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Owned and operated out of Santa Cruz, California, Ola Chica makes fashionable, functional swim and surfwear.

Our bikinis are designed with athletes in mind. They're tested by:





•River rafters

•Kite surfers


•Beach lovers

All our bikinis are designed by Aylana Zanville (Ola Chica) and handmade with high-quality material. 

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Adventure looks good on you. Your bikini should, too. Whether gliding across gentle, peeling waves or ripping on a shortboard, you’ll shred in serious style with our collection of chic and sleek surf-bikinis and bodysuits. From bright colors and patterns to basic black, form-fitting cuts that flatter are our forte.

Ola Chica bikini on girl with surfboard.


Our bikinis stay put so you can move freely. Designed by and for active women, our super-light, long-lasting surfwear is no-slip and sturdy, so you never have to stop to adjust your stuff -- or ours! With drawstring tops and bottoms that keep everything in place, Ola Chica simply works in the water.

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Each piece is handcrafted from small-batch, moveable, breathable fabrics for maximum comfort, fitted to suit your form for years to come. Go ahead, bask in oceans of stretchy-smooth comfortable goodness. The only better feeling might be surfing naked. Not that we know. What we can guarantee: suits that stay soft while you go hard.

women walking holding fins wearing Ola Chica One-piece swimsuit.

On my first surf trip in warm water, my bikini kept falling off. In my hometown of Santa Cruz, CA, I wear a wetsuit and had never realized this was such a common issue for female surfers. I tried wearing surf shorts, but they restricted movement. I tried surfing naked, but the downsides of that are obvious. 

I realized that in order to find a cute bikini that wouldn't fall off, I needed to make one. And so, in 2003 Ola Chica pioneered the movement to create flattering, functional women’s surfwear. That means no nip slips, ample coverage, and all style. We make the best suit for today’s waterwoman. 

With athletic, stylish women dominating in lineups around the globe, our bikinis are designed and tested with you in mind. Our testers are pro-surfers, swimmers, SUPers, kayakers, river rafters, kite surfers, triathletes, and beach lovers. I design every piece, and they are handmade with high-quality, small-batch material. Through our manufacturing and production, we provide jobs and support to families in Indonesia and Brazil. 

Since that first warm-water surf trip, I've worn Ola Chica bikinis around the world and have yet to lose one. Perfect for everybody, in every body of water.

Stay in the moment with Ola Chica!

They're perfect for any kind of woman, in any kind of water. 

Our Story
Girls walking up from surfing in their Ola Chica bikinis with surfboards in hand.


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Owner of Ola Chica on a swing in her Ola Chica bikini.

Growing up in California’s Central Coast “Surf City,” Santa Cruz, Aylana Zanville started surfing when she was fifteen and one of the only women in the lineup at her home break. 


In her twenties, she went pro, placing in many competitions including a 1st place US Surfing Championship title.


After some years she realized that what she loved most about the whole experience -- travel, adventuring, and seeing the world through surfing and entrepreneurship -- could be best accomplished outside of the competitive pro-surfing environment.


So she launched Ola Chica in 2003 to share her passion for the ocean by providing attractive, high-quality, durable surfsuits and bikinis for waterwomen everywhere.

Meet Aylana


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