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Meet Rick Rickman and Robin Chesnie of SlipIns

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rick Rickman and Robin Chesnie.

SlipIns-the lightbulb went on in 2013. Business partners, Robin and Rick, have been associated with surfing and exercise for decades. Robin’s son, a competitive surfer, helped hone her knowledge of surfing but never convinced her to take up the sport herself. Rick began long boarding because one of his photographic subjects insisted that he wouldn’t be allowed to photograph him until he learned to surf. This requirement changed Rick’s life for the better and positioned him to be somewhat of an authority about the surfing lifestyles.

It wasn’t until Rick and Robin met, online through a dating service by the way, that Robin developed an interest in surfing herself. Rick’s enthusiasm for the sport convinced Robin to try surfing, that gave birth to the SlipIns idea.

Robin is cold water sensitive and always needs a heavy wetsuit. The struggles of getting in and out of that cumbersome 4/3 wetsuit almost brought her to tears on a couple occasions and she almost quit. I’m sure many women can relate to that struggle. She watched carefully as other women struggled with the same issues and her creativity kicked into high gear.

He’ll never forget the afternoon Robin came to him and said, “I think we can come up with a product that will make it much easier for women to get in and out of these unflattering, unfriendly wetsuits.” He says with a smile. Two weeks later she called Rick and said she had just the thing that was going to make women’s surfing so much better. She had pulled out an old full body lycra catsuit from the Jane Fonda workout days, put it on before getting in to her wetsuit and VOILA, the concept of SlipIns SurfSkins was born. Slip In and Out of a Wetsuit with Ease!!

A month later, Rick was talking with a friend who is a well-respected physical therapist and personal trainer.

The two were having a discussion about SurfSkins. The physical therapist said, “You should think about creating something similar for exercising.” He went on to say, “tight fitting garments that are designed to support musculature allow for longer more efficient exercise regimens that truly benefit the human body.” I immediately spoke to Robin, who has actively been a gym rat for over 30 years and she enthusiastically embrace the idea. At that moment Gymskins were born. At the heart of the GymSkin line is the one piece unitard style, no wardrobe distractions, no muffin top, total comfort for anything from Yoga and Pilates, to Zumba and Barre. They may not be for everyone, but when a woman decides to try one, they almost always are a fan for life!!

SlipIns, the company, lives in the heart of the surfing and exercise mecca here in Southern California and for that reason, is perfectly positioned to be in tune with all the activities that these garments are ideally suited for.

SlipIns are bold, beautifully designed, sexy creations that will enhance your active lifestyle in fun and useful ways.

SlipIns protect you from sun “over exposure” with a 60+ UPF rating.

SlipIns support your musculature for more successful and effective work outs.

SlipIns make getting in to that pesky, troublesome wetsuit a breeze.

SlipIns are all about fashion, fun, and function.

SlipIns help to make you look beautiful and feel fabulous. Everybody enjoys a little attention and SlipIns can help you achieve that psychological gratification. So, be bold and have fun because life is an adventure and meant to be enjoyed. SlipIns let you raise life’s fun factor.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The biggest issue for us has been the fact that neither Robin Chesnie nor I have had any background in fashion production. We have been quick studies but we have learned everything flying by the seat of our pants. In many respects we have been very lucky.

The great thing is that our products have struck a great cord with all kinds of people and we have grown quickly despite our extensive learning curve.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about SlipIns – what should we know?
SlipIns are fun, colorful activewear for both water and land activities, in the water or at the gym.

SurfSkins, DiveSkins and Zippered Minis, are designed for all water sport activities – Surfing, Paddle boarding, Kayaking, Wave running, Waterskiing, Scuba Diving, Free Diving, Snorkeling, Boating, Fishing, etc. All have 60+UPF sun protection and dry quickly.

GymSkins are designed for – Aerobics, Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Barre, Spinning, General land based workouts, but have the same sun protective 60+UPF and dry quickly, so can also be used for water sports.

SlipIns help women get into that pesky, troublesome wetsuit with ease and fluidity. No more human sausage experiences!

SlipIns are all about fashion, function, and fun.

Life is a wonderful adventure. It’s meant to be fun. So, be bold, be beautiful, have fun wearing your SlipIns knowing you look great. We love making what you love to do look and feel great!

We specialize in fashion as well as function. We protect our buyers more effectively from sun over exposure more extensively than any other product available. We are also profoundly sexy and beautiful.

We are most proud of the fact that we help people and the environment. We help protect people from sun created melanoma and at the same time reduce the use of coral reef killing sun screens and helping to prevent the degradation of the ocean eco systems.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I think much of our success has been due to luck but most importantly we have been doggedly persistent and have maintained an unwavering belief in the quality or our products and importance of our mission. We produce our line from beginning to end and control every detail by producing the items right here in America in our backyard.

This allows us to respond quickly to needed changes and ensures us of ultimate quality.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 209 Canal Street,
    Newport Beach, CA 92663
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  • Phone: 949-230-0550
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  • Instagram: @slipinsurfskins
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