Xcel was founded in 1982 by Ed D'Ascoli, whose desire to connect high-performance products with the athletes who demanded them was irresistible. Since it's origins, Xcel has revolutionised the industry with it's push for cutting edge material and design development. The expertise of Xcel quickly expanded from surfing wetsuits to include audiences across the ocean. Xcel’s reputation for exceptional product quality is a clear result of an unwavering dedication to research, development, and design innovation. This was further emphasised when Xcel was voted Surf Industry Manufacturer’s Association (SIMA) “Wetsuit of the Year” by its industry peers three times (2007, 2008, 2010).