After a lifetime of surfing and a career designing products for surfers, I felt there were so many extra things in products and marketing, that cost more, and don't actually make the products any better. So I created something that didn't exist, that I wish did.  The whole idea behind needessentials came from not wanting to over consume.  It’s about not wasting resources on what is not important. It’s about trying to make the best premium products for surfers, more accessible. The concept is to have less, to have only what is well made, what is premium, what is timeless, what is useful rather than useless. What surfers can save by only buying what is needed in a product they can spend on what is important in their own lives.  Its about having less stuff and more freedom.                                     

Ryan Scanlon  


We only use the best materials, manufacturers and components in the world

Don't let the prices fool you. needessentials only makes premium products. We invest in the best materials in the world and only use the best manufacturers. The people designing and testing our suits & outerwear have over 2 decades of experience developing products for some of the worlds largest brands.

What is the best size for you?

We know you will love our suits and mountain gear. However, if you find you have ordered the wrong size, we will happily exchange your order for the correct size. Please see our size chart page(s) to help you make the best choice. All needessentials sizing is consistent with US surf & snow industry standards.


needessentials is only available online

To purchase or view our products, just go to the SHOP section of the site. Here you can select your size and add it to your cart. Once you've made a purchase using your credit card, Amazon Pay, or Paypal, needessentials will send you your order within the USA within days. Once you receive your need essentials product, try it on to ensure it fits. If you require a different size, email us for return/exchange instructions.

Why are the prices so good?

needessentials products are less than half the price of other large brands.  By forgoing all non essentials like branding, swing tags, packaging, retail mark ups, middle men, athlete contracts, expensive marketing campaigns and rents, needessentials can deliver to you a world class wetsuit at a fraction of the price of other premium brands. We only use the best developers, materials, components and manufacturers available.

Why is there no branding?

needessentials is not a brand, its a supply network. Expensive marketing campaigns, excessive branding, swing tags and packaging only add to the price of a product and serve no function at all.  By eliminating this wasted expense, we can invest more into premium materials and workmanship to ensure you have the best possible product for the best price.