers and triathletes to ensure they’ll stay put—and stay stylish—both in and out of the water. S.U.P. enthusiasts will love the Rashguard 2.0 ($64), which has elongated arms and thumb holes (in statement-making monchrome) that allow for a better paddle-grip. The Siren bottom ($49) has a sewn-in rubber lining to secure fit. The rouching in the back helps shape and contour your tush.
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surfing: cynthia rowley athletic stripe wetsuit

Fashion designer and avid Montauk surfer Cynthia Rowley’s bright, color-blocked wetsuits are already a hit among fashionable wave runners. This eye-catching suit ($210) from her Spring 2015 collection is a modern re-imagining of the racing jacket and is made from 2mm-thick fiber-lite neoprene, a lightweight material that’s more flexible, absorbs less water and dries faster than your average wetsuit.
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swimming: flagpole swim lynn

The designers behind Flagpole Swim—two ladies with a love of dancing and the ocean—were inspired by the shape and support of leotards when creating their collection. The Lynn ($378) takes the once-matronly maillot to another level with cutout sides that flatter the waistline, and a bra-meets-halter back (with a hook closure) that accentuates the shoulders. Added bonus: The suit’s four-way stretch material is anti-pull, anti-bacterial, quick drying and offers UPF 50 protection.
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volleyball: l*space savasana top and estella classic fit bottom

Beach sport-lovin’ celebrities like Jessica Alba, Cameron Diaz and Gwen Stefani have been spotted wearing L*Space’s chic and versatile swimsuits. The Savasana top ($75)—part of the brand’s active L*Play line—has an on-trend color-block design with a sports bra-like front (thick shoulder straps, removable padding) and a strappy crisscross back (allowing you a full range of motion during those jump serves). The reversible Estella bottom ($73) is made from an ubersoft nylon-blend fabric that won’t ride up or dig in.
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yoga: araks emil high-waist hipster and elias bikini top

A high-waisted bottom is a beach yogis best friend as it slims the stomach and gives coverage during those twisted prayer poses. This ’50s-inspired hipster from Araks—the lingerie turned ready-to-wear brand that launched its first swim collection last year—is made from a super-thin fabric that allows for fluid movement between positions. The color-blocked bottom ($140) and the criss-cross strap on the top ($200) are both sporty and on-trend.
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