Our Story

Salty Bird is an independent, women-owned surf brand, curating versatile designs and figure-flattering styles for all body types. Made with durable and sustainably sourced fabrics, Salty Bird’s signature pieces are born of our surf-inspired devotion to style, quality, form and functionality – in the sea and on the shore.

Discovering the need for functional, surf-worthy swimsuits, designer Tricia Zimmer created Salty Bird Surfwear to outfit women everywhere with elegant bikinis and luxe one-piece suits - wave-tested and surfer approved. Manufactured in Bali with high-quality, recycled nylon fabrics in original prints, Salty Bird’s timeless designs are Functional-Feminine-Foxy, celebrating body diversity with reversible mix n' match pieces for all sizes.

As Salty Bird enters our seventh year in production, we’ve renewed our commitment to creating sustainable and ethically produced swimwear by sourcing fabric from recycled and regenerated materials, and manufacturing our swimwear in a fair-wage factory with high-standard working conditions. In an already messy industry, we are proud to reduce our carbon footprint by partnering with ECONYL® thread, REPREVE® printed fabrics and AVANI plant-based, biodegradable packaging.    

Salty Bird collections are built on creative inspiration and regularly released on demand in limited quantities to prevent overproduction while keeping your style fresh and unique. As Salty Bird grows from a grassroots company to international swimwear brand, we are more dedicated than ever to creating beautiful, sustainably sourced designs for water-loving women around the world.

Tricia Zimmer ~ Designer + Surfer

Tricia’s surf story began when she was just a little girl, in love with the ocean and the wild beauty of the waves. Though she grew up land-locked in the mountains of British Colombia, Canada, she soon followed her heart and chased her dreams to learn how to surf in Costa Rica. After catching her first wave at age 22, Tricia’s entire adult life has since revolved around the ocean.

Living as a surfer in a remote beach town for half a decade, functional swimwear was hard to come by. Sheer necessity and an undying passion for the sea inspired Tricia to create a boutique brand of surf-worthy swimwear for water-loving women everywhere.

In 2014, Tricia moved to Bali to set up production. Sourcing warehouses and fabrics and working with experienced local seamstresses, she began designing high-quality surfwear that stay on in the surf and last through the test of time. As a nature-lover embracing the planetary need for sustainable sourcing to replace fast-fashion, Tricia has made it her personal responsibility to reduce her brand’s carbon footprint and lessen the impact on climate change, while delivering high-quality, ethically produced designs for high-functional swimwear.

Tricia’s love of travel has led her on sun-chasing adventures to surf waves around the world, and she is grateful everyday to be living her dream as a successful entrepreneur finding home in the tropics, living a health-conscious life and raising her daughter just steps from the sea. In addition to Salty Bird Surfwear, Trish owns Jackalope’s Surf Shop, is co-owner of Zopilote surf camp, and still finds plenty of time to paddle out. 

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Independent surf brand dedicated to sustaining healthy oceans and empowering women

Brand Features

Up-cycled Fabrics

We use Vita Regenerated nylon and Repreve upcycled plastic bottles to turn waste problems into fashion solutions.

Plant Based Packaging

Salty Bird swimwear is packaged in AVANI Bio-cassava bags, a fully compostable, biodegradable alternative to petroleum-based plastic.

Manufacturing

All swimwear is ethically produced in our one-stop fair-wage factory in Bali, known and trusted for its safe, high-standard working conditions.

Surf Tested

New swimwear designs are always put to the test by women in the waves before we approve them for production.

Designed by Women

We are an independent women-owned company creating empowering surfwear designed by women, for women.

Charitable

Salty Bird contributes volunteer hours and 3% of all profits to a local shelter for abused women and children located in Cobano, Costa Rica.

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