About Us

 

81 Wetsuits. A tribute to the past while pursuing the future.

 

81 is the collaboration of brother, sister duo Joey and Jade Black. Born and bred on the coast of Southern California, the ocean has been their playground. Raised in a family of dreamers, doers and radical adventurers, both worked together to pursue the creative path set in front of them. They are staying true to their inspiration, taking risks, and moving forward in hopes to inspire people to do the same.  

 A return to vintage roots, 81 seamlessly rides the line between retro and modern. Never knowing exactly what creative impulse will next fuel 81, it pulls daily inspiration and soul from key figures and lifestyles of the past, while immersing itself effortlessly in the present day surf culture.

The line is derivative of past experiences and present dreams. Born out of the need for a functional yet truly bitchin’, aesthetically pleasing style - 81 brings a new boldness to the art of surfing itself. With the newest and best technologies 81 is not only quality, but with heart it revamps the vintage days with original design and funk.

 Inspiringly bold, stylistic, and soulful. 81 is all those things simultaneously. It allows you to step into a skin that announces determination to move forward.

A bold pursuit to push beyond the status quo and emerge a pioneering adventurer of new frontier, 81 moves the rider beyond the present.

 

 Our tribute to the past: Connor Penhall

…Was a rouge adventurer. Not only did he teach us how to truly immerse oneself in the playground called earth, he did it vigorously and without fear. Connor taught us about the love of life. He was 81. Nothing ever stopped him and his boldness and charisma carried him wherever he went-to reach new adventure, to impact people to be bitchin’. 81 carried him through.

This is our tribute: a creative pursuit and exploration born in the hearts of dreamers hoping to share the story, beauty and radness of the past. What is your tribute?