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.