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Owned and operated by surfers

We are an independent surf company, operated entirely by surfers. In a market saturated with brands owned by corporate investors chasing maximum profit, needessentials is dedicated to responsibly making the best possible wetsuits at the best price.

needessentials designer and product developer Laurie Towner

only the highest quality materials and manufacturing

needessentials research and development Torren Martyn

needessentials field testers Johanna and Aiyana

No unwanted advertising

We respect you and we won’t target you with unwanted advertising that asks you to buy more stuff that you don’t need. By not wasting resources on promotional materials and annoying advertising campaigns we can invest more in to making world class wetsuits.

built to last longer

We value the truth

We only speak in truths - no marketing gimmicks, no fancy titles or advertising jargon. No fads, fake promises and no green washing. You deserve the truth and we are committed to saying it how it is.

Our promise is that we will always use the best materials and manufacturing to make you a world class wetsuit at the best possible price.

We continually work to improve the conditions of the people who work to manufacture our products. We are transitioning our products to Fair Trade™ Certified and we use bluesign® accredited manufacturers. Our aim is to have the lowest carbon footprint and the most equitable trade relationships in the surf industry.

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needessentials founder and head of design and development Ryan Scanlon

needessentials research and development Bryce Young

We value the planet

We understand that everything we make has an impact on people and the planet, that’s why we do not encourage you to buy more than you need. At needessentials we are committed to responsibly designing and manufacturing products to ensure they lessen their impact on the environment. Our focus is on making long lasting, environmentally responsible products with minimal waste. To learn more about the actions we are taking to ensure the we have lowest carbon footprint possible, please visit our environmental impact page.

responsible design minimal waste

Why are we so affordable?

needessentials is an independent, direct supply company, run by Australian surfers. We value the truth, which is why we are honest about what it costs to create our products.

With no branding, packaging, excessive advertising campaigns or retail mark ups, we are able to invest in what is important, building the highest quality products at the best price. We only use the best materials and manufacturing and we are dedicated to providing you with a world class wetsuit.

we provide the warmth