A CLEAR NON-SKID ALTERNATIVE TO SURF WAX

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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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 could replace wax without covering 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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WHAT WE STAND FOR

Since we started this adventure we have been always learning. So why we decided to create a kind of 'letter of principles'.
Not only to guide us and help us to not forget this learning, but also to help whoever might be interested in our learning.

OBRIGADO!

We don't know why, but since our first tests there were always good-hearted people around us, and who truly helped us. As all the thanks were not enough to fit in here, we decided to create a page to thank all who have been and are by our side. We will never forget what you did for us!

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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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.