NEW YORK — Polynesian goddesses first hit the white caps of Hawaii in the 1600s — long before Gidget leapt into the surf on the silver screen. But now the sport is having a second coming of another kind, thanks to some surf’s-up looks on European designers’ runways.

Nicolas Ghesquière showed rash-guard type tops at Balenciaga, Miucca Prada went with Hawaiian printed shorts, Louis Vuitton sent along neoprene tops and Chanel was more overt with a signature surfboard. Even artist Damien Hirst’s wife, Maia Norman, who is also an avid surfer, borrowed from Hawaiian tribal prints for her first collection under the Mother of Pearl label.

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