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Our Story

They say the best innovations start with people 'scratching their own itch'.

The Dropbox founder was tired of emailing files to himself, Cisco's founders needed to get computers to talk to each other, and Jack O’Neill? He just wanted to surf those perfect winter waves... and invented the wetsuit.

Here is how Wolfgang 'Wolfi' Leeb invented the stand-up paddle suit on his way to win his first SUP pro race.

How it all started

Creative ambition

Accidental success

Continued innovation

Lisbon - our new base

Since summer 2017 Lisbon, Portugal, is the new base of SUPSKIN. Lisbon is not only Europe's surf capital and new start-up epicenter, but Portugal is also home to the leading technical textile industry.

The  beautiful coast line from Porto to the Algarve has become our new playground. Great paddle, downwind, and SUP surf territory. 

SupSkin Riders

Tested by and developed for some of the most accomplished athletes of our sport. Here is a selection of re-known SUPSKIN enthusiasts and some of their accomplishments:
Bart de Zwart

11-City-Tour 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014; Muskoka River X champion 2014, 2015, 2016; Yukon River Quest 2016

Travis Grant

Molokai 2 Oahu 2013, 2015, 2017; Battle of the Paddle 2010; ISA World SUP Championship Technical Race 2012

Lina Augaitis

Yukon River Quest 2016; Battle of the Paddle 2014; SUP World Cup 2014; ISA World Champion Long Distance 2014

Stecher Twins

German whitewater SUP champion 2015; first SUP descent Tara Canyon, Montenegro; first solo circumnavigation of Lake Garda, Italy

Larry Cain

Olympic gold medal Canadian Singles 500 meters 1984; Great Lakes SUP Classic 2013; Chattajack 31 Mile SUP Race, Tennessee, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Mike Tavares

San Juan/Lake Powell 260 mile expedition; Chattajack 31 Mile SUP Race, Tennessee, 2013

Zane Schweitzer

Ultimate Waterman 2016, 2017; Master of the Ocean 2014, 2015, 2016; Sieravuori SUP Masters, Finland, 2014

Corran Addison

3 medals in freestyle kayaking world championship 1995, 1999, 1998; world record vertical drop 1987 - 2004 (31m into Lake Tignes, France)

SUPSKIN Team

We are a diverse bunch, sharing the passion for paddling and our commitment to developing the leading technical wear for our sport.
Wolfi

Known as Mr. Supskin for a reason. Wolfi wanted suitable paddle wear and took it in his own hands. He leads R&D, is in charge of problem-solving, sales, events and winning the occasional race.

Brigitte

Brigitte is the tailoring mastermind and manages production, admin, customer care and pretty much everything else.

Chris

Chris, a deserted investment banker, joined SUPSKIN in 2017, paving the way to Portugal, in charge of corporate finance, business affairs and e-commerce.