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August 30, 2012

As a surfer since her early 20s, Liz Chirles had trouble finding a suit that fit well – and stayed on in the surf.

Fed up with what the stores had to offer, Chirles started sewing her own in 2007. Soon friends were requesting the two-piece suits. Word spread with the help of follow surfers, facebook and charity fashion shows.

And Charleston-based Coral Custom Swimwear was born. Popular at surf contests or for lounging at the pool, the wave-tested suits stand up to sun, salt and chlorine.

An embellished top, paired with a solid blue or black bottom, are top choices, said Chirles, a graduate James Madison University in Virginia, where she studied media arts and design.

Custom suits are $140 to $160. The company, which made nearly 100 suits last year, also offers tankinis ($85). One-piece and board-style suits are in the works.

To order a suit, visit www.coralcustomswimwear.com. Choose your fabric and style and submit your measurements. Orders for small, medium and large ready-to-wear suits are also available.

Also check Coral Swimwear Charleston on facebook.

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