Xcel Wetsuits founded Xcel in 1982 by Ed D’Ascoli, working from the bedroom of his Sunset Beach house. D’Ascoli found no shortage of inspiration from the world-class performances on display at his doorstep and the opportunity to create and to connect high-performance products with the athletes who demanded them was irresistible. Xcel’s passionate focus on product development would become the defining characteristic of the brand.
Developing wetsuits in Hawaii came naturally to D’Ascoli, having grown up surfing. While temperate Hawaii waters rarely call for any more than 2mm neoprene, Sunset Beach and other North Shore breaks are incredibly challenging and demand world-class products for maximum performance.
After penetrating the surfing market, Xcel rode its rapid growth with its innovation in design & use of materials. Xcel's successful leading design features and vast product knowledge making quality performance wetsuits lead to the US military requesting their products. This confirmed the brand's place in the wetsuit market & quickly raised the bar for surf & dive wetsuit design.
Their reputation for exceptional product quality is a clear result of an unwavering dedication to research, development, and design innovation. With tropical to cold-water products for men, women, and youth, the brand stresses performance: maximum stretch and durability, sealed-seam construction, and a fit that feels custom-made every time.
Xcel has been voted Surf Industry Manufacturer’s Association (SIMA) “Wetsuit of the Year” by its industry peers three times (2007, 2008, 2010). Premium Wetsuits approved by the largest surfing market in the world, that's as good as it gets.