Field Tested By You:
We've spent four years developing a cold water wetsuit for surfers on these shores. Three hundred testers put our wetsuit through its paces - from farmers, mechanics and teachers to our athletes. Your feedback was honest and essential, and ultimately helped us make a better product.
We've redefined the fit after the Nieuwland's first season and made a few changes so you can stay out in the lineup for a few more waves.
Together we have created a wetsuit we are proud of.
"We've developed a suit that will perform in the true cold water environments that we experience on these shores. It is a milestone moment for us. It's been over 10 years since I started Finisterre here in St Agnes and it's the one product we’ve been biding our time to make." - Tom Kay, Founder
We have been working with Mat D'Ascoli, a true master in his field, to build, develop and refine the current suit for a few years now. Features we have focused on include double needle blind stitching throughout (warmth and durability), higher internal loft throughout suit (warmth), 15mm seam tape (warmth and durability), higher-grade neoprene through upper body (flexibility), and a custom neck entry system (reduced flushing).
After three years of research and development, last winter we launched our unique wetsuit tester programme - ‘Nieuwland Works’. As well as looking at the design criteria for a wetsuit built by a British brand that understands the needs of surfers on these shores, the aim was also to build on Finisterre’s heritage of innovation and quality.
We invited three hundred of you to try our suits and give us honest feedback so we could refine our technology to create the best and warmest wetsuit on the market.
"We've built the suit from the ground up; our pattern, fit and innovation, looking at key areas where we think we can improve on. It’s a challenge to get right; you have such an intimate relationship with it as a product, and it's why we wanted to invest in a winter of testing, making any refinements and improvements before we go into production." - Tom Kay