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Henderson Aquatics was founded by business partners Everett Edmund and Patrick Madison. Both men had also been partners in the marine industry. Shortly after World War II the US Navy concluded it no longer required diving service and sold off its entire inventory of Mark V diving suits to Edmund and Madison as surplus. A short time later the Navy reversed its position and reinstated dive services. Several years later SCUBA diving began to become popular and the partners identified the need for thermal protection. “Henderson” the business and brand was soon formed and named after the Henderson boatyard located in Port Elizabeth, NJ where the original wetsuit factory was located. Early wetsuits were sold primarily to Scuba divers as a “build it yourself” kit. The kit contained a roll of Neoprene, a pattern, and a bottle of neoprene cement. As more divers opted not to construct their own suits Henderson began producing and shipping ready-made suits to its customers.
In 1974 a glue pot in the factory caught fire and the Henderson factory burnt to the ground. Everett’s son Allan joined the company shortly after the fire to help rebuild Henderson and recover from the disaster.
Everett Edmund patented the original zip-on wetsuit which became a standard-issue by the US Navy and US Coast Guard.
The company which was now under Allan Edmund’s direction expanded its product range and focused on innovation and design. The company was the first to recognize women in diving by creating a full line of suits that offered color and style and soon appeared in the pages of magazines such as Elle and Cosmo. Wetsuits were now viewed for style and fashion and no longer just function.
Legendary guitarist Jerry Garcia of “Grateful Dead” fame was an avid Scuba Diver and soon collaborated on a Garcia Signature line of Henderson wetsuits. The Garcia line included a new “Trilaminate” neutral buoyancy material developed by Henderson. During the 1990s Henderson expanded into markets outside the Sport Diving market, producing its first line of surfing wetsuits called “Surf East”. Surf East sponsored such legendary surfers as Baron Knowlton, Todd Holland, and Peter Pan. Henderson also produced the first wetsuit used for the Triathlon competition in 1990. The suits were called Speedsuits and sold under the Triumph brand name. Henderson further expanded its brands to Include “Neo Sport” a value line of thermal protection products.
Henderson greeted the new millennium with continued product innovation. Henderson Introduced Gold Core Technology, (ultra-warm skin -in a wetsuit) Hyperstretch (the first ultra-stretch wetsuit) Microprene (.5mm wetsuits) Insta Dry (the first wetsuit that dried inside and out in minutes) Hyperflex Wetsuits a new surf brand that emerged in early 2002 with a renewed focus on the surf wetsuit market.
Henderson’s continued expansion and innovation continue to propel its brands into the future. Henderson, Hyperflex, and Neo Sport are now part of the Henderson Sport Group. The group of companies remains focused on Thermal protection and innovation and development of neoprene products.
The Henderson Sport Group today is based in Millville, NJ just a few miles from the original Henderson Boatyard where the company was founded. The company brands are distributed worldwide and it remains focused on Style, Performance, and Product innovation.
Big Shout Out To AQUI WATER SPORTS!! THANK YOU Aqui Water Sports for hooking it up with new Nitro Bands for my JBL SpearGun. It took Ryan and Tylor at the shop minute's to get me set up and on my way for my spearfishing season. The same afternoon I was able to go out and shoot a nice Snapper with my gun that had been sitting for 2 seasons and definitely needed some TLC from AQUI. In no time the guys had it broken down and cleaned like new. The staff at AQUI are always knowledgeable about gear, and provide excellent guidance on your specific needs. Without a second thought they are always so helpful in giving you great suggestions on where to go, and what to look for out on the reef. Hats off to AQUI Water Sports for continuing to provide only quality products. Thank you AQUI
Excellent service and knowledgeable people to talk to about diving in the area. Would strongly recommend stopping by.
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I left my Li Ion battery at home, and the staff were very helpful with getting me a replacement at market price. Saved my wreck dive!
Fits great and perfect for S Florida in the winter.
easy transaction from order to delivery
Just an incredible outing. Saw a lot more turtles, eels and sharks than I normally do. guess its all about knowing where to go! Great guide!
Great costumer support! Really specialized and available expert staff.
It bolts, it swivels and it snaps! Love it!
This Bolt Snap keeps my wifes regulator clipped to her harness when she doesnt need it, and it flaps around on her hoses way less with the smaller eye. Overall I give this serious piece of life support equipment a 10/10 for saving my marriage and keeping my wife alive.
I instantly noticed a difference in my kicking power and how much easier back kicks and helicopter turns were. Love them they’re comfy and adjustable.
Bought 15’ of the Orange 2” webbing. 15’ is more than enough for my size but I had never set up a backplate and wing harness before and didn’t know how much I would need. With that being said after I disassembled my other harness and fitted the new one 11’ is the amount of webbing I need for my XDeep backplate and what I will be ordering in the future. For size comparison I am 5’10” and weight 170lbs. I left about 24” on the right side waste harness and then routed the rest through the XDeep backplate. With the webbing cut to 11’ it still leaves an extra 20” to 24” on my left side after attacking the buckle. I just routed that back down the side under my attached weight pockets just in case I gain some weight in the future. Hope this review helps others!