Getting Into Your Coucon

Getting Into Your Coucon

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

In some USA Swimming and U.S. Masters Swimming pool competitions, deck changing is prohibited, while in other competitions deck-changing is allowed albeit strongly discouraged by the meet directors.

But along the shorelines and coastal areas around the world, deck changing – or the act of wrapping a towel around the body in order to change into or out of a swimsuit or clothes in a public setting – continues among swimmers, surfers and beach-goers.

Coucon now makes that act of convenience and dexterity easier.

Due to the size of the Coucon, it is ideal for surfing and other water sports, offering a private and insulated spaced within which to change. The protection and comfort provided by the Coucon makes it suitable for a multitude of activities,” explains creator Charles Russell.

The idea for the Coucon came to me one cold damp November afternoon. I was standing on a beach on the North Coast, drenched to the bone and shivering with the cold winds, waiting to surf with my two sons, and I thought to myself that there must be something to keep the elements at bay.

I had an idea in my head as to what that something might be, an item of clothing that would be able to keep the user dry and warm in extreme conditions, shielding them from foul weather without impeding movement. I looked online first and found nothing but cotton robes, these were incredibly unsuitable for Irish and UK conditions, only somewhat insulating the wearer, and even then only until the rain came.


I took the idea that had formed in my head that cold November afternoon and I began to refine it, designing a garment that would do all I required of it while retaining a high level of versatility. The Coucon became the final product, acting as your own personal cocoon – in fact Coucon is the French word for cocoon – the Coucon keeps the user cosy and dry no matter the weather.”

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