After failing to find great-fitting, warming neoprene shorties for their kids, German couple Christiane Hess and Peter Reinschmidt decided to make their own. The homemade prototypes soon drew attention from other parents. The pair quickly realised that there was a great need for children’s sun protection and cold protection swimwear – and began testing the highest levels of UV technology, material and cuts. In 2001, Hyphen was born. All their watersports wear is constructed from high-tech material that keeps warm and dries quickly, is certified UPF 80 and subjected to the most stringent UV protection tests in the world.