Summer brings people a sense of freedom. The days are longer, the sun is shining and the water has finally warmed. Wetsuits, booties and hoods disappear back into the dark depths of the garage and the smell of sunscreen fills the air. The focus has turned from bundling up and keeping warm in the frigid cold, to wearing as little as possible and staying cool in the unrelenting heat. All you really want is to paddle more and wear less. So, when the staff at was planning our Summer Issue, we thought it only appropriate to give a proper salute to summer—and the swimsuits that will take you from the beach onto the board. Here’s a look behind the scenes of the 2013 Swimsuit Feature. —Shari Coble

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