People will always be at the heart of Gemma Lee.
Whether it’s the community that wears our dreamy wetsuits, or it’s the hands that craft these special pieces together.
So how do we ensure our wetsuits and swimwear is ethical?
Read our blog post to dive into our journey to ensure we are always ethically crafted.
I was that kid that always knew what she wanted to be when she grew up- I wanted to be a fashion designer. I lived my days out in my swimwear, competing nationally in pool/ ocean swimming, synchronized swimming (turns out it’s a lot harder than it looks!), to surf life saving. I was swimwear obsessed!
Fast forward to 2014, and I am about to start my 4 year degree in fashion design to get one step closer to my dream. In my final year at university my graduate project was to take a boring black wetsuit, and absolutely bedazzle it. The goal? To make the most beautiful wetsuit I had ever seen! This turned out to be the start of everything to come!
Now, let's talk about the amazing advantages of limestone neoprene. Trust me, it's fascinating! It's all about that super high micro-cell structure. We're talking about tiny independent bubbles packed tightly within the neoprene. Now, here's the real deal. Oil-based neoprene? It's got a cell penetration of, like, 60-70%. Limestone neoprene? Hold on to your hat, because it boasts a whopping 94% cell penetration! Can you even imagine? That means it's way less dense than the oil-based stuff. Can you just imagine that difference on that cool morning surf?
Every summer of the past few years we’ve had the great pleasure of teaming up with our local surf school, ‘Wellington Surf Lessons’, to share the stoke of surfing with our local wāhine. It’s quickly become one of our favourite pastimes in the summer, as we get to meet so many epic ladies through our collab events, and now we have such an incredible community of salt sisters right here in Wellington.
We got chatting with Stuart and Lisa from Wellington Surf Lessons and asked all about their hot tips for starting out in surfing to progressing in the waves!
So what are Surf therapy programmes?
These programmes focus on using the ocean, surfing/ exercising, community, a sense of achievement and professional counseling sessions, as a way to help those struggling with mental health.
We sat down and chatted to Hayden and were lucky enough to have the opportunity to share his story with you! He shared about his own personal mental health journey, the positive impacts the ocean has on us and some incredible stories of lives he’s witnessed changed!