“The Worlds First Sunscreen for Surfing”
In 1989 in La Jolla, Ca brothers Doug & Drew Littlemore longtime surfers decided to launch Headhunter Suncare. “Growing up at the beach in La Jolla, traveling throughout Baja and Mainland Mexico as kids we were exposed to enough sun to last a lifetime’.
Years later we were introduced to Tavarua Island in Fiji, a south pacific island with perfect waves for surfing. Lucky enough to be friends with one of the islands owners we had the opportunity to spend long periods of time on Tavarua. We worked as Lifeguards / Boatmen and we were spending every day in the water just getting beat down by the tropical sun.
At the time there was nothing on the market that could protect us from this level of sun exposure. One of the primary reasons was that the sunscreens just would not stay on long enough. After many trips to Tavarua and trying literally dozens of sunscreen brands with poor results we decided to take on this challenge to see if we could make the worlds first “Sunscreen for Surfing”.
It took us just over two years of blood, sweat and tears working with chemists, researching and testing to get it just right. It was with solid input from Island Guests, Lifeguards and Professional Surfers visiting the Island that we were able to pull this off.
The “Original” formula featured physical blockers combined with Headhunter’s proprietary “Heavy Water Technology” (HWT) base which helped the formula stay on until you washed it off. That was our goal plain and simple. The formula felt like pudding, and the light brown color made it look like foundation make-up.
This formula was so ahead of its time, that our manufacturers prior to our first fill kept asking us if this formula is really what we want to do. There was nothing like this on the market at the time, which made for a very risky endeavor. The way we saw it was that we will get only one chance with this and It has to work, and had be the best!
Headhunter’s “Original” formula was a huge success! It way went way beyond what we could have wished for, or foreseen. Sometimes you just have to go all in, and this was one of those times. That “Original” formula is still today one of our most popular products.
Thank you to all the people that supported us through thick and thin. It really does take a village!
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See you in the water,
Doug & Drew