Brief Bio: I have been surfing for 40 years. I have surfed all over the world and have lot’s of great friends. I have ridden small waves in the weirdest places like Italy and I have ridden giant waves in the middle of the ocean! I have won several major pro events and have produced surfing events for Xgames and Red Bull. I have also appeared in many surf films blah blah blah… I love to surf and have great passion for life, travel, friendship and innovation. I am a teacher and find it very rewarding passing on my knowledge and helping other surfers reach their potential no matter what their age or ability. I love my wetsuits and recently learned to tailor people for a bespoke wetsuit. Axxe wetsuits are the best in the world and I want everyone to have the experience of surfing in one!
Personal Philosophy: Live life to the fullest, have fun, be loyal to your friends, learn to love everyone.
Comments About The Wetsuits: They are the best in the world hands down!
Chris Del Moro
Country: California / Australia
Brief Bio: 33 year old surfer, artist, nature lover
Personal Philosophy: Finding balance between family, fun, work and love seems to be the receipt for a life worth living.
Comments About The Wetsuits: From warm layers to 5mm and booties, the Axxes custom fit buttery suits have kept me warm and happy to surf in any conditions. Can’t think of a better fit than a custom tailored suit.
Country: California, US
Brief Bio: I’m 25 year old surfer, environmentalist, photographer and small business owner. For the last few years I’ve been dedicating my time to traveling and finding ways to be able to spend more and more time on the road, surfing and running my board bag business Sagebrush Bags. I love the adventure that comes with a surf trip; camping, cold water and culture all draw me in.
Personal Philosophy: Taking care of others and our environment will be what most effectively takes care of ourselves.
Comments About The Wetsuits: Axxe wetsuits have made my cold-water trips more comfortable. They are the most flexible wetsuits, from the summer 2mm neoprene to my 6mm suit I feel my range of motion isn’t limited nor sessions cut short due to cold.
Mark CJ Nelson
Country: USA / Mexico
Brief Bio: I was born and raised in the SF bay area eventually settling in Santa Cruz. My father taught me how to surf when i was a kid and it has been the best gift he could have given me. Nothing brigs me more joy that riding waves with friends and spending time in the ocean.
Personal Philosophy: Live Simply
Comments About The Wetsuits: These are without a doubt the best wetsuits I have ever worn in my life. Ultra comfortable and warm.
Brief Bio: A third generation San Diego surfer/ artist who grew up amongst a family of surfers and shapers-the granddaughter of the legendary Larry Gordon of Gordon and Smith Surfboards. She travels and competes in traditional longboard contests all around the world. When home from travels she works and surfs locally with family and friends. Her spare time is spent on a visual diary of works; painting and drawing images that inspire her.
Personal Philosophy: Be thankful
Comments About The Wetsuits: The flexibility and warmth is incomparable to any other suit I’ve ever owned.
Brief Bio: Filmmaker and surfer.
Personal Philosophy: Seeking truth through humility and love.
Comments About The Wetsuits: Axxe wetsuits are the best I’ve worn. They are light, comfortable and warm.
Brief Bio: 34 years, amateur in Astrophysics and philosophy, hydrodynamic watercraft expert.
Personal Philosophy: Evolve, stay present and have appreciation of the primordial Om.
Comments About The Wetsuits: The term best wetsuit is used lightly in the surfing industry, but anyone who has tried an Axxe classic knows they are simply the highest quality perfomance wetsuits on the planet.
Brief Bio: Julie’s art practice draws inspiration from the natural environment, the sea, urban culture, and experiences from her travels. In multimedia works on paper and fabric, she mixes lithographic and woodcut printmaking techniques with sewing, embroidery, and other traditional “women’s arts”—the result is a hybrid, contemporary style with urban motifs and lively depictions of friends and family. She has exhibited widely nationally and internationally since 1998. She collaborated with Beams, Axxe wetsuits, Roxy, Alternative Apparel, Reef, Patagonia and Seea, creating everything from textile designs for apparel and wetsuits to skateboard decks and surfboards. She recently launched her product line SWMwithme, a collection of 100% organic, hand-dyed and printed apparel and accessories made in Southern California. Julie currently resides in Encinitas, California.
Personal Philosophy: I believe life is full of adventure, creativity and exploration. Take the time to play in the sea, run in the mountains, observe the world around you and spend quality time with the ones you love the most. Record your life and share your story, it is meaningful and important!
Comments About The Wetsuits: I love designing for Axxe, their wetsuits are high quality and each item is custom designed for the client. In my studio, I share the same aesthetic and feel that custom designed and hand crafted products are meaningful, timeless and personal. Each wetsuit that I design tell as story and reflects the work and research that I do in my studio. Enjoy!
Brief Bio: Filmmaker, Publisher and Curator. 2001 Japanese Longboard Champion (JPSA), currently serving the WSL’s Board of directors.
Personal Philosophy: Be original
Comments About The Wetsuits: happily warmed over a decade by AXXE suits.
Brief Bio: 24 years old, grew up in biarritz in the basque country. Artist of many subjects and surfer since the age of 10 , making living a journey with a limitless perspective. Traveler of the world since the age of 18 in search for long waves and art subjects finding a perfect balance to each interest.
Personal Philosophy: Everything happens for a reason.
Comments About The Wetsuits: Axxe custom wetsuits keep getting better and better every year I see how much they improve into making it the most comfortable, suitable, timeless and designed wetsuit I’ve used so far.
Brief Bio: I make music and surfing films. I shape surfboards listening to music watching the films in my mind.
Personal Philosophy: Pay attention. Dream.
Comments About The Wetsuits: Axxe wetsuits have kept me warm and kept me from getting sunburnt for over ten years. Their craftsmanship is first class. When I first started working with Axxe I visited their factory in Japan and was blown away by the wetsuit makers and their attention to detail, skill and end product. Each year Axxe makes custom wetsuits for me and my family, I have young kids so they are constantly growing. We have to measure them, noting all the key points Axxe requires. When the suits arrive they always fit them perfectly. I love Axxe wetsuits.
Neal William Purchase Jr
Brief Bio: Husband and father to my gorgeous wife and 3 teenage daughters, I surf most days, and live by the sea now, I have a connection with the mountains, rivers and earth too, but the sea is my life, I tried to live inland for a while as a farmers hand but could not do it. Everyone has a calling and destiny and I try not to persuade anyone in any direction… Live and let Live. I am so lucky to know a great surfing family from Japan. My father made surf boards with the Sumitomo’s (Burleigh Heads) all through the 90’s , and have spent a lot of amazing times in Japan with Shun and Yu Sumitomo…I am really keen to come back again…
Personal Philosophy: stay inspired…
Comments About The Wetsuits: The wetsuits are amazing,THE!!!! softest, warmest rubber, you can tell when its a family business that are passionate, so comfortable, and durable, I still use my original suits from 2004 … thanks so much guys !!!
Country: Kauai Hawaii USA
Brief Bio:two time world longboard surfing champion, mother of two, wife, entrepreneur, musician, and friend.
Personal Philosophy: The journey of 1000 miles begins with one single step. Slow yourself down and you’ll see so much more
Comments About The Wetsuits: These wetsuits fit like a glove. They are like wearing a second skin which is vitally important when you want to preform at your best in the water.
Brief Bio: If pro surfers chose the world champion themselves, Luke Egan would have won several times over. Possibly the most underrated pro surfer of all-time, his powerful approach and oversize frame was a rare advantage in a sport made up of predominantly munchkins. A classic Australian in every sense, he stands as a living legend without ever having reached his ultimate goal.
Born to Sam Egan and his wife Margaret, Luke John Egan is a fourth generation Australian of mainly Irish descent. Sam, a Merewether, Newcastle lifesaver and one of the area’s first shapers (he still shapes Luke’s big boards), owned a surf shop where Margaret ran the books and Luke found inspiration in local hero Mark Richards.
After peewee cricket and rugby, Luke took up surfing by age seven. As a member of the Merewether Boardriders, he rose under the shadow of the prodigal Nicky Wood while developing his powerful approach based on heroes Tom Carroll and Mark Occhilupo. Despite his stature (5’11” and 185 pounds at his professional peak), Egan was highly successful as an amateur, winning the Australian Under-17 Australian Schoolboys’ Championship. While his early record was marred by annual family trips to Indonesia causing him to miss key events, the experience in critical reef surfing would later serve him well.
After a couple of fruitless seasons as an ASP trialist, his pro career lurched forward with a finals berth at the 1988 Billabong Pro in flawless Pipe, narrowly losing to World Champion Barton Lynch. At just 18, Egan was already regarded among the best on the North Shore.
Highly respected by his peers for an uncompromising smooth and powerful style, he struggled several years as a middle-rung seed on the WCT before breaking out in 1996 to finish fourth. Regardless of rankings, his stock soared, garnering solid backing from Billabong and others as well as considerable popularity internationally.
Egan finally won his first WCT event in 1997, using his Indonesian experience to capture the Quiksilver G-Land Pro in perfect conditions. In 2000, he earned his second win, this time at another ideal left-hand reef, Tavarua’s Cloudbreak. From there, he spent the rest of the season tailingSunny Garcia in the world title race, never meeting the Hawaiian in a heat and unable to close the ratings gap. “I don’t feel like I lost a world title because I never had it,” explains Egan of his near miss.
That was the closest he would come. In 2005 — though still ranked 17th — Egan left the tour to become Marketing Manager for Billabong where he became even more involved in the crowning of champions. Besides running contests at spots like Tahiti and Mundaka (the site of his fourth and final WCT victory), he also began coaching title-hungry team riders such as Joel Parkinson, who led the ratings for most of 2009 under Luke’s guidance — only to lose to Mick Fanning in Hawaii. As usual, Egan took the year in stride, telling Stab Magazine in a pre-Triple Crown interview: “For me, to be the best surfer when the waves are good is something to be proud of.”
Personal Philosophy: Feel lucky and privileged to be a surfer, we are the luckiest humans on the planet.
Comments About The Wetsuits: AXXE wetsuits are the best wetsuits I’ve ever had the pleasure to wear. The warmth and flexibility by having made to measure suits are second to none. Im not sure I will ever be able to go back to stock sized suits.
Country: California, USA
Brief Bio: Growing up in Dana point, California surfing is everywhere. The community of talent is very influential. Having peers like mine surfing is something came easy. Traveling is something I love to do as much as possible. Especially with my unique group of surf friends. Being 21 years young I have time to learn about more, we are always learning new things. Really exited to grow with Axxe and appreciate the opportunity to create and design these incredible suits!
Personal Philosophy: “The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun.” by Phil Edwards
Country: Tuscany, Italy
Brief Bio: I grew up in Pietrasanta on the northern part of Tuscany. The sea is something I carry inside since I was a little kid and so instead of playing soccer as my peers I approchead surfing where I’ve found my happiness. I love traveling as much as I love surfing and I think that’s the perfect match. After spending a while on the road I’ve decided to slow down with the purpose to start a family. Now I’m proud to have a beautiful daughter and my goal is experiencing new adventures with her. I’m wearing Axxe since the last couple of years and surfing in tough conditions has never been this exciting.
Brief Bio: Raised in New Zealand, the outer islands of Fiji and the North Shore of Kauai, I was able to learn from a very young age how to become one with nature and allow the wild to be my playground. Adventure has always been my passion so becoming a pro surfer was the perfect fit. Was on a few covers for surfing, even did some high fashion before I realized that as long as I was surfing Pipeline with my friends every winter, my fire for life was satisfied. My wife and I were able to travel the world shooting a documentary that is been on Netflix called GIVEN. We still try to surf every day while living on the North Shore of Kauai, raising our children, and traveling as much as possible. Life is good.
Personal Philosophy: Live in the moment as much as you can. Slow yourself down and you’ll see so much more.
Comments About The Wetsuits: AXXE wetsuits fit like a glove. The rubber is the best quality out there. Best part is they allow me to spend more time in the water with my family.
Brief Bio: I’ve inherited the love for the ocean from my family and being raised near the sea meant that I was riding boards as soon as I could stand on my own two feet. Surf has always played a big part in my life but only a few years ago it became a form of artistic expression rather than just a sport – all that matters is the symbiosis between myself and the wave. The beauty in this relationship lies in all the art I can create from it.
I travel around the globe during the whole year to meet people that share this same ideology and to create meaningful and timeless projects together.
From all the endeavors I’m part of, Gliding Barnacles is the epitome. Going for its 6th edition as a surf festival, Gliding is a melting pot of surfing, art, photography, music and creativity that brings people from all over the world to Portugal to inspire and be inspired.
Personal Philosophy: In the end, I don’t see myself merely as surfer but as an artist whose canvas is the sea.