‘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.’