Our Story

WHAT A LONG STRANGE TRIP IT'S BEEN...

Pro-Lite was conceived in the minds of two traveling surfers, Bill Hapgood and Dave Neilson. At the time the pair was working for a major airline traveling the world. Soon into their travels they realized one key ingredient necessary to continue their journey, they needed to protect their surfboards.

In 1982 Pro-Lite was born. Bill and Dave searched out industrial sewers in Costa Mesa, CA and began making a limited line of surf travel bags. This put Pro-Lite on the map as the first bag manufacturer to make travel grade surfboard bags in the United States.

As the brands reputation as a quality travel bag manufacturer grew surfers from the United States and around the world looked to Pro-Lite to provide them with the gear to get their surfboards to their destination safely. Professional surfers from around the world used Pro-Lite travel bags as they bounced around the world on tour.

Through the 90's Pro-Lite expanded its product offering to include a full line of bags for day use as well as leashes, traction pads and racks. This put Pro-Lite in a position to be the go to brand for any products used to enhance your surfing experience.

The evolution of Pro-Lite continues today with new owners in place since 2005 and a renewed energy and vision to design and manufacture the best surfing accessories in the world. Pro-Lite’s key focus is quality and innovation. Pro-Lite is first and foremost a travel company and will continue to make products that are designed for surf and travel.

Safe Travels…

Below is a gallery of Pro-Lite ads through the years.

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