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O'Neill debuts technical Superkini

O'Neill's new Superkini.
O'Neill's new Superkini. Photos courtesy of O'Neill.
By Shelby Stanger
May 11, 2011 5:30 AM

O’Neill debuted a new girl’s swimsuit this season called the Superkini that the brand is launching with a big marketing push including a contest and giveaway.

 

We talked to O’Neill Girls Director of Marketing Cedar Carter to find out more about the strategy behind creating a technical girl’s swimsuit.

 

What makes the Superkini so special?

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The O’Neill Superkini has 200% more grip than a standard Lycra bikini, so it really sticks with you. It’s fashionable and functional -- great for surfing, diving into a pool, jumping into waves or just hanging out.

 

Why doesn’t it doesn't fall off when you are surfing? 

It utilizes a technically advanced fabric called NANOFRONT™ that creates frictional force when wet. I’ve personally tested it (of course) and there was not a single adjustment necessary. Surfers can simply focus on surfing and not worry about adjusting their bikini when they stand up.

 

The interior feels similar to a thin ultra suede, so it’s incredibly comfortable. The Superkini is fully lined and the fabric is denser than standard Lycra so it is not see-through.

 

What's been the response from team riders?

They love it. Malia Manuel is an avid fan, and surfs in it all the time. The general comment I receive from all our riders is “Wow, this is so cool. It really doesn’t move!”

 

What's the strategy behind the launch?

Facebook Oneill We have two solid go-to styles available this year; and given the great response so far, we plan to expand the collection for Spring 2012 with more silhouettes, fun colors and diverse prints.

 

As part of this year’s global launch, we've kicked off a  social media campaign and worldwide contest: girls can enter on facebook.com/oneillgirls until May 15th for one of 12 trips to Ibiza for our huge One Way Runway event on June 9th.

 

We received nearly a thousand entries in the first few weeks of the contest. The top three girls voted by our Facebook fans will automatically win trips to Ibiza, and additional winners are selected by O’Neill.

 

The finalists will each be given a Superkini of their choice to walk down the One Way Runway, positioned on a side of a cliff…and the final winner MUST have the guts to jump off the end of the ‘One-Way Runway’ into the ocean.

 

The winner of our One Way Runway contest will participate in a photo shoot at a secret beach location in September 2011 to star in the Spring/Summer 2012 campaign, and will receive a modeling contract from Next Model Management.

 

See Page 2 for price points, more

 

 

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