‘I am Hanalei and this is my story. I am from Tahiti, an island lost in the Pacific Ocean. I learned how to swim before I could walk, and that is when I discovered the beauty of nature and all the treasures in the ocean. I was born and raised in paradise, and my love for the ocean became unconditional.
Surfing came as a natural thing in my life, like a blessing from the universe. The best part of surfing is being in the line-up, surrounded by the infinity of waves and people I love. No words can describe this feeling. The rush of adrenaline, the mesmerizing powerfulness of the water, the duck dives under the waves, the smiles on all the faces. The ocean will always be my favorite place, where I resource myself. Where my happiness is, or where I drown my sorrows. No matter what, the ocean always puts you back into your rightful place. It can lift your spirits up, or teach you how to be humble. The ocean is the best cure.
I have been lucky to travel the globe for surfing and modeling, it really opened up my mind and vision of the world and helped shaped who I am today. I have been able to surf in four different oceans, and countless perfect waves. Every new friend, every new culture and every new country pieced me together.
Traveling the world taught me a lot about myself, and I discovered that adventure is the best way to learn. Along the way people taught me that you can make your wildest dream tomorrow’s reality.
Abysse is my creative outlet. Taking my experiences from traveling, modeling, and surfing I wanted to share these inspirations with other people. Growing up, I have always dreamt of having my own creative outlet, of having a voice that mattered, running my own business, allowing me to travel the world and stay constantly inspired. I have dreamt of building a company with great products, which supports great people and furthermore great causes. I have dreamt of founding a business that will reach further, that will inspire a generation and that will portray the amazing stories of people that change the world with their own two hands. My love of surfing and the ocean led me to design wetsuits of high quality materials for girls like me, that want to be able to spend countless hours in the water, tomboys at heart that believe the ocean is a magic place.’
"Abysse is a collection of women's wetsuits inspired by the idea of bringing function and fashion together into one being. The goal is to accommodate the demand for a sport garment that will be able to remain durable in the water through active lifestyles, yet still be fashionable. Utilizing the highest quality materials, Abysse aims to provide a premium experience throughout your journey."
Abysse wetsuits are exclusively made from Japanese Limestone Based Neoprene.
For over 40 years Japanese Neoprene has set the standard for quality and innovation in the neoprene industry. Their advanced manufacturing techniques involving the use of special polymers made from limestone (as opposed to petroleum based) have led to the creation of a rubber called limestone based neoprene. Limestone based neoprene is the best eco-friendly option of the 21st Century in terms of wetsuit material.
Limestone based neoprene has superior qualities than normal neoprene, such as ultra low resistance, superior mold ability and enhanced comfort, high heat retention, lightweight and high durability.
The specially processed coating of limestone based neoprene results in a micellar surface that repels water when in contact with air and exhibits hydrophilic properties when underwater. This unique dual functionality results in an astounding resistance coefficient.
The limestone based neoprene provides enhanced comfort and further reduces water resistance while also allowing for an unprecedented range of movement while swimming or diving. The expansion ratio of the materials is 7 times greater than that of conventional wetsuit materials and the difference is apparent even before you get in the water through the ease in wearing the suit.
Due to the superior heat retention, the body is kept warmer, decreasing body fatigue and improving performance. Moreover, limestone based neoprene boasts heat retention properties that are 40% greater than conventional neoprene wetsuits.’
Due to the water-repellant properties, the limestone based neoprene do not absorb water, avoiding the extra weight of waterlogged suits that can hold swimmers, surfers and divers back and force them to expel precious additional energy. Moreover, its superior heat retention properties enable the construction of a thinner neoprene rubber layer further reducing the weight of the wetsuit and enhancing the performance of the athlete.
Lastly, limestone based neoprene is extremely durable and resistant to abrasions, allowing for a longer product life as well as enhanced performance throughout the product life.
Abysse is a brand with a Purpose: to give back to the ocean and its habitants.
The core of Abysse is determined by its love and respect to the environment and everything that surrounds us. As a brand specializing in high-end wetsuits made to dive, to surf or to explore the ocean in any way possible, the fight for the conservation and preservation of the ocean is very close to our hearts.
Changes and degradation of the rapid decline of the ocean affects and concerns all of us humans. Now is the time to protect our wild oceans, as well as restore their health and secure their future. Now is the time to act.
Abysse is partnering with the 'Sirens For The Sea' charity, a rad team of scientists contributing their time and skills to the greater good, each specializing in every worldwide oceanic and environmental issue, in order to create awareness and to educate the population and raise funds to make our planet a better place.
The Great Barrier Reef is estimated to be 20 million years old and is located in the Coral Sea on Australia's east coast. It is the largest coral reef system to ever exist-composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,900 kilometers (1,400 miles) over an area of approximately 344, 4000 square kilometers. Australia boasts some of the World's best waves and swell content; The Great Barrier Reef is responsible for a wide distribution of the physical ocean environment, producing diverse breaks within the Coral Sea and Pacific Ocean.
Over the past three years the Australian mining industry has made no secret of developing mega ports and export shipping highways in and around the Great Barrier Reef. The Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has handed over environmental decisions to the state governments, making it a "one-stop" for mining giants and politicians to gain approval for projects that without a doubt will wreak irreversible damage on our World Heritage Reef. Amongst the environmental effects of climate change, ocean acidification and rising sea temperatures The Reef and it's population are heavily impacted by noise pollution, sediment, sewage and dredging plumes, toxic run-off, corrupt management and a back-pocketing and profitable government, unfortunately this is just the start of catastrophic destruction. These wreck-less and illogical decisions, in particularly the dumping millions of tones of toxic dredging waste, coal mining and port expansions have gained attention in all corners of the earth for all of the wrong reasons. Sirens For The Sea and Surfers For Cetaceans have approached this controversial issue with the help of the surfing and music industries who are pursuing to 'Protect The Reef'. We are currently producing a feature-length documentary directing it from the ocean, surfing and watermen connection, which will also include a bodying legal petition, leading scientists and extensive footage of our journey, the various impacts and action points giving the whole world insight to what is actually happening aside from the politics.
With the expanse of the oceans, the scientists have embraced their globe-trotting/ swell chasing antics to conquer their thirst for knowledge.
The Seven Seas project began in 2014; in September the Sirens have expanded their movement, reaching out for likeminded professionals to take part in various research.
The targeted goals are to address parts of the South Pacific: Tongan Humpback whale population, Vava'u Island Group’s coral reefs and researching the long-line fishing programs from Samoa-Fiji-to Tonga. Other area such as the Maldives and its plastic waste/marine debris will be addressed and sustainable education taught. In the Mentawais, the team aims to address and reseach reef bombing as well as reef regeneration.
Lastly, The Sirens aim to work on rebuilding sewage systems, water testing and community education in Bali, Indonesia.
Plastic pollution is a HUGE. The aim of this campaign is to implement, recycle and introduce sustainable living via consumerism tutorials within local communities with hopes of the possibilities of reaching an international audience.