Two friends
& a dream

“I broke my board in Carcavelos and ordered a new one. I was so excited with my new board, a yellow retro fish, that I started to explain Afonso an idea that I had some time ago: the wax would get the board all dirty and would hide the whole design, and how cool it would be to have an alternative to that…

Afonso said that he had a material that was able to turn into a grip, and that it was transparent. At that point we started to try the material on my board,  just as a personal solution to solve my problem. With the enthusiasm of friends with my board and our solution led us to think that this could be a product. So we started to look at the product from a different side, collecting more professional feedback and making adjustments. One year later Van der Waal was born.”


the founders

Martim always worked with digital marketing, went through several agencies as a designer and later as a 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 him an extensive experience on how to annoy Afonso with cheap philosophies of how a company should behave in society.

Afonso work experience has been made in the field of advertising assemblies, space event decoration and the entire digital production of all materials needed to carry out the work. This gave Afonso an extensive experience on materials e their behavior, which made possible to materialize Martim initial idea. He is responsible for all the production and research of new materials.

What we
stand for

We believe that changing the standards of surf industry by trying to develop alternatives to those standards, will allow us to grow.

A kind of

From the first lesson to the last session, From glassy waves to flat oceans… Surf is made of moments.

Thank you

For their enthusiasm, patience and support in all situations a thank you as big as Afonso’s smile!

Van der Waal

Van der Waal was born in 2015 as a personal project and evolved to a product in 2016. Since day one that our aim is to develop a surf wax alternative, transparent with high grip levels. Here you can find our fails and achievements and everything in between.

First Van der Waal production day. Afonso and I in a basement full of cockroaches.

Van der

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)

Want to
try it?

Now that you know us better, want to try Van der Waal? We would love to see your board with Van der Waal grips and share some waves on this wonderful journey. 
Remember, if you don’t like it, you can always ask for a refund.

Shortboard grip Van der Waal
More time for surfing

r.Evolution Series

  • don’t worry about different wax bars for different water temperatures
  • don’t worry if you have wax or not
  • don’t waste time scratching and reapplying wax