As of this writing, it’s already hot in Northeast Florida. We’ve had a spring-like—maybe even summer-like—winter here in the 904. And, it goes without saying, it’s bound to get even hotter.
Want to sweat a little more? If you’re at all concerned about the impacts of climate change on the temperatures in our region, there’s an interactive article on the New York Times website that’s capable of turning up the heat, metaphorically. The feature, plainly titled, “How Much Hotter Is Your Hometown Than When You Were Born?” prompts users to input their respective hometown and the year they were born, before outputting a graph that displays the average number of days of over 90-degree temperatures in that particular location for a) the year you were born, b) the year 2017 and c) 50 years from the time you were born.
My specs: In 1985, Atlantic Beach had 40 days where the temperature was at or above 90 degrees. By 2017, we were averaging 51. When I’m 80, in the year 2065, according to the Times article we can expect 90 very hot days (the likely range being between 72 and 109 days). In other words, about a third of all days in 2065 will be beach days. Where the waterline will be—or where we’ll actually be visiting the beach—is another climate change-related question, altogether.
I’m not using this space to sound the alarm; there are plenty of outlets doing so, already. I only bring this up as it relates to the theme and timing of this edition of the mag—our annual Swimsuit Issue. Since we typically reserve the pages of this issue to display new-and-distinctive, seasonally appropriate fashion, if the projections above hold true, we’ll certainly have to consider moving this one to an earlier date. December Swimsuit Guide, anyone?
For those who’ve lived in North Florida for any extended period of time, the idea of putting on a bathing suit in January or February may not seem that outrageous. Each winter since I’ve lived here (roughly 28 years, off and on) I can remember at least a handful—sometimes weeks at a time—of warm to warm-enough days, which compelled even the most modest among us to lose the shirt and shoes, and slip into something water resistant. In North Florida, the bathing suit is what Chelsea Boots are to the urbanites of Manhattan, or what a denim-on-denim (the “Toronto Tuxedo”) is to the Canadians. That is to say, bathing suits are the street style of North Florida.
We hope you find some inspo for your seasonal look in the swimsuit spreads and board short guide that follows. If you need something with which to accessorize your new threads, our annual surfboard guide features a plethora of tasty shred sleds, either mowed and glassed by one of our renowned local craftsmen, or readily available at a local surf shop. Whatever you find to float in (or on) this season, we hope you love it. After all, there are plenty of warm days ahead.
This piece originally appeared as the Liner Notes to Void Magazine, Vol. 9, Issue 12, The Swimsuit Issue.