– I notice that the fins have a texture, can you tell us more about that? And some of them have mixed colours, can you explain that? (I remember you saying it was to reduce waste, by not rejecting the fins created when you changed the colours on the injection moulding?)
Plastic is often seen as an ‘inferior’ material that quickly turns into waste. By adding a texture to the surface we wanted to upgrade the look and feel of the material, reminding people of its value and also creating awareness for the material. The textures resemble marine structures like waves, an oyster or swell lines.
The mixed colours are created when we change from one colour batch to another in our production. In most productions those ‘in-between’ colours are thrown away but we always aim to minimize any production waste. Also, we have a love for individual and ‘in-between’ things.
– I appreciate that making fins to suit all the different box systems takes time to refine, but what have you got on offer and what’s next for you?
There are so many ideas we have in mind but we have to take it one by one. Right now we have a single fin 8.0 , a twin fin and a thruster set. But we are also thinking of a bigger single fin or a future thruster set. And then there are also different materials we still like to try out.
– How has it been starting the business? and what is it like to run a surf company from Germany (not near the coast)?
I think starting a business has been the most exciting and challenging thing at the same time. Especially in the beginning there were so many things ‘new’ for us and there still are. Also we mainly started with a love for creating things, offering more sustainable alternatives and a lot of curiosity rather than a detailed plan.
Being in Germany was necessary for us to start (all that bureaucracy that Germans love ;)), our production is in Germany and so on. But now we are trying again to spend as much time as possible in and around the water.