Our Story

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We are manufacturers of handcrafted, custom-fitted wetsuits straight from Japan. Axxe Wetsuits are made from innovative and proprietary materials, balancing the unparalleled suppleness of the rubber and linings with high performance and functionality. This means more warmth and less paddle restriction.Thirty-five years of handcrafted mastery and rigorous testing have led to these optimum performance suits. Our goal is to ensure the ultimate wetsuit experience. Wetsuits are our life. We hope that you appreciate our independent business model. We are a small, artisanal team, offering customer service and satisfaction impossible to achieve in the impersonal world of corporate wetsuit production. Our wetsuits are hand built by craftsmen constructing each individual wetsuit with passion and soul.

How it all started…

This family owned company was founded by Nobuo Kurosaka, the father of the 2nd generation owner Tatsuya Kurosaka, who was originally a scuba diver. He always enjoyed making things from when he was very young and started to hold interest in making his own wetsuits after he saw pioneer surfers shaping their own surf boards (late 1960’s – early 1970’s). During this time, there was a huge surf culture trend coming from Hawaii, Australia, and California. At that time, there were very few wetsuit brands but among them was “Victory Wetsuits,” which was the pioneer of surf wetsuits for Japan. As he built his career at Victory Wetsuits, he was always curious as to how he can apply this waterproof technology to a wetsuit for surfing, which requires a lot of movement.  In addition to learning how to make wetsuits, he also gained experience in sales (Mid 1970’s – late 1970’s).  Inspired by the sports bike race leather suits, he established a new wetsuit brand called Breaker Out using these patterns in hopes of sharing this wonderful technology with the rest of the surfing community around the world (1982).  In no time, they became the nation’s number one selling brand and started to expand worldwide by opening a factory in Huntington Beach, CA and Brazil in addition to establishing multiple distribution channels (late 1980’s – early 1990’s). In 1989 the brand AXXE was established in order to target core surfers. As our brand AXXE matured, we also noticed a growth of mature surfers as well as a trend in “natural / life style surfers” who like to stay away from loud and colorful suits/logos, hence created our “mature” line AXXE CLASSIC in 2005.