With a name derived from the phrase “Viva la Vida” (live life), you know that surf brand Vivada will be passionate and energetic. This is true, but what makes them special is that they’re more than just a brand. Vivada is a movement and community of surfers, dedicated to ushering in a new paradigm of sustainability.
Linda Reversible Wetsuit
Earth is located in what is known as the Goldilocks Zone. This is where a planet is close enough to a star for water to remain liquid. The environment is not too hot and not too cold. In this liquid soup, we evolved. Much later, we land mammals descend once more into the depths to swim, ride, dive and dance. And when the liquid gets chilly, we can extend the length of our play by wearing a superskin like the Linda Reversible Wetsuit. It is a 2mm wetsuit designed for temperatures that are not too hot, not too cold. Just right.
Fully reversible – two suits in one
Fabric thickness: 2mm
No underarm seams for easy movement
Durable and soft FlatLock seams
Half front zip to ease putting on & taking off
Reversible YKK Vision zipper with puller
Comfortable, dual-sided zip protection
Owner’s Manual & Warranty
Map of Dreams print & graphite colour-blocking
Vivida logo & key features detailing
Designed in the UK. Made in Cambodia.
Earth-mined limestone neoprene
No petrochemicals & lower environmental impact
Eco Carbon Black from upcycled tyres
Reduced energy consumption & CO2 emissions
Recycled plastic bottle lining
25 recycled plastic bottles in each wetsuit
Aqua-A™ glue lamination
Water-based glue, with no harmful VOCs
Bluesign Fabric Partners
Poncho Towel Changing Robe
At the time of writing, it is midwinter in New Zealand. Today I went surfing at a beach called Ohope. It was shoulder high, offshore and icy. After catching 10 or so fast little rights, I dashed back to the car with flippers for feet and grey blue hands. I reached into the boot of my car and there it was: my new Vivada poncho.
I put it on and pulled the hood strings tight. Do I admit what happened next? I wore the poncho for the rest of the day.
Isn’t there a Simpsons episode where Homer decides to switch to a poncho for comfort? This was me. I sat in a hot pool (we’re staying in a holiday park) and then put my poncho back on. The material is super comfortable and warm. It protects from the wind yet makes life breezy. Have you ever worn a poncho all day? If you decide to, I recommend this model.
Top tip: go commando!
Made of Quick-Dry MicrofibreTerry
85% Polyester 15% Polyamide
Ultra-absorbent & fast-drying:
Dries you 4 x quicker than cotton
Absorbs 7 x its weight in water
Wide drawstring, full coverage hood
Large kangaroo pocket with small inner zip pouch
Reinforced side slits for moving freely, walking, running, or adventuring
Underarm slits for changing
Universally flattering 3/4 sleeve length
Discrete quote & ‘I belong to…’ label
Designed in the UK. Made in China.
You know that a product is good when there is competition within a household. Within a relationship, even. Being a surfing couple is fine. We have different wetsuits, different boards, and different preferences in waves. But certain objects of desire are shared, and the Vivada poncho is one of these.
Surf & Swim Short
These shorts are designed for living life by the beach. They’re lightweight, and have a mesh inner and pockets. Three of my favorite things. In shorts. And life. After saving the shorts for summer, I broke them out for running purposes. Man are they comfortable. Board / surf shorts for running are not a good choice. Often they chafe in the worst places. Not so with yet another fantastic Vivada product.
It’s true that we love sustainable consumer choices. Why pollute, damage, or buy into the extractive economy when alternatives abound. And when the alternatives are both high quality and affordable, you’ve found a Goldilocks Zone in fashion and apparel. This is where Vivada lives.
Main Fabric: 100% Biodegradable Polyamide
Mesh Lining: 100% Recycled Polyester
Quick-drying, Moisture-wicking, Breathable
Mechanical 2-way stretch fabric, OEKO-TEX Standard 100