by Erika Togashi March 02, 2020 2 min read
How does a person make dedicated "self-time" these days? Constant text messages, a longer and longer inbox, and nonstop social media can destabilize the best brain and soul. How, where and what to do to find wholeness?
After six hours on a plane and three hour car ride, I was in Northern Nicaragua ready to step into a week at Rise Up Surf Retreat with my collaborator, Kassia Meador. Months earlier, Rise Up reached out to me wanting to connect with like-minded people and brands to do something unique. I was elated because I had already been following them and loved their creativeness and energy. Quickly, the idea of hosting an all female surf retreat that would be solely dedicated to helping re-balance, re-center, and re-ground was born. Friend, fellow surfer, environmental enthusiast, and SEPTEMBER collaborator, Kassia Meador would be the ideal woman to co-host such a retreat. A retreat to focus on our feminine self - to breathe, surf, meditate, surf, share, listen, support, encourage, surf again, build and rebuild confidence, heal, and surf some more...what an ideal week lay ahead.
Erika Togashi - Founder / Creative Director for SEPTEMBER the Line
14 solo women arrived from all walks of life, ages (26-55+) and surf experience. Every woman came with her own personal reasons, hopes, needs, and goals. We all had different surf experience and we all constantly helped and encouraged each other. We gave each other our needed time and space - time to pause, breathe, think and remember why we were there and what's really important to each of us - whether it is a morning surf, spend more time with loved ones, more time alone, boundaries at work and out of work, reset that work/life balance, be kinder to ourselves, or surround ourselves with more positive people and information. Kassia's powerful and awakening sound journeys, along with daily yoga, helped balance it all.
Gloria, Loren, Jen, Jen & Theresa looking gorgeous in their SEPTEMBER suits & KassiaSurf Leggings
Nothing but laughs and smiles with this wonderful group of women.
Erika Togashi - The Scorpion Top with UPF50 helping to protect from the strong Central American sun
In the week we had together, I found it so powerful to look around in the line up and see all the women who were now new-found friends cheering each other on without egos...What a unique blessing to be with all these women who exuded encouragement, smiles, support, sharing, listening and open hearts for each other and ultimately for themselves!
A moment to remember. Such stunning women all wearing SEPTEMBER.
Kelly, Rise Up Surf Couch and Kassia
I have so much love and thanks for Corina of Rise Up and Kassia Meador for making this collaborative week happen with such an amazing group of women and I look forward to sharing some party waves again soon!
All photos by Loren Bradley
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I luv e in Costa Rica and this suit is perfect for my sunrise surf sessions…and any of my surf sessions. I love it. It stays in place and it’s super comfortable. It fits really well.
I found that I wanted another sports bra option (in addition to the Isa) for my exercise and love the Training Sports Bra! It works for my runs without the extra cell phone pocket so it doesn't feel as "thick" which is nice and it's perfect for spinning, yoga, and weight lifting! It's easy to get on, supports me for all my exercise...including running and I'm so glad to have another September sports bra.
Like the Isa, it is so comfortable on my body and doesn't irritate my skin (I have eczema). The material is so soft and the sports bra is really well made. Can't wait to get another in a different color.
I have always run in shorts but wanted a pair of shorts that I could exercise in and not have my legs rub and these are it!! I want to order more! They stay comfortably on my waist, have 2 side pockets that I put my phone in and didn't notice as well as a gu. Neither felt like they were adding weight or bouncing around. The material is soft and snug which felt great. They didn't sag and I felt so free running with them on. I also found that I was just putting them on to wear around the house and again, they didn't rise up around the leg nor fall down around the waist. They are really well made with a lot of attention to detail.
If you want something not just for running but also wearing around the house or to yoga that feels like your second skin...these are them!! Love them!
I love to run and am training for a marathon which means I have lots of runs (sprints and long runs) and this sports bra keeps me feeling well supported without any chaffing. It's the softest fabric and never rubs anywhere. I always feel supported and without the extra padding that sometimes makes me warm. Can't ask for anything better!!
I love the color and went back to buy 2 more! I have always worn other brands but with 3 Isa's I'm so excited that I don't have to plan when I'm wearing them. I can't wait to see what's offered next!
I have been waiting for this swimsuit for a long time and it did not disappoint!
Right off the bat, this beauty didn’t budge! I did the backstroke, the crawl, and even the risky butterfly– and let me tell you, not once did I need to perform the dreaded "swimsuit adjustment shimmy" post-dive.
If you want a suit that says, "I'm serious about my swimming, but darling, always in style!" then dive headfirst into the one piece :)
I found SEPTEMBER this summer when shopping in some boutiques in NYC, but they did not have my size. When I looked online I found so many great options in XL and I was excited to purchase it. It is such a great swimsuit, the fabric is high quality and I love that is it sustainably made.
The fit and coverage of this suit makes it perfect for surfing and playing on the beach. I love not having to worry as much about sun protection for my top be because the neck and and arms are covered. The material is soft and so comfortable. When surfing everything stays in place. And it's just a cute suit as well! It's my go to suit.
I went to NYC this summer and stumbled upon September at a small shop in Soho. They only had sizes XS - L, so unfortunately I couldn’t buy the suit in person, but I was very thankful to write down the brand and buy it online in the correct size. I’m usually a L in bottoms and a L or M in tops, but I ordered a XL for both pieces.
I LOVE this suit and I know you will too. The cut is flattering, the waist snatches and it stays put when you surf. You can't go wrong with a high quality, timeless black one piece. And the best part ? I use it as a day to day bodysuit with a high waisted short, if you are petite, this is the swimsuit you need. Waiting patiently for other colors (finger crossed) for my next vacation. : )
I’m so glad I found this shop.. these are the swimsuits of my dreams!!
The material is smooth & comfortable. The cut is a little bit cheekier than I expected, but it still great.
I LOVE the Poppy print because it covers my uneven nips;) it hides what we don’t want noticed and flatters what we do.
I have been obsessed with your line since Duna brought it to Puerto Rico. I feel so blessed to find a line that fits so well and stays PUT!
The Lola one piece is all classic simplicity matched with comfort and performance. This suit makes you look and feel effortless while at the same time holding up and staying in place when you take a tumble. I love it!
This top is amazing! I love the reversible option. It holds up beautifully in all water activities and is next level comfortable while giving you all the support you need for extreme sports. I highly recommend the Jane Top!
The Jane top is the most comfortable, flattering and well made surf top I have ever tried. And it is stands up to the test of time with multiple sessions in big swell. No rash or chafing. It is really a great piece to have for any water activity. I highly recommend the Jane Top.