03/02/2015 - Carcevelos Beach on the day Martim broke is board

HOW IT STARTED

 

“When Martim, after broke is board in Carcavelos, bought a retro surfboard, started to talk about an old idea he had to find something that replace wax but without cover the board design, and without compromising traction during surfing.”

 

Afonso, Van der Waal founder and owner

“As soon I spoke to Afonso about this old idea I had, he did not rest until he found a solution. We have made numerous tests on materials, shapes and cuts, until we get to Van der Waal final solution”

 

Martim, Van der Waal founder and owner

 
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Two friends
and a dream

Van der Waal was born in 2016 and its parents are Martim Dornellas and Afonso Silva, two old time friends who came up with the idea of creating a product to use on surfboards that would be as effective as wax but that wouldn’t stain the boards or mess with their design.

In the last year, we developed many material researches, tested different shapes and cuts, until we finally came up with this Van der Waal version, now available for purchase.

 
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WHAT
WE STAND
FOR

_ A PRODUCT THAT IS AS EFFECTIVE AS THE WAX, AT A FAIR PRICE (HOW WE CALCULATED VAN DER WAAL'S PRICE: COST OF 1 YEAR OF WAX + 1 OR 2 BEERS FOR US)

_ A PRODUCT THAT DOES NOT MELT OR TURNS STICKY, AND THAT IS CLEANER TO THE BOARD AND TO THE SURFER THAN WAX

_ THE ENVIRONMENT. BY HAVING A LESS INTENSIVE USE AND BY NOT DECOMPOSING IN THE SEA, IT'S MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY THAN WAX. IN ADDITION, OUR MATERIAL IS RECYCLABLE

_ PARTNERSHIPS. WE DON'T BELIEVE IN GIVE-AWAYS OR EXCHANGING PRODUCT FOR ARTICLES, POSITIVE REVIEWS OR WHATEVER. WE GAVE VAN DER WAAL SAMPLES TO THOSE WHO BELIEVED IN US AND OUR IDEA, BUT DISTRUST THE EFFECTIVENESS OF OUR PRODUCT. WE DO NOT WANT A 'BOUGHT' WSL PRO, WE WANT THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN US TO HELP US BUILD A BETTER AND MORE EFFECTIVE PRODUCT THROUGH CONSTRUCTIVE, REAL AND OBJECTIVE FEEDBACK

_ THE COMMON SURFER. VAN DER WAAL IS NOT INTENDED FOR PROFESSIONALS OR FOR SURFERS WHO CHANGE BOARDS EVERY 3 MONTHS. IT IS INTENDED FOR THE SURFER WHO CHANGES SURFBOARD AT MOST ONCE A YEAR AND WHO CARES ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT. OUR PRODUCT IS FOR THOSE WHO ONLY WANT TO HAVE FUN CATCHING SOME WAVES

_ FAIR PLAY. ALL THOSE WHO MAKE THEIR OWN WAX, OR WHO DISCLOSE HOW TO DO (OR SELL) IT IN A MORE SUSTAINABLE WAY, ARE OUR FRIENDS AND NOT OUR COMPETITORS. GO FOR IT!

_ A COMPANY THAT IS NOT PROFIT ORIENTED, BUT ORIENTED FOR THE SATISFACTION OF BOTH ITS CUSTOMERS AND ITS EMPLOYEES (FOR NOW, JUST THE CO-FOUNDERS MARTIM AND AFONSO)

_ OUR COMMUNITY. THOSE WHO BUY VAN DER WAAL ARE PART OF A COMMUNITY THAT BELIEVES US, LIKE US, AND WORKS TOGETHER TO TURN SURFING INTO MORE THAN A LIFESTYLE

_PHILL EDWARDS, when he says: ‘The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun’

“We would like to thank Joana Guerreiro, Miguel Banhudo, João Dornellas, João Gonçalo, Rui Costa, Jorge Rebelo, Tom Keyes, Tim Lüneburg, Lenda Carlos, Rita Silva, Magda Gomes, Mónica Silva, Iko Teixeira, Zizi, Luis Zagallo, Nuno Ferreira (for all the help on improving website performance), Djali and Rita Aguiar as well as all Bluepepper teamwithout you this project would not be possible) for their enthusiasm, patience and support in all situations.”

— A MESSAGE FROM MARTIM AND AFONSO, FOUNDING MEMBERS OF VAN DER WAAL

 
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WHY VAN DER WAAL?

In physical chemistry, the van der Waals' forces (or van der Waals' interaction), named after Dutch scientist Johannes Diderik van der Waals, are the residual attractive or repulsive forces between molecules or atomic groups that do not arise from a covalent bond, or electrostatic interaction of ions or of ionic groups with one another or with neutral molecules. The resulting van der Waals forces can be attractive or repulsive."

So when we started our first tests, Van der Waal figured out as the perfect name for our product.

(Photo and text from Wikipedia)

 
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VIDEOS

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Me and Afonso are always looking for new materials and new 'recipes'... so here we are, at my kitchen, looking for another material. It was a failed experiment, but like Becket said: "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. "
Diogo Mota trying Van der Waal at Costa da Caparica. View Diogo testimonial here: http://www.waal.co
First Van der Waal production day. Me and Afonso in a basement full of cockroaches.
Juntámos um grupo de amigos para celebrar o apuramento de Frederico Morais para o CT 2017. Parabéns Kikas! To celebrate Frederico Morais CT qualification we joined some of our friends and made this short video. Congrats Kikas!

WE BELIEVE AND TRY TO OFFER OUR CUSTOMERS THE BEST SURF GRIP AT A FAIR PRICE.

 
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ABOUT AFONSO

Afonso work experience has been made in the field of advertising assemblies, space event decoration, car decoration and the entire digital production and finishing of all materials needed to carry out the work. This gave Afonso an extensive experience on materials e their behaviour, which made possible to materialize Martim initial idea. Is responsible for all the production and research of new materials.

ABOUT MARTIM

Martim always worked with digital marketing, went through several agencies as a designer and later as creative director. He surfs (badly) whenever he can and is responsible for all Van der Waal's image and communication. Besides that, Martim is the founder of Projecto Amelie and this gave Martim an extensive experience on how to annoy Afonso with cheap philosophies of how a company should behave on society.